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, and in turn link that post on another book blogger’s page. 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.
Even though I’m trying to focus my attention on my 20 Books of Summer, I could not resist these three books and simply had to grab them at the library this afternoon.
- The List by Martin Fletcher – Back in 2014 I stumbled across Fletcher’s novel Jacob’s Oath. Set in 1945 London, Austrian Holocaust survivors Georg and Edith strive to rebuild their lives in wake of the 20th century’s most horrific tragedy. If his 2011 effort The List is half as good, I’ll be a happy camper.
- In the Enemy’s House: The Secret Saga of the FBI Agent and the Code Breaker Who Caught the Russian Spies by Howard Blum – Considering my weakness for Cold War adventures how could I resist this one?
- Seminary Boy by John Cornwell – Neither could I resist a good seminary memoir. (Or for that matter any memoir dealing with religious faith in one form or another.) I’m excited to read this one by the author of Hitler’s Pope.
Library Loot is a weekly event co-hosted by the above-mentioned Claire from The Captive Reader and Linda from Silly Little Mischief 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, steal the Library Loot pic and link your post using the Mr. Linky on Linda’s blog.
Well, there it is. Still more reading ahead of me. If I make it though only one of these of books 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.