Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Library Loot LXVI {book sale}

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! 

It's been a whole week since my last post. I'm still not finding (making?) as much time as I'd like to blog. I have been reading a lot, which is definitely good, but unfortunately I'm just not juggling my time well and so I'm not sharing my thoughts on books, food, exercise, anything really. I have a few projects going on at home that are consuming a lot of my time and mental focus. While the idea of writing up a blog post is there, when the end of the day rolls around, I'd rather just decompress with a book. I'm sure many of you can relate.

This month's book pick for my online book club is Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn. Have you read it? I feel like I'm the only one who hasn't. Anyway, my library has seven copies of this book. Yes, seven. I've been at the top of the holds list since the beginning of the month and still don't have this book checked out. I see on the online system that two people are overdue returning their copy. Driving me nuts. I should have just bought the book by this point, but now that I've waited three weeks and I'm next, I'm determined to get it from the library. You know as soon as I buy it, the library will call me and tell me they've got it waiting for me. Especially since it looks like the other five people all need to return theirs within the next couple of days. By the way, have you read it?

Last Friday I went to a used book sale at a local library and came home with this short stack of books:

I think it's a fairly eclectic mix of books, although it does reveal my love of romance novels.

The Honey is Bitter by Violet Winspear
The Lost by J.D. Robb et. al.
Mr. Cavendish, I Presume by Julia Quinn
First Impressions by Nora Roberts
Swimming Home by Deborah Levy
The School of Essential Ingredients by Erica Bauermeiser
The Glass Castle by Jeanette Walls

Have you read any of these? 

That little book at the top - The Honey is Bitter by Violet Winspear is a 1967 Harlequin romance! I couldn't believe it... older than me! I just had to have it. Paid 50 cents for it. I flipped through it and read a few passages. Not sure I can bring myself to read the whole thing. So archaic.. the language and the stereotypes. Ugh. But an interesting find, nonetheless.

Mr. Cavendish, I Presume by Julia Quinn. Kind of serendipitous that I spotted this one because I was actually reading the pre-cursor to this novel, The Lost Duke of Wyndham (which I adored!), at the time. Of course, I came home to discover that I already had this book on my to-be-read shelf. A signed copy, no less. Ah oh well. Another 50 cents to a good cause. (I finished reading this one, now, too. Not as good as The Lost Duke).

That's about it for my library looting. How about you?


  1. Oh Christine! Violet Winspear was one of my auto-buy Harlequin authors in the 80's and 90's. Ahhh, the nostalgia! I still miss reading her 'old skool' romances. Anne Mather was another one. Sigh... I used to have a collection of their books and used to hunt UBS for the oldies like this one. I gave them all away when I moved to Jersey from LA. Ohhh, the pain!

    And I will look forward to your thoughts on Mr. Cavendish. I thought that was an interesting experiment by Quinn.

  2. Aw Hils, I'm so happy my old skool find brought back some nice memories for you. I will gladly give you this book. xo

    I am considering reviewing The Lost Duke and Mr. Cavendish together.. I mean they are practically one book, you know? I loved the idea, but I'm not sure it was completely successful. I am glad I read them back to back.

  3. No real library sale finds for me.but, I just picked up the newest Amanda Quick (Jayne Ann Krentz) from my library for this feeling that I have tons to do and don't have time to read to pass so I can read it!
    Hope you're having. good week.

  4. I loved both The Lost Duke and Mr. Cavendish, I Presume. But then so far there hasn't been a Quinn book I didn't love. :)

  5. I love library book sales. I hate to take a couple of years off to go through the pile I got. I think I'm about ready to hit the sales again this year. Enjoy your loot.

  6. This is the first time I've been online properly (as in, not just checking emails) in over a week, which I feel bad about. I love what you picked up at the library sale!


  7. Oh, good books. Library sales sound so awesome to me!! :)
    Enjoy your books

  8. For 50 cents each, you cannot have too many books LOL. I hope you enjoy Mr. Cavendish I presumed. My only complaint about that one is that it takes place at the same time as The Lost Duke of Wyndham and is therefore a bit repetitive.

    Totally get you on wanting to read instead of blogging. That's exactly what's been going one with me.

    But perhaps just drop us a post to let us know what you've been up to? I'm curious! LOL

  9. woohoo! I can't barely find time to read these days but you know that's about to change. My night reading will be back soon, sitting on the deck with a book.

    Great score at the library sale!

    Once my 100 day series is over I will scale back blogging. I do enjoy writing but hate worrying about the time between posts. Since my Book club is taking the summer off I might too (maybe 2x month?).

    Great seeing you yesterday. Hugs, Mari


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