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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.

Two weeks from now I’ll be on holiday in France.  Logic tells us therefore that I have checked far too many books out from the library.  Again.  But logic has no place in my library visits.

Will I read all of these before I go?  No.  But I’ll have fun trying.

What did you pick up this week?

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Orange and Blue, The Library at Ardilea by Patrick William Adam

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

There’s an interesting piece in the Financial Times this week about the rise of private libraries, illustrated with a picture of this beauty.

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.

The Dragonbone Chair by Tad Williams – I can’t remember where I first heard about this book but it’s come up again recently in pieces about the pending end of Game of Thrones, as it was an inspiration for George R. R. Martin’s series.  I’m always up for epic fantasy but I’m going to be hard pressed to finish this 800-page door stopper before the due date  (Book Depository)

Strudel, Noodles and Dumplings by Anja Dunk – I have been so, so, so excited to get my hands on this new German cookbook.  And it’s completely lived up to expectations – I read it cover to cover the day it came in and now can’t wait to start cooking from it (Book Depository)

If Not, Winter translated by Anne Carson – I was in the mood for a bit of poetry and turned to this volume of Sappho, which I enjoyed when I read it a few years ago (Book Depository)

What did you pick up this week?

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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.

Last week, Sharlene noted that one book seemed a bit light for my weekly loot.  But it was strategy.  Suddenly all my library holds were rushing towards me at once and I was bracing for impact.  And now here they are:

Wilding by Isabella Tree – What happens when you let nature take over thousands of acres that have been industrially farmed for years?  That’s the experiment Isabella Tree and her husband undertook at their West Sussex estate and the results are fascinating.  I first heard about this in a Financial Times article and am intrigued to find out more as I read this.  (Book Depository)

The Wandering Vine by Nina Caplan – I don’t love wine but I love history and I love travel writing so am excited to hear about Caplan’s journey.  (Book Depository)

The Bird King by G. Willow Wilson – A new book from Wilson is an event worth celebrating!  I loved her memoir and her first novel was one of my favourite books of 2013 so I have high hopes for this fantasy inspired by the tensions between Muslims and Christians in Inquisition-era Spain. (Book Depository)

Drumveyn, The Larach, and Sun on Snow by Alexandra Raife – Last September there was a “Can you help?” post over at Cornflower Books that immediately intrigued me.  A reader was looking for a half-remembered book about a family in Scotland written in a D.E. Stevenson-esque style.  I stalked the comments until the answer came – the book was Drumveyn by Alexandra Raife.  And now I’m finally getting around to reading it, plus a few more of Raife’s books.


Coming to My Senses by Alice Waters – I’m headed down to San Francisco next week to visit a friend so, rather than just reread Saturday’s Child to get myself in the mood for the city, I thought I’d try this memoir from the woman who changed American food culture from her base in Berkeley.  (Book Depository)

Cousin Harriet by Susan Tweedsmuir – I’ve had this on my TBR list since December 2012 (after reading this review) so happy to finally get my hands on it (thanks to the always miraculous interlibrary loan system).

Swiss Watching by Diccon Bewes – There are not enough books in the world about the Swiss so I was delighted that my library finally got a copy of this one.  (Book Depository)

A Paris Year by Janice MacLeod – I’m heading to Brittany next month and will only be passing through Paris but this has helped get me in the mood for France in general.  (Book Depository)

In Paris with You by Clementine Beauvais – I hadn’t fully realised I needed a modern YA version of Eugene Onegin until I started reading this on my morning commute yesterday. (Book Depository)

The Rhine by Ben Coates – A travelogue recounting Coates’ journey along the Rhine (from his home in the Netherlands all the way up into the Swiss Alps) and its history as one of the most important rivers in the world. (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).