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badge-4Library Loot is a weekly event co-hosted by Claire from The Captive Reader and Sharlene from Real Life Reading that encourages bloggers to share the books they’ve checked out from the library. If you’d like to participate, just write up your post-feel free to steal the button-and link it using the Mr. Linky any time during the week. And of course check out what other participants are getting from their libraries.


Old Baggage by Lissa Evans –  I loved Crooked Heart (loved, loved, loved it) and am delighted that Evans has written this prequel.  I can’t wait to learn more about Mattie.  (Book Depository)

Why Women Have Better Sex Under Socialism by Kristen R. Ghodsee – A highly biased but certainly conversation-starting look at how socialism benefited (and benefits) women compared, very explicitly, to the current reality in capitalist America. (Book Depository)

The Salt Path by Raynor Winn – You know me, if there’s a book out there about walking I will eventually find my way to it.  This has won numerous prizes but I’m a little skeptical – it sounds like it borders too closely on the misery memoir genre (Raynor and her partner start their walk after he is diagnosed with terminal cancer and they lose their home) for my comfort but the praise has been so universal that I have to give it a try. (Book Depository)


The True Queen by Zen Cho – It’s here!  I loved Cho’s first novel, the extraordinarily accomplished A Sorcerer to the Crown, so I am thrilled to have the second in the anticipated trilogy here.  (Book Depository)

Thoughtful Gardening by Robin Lane Fox – The Saturday edition of the Financial Times is one of the highlights of my weekend and I particularly look forward to Robin Lane Fox’s gardening column.  This volume is based on those columns – he’s expanded some of them from their original version and added new pieces – so it’s even more of what I already love.  Ideal! (Book Depository)

A Prince on Paper by Alyssa Cole – Cole writes great romance novels and brings some necessary diversity (and intelligence) to the genre. (Book Depository)

What did you pick up this week?

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Bromley House Library, Nottingham photo credit Martine Hamilton Knight via Financial Times (April 26, 2019)

Bromley House, photo credit Martine Hamilton Knight 

Carolina Irving’s dining room

badge-4Library Loot is a weekly event co-hosted by Claire from The Captive Reader and Sharlene from Real Life Reading that encourages bloggers to share the books they’ve checked out from the library. If you’d like to participate, just write up your post-feel free to steal the button-and link it using the Mr. Linky any time during the week. And of course check out what other participants are getting from their libraries.

I am back!  And I am frankly exhausted.  Jet lag always hits me hard coming back and this time is no exception so today’s post will be brief.

The best thing about returning (because I never really want to leave Europe) was coming home to library loans.  I’d been disciplined about pausing all my holds before I left but now there’s a delightful flurry of things coming in.  Lovely.

29 Dates by Melissa de la Cruz (Book Depository)

The Second Mountain by David Brooks (Book Depository)

Save Me the Plums by Ruth Reichl (Book Depository)

Madame Fourcade’s Secret War by Lynne Olson (Book Depository)

Daisy Jones and the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid (Book Depository)

The Bride Test by Helen Hoang (Book Depository)

What did you pick up this week?

This post contains affiliate links from Book Depository, an online book retailer with free international shipping.  If you buy via these links it means I receive a small commission (at no extra cost to you).

via Stribling & Associates

via Stribling & Associates

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