Library Loot is a weekly event co-hosted by Claire from The Captive Reader and Marg from The Adventures of an Intrepid Reader 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! This week's Library Loot is at Marg's.
War For the Oaks by Emma Bull
This is the May selection for the Women of Fantasy 2011 Book Club in which I'm participating. Although I use the term "participating" very loosely here. While I read the January and February books and absolutely loved them both --especially Elfland by Freda Warrington, I regretfully didn't join in the book discussion for either one. I'm going to try my best to make time to comment in the discussion post for this one at the end of the month.
War For the Oaks has been on shelves for a very long time. Having been first published in 1987, it is widely considered the founding book of the entire urban fantasy genre. There's a quote on the cover of my edition from Neil Gaiman: "Emma Bull is really good." All right, then, Mr. Gaiman. Thanks for those inspiring words of praise! LOL. I'll let you all know if indeed he's spot on with that. ;)
The First Cut by Diane Emley
Nan Vining Mysteries, Book 1
This is the May selection for the Authors by the Alphabet Book Club. It's Paula's turn to pick this month who so graciously chose a book for an E author after we skipped last month. I vowed that I would really be okay with skipping a letter if we had to, but I do not lie when I say I feel more right with the world now that we are covering the letter E. Saying I feel Elated, Ecstatic, Euphoric, Exulted would be Exaggerations but I am definitely put to Ease with this move on Paula's part. ;)
This is the first suspense thriller that we'll be reading together, so I'm looking forward to seeing how we all react to this one. Look for a review and or commentary at the end of the month.
After reading several stellar young adult books last month, I couldn't help myself from revisiting the shelves at the library for some new material.
Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan
A collaborative work by two fantastic young adult authors, Will Grayson, Will Grayson was published in 2010 and has been the recipient of countless literary awards. Okay, maybe not countless, but I'd say seven literary awards is pretty darned impressive. The story is about two teen boys both named Will Grayson who cross paths and the consequences of their intertwined lives. And something about a fabulous high school musical? Should be interesting.
Boy Meets Boy by David Levithan
This book is author David Levithan's 2003 debut novel and recipient of the ALA's Top Ten Books for Young Adults in 2004. And my David Levithan book of the month. Boy Meets Boy is about the complicated love life of a sophomore boy's year in a utopian-inspired high school devoid of homophobia.
Trash by Andy Mulligan
Published in late 2010, this is yet another novel with several literary awards already to its name. Trash is a story about a boy named Raphael who lives in a dump site with other boys. They find a leather bag the contents of which will change everything.
I also picked up a fourth YA title, but as I was typing this, I realized it was book #3 in a trilogy. Oops. It's going back to the library and I'll hopefully switch it for book #1. I'm not counting it in this week's loot. :P
What looks good to you?