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.
Ah yes, it is the beginning of that post-New Year period when all the holds I placed throughout 2012 (from January through to December – seriously) suddenly decide to come in all at once. And there are more still coming. Bring it on, library. This is what I spend the rest of the year training for.
Speaking of Jane Austen by Sheila Kaye-Smith and G.B. Stern – having just (on Tuesday) finished reading Kaye-Smith’s wonderful All the Books of My Life, I cannot wait to read more of her thoughts (here joined with G.B. Stern’s) on Jane Austen.
The English Lakes: A History by Ian H. Thompson – I have been looking longingly at this book since it was published in 2010 but always for one reason or another put off reading it. Having spent much of my holiday break planning this summer’s trip to the Lake District, now seems the perfect time to finally pick up this history of the area.
The Lunar Men: The Friends Who Made the Future, 1730-1810 by Jenny Uglow – okay, long-time readers have seen this show up time and time again in my Library Loot, usually around this time of year. But every time I get distracted by other books and other commitments and it ends up being returned unread. I am really, really hoping to break that pattern this time because I know I am going to adore this.
Moranthology by Caitlin Moran – I have a hold placed on Moran’s How to Be a Woman but, given my current position in the queue, don’t anticipate getting my hands on it for some time. To console myself, I picked up this collection of her columns for The Times, which Simon read recently and loved.
Orderly and Humane: The Expulsion of the Germans after the Second World War by R.M. Douglas – nothing says fun like a new(ish) history book from the Yale University Press about the brutal removal of millions of ethnic Germans from Eastern and Central European countries after the Second World War.
Daughter of Empire: Life as a Mountbatten by Pamela Hicks – I love this sort of memoir and cannot wait to dive into it this weekend.
What did you pick up this week?