French Pirates and Dragons

Don’t see the connection? I went to the library and this is what I came home with. Well, not actual pirates and dragons but close enough.

Honestly, it’s been months since I’ve been to my library and there are a couple reasons for that. Reason number one — the books on my shelf have been calling! But I decided it was time and off I went to the lovely place with all the books. On this visit, I held myself to two books.

Frenchman’s Creek by Daphne Du Maurier — I’ve had this in my hands before but never got around to it but that won’t happen this time. I will finally get to this one, and really all I have to say, is French Pirates!

Tooth and Claw by Jo Walton — I’m reading Among Others right now and enjoying it and thought why not go for another one. Why not the one with the dragons?

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Library Loot – The last time I go without a list…

Last Friday, I decided to head over to the library and see what the stacks had to offer.  This will be the last time I do this — at least for the next few months that is.  I left when I couldn’t carry anything else and almost dropped what I was holding while standing in line because my circulation was being cut off by the books I was holding.  I over did it…but I have no regrets!

The Mosaic of Shadows by Tom Harper.  It’s a historical mystery, and even though mysteries are not my thing (I spend too much time trying to figure out who did it that I forget to enjoy the story.), this one looked really interesting and I love the back drop.  I started it today and so far so good.

Fire in the East by Harry Sidebottom.  This is the first book in the Warrior of Rome series and I’m a sucker for anything that promises Roman soldiers.

A College of Magics by Caroline Stevermer.  I’ve never heard of this author before but I wanted some fantasy and this one was on the shelf.  It’s a series, so if it pleases, the second will be coming home as well.

Packing for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the Void by Mary Roach.  My husband loves watching the NASA channel.  Do know what happens on the NASA channel?  A whole lotta nothing.  BUT, he likes it so I endure.  Anyway, we both saw a review for Packing for Mars and we lucked out and managed to get it without having to wait eons for it.

The Last Kingdom by Bernard Cornwell.  I’m attempting to read every Cornwell book my library has which is a lot.  I took a break after reading a few of his books earlier this year but couldn’t pass this up — it’s the Saxon trilogy.  I cannot express how excited I am about this book!  🙂

The Burning Times by Jeanne Kalogridis.  I love Kalogridis’s writing but my library doesn’t have many on her backlist.  I’ve been trying to get a hold of this book for a while and it was there waiting for me this time.  It’s set in 14th Century France with Knights Templar, witchcraft, the Black Death, and the Hundred Years War all thrown in.

The Clouds Beneath the Sun by Mackenzie Ford.  This is set in Kenya in 1961.  I have to admit that the cover got me and that’s why it came home but the story sounds very intriguing as well.

Enchanted Ground by Sarah Woodhouse.  I’m not sure how I ended up with this book but it promises a lot of family drama and looks sad and wonderful all at the same time.  Unfortunately, I couldn’t find a cover for this book.

Library Loot is a weekly event co-hosted by Marg and Claire that encourages bloggers to share the books they’ve checked out from the library.

Library Loot – August 20th Edition

This week’s library loot is an odd mix of books — Anglo-Saxons, French medieval history, time travel, Greek mythology, and the Jamestown settlement.  I’m at a bit of a loss to explain how I ended up with this lot, sooo, instead of waiting for me to come up with something witty, let’s just get to the loot.

The Shipwreck that Saved Jamestown: The Sea Venture Castaways and the Fate of America by Lorri Glover and Daniel Blake Smith.  I was doing a general history search since I’ve been feeling a little historically deficient lately and found this.  I started it earlier in the week and so far it’s very interesting.

Achilles by Elizabeth Cook.  This one’s fiction and looks like a tasty little bit of reading.

The House on the Strand by Daphne Du Maurier.  Time travel, 14th Century France — there is nothing more that I want in a book.

Life in Medieval France by E.R. Chamberlin.  This is sort of a reference book and doesn’t have any cover art so enjoy the red little beauty I found as a place holder.  Oddly, for a book with no cover artwork, there are a ton of photos inside.

The Anglo-Saxons by James Campbell, Eric John, and Patrick Wormald.  I picked this one up for A Tournament of Reading Challenge.  Again, amazed by the amount of pictures in this one too.

Library Loot is a weekly event co-hosted by Marg and Claire that encourages bloggers to share the books they’ve checked out from the library.

Library Loot – Giving Up on Holds and Browsing the Stacks

Usually, I make liberal use of the holds system at my library. Lately, it hasn’t been working to my advantage. This week, I had some extra time and several books to return, so I thought, why not just browse. With a list of authors and books I’d like in hand, I set off for the stacks. I limited myself to three books since I also did a quick peruse of the at home shelves and picked out a few forgotten books that are longing to be read.

Here’s what I came home with.

The Dead Travel Fast by Deanna Raybourn. I came across this one a few weeks ago and was thrilled to see it on the shelf. I’ve not read any of Raybourn’s books and I’ve read a few reviews that said this wasn’t as good as her other books but since I haven’t read them, I’m not worried. Ignorance can sometimes be a good thing when it comes to a new author. This one is about a woman named Theodora who abandons her life and heads to Rumania where rumors of vampires still run rampant. There are castles and counts and brooding noblemen and I’m guessing from the cover pic, some romance and heavy breathing as well. Not sure how I feel about that yet but we’ll see.

