Monday, 13 June 2011

Library Loot!

Library Loot is a weekly event co-hosted by Marg at The Adventures of an Intrepid Reader and Claire at The Captive Reader 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!

It's been a while since I did a library loot post and they're probably all different now to what they were in the last post and so... it's time.

The lefthand pile:

Notes from a Big Country - Bill Bryson. I think this is his newspaper columns from when he moved back to the USA temporarily. Whatever, his books are always a joy.

Clockwork Angel - Cassandra Clare. Recommended by my eldest daughter. I think it might be steampunk.

The Voice of the Violin - Andrea Camilleri. Book er... 3 or 4 I think... of Camilleri's Inspector Montalbano series that I decided not to continue with but changed my mind. Story of my life.

Paradise Barn and The Deeping Secrets - Victor Watson. About a group of children during World War 2 and came highly recommended by Jenny at Stories for Jennimen.

The righthand pile:

The Well of Lost Plots - Jasper Fforde. Book 3 in his Thursday Next series that I've come to like over the last few months.

Red Bones - Ann Cleeves. Book 3 in her Jimmy Perez series... another brilliant crime series.

Vanish - Tess Gerritsen. I got it!!!! I was on the library doorstep almost as they opened and then couldn't find the d*** book. LOL. Turns out it was on the 'just returned' shelf. Anyway, book 5 of her Rizzoli and Isles series of course. I should've got my husband to take a photo of me cleaving it to my bosom...

Places in the Dark - Thomas H. Cook. Recced to me in my previous post by Danielle of A Work in Progress. I checked the library for it this morning and there it was, so I nabbed it.

The King's Speech - Mark Logue and Peter Conrad. I haven't even seen the film yet, but we have it on order so should be able to see it this week sometime. My younger daughter was reading this and said it was a terrific read, so I nabbed it from her.

So, my New Year decision to try not to borrow more than 4 or 5 library books at time has gone for a Burton really. It never did stand much chance and I probably knew it at the time. I reassure myself by telling myself that libraries are in danger everywhere at the moment and if we don't use them, we'll lose them. So I'm busy using mine. See? I feel better already.


Marg said...

Fforde and Cassandra Clare = good loot!

Hope you enjoy your reads.

DesLily said...

oh haven't seen The Kings Speech? was excellent!!!.. just so you know lol.. it deserved all the awards it received!!!! I went thinking I wouldn't care for it that much and was greatly surprised!

if I took that many books out of the library they wouldn't get returned for 6 months! lol

animewookie said...

Wow! Do you go with a shopping I only wish I could read fast enough to get that many :D I hope you enjoy them.

Anonymous said...

Any week with both Bryson and Fforde is a good one by my count! Enjoy your loot!

Cath said...

Marg: I love Fforde's books but have no idea whether I'll like Cassandra Clare. Hopefully! :-)

Pat: No, I had all those flu type illnesses when it came out (same for Harry Potter) and couldn't get to the cinema. Got it coming sometime this week though.

It's likely *I* won't read all these library books for a couple of months. I use the renew function a lot. LOL.

Kelly: Thank you! The Cassandra Clare might be up your street. I'll report back. :-)

Claire: Ah yes, Bryson and Fforde. A jolly good mix! Thank goodness for diversity. :-)

fiction-books said...

Hi Cath,

It's to be hoped that your library has plenty of stock at the rate you seem to get through books. I just never seem to find the time to sit and do nothing but read, I am so jealous.

It's good to see more Tess Gerritsen in your basket and a couple of other authors that I must have in my TBR pile somewhere, (Ann Cleeves and Thomas Cook,)and if not, WHY NOT?

I'm off to check now. I shall be so glad when new bookshelves are delivered later this week and I can have a big sort out!!!


Cath said...

Yvonne: LOL. Yes... well... our library is pretty good but I do reserve quite a lot. It costs 50p a throw but is overall the cheapest way to read a book I want to read and the money, I presume, goes back into the library.

Enjoy your new bookshelves. If you want to take photos when they're up and full I wouldn't object. :-)

Nicola said...

I keep saying this, but I really must read some Bryson!

LizF said...

You have some great books in your library pile! I can thoroughly recommend the Gerritsen, the Ann Cleeves (I love Jimmy Perez but sadly really don't like her books about Vera Stanhope), the Bill Bryson and Places In the Dark.
Oh and the film of the The King's Speech really is wonderful although it uncovered huge holes in junior daughter's knowledge of history - despite getting an A* in MOdern History at GCSE last year, she had absolutely no knowledge of the Abdication saga! Clearly either the standard of history teaching or, more likely, the syllabus, leave a great deal to be desired!

LizF said...

Meant to say that I wish our library request charge was 50p!
The charge went up from 60p to 75p without any warning and it is surprising how much difference that makes although admittedly I do request rather more than most people!

Cath said...

Nicola: It's well worth it. His writing is clever. engaging and he's always funny.

LizF: It's funny what you say about Vera Stanhope. I haven't read any of the books but I did watch the new ITV series. What can I say? I thought it was well made and beautifully acted... but I didn't take to it in the way that I adore say, 'Lewis' or 'Foyle's War'. It seemed harsh and a bit bad-tempered to me and my husband said the same. I'm sure we'll watch again though if there is another series.

My daughters likewise did History GCSE (a few years ago now) and like your daughter still seemed to end up knowing not that much. It's the syllabus I suspect... and history is not looked upon as important as it was when I was at school. Back then, after Maths and English, came History and Geography in importance.

Yes, I do more reserving than amny too. LOL. In Devon it's 50p if you reserve online, £1 if you do it in the library.

Susan said...

I haven't seen The King's Speech yet either, Cath! And i have Raven Black sitting on my TBR shelf.....I'm so thrilled you are enjoying the Thursday Next series, which I also love. I had to laugh at your New Year's resolution, I certainly can't stop at 6 books out from the library! lol

I also have the Cassandra Clare first book to read on my shelf. There's nothing like coming to read your reviews to remind of what I still want to read! lol

I also clutch books to my chest, and not just in libraries either....

Cath said...

Susan: Well, I now own The King's Speech on dvd... just have to stop reading long enough to watch the thing!

Yes. Well. I think I'm now 'buying' slightly less books but this is more than made up for by Ye Olde Library Book Addiction. I think the only way to stop me might be for rentamob to stand outside the library doors and physically prevent me from going in. And even then I think it might be a close-run thing as I have sharp elbows and a bag full of books that I'm not afraid to use... ;-)

I started the Cassandra Clare yesterday. This morning I'm 300 pages through it. Does that give you a clue about how good it might be? LOL!!! Not sure which one you have though as my daughter told me yesterday that Clockwork Angel is a prequel trilogy, (book 2 out later in the year) so you may have the 'modern day' first book... City of Bones.

Logan Murphy said...

I really enjoyed all of the pictures! It makes me sad that I have never had an opportunity to visit England...One day!

Cath said...

Logan: Glad you enjoyed my photos. And I hope you get to visit the UK one day. I just tried to comment on your blog but yours seems to be one of the blogs that still has a commenting problem. The photos you posted are beautiful!