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.

So I had a particularly stressful day at work yesterday and decided to treat myself to a visit to the library (as you do) and also pay off some fines (I like to keep a clean slate). As I already have a huge stack of books waiting to be read, I thought I’d just browse to clear my head, but no, I ended up spotting two new books I just had to grab.

The Angel With Two Faces by Nicola Upson – I enjoyed Upson’s first book, An Expert In Murder, featuring the crime writer Josephine Tey as a sleuth.

The Einstein Girl by Philip Sington – I have a weakness for books featuring the name Einstein. Can’t seem to shake it off. This looks like a mystery and love story set in the early 20th century delving into secrets about Einstein, relativity and murder.

Both books would be perfect for Nymeth’s The 1930s Mini-Challenge.

I’m trying to finish two books at the moment: To Live and To Write: Selections by Japanese Women Writers 1913-1938 edited by Yukiko Tanaka which is inspiring and Scarlett Thomas’ new book Our Tragic Universe. I had forgotten how much I like Thomas’ writing. And so far, her new book is as good as the amazing The End of Mr. Y, lots about writing, books and strange goings-on, and she’s not afraid of talking about science.

I seem to be the only book blogger who hasn’t received David Mitchell’s The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet. But I’m not crying, because I’m going to go and see him talk at Foyles, Charing Cross Road on Wednesday May 5th at 6:30pm! Yay! He’s also signing at Waterstone’s, Gower Street on May 7th at 1pm. I just hope the volcanic ash doesn’t prevent him from coming down to London.

Some more books

9 March, 2010

I thought I was doing so well, resisting the lure of charity shops, but alas, I succumbed. But what a find! I got the following secondhand books:

The Outlander by Gil Adamson – this novel has had so many raving reviews on book blogs (I think I first heard about it on dovegreyreader scribbles) and it seemed a steal for a pound. With recommendations by Ann Patchett and Michael Ondaatje, it must be good.

Daphne by Justine Picardie – I love Daphne du Maurier and as it’s a mystery involving her and a secret about Branwell Brontë, how could I not get it?

Fingersmith by Sarah Waters – see below.

And from the library, I took out:

Affinity by Sarah Waters – also see below.

The Dark Volume by G.W. Dahlquist – I loved his first book, The Glass Books of the Dream Eaters and have been meaning to read this for ages, so I can’t wait to start the sequel.

Rebel Girls: Their Fight for the Vote by Jill Liddington – about suffragettes, perfect for the Women Unbound Challenge.

It looks like I’m on a bit of a Sarah Waters binge, and you aren’t wrong. I’ve been dying to read Affinity and when I spotted Fingersmith in the charity shop for a pound, I thought I’d give it another go as it seems it’s everyone’s favourite (mine is The Night Watch) and I wanted to see what I’ve missed. And it came signed too. Sweet!

And I bought the following:

The Queen’s Gambit by Diane A.S. Stuckart – who can resist a mystery featuring Leonardo da Vinci?

So what did you get this week?

Library Loot

22 January, 2010

I went to the library to return a book and came back with two more:

The Likeness by Tana French – I was seriously impressed with French’s debut In the Woods which was sophisticated and creepy at the same time, and have heard even better things about her sort-of sequel. Can’t wait to read it when I get back.

Bryant and May on the Loose by Christopher Fowler – I’ve been a big fan of Fowler’s since I read his first Bryant and May caper Full Dark House. It’s comic, nostalgic and great fun. And just by reading his books you absorb his vast knowledge and love of London. His last book, The Victoria Vanishes was a great mystery as well as a scintillating history of London pubs. And the names Bryant and May just crack me up (need a light, anyone?)

Never mind that I’m off on holiday today for two and a half weeks in the sun, but I just couldn’t resist. Could you?

And on top of it, I also got my Georgette Heyer crime stash, of which I’m taking Footsteps in the Dark to read on the plane. I think I may have read some of her romantic novels when I was at school (I forget which) but have never read any of her mysteries, so it’s an exciting first for me.

I’m also taking Silent on the Moor by Deanna Raybourn and Of Bees and Mist by Erick Setiawan both of which were kindly lent to me by a school friend (she knows what I like). That’s in addition to my big holiday read A Clash of Kings by George R.R. Martin and Shyam Selvadurai’s Cinnamon Gardens which will be a re-read. And I’m taking my Sony e-reader too. I’m just going to chill out with all my books and endless glasses of lime juice. Yummy.

Library Loot

1 November, 2009

Library Loot

is hosted by Eva and Marg.

This week has been a good one for scifi and fantasy. I just popped in to the library as an aside to my main mission of buying cucumbers to accompany my mum’s Hainanese chicken rice for dinner and look what I found:

Graceling by Kristin Cashore The Darkness That Comes Before by R. Scott BakkerThe Ninth Circle by Alex Bell

The Graceling by Kristin Cashore

The Darkness That Comes Before: Prince of Nothing Book 1 by R. Scott Bakker

The Ninth Circle by Alex Bell