The Good Thief by Hannah Tinti. I’ve been wanting to read this one for so long but never got around to adding it to the hold pile. I thought I’d take a shot and see if it might be available and, poof, there is was. It’s supposed to be gothic and spooky and richly imagined — OK, so that’s what the cover says and, yes, I fell for it. Abandoned as a small child, twelve year old Ren is missing his left hand, has no idea how he lost it, and has no idea who his family is. When a man appears at the orphanage claiming to be his brother, he convinces the monks to let him go with the man in the hopes that he will solve the mystery that is his life.

The Rosetta Key by William Dietrich. I was hoping for Napoleon’s Pyramids but this was all they had of Dietrich’s books so off the shelf it came. Thieves, sea voyages, armies, mysterious medallions, Egyptian scrolls…not sure what more can be added here but it sounds like a good summer read on a hot day by a lake.

Library Loot is a weekly event co-hosted by Eva and Marg 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!

Library Loot – Re-Reading Authors

The library, oh, the library. It seems each time I try to pick up a book, confusion reigns. I may love my library (really, who doesn’t) but lately we seem to be having a battle of wills. This week, I won. If you can call several trips back and forth to pick up promised books that, in fact, were not actually available, winning. I call it winning because I came home with more books than I originally planned to. This happens to me frequently. I was only planning to bring home one…

Here are my goodies! While getting my books together for this post, I realized these are all authors I have read before. I need to start keeping track of my author re-reads and my reactions to their different books. Blog post in the making me thinks.

Fire by Kristin Cashore. This is the companion novel to Graceling which I adored. It’s not a sequel and not exactly a prequel but I fell in love with the world Cashore created and couldn’t pass this one up when I found out the library had it. This one centers around the last remaining human monster named Fire.

The Divine Sacrifice by Tony Hays. This is the second book in Hays’s Arthurian mystery novel series. I generally don’t read many mysteries but I have been trying to branch out a bit. I enjoyed the first book, The Killing Way, and saw this one on the new releases shelf and decided to give it a try. In this sequel, the trusted counselor to King Arthur is off to Glastonbury Abbey to investigate reports of rebellion. Really, did anyone think I would pass up a book with King Arthur? 🙂

Benighted by Kit Whitfield. I recently finished In Great Waters by Whitfield, and while I won’t say that I loved it, there was something about her writing that made me want to read another of her books. While In Great Waters introduced the reader to a world of mermaid like beings, Benighted is a world full of lycanthropes. Yes, werewolves. I know, I know. More werewolves. I wasn’t sure either but after reading a few pages, this one looks good. My hopes are high.

Library Loot is a weekly event co-hosted by Eva and Marg 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!

Library Loot – Smiles All Around

It’s been weeks, looong weeks, since I’ve been to the library. I made a promise that I would read all the books that I’ve recently bought, received as gifts, and wantonly ordered with the abundance of holiday gift cards we had on hand. Well, I’ve succeeded. OK, so not entirely, but I’m down to two books, or some silly nonsense like that, and decided that I would test out my luck with a few library holds.

Here are my goodies…

In Great Waters by Kit Whitfield. I’ve had this book on hold since February. I was so excited (No, really you have no idea how excited I was.) when the library sent me a note saying it was ready for pick up. Alternate reality with mermaids! I can’t wait. I almost started this one on the train home but for once it was running on time…

Graceling by Kristin Cashore. I saw that my library has this one and I put my name in for it and, wow, did it arrive fast. I thought I’d be in line behind 20 people for this one but no, library luck was with me. I’ve read a lot of good reviews of this one and really hope it holds up.

The Crystal Cave by Mary Stewart. After I finished Hollick’s Pendragon’s Banner series, I went into Arthur withdrawal. I decided to take a look at a few older books and found this one circa 1970. It’s more about Merlin than Arthur but that’s what was so appealing for me. I also love the very 70s cover design as well.

The Conquest by Elizabeth Chadwick. Even though I have decided this summer with be a renewal with my love of the fantasy genre, I decided on a whim to see if the library had any Chadwick on the shelves. My library doesn’t have many of her books and they always seem to be checked out but today I found The Conquest waiting on the shelf just for me.

I was also hoping for two more books but no luck but I’m so pleased with my haul this week. Ah, smiling…

In Great Waters

Graceling

The Crystal Cave

The Conquest

Library Loot is a weekly event co-hosted by Eva and Marg 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!

Library Loot

It’s been a few weeks since my last library loot so I thought I’d share what I picked up this week. I have a few books on hold and these are the two that came in.

The Greenlanders by Jane Smiley. I recently read The Far Traveler: Voyages of a Viking Woman by Nancy Marie Brown and liked it so much that I did a quick search at my library to see what other Viking inspired books it had lurking on the shelves. I came across The Greenlanders and added it my hold list. It’s a long book and rather dense but I can’t wait to get into this one. Hunts, feasts, feuds, and love affairs in the 14th Century with Vikings — it’s everything I was looking for.

The Greatest Knight by Elizabeth Chadwick. I read The Wild Hunt by Chadwick earlier this year and enjoyed it. I wanted to pick up a few other books of hers but it seems my library only has The Greatest Knight which is fine because this one has been on my list for a while so in the end it worked out.

The Greenlanders

The Greatests Knight

I’ve been reading a lot of historical fiction lately so I think I’m going to have to put a few contemporary books on hold too so I don’t over do it on the Middle Ages.

Pick up anything interesting at the library this week?

Library Loot is a weekly event co-hosted by Eva and Marg 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!