Library Loot

All I took was Clair’s recent Library Loot post to inspire me to grab a few more books. Foolish, since I still have a towering stack of previously borrowed books next to my bed. Just like I said last week, when will I ever learn? Probably never. 

Library Loot is a weekly event co-hosted Claire from The Captive Reader and Sharlene from Real Life Reading to encourage 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 Claire’s blog

Library Loot

Even though I’ve been enjoying Erika Fatland’s Sovietistan: Travels in Turkmenistan, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, and Uzbekistan I felt I needed a break. But instead of just reading something from the stack of previously borrowed stuff next to my bed I grabbed more library books. Once again, I have more library books on my hands than I know what to do with. When will I ever learn? 

Library Loot is a weekly event co-hosted Claire from The Captive Reader and Sharlene from Real Life Reading to encourage 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 Sharlene’s blog

  • Innocence; or, Murder on Steep Street by Heda Margolius Kovály – Needing something representing the Czech Republic for Rose City Reader’s European Reading Challenge made this one hard to resist. A murder mystery set during the early years of the Communist regime also made it hard to turn down. 
  • The Snows of Yesteryear by Gregor von Rezzori – Born in a part of the old Austro-Hungarian Empire that’s now Ukraine, Rezzori’s novel of family drama during the first decades of the 20th century looks like an entertaining glimpse into a world undergoing unprecedented political and societal change. 
  • Grand Hotel Abyss: The Lives of the Frankfurt School by Stuart Jeffries – 20th century intellectual giants Walter Benjamin, Theodor Adorno, Jürgen Habermas, and Herbert Marcuse are all associated with this highly progressive and intellectually bold department at Goethe University in interwar Frankfurt. One of my buddies who’s a professor at the local university is always talking about the Frankfort School. Maybe if I read this book I’ll finally understand what the heck he’s talking about.
  • A Feather on the Breath of God by Sigrid Nunez – A novel featuring a protagonist with a Chinese-Panamanian father and a German mother set in the housing projects in the 1950s and 1960s sounds like a fun adventure. 
  • Futureface: A Family Mystery, an Epic Quest, and the Secret to Belonging by Alex Wagner – The daughter of a Burmese mother and a white American father traveling around the world in search of answers regarding her ethnic identity is the perfect companion book to Nunez’s above-mentioned novel. 
  • Living with a Dead Language: My Romance with Latin by Ann Patty – After working thirty-five years as a book editor in New York City, Ann Patty said no more and moved to the country. After getting bored with living out in the woods she started studying Latin at the local college. Sounds eerily similar to my life. (Other than I never spent 35 years as a book editor in New York, and I’m not studying Latin at the local college.) 

Library Loot

After finishing Ian Kershaw’s To Hell and Back: Europe 1914-1949 I was feeling adventurous and decided to grab a few more library books. With a towering stack of previously borrowed stuff next to my bed begging to be read one could argue this was a foolish move. But, as well all know I have no self-control whatsoever when it comes to library books. So I might as well make the best of the situation and just keep reading. 

Library Loot is a weekly event co-hosted Claire from The Captive Reader and Sharlene from Real Life Reading to encourage 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 Sharlene’s blog

Library Loot

I’m still making my way through Ian Kershaw’s To Hell and Back: Europe 1914-1949 and have barely touched Souad Mekhennet’s I Was Told to Come Alone: My Journey Behind the Lines of Jihad. Even though I borrowed a big ole stack of library books just last week you wouldn’t think I wanted anymore. Well, I stopped at the library the other day and grabbed four more.

Library Loot is a weekly event co-hosted Claire from The Captive Reader and Sharlene from Real Life Reading to encourage 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 Sharlene’s blog

Library Loot

 After months of reading nonfiction I needed a break. In search of a little variety I recently borrowed three historical novels (plus one family memoir), even though I’ve got plenty to read right now with Ian Kershaw’s To Hell and Back: Europe 1914-1949 and Souad Mekhennet’s I Was Told to Come Alone: My Journey Behind the Lines of Jihad. But maybe an enjoyable work of fiction over a hot cup of coffee on a crisp fall morning is just what I need. Plus, it’s hard to resist stuff set during the Second World War or the period immediately afterward. 

Library Loot is a weekly event co-hosted Claire from The Captive Reader and Sharlene from Real Life Reading to encourage 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 Claire’s blog

Library Loot

 Fall has finally arrived and with it cooler temperatures, colorful leaves and American-style football. To me this is the perfect time of year to spend a lazy weekend afternoon or crisp early evening reading a good book along with an enjoyable adult beverage. To help usher in the season, I recently borrowed a half-dozen books from the library, all of which look promising. 

Library Loot is a weekly event co-hosted Claire from The Captive Reader and Sharlene from Real Life Reading to encourage 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 Claire’s blog

Library Loot

Even though I’m up to my eyeballs in stuff to read I went a little crazy at the library and wound up with a big ole stack of books. Sadly, I fear I’ll never get ’em read. But I’m sure as hell gonna try.

Library Loot is a weekly event co-hosted Claire from The Captive Reader and Sharlene from Real Life Reading to encourage 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 Claire’s Blog.

But is having too many books really a problem? Naw. Looks like I’ve got some great reading in my future. Nothing wrong with that. 

Library Loot

Thankfully, it’s not going to be a million degrees this weekend. But I still wanna find a spot that’s cool, grab an adult beverage and read a book. So yesterday while I was in town running errands I dropped by the public library a grabbed some books because, well I could. 

Library Loot is a weekly event co-hosted Claire from The Captive Reader and Sharlene from Real Life Reading to encourage 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 Sharlene’s Blog.

With COVID restrictions in my state finally lifted I can now sit at the bar, drink a pint or two and read until my heart is content. Let the good times roll. 

Library Loot

It’s going to be a million degrees this weekend. (Ok not a million but 112° F or 44° C. ) So I might as well find a spot that’s reasonably cool, grab an adult beverage and read. So yesterday I drove into town to run a few errands and dropped by my favorite public library to grab a book or two. Because if it’s gonna be hot, I gotta have enough stuff to read. 

Library Loot is a weekly event co-hosted Claire from The Captive Reader and Sharlene from Real Life Reading to encourage 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 Sharlene’s Blog.

With COVID restrictions in my county continuing to be rolled back maybe I’ll find a nice air conditioned pub, drink a few pints of beer read until my heart is content. Let’s just hope when I do eventually step outside I don’t melt.

Library Loot

With the weather improving and COVID restrictions in my area easing up a bit I drove into town today to run a few errands and drop by my favorite public library to maybe grab a book or two. (Because after all, I can’t have too many library books at my immediate disposal can I?) Of course by doing so I’ve completely wrecked any hope I’d stick to my intended 20 books of summer. But seriously, did anyone really think I’d really read all the books on my list? 

Library Loot is a weekly event co-hosted Claire from The Captive Reader and Sharlene from Real Life Reading to encourage 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 Claire’s blog.

With COVID restrictions beginning to lessen, weather improving and more people able to interact because they’ve been vaccinated I look forwards to once again being able to sit in a pub with a pint of beer and a big ole stack of books and read until my heart is content. And with a three day weekend coming up next week I think that’s exactly what I will do.