Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Library Loot XXXVI

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?


  1. Can't wait to hear what you think of Boy Meets Boy.

  2. Hi Lisa! I almost started it tonight, but since I'm in the middle of two books right now I thought better of it. lol Have you read it?

    I'm sorry I've been delinquent in keeping up with my blog hopping. I trust things are well with you? Miss ya.

  3. I'll look forward to comparing thoughts on Will Grayson, Will Grayson.

  4. Oh yes, PLEASE tell me if I should read War for the Oaks. Someone else was talking about how good it was. Who? I don't remember. I'd love a second opinion if I should add it to the top of the teetering TBR pile.

  5. Ohh, interesting library loot. War For the Oaks sounds interesting - I look forward to hearing what you think.

    I'm back to library books after going on a m/m blitz while on holiday and am finally reading Cold Magic. So far so good :)

  6. Christine, great haul!

    I'll be joining you in your reading of the "War of the Oaks" by Emma Bull in May. I added it to my Book Club reads for the year.

    All the titles you chose look great, but Boy Meets Boy sounds quite interesting. I'm looking forward to your thoughts on that book.

  7. Great loot! mine is here

  8. Linda, we'll definitely have to compare notes on the Green-Levithan book!

    Kira, I'll let you know how War For the Oaks is when I read it. I'm really looking forward to it.

    orannia, again, I'll keep you in the know for how War For the Oaks goes. I'm sure you'll see on goodreads when I start it.

    Oh, I've wanted to read Cold Magic for sometime now, but none of my neighboring libraries have it. If you really love it, I'll just go buy it.

    Hils, YAY! I'm so glad you're going to read War For the Oaks for the book club, too! I'll let you know when I start it and you do the same. Maybe we can read along together and email each other secret oooo's and ahhh's and OH NO's!!! ;)

    I'll let you know about Boy Meets Boy. :)

    Kylie, thanks for checking out my loot! Yours looks great too. :)

  9. I am so glad I'm not the only adult reader who visits the YA section of their library. *g* I have a steampunk YA on hold that's due to release at the end of the month.
    I can't wait to hear what you think of all your great library finds!

  10. Brandy, I luuurve the YA section at the library. I'm like a kid in a penny candy shoppe. I'll take one of those, and one of those, and that one, and this one... so many enticing reads!

    I want to hear about the YA Steampunk you're waiting on! I seem to recall I joined a Steampunk reading challenge at some point.... lol

  11. That's second time I've seen Will Grayson, Will Grayson pop up. I'm interested to see what you think of it.

  12. Very nice loot! I think you got a little bit of everything!! :D Enjoy!

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  14. How coincidental that both you and Linda picked up Will Grayson, Will Grayson this week!

    Enjoy your loot!

  15. Well Christine, I tend to lean a bit toward the anal so going back to E was just the natural thing to do :)

    Tomes Devotee

  16. I really want to read Will Grayson, Will Grayson sometime soon! Enjoy all of your loot!

  17. The David Levithan books for sure :) Although Will Grayson Will Grayson got a so-so review from Mollie.

    It's good you're trying to complete your challenges! Go for it, Christine!


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