Library Loot

Even though I have a tower of library books next to my bed and an entire shelf devoted to the 20 Books of Summer, once again I couldn’t resist grabbing a few more books from the library. As you can see, it’s all backlist stuff so it’s perfect for my “About Time I Read It” series.

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 Claire’s blog.

Sadly, when it comes to books especially library books I have no self-control. Well, I guess all I can do right now is get back to reading.

Library Loot

Even though I’m trying to focus my attention on my 20 Books of Summer, I could not resist grabbing more books when I dropped by the public library this week. As you can see it’s a nice mix of history, politics, current events and religion. If you’re no stranger to my blog you should know this is my kind of stuff.

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 Claire’s blog.

If you ask me I’d say this is a nice assortment of books. I can’t wait to dive in.

Library Loot

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.

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.

Library Loot: March 14-20

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.

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.

Library Loot Strikes Again

If you could see my living room right now, you’d see I’m surrounded by piles of books. Sadly, only a fraction of these books I’m trying to read, the rest are books I merely wish I could be reading. Included in this overflowing array is a giant tower of library books stacked next to my couch that’s begging my attention like an ignored young child who silently stares into the eyes of a parent in hopes of grabbing  that parent’s attention. So, will all this reading material at arm’s length you think I could resist the urge to grab more stuff from the library? Of course not! Looks like Linda at Silly Little Mischief has the link this week. Here’s what I picked up the other day.

 

Still More Library Loot

Even though I’m up to my eyeballs in reading material I couldn’t help myself the other day at the public library when I grabbed six more books. Who knows if I’ll be able to read any of them, swamped as I am with recently acquired books but who cares. I’m sure by now most of you are familiar with this meme. We book bloggers write about the different books we’ve picked up at the library that week. In turn, we post a link to our post on a blogger’s page so folks can see what we hope to be reading over the next week or so. Just like before, our Library Loot co-hosts are Claire from The Captive Reader and Linda from Silly Little Mischief

Of the six books I’m featuring in this post, four are fiction and two are nonfiction. Two books, one fiction and one nonfiction are by Iranian-born authors. Two of the below-listed novels are works of historical fiction. While I grabbed one book on a friend’s recommendation the rest I checked out because they looked promising.

 

The Continuing Return of Library Loot

My new glasses has not only inspired me to erect a tower of books to read, but they’ve also got me running to the public library to grab more books. Despite having a ton of stuff on my plate I’m trying to read, or would like to read in the new future I couldn’t restrain myself earlier today from grabbing more books. Like I said last week, it’s been a tradition of us book bloggers to write about the different books we picked up at the library that week. In turn, we post a link to our post on a blogger’s page so readers can see what we hope to be reading over the coming weeks. Currently, our Library Loot co-hosts are Claire from The Captive Reader and Linda from Silly Little Mischief

Of the six books I’m featuring in this post, all but one is nonfiction. This week’s Library Loot has a definite global focus. Both Jasmin Darznik (Iran) and Bassem Youssef (Egypt) were born in the Middle East but now live in the United States.  Anjan Sundaram is an Indian national currently residing in Rwanda. Both Amos Oz and Fania Oz-Salzberger are Israelis. Jim Crace hails from the United Kingdom as did the late Tony Judt. If I can somehow find a way to get through these books in the coming weeks I’m sure I’ll find them enlightening and entertaining.

The Return of Library Loot

Been a long time since I’ve done a Library Loot post. Therefore, it is high time I did one. For those of you who aren’t familiar with this meme, it’s been a tradition of many of us book bloggers to write about the different books we’ve picked up at the library that week. In turn, we post a link to our post on a blogger’s page so readers can see what we hope to be reading over the next week or so. Currently, our Library Loot co-hosts are Claire from The Captive Reader and Linda from Silly Little Mischief

Of the six books I’m featuring in this post, three are fiction and three are nonfiction. At a quick glance, I can tell you the bulk of these were published within the last year or so. Two however are older books, with one published in 2007 and the other in 2001. I grabbed one because of friend’s recommendation, and two have been on my To Be Read list (TBR) for a long time. The rest I checked out just because they looked promising.

Library Loot: February 10 to 16

library-lootI haven’t done a Library Loot posting since last summer. That of course means it is high time I did another. Even though over the last year I’ve been trying to cut-down on the number of books I grab from the library, today I kind of fell off the wagon and walked away with a sizable collection of books. Fortunately for me, even though I’m trying to work my way through several good books, the stuff I snagged looks quite promising. As always, I don’t know how many of these books I’ll be able to get through before I have to return them. But then again, they look like excellent so who cares?

The Madmen of Benghazi by Gérard de Villiers – I’ve been looking for something by this French spy novelist for the last few years, ever since I read a fascinating article about him in The New York Times Magazine. Only recently has his stuff been translated into English. Before he recently passed away he had been praised by those in the international intelligence community for his insider knowledge of the shadowy world of global espionage.

Limonov: The Outrageous Adventures of the Radical Soviet Poet Who Became a Bum in New York, a Sensation in France, and a Political Antihero in Russia by Emmanuel Carrère – Wow, with a subtitle like that, how could I resist? Just like The Madmen of Benghazi, this one’s been translated from French into English.

And Then All Hell Broke Loose: Two Decades in the Middle East by Richard Engel – According to the front cover, Engel was the Chief Foreign Correspondent for NBC News. I’m looking forward to what he has to say about his time in the Middle East.

Banished: Surviving My Years in the Westboro Baptist Church by Laura Drain with Lisa Pulitzer – I love memoirs by people who’ve left insular religious communities. I can’t wait to read her account of what life is like in that utter freak show known as the Westboro Baptist Church.

Death in the City of Light: The Serial Killer of Nazi-Occupied Paris by David King – Reading the novels of Alan Furst has made me curious about life in Paris during the German occupation. Throw a serial killer into the mix and now I really wanna read King’s book!

Heretics and Heroes: How Renaissance Artists and Reformation Priests Created Our World by Thomas Cahill- Cahill has been a favorite author of mine for years, starting with his 1995 smash hit How the Irish Saved Civilization. I hope I enjoy his most recent offering Heretics and Heroes.

Library Loot: July 1 to 7

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, with my last one appearing two years ago.

Today, on this warm and lazy July 4th holiday 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.

Well, there it is. Quite a lot of reading ahead of me. If I make it though only a portion 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.