Library Loot is a weekly event co-hosted by Claire from The Captive Reader and Marg from The Adventures of an Intrepid 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.
I am on vacation this week and it is a rather wonderful feeling. My European trip at the end of the summer was very fun but very busy. This vacation is all about relaxing. I have flown south down to our family place in California and am surrounded by sunshine and palms trees. Ah, but it is nice. I only arrived Saturday afternoon but I’ve already read four books, spent many hours in the pool and had a wonderful time taking long walks each morning and admiring all the desert flowers. It is the perfect break from work and ‘normal’ life and I know I’ll go home feeling very refreshed – and well read!
The FitzOsbornes at War by Michelle Cooper – the final book in Cooper’s Montmaray Journals, a young adult trilogy set during the 1930s and 1940s about a group of siblings/cousins from the fictional island kingdom of Montmaray who, as the series continues, find themselves living in exile in England. I started this the very moment I got home from the library and did not put it down until I had finished a few hours later. I think the second book, The FitzOsbornes in Exile, is still the best – this one gets caught up in excessive detail about life on the home front – but I adore the narrator Sophie. How can you not adore a character who, when standing in line to buy sugar, ponders how Trollope’s Mrs Proudie would handle rationing (conclusion: “She’d probably have married Lord Woolton and seized control of the Ministry of Food by now”) or who falls back on Elizabeth Bennet’s words when rejecting an unwanted proposal?
Indiscretion by Jude Morgan – this was Morgan’s first Regency-era novel and though it is not my favourite of the three that he has written so far (it has some rather laboured jokes and all the allusions to Austen wear thin after a while), it is still fun.
An Accomplished Woman by Jude Morgan – my favourite of Morgan’s novels:
As a young woman, clever, self-reliant Lydia Templeton scandalized Regency society by rejecting the county’s most eligible bachelor. Years later, although Lydia would prefer to avoid entanglements of the heart altogether, her godmother begs her to help her young ward make a suitable match. Though the prospect fills Lydia with horror, she can scarcely refuse, but things turn out even worse than she fears when her ward proves surprisingly tricky to manage and the confirmed spinster begins to suspect that her own heart may not be the closed book she thought it was.
What did you pick up this week?