For a long time, Library Loot was a regular feature on my blog. Almost every week I would report to the world which books I grabbed from the public library. This arrangement not only helped my readers get a glimpse into what I hoped to read over the coming weeks, it also gave me the opportunity to see what other book bloggers planned on reading. I discovered many a great book thanks to this little meme, including Keith Lowe’s Savage Continent: Europe in the Aftermath of World War II, since it was a Library Loot posting on Claire’s blog The Captive Reader that first brought Lowe’s book to my attention. But sadly, I fell out of the habit of doing Library Loot posts. Time to change that.
Today, on with spring just a few days away I’ve decided to resurrect that little blogging tradition of mine. Behold, a parade of recently acquired books, courtesy of my public library. Of course, it’s no sure thing I’ll end up reading all of them, but perhaps that’s not the point. Maybe the purpose is to share your reading ambitions with others. So, with all that in mind, here’s what I’ve brought home recently from the public library.
- Faith at War: A Journey on the Frontlines of Islam, from Baghdad to Timbuktu by Yaroslav Trofimov
- The Fires of Spring: A Post-Arab Spring Journey Through the Turbulent New Middle East – Turkey, Iraq, Qatar, Jordan, Egypt, and Tunisia by Shelly Culbertson
- The Invisible Arab: The Promise and Peril of the Arab Revolutions by Marwan Bishara
- The United States of Europe: The New Superpower and the End of American Supremacy by T. R. Reid
- Ants Among Elephants: An Untouchable Family and the Making of Modern India by Sujatha Gidla
- The Devils of Cardona by Matthew Carr
Well, there it is. Quite a lot of reading ahead of me. As you can see, it’s pretty nonfiction heavy with half the books dealing with the Middle East and Muslim world. Typical of my reading tastes, all these books have an international focus, be it Spain, India or Europe in general. If I only end up getting through only one or two of them before I have to return the books to the library I’ll consider it a major accomplishment. So with that in mind, maybe I need to wrap up this long overdue Library Loot post and get back to reading.