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


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!

Friday Finds – Whales, Romance, Vikings, and 18th Century Queens

It seems a lot more books are making it onto my TBR list than I am reading. I will be the first to admit it has gotten out of hand, but what can I say? There are so many books out there that I want to read so I just keep adding and hoping that someday I get to them.

Here are a few I recently added thanks to a lot bloggers out there. Honestly, I wish I had kept better track of where I heard about these books but I didn’t. I made a promise to myself to be more careful about that so the next time I will be sharing links to where I found them as well.

The Whale: In Search of the Giants of the Sea by Philip Hoare. Hoare is obsessed with whales and using Herman Melville’s Moby Dick as inspiration, goes in search of the magnificent creatures. It’s a story about whales and whaling and for some reason I find this stuff fascinating. Not so much the whaling part but whales themselves.

O, Juliet by Robin Maxwell. I have a soft spot for Romeo and Juliet. In a high school English class, we were all assigned a part in the play and had to read it out loud. I was Mrs. Capulet. She doesn’t have many lines at all so my part wasn’t all that interesting but the tragic and wonderful story was and I have been in love with it ever since.

The Far Traveler: Voyages of a Viking Woman by Nancy Marie Brown. I, for reasons unknown, am utterly entranced by anything Viking. There is no logical reason for this but I find myself seeking out shows on the Science channel that talk about Vikings all the time and when I saw this book, I knew I needed to read it.

Abundance: A Novel of Marie Antoinette by Sena Jeter Naslund. I love anything Marie Antoinette. She’s such a polarizing figure in history and one that has been written about so often. I read a biography of her a few years ago and will now read pretty much anything that mentions here because I find her and her life so intriguing.

The Whale: In Search of the Giants of the Sea

O, Juliet

The Far Traveler: Voyages of a Viking Woman

Abundance: A Novel of Marie Antoinette

So there we have it this week — a list of all my strange fascinations and temptations, at least where books are concerned.

Anything good make it onto your TBR list this week?

Friday Finds is hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Leave a comment here with a link to your own finds, or share your answers at Should Be Reading. Happy Friday.

Friday Finds

I haven’t done a Friday Finds in a while so I thought I’d share a few books that have been added to my TBR list this week.

The Art of Deception by Elizabeth Ironside. A story about forbidden love, obsession, and stolen art.

Noah’s Compass by Anne Tyler. I’ve always liked Anne Tyler and it’s been a while since I’ve read one of her books.

The Kingdom of Ohio by Matthew Flaming. Time travel and alternate histories, what can be more fun!

The Lady in the Tower: The Fall of Anne Boleyn by Alison Weir. A history book but supposedly reads like a fiction thriller. I’m adding a few more non-fiction books to my list this year and I thought this would be a good addition.

Ordinary Thunderstorms by William Boyd. Intelligence/spy fiction. I don’t read much of this genre and this one looked interesting.

The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters. A lot of people have been talking about Waters and this book in particular. I can’t wait to read it.

Anything good make it onto your TBR list this week?

The Art of Deception

Noah's Compass

The Kingdom of Ohio

Friday Finds is hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Leave a comment here with a link to your own finds, or share your answers at Should Be Reading.

The Lady in the Tower: The Fall of Anne Boleyn

Ordinary Thunderstorms

The Little Stranger

W… W… W… Wednesdays

www_wednesdays41W… W… W… Wednesdays asks three (3) questions:

What are you currently reading?

What did you recently finish reading?

What do you think you’ll be reading next?

And this week’s books are…

Currently reading – Nefertiti by Michelle Moran

Recently finished – Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater

Reading next – Fallen by Lauren Kate

W… W… W… Wednesdays is hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Leave a comment here with a link to your own W… W…W… Wednesdays post, or share your answers at Should Be Reading.

Of Books and Travels

cropped-book-stack-1a.jpgI’m off on a long work trip and after tossing a random assortment of clothes into a suitcase carelessly, I now find myself worrying about what books to take with me.

I raided the library, the bookstore, and my shelves and 8 have made the cut. I’m learning towards taking them all right now. It’s a cross-country plane ride and I am going to a city I don’t much care for. I won’t name it as I don’t want to offend anyone who happens to live there. Let’s just say gambling is not my thing. 😉 So, what am I to do? Well, break out the backpack of course! Yes, my husband was correct when he said we needed a second one for traveling. He was thinking of hiking, but I find they are a great way for me to carry a large number of books on trips.

Here’s the reading list for next week. We’ll see how many I get through after working a few 15 hour days.

The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett. I’ve read a few pages but I keep putting it off knowing I have a long flight in my future. It’s a chunkster and so perfect for a long trip.

Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater. I can’t wait to start this book!

Fallen by Lauren Kate. This is an advanced reader’s copy but it looks interesting.

Nefertiti by Michelle Moran. I broke down and bought it since I enjoyed Cleopatra’s Daughter and The Heretic Queen so much.

A Highlander’s Temptation by Sue-Ellen Welfonder. I don’t ever read books like this but I thought it would be a great distraction on the plane when The Pillars of the Earth gets too heavy to hold.

Covenant with the Vampire by Jeanne Kalogridis. The library didn’t have The Borgia Bride so picked up this one. It’s supposedly her first novel. I liked The Devil’s Queen and I’m looking forward to this one.

Kristin Lavransdatter I: The Bridal Wreath and II: The Mistress of Husaby.

On average, I read about 3 books a week. I know I won’t be getting through many on the list but at least I’ll have a lot of choose from.

Friday Finds

Friday FindsWhat books did you discover this past week?

I have two to add to the TBR list.

May Contain Traces of Magic

In Great Waters

May Contains Traces of Magic by Tom Holt. I think this one came from an email newsletter but I can’t remember which one.

In Great Waters by Kim Whitfield. This one I found thanks to The Literary Omnivore.

Anything interesting you added to your list this week?

Friday Finds is hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Leave a comment here with a link to your own finds, or share your answers at Should Be Reading.