Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Library Loot LXVII

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! 

My turn on the holds list finally came up so I got my hands on Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn and am reading that now for April's book club. Oops. Kind of late to the discussion, but I expect to finish reading it in a day or two. I'm about halfway through right now. It's not this superb piece of suspense but it's not terrible either. I think I have what's going on figured out and if I'm right, both Nick and Amy are liars, cheaters and manipulators. Not exactly compelling characters.

Chicken with Plums by Marjane Satrapi caught my eye on the new books shelf (yet published in 2009) in part because of the yummy title, but also because her award winning graphic novel Persepolis has been on my to-read list for ages. So I should really be picking up that novel, but this one is shorter so I thought I'd be more likely to read it right now amidst a busy spring.

The Gardener & The Grill by Karen Adler and Judith Fertig. This delicious cookbook caught my eye at the library at the end of the gardening and grilling season.. . why it's still on the new bookshelf at the library, I'm not sure, but at least it was where I'd spy it again and this time I borrowed it. I've only casually flipped through it as of yet, but upon my cursory review it looks like a winner with a bountiful collection of fabulous recipes for all kinds of dishes to make with the grill. I cannot wait to read it more carefully and make some of the recipes. I would love to review this book for all of you before Memorial Day weekend so you can get inspired with grilling this season.

The 2nd Law by Muse. I fell in love with their single "Madness" the very first time I heard it. I haven't downloaded a Muse song in a while, so when I saw this CD come in to the library, I couldn't resist the opportunity to listen to all the tracks. I'm actually listening to it while I type this! So far "Madness" is my favorite track.

What have you borrowed from the library lately?


  1. I love to hate Flynn's characters. A friend of mine describes her books as ones you want to throw against a wall. I enjoy how twisted these people are. But I don't think I could read 20 books all like that. I enjoy characters I like a little more than Flynn's lying, manipulative ones.

  2. Trying to read Gone Girl - there's just something about it that is off-putting. Certainly not a page turner, for me!

    Recently the library has been my go to place for running books. Just read Body, Mind and Sport (John Douillard) - interesting!

  3. I can't get my hands on a copy of Gone Girl and I'm not buying it ($14?)... also, I'm not really compelled to read it. It's come highly recommended, but not really feeling in the mood for it.

    I'm sucking at this Book Club thing :( I'm going to really try with May's book, but it's 500+ pages O_o We'll see.

  4. My library books are all over the place. I have:
    Mystery Woman by Amanda Quick
    Milan 2.0 by Debra Driza
    Gadget by Frederick Krohner
    And The Blue Castke by L.M. Montgomery (not a YA)

  5. Linda I just finished Gone Girl today. Hmm.. I'm not sure just yet how many stars I'm going to give this on goodreads. I should really write a review--so many people have read this and have such strong opinions. I may as well add mine! LOL!

    Janet I know what you mean about Gone Girl. I wasn't that impressed with the beginning. I often felt that the author (as opposed to the characters) was just stringing me along. Not really telling a story. It got better (better flow, more interesting) in the 2nd half of the book.. yet by then the characters were just pathetic and I felt their story was a train wreck that provided no purpose to the reader.

    Anyway.. Your latest nonfiction library pick sounds great by the title!

    Mariana You could always seek it out from your library. Did you know that you can borrow library books right onto your kindle or other reader? You should look into it. I'm going to try very hard to get to this month's book pick earlier than I did the last two months. I still regret not finishing The Book Thief. The plus about this month's book is that it's not in hot demand like Gone Girl is so there will be no wait for it at the library. BUT like you said it's 500+ pages. O_o

    Brandy Wow! From your list, I've only heard of Amanda Quick! Hope you like them! :)

  6. If you've ever read Anne of Green Gables or Emiy of New Moon you've probably heard of L.M Montgomery. *g*

  7. I tried reading Girl Gone but couldn't get into it. Not sure if I'll pick it back up.

    Oh, I love grilling veggies! They just taste so much better. I'll have to check my library for this book.

  8. Christine, I bought Gone Girl last year and it has been sitting in my TBR pile since then. I started reading that book countless times (including last month for our book club) and have NOT been able to get through a certain point! I really thought it was me (not in the mood for the book), but I'm beginning to think it's just not for me. :(

    And like Mariana, I'm not doing very well with my book club participation at the moment. May's book is 500+ pages? Bummer...

  9. Borrowed from the library:

    A Land More Kind Than Home. (I am sort of meh over it)

    Blood, Bones and Butter (foodie memoir)

    Mr. Peanut (what I wanted Gone Girl to be!)

  10. I can't wait to hear your final thoughts on Gone Girl!!! Enjoy your library loot :)

  11. Ooooooo The Gardener & The Grill looks GREAT! I'm going to look for that.

    Gone Girl was my first read of the year. Can't wait to hear what you think of it.

  12. Christine, I am on waiting list for digital copy in 2 libraries... I'll probably not read it anyway. Discovery of Witches is the new goal, but that 500+ pages is a bit daunting right now. Real life is a killer.


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