Friday, August 16, 2013

Library Loot LXXI

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! 

I returned a whole bunch of library books before going on vacation, but as soon as we got home, I hit the library! I already had (have) several books on my reading queue right now, so I didn't get too many books. I didn't read much in July and because I've been doing some re-reading lately, I've fallen at least 10 books behind in my 2013 goodreads Reading Challenge to read 101 books by the end of the year. I really wish goodreads would allow us to count re-read books to our annual stats. I mean, I read the whole book again.. it should count! Anyway, to help me along a little bit, I decided to check out the graphic novel section for some quick reads. I was psyched to find some pretty awesome--and fairly grown-up-- newly released graphic novels at my library! Check it out:

Primates by Jim Ottaviani & Maris Wicks This one is a nonfiction book about three scientists who dedicated their research efforts to studying primates! Jane Goodall, Dian Fossey and Biruté Galdikas.

Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451: The Authorized Adaptation by Tim Hamilton So psyched about this one. I read and loved The Illustrated Man when I was maybe in 8th grade but never read Fahrenheit 451. I figured this was a great but sneaky way to catch up with this classic.

The Kite Runner Graphic Novel by Khaled Hosseini I know, I know... I should just read the full book. I even have it! My daughter read it this spring, loved it and implored me to read it, too. And I should. But when I saw the graphic novel I couldn't resist the temptation of a short cut.

The Pickled Pantry by Andrea Chesman Finally, as always I had to visit the cookbooks in the new book section where I found this delightful book on pickling. I'm planning on making at least one of the recipes and posting a review, but in the meantime, know that it is fabulous!

What do you have borrowed from your library?

Do you like pickles? Not just cucumbers.. pickled anything?!


  1. I love pickles, pickled carrots, and pickled okra. The one time I tried pickling it didn't go well. Everything turned to mush. I've been reluctant to try again.

  2. I love pickled everything. My parents pickle stuff at home. So do my grandparents. It's delicious. I haven't attempted yet, but I would like to. After I learn jam and stuff. Lol. :D

  3. Christine! That last book on your list is actually one from my day job :) If you want a copy (or any other Andrea Chesman books - I LOVE her preserving and harvest titles) let me know! Also I love all of the adorable illustrations in PICKLED PANTRY.

  4. Linda My grandmother always made pickles every year when I was a child and they were very, very tasty but never crunchy! I love crunchy pickles. ^_^ I'm going to give one of the pickle recipes a go and let you know. What I love about this book is that it has an entire chapter dedicated to ONE JAR pickles. I love that!

    little_alys Jam is really easy.. you won't have trouble there. I have never tried making pickles other than instant refrigerator pickles that you make and eat right away or within a day or two out of the fridge. No processing jars or anything. I've been reading how healthy fermented foods are for our gut health so I'm going to try eat more fermented foods. I have to do a little bit of research and see what the differenece between fermented foods and pickled foods is. I think fermented foods are left to ferment with the acid longer and there's no processing of jars done. I'm on hold for a new book about it at the library.

    Thea Really?? That's so cool!!!! It must have been a fun surprise to see a friend mention one of "your" cookbooks! Especially since I said it was fabulous! HA! The PICKLED PANTRY is really fabulous! I love it and yes, the illustrations are wonderful. I really like the use of different colored fonts too. Best of all, though, is that all of the recipes sound delicious, easy to make and I love that the ingredients are all wholesome and easy to find at the supermarket or farmers' markets. I hope to review it sometime this month! ;)

  5. The pickling book looks really interesting! We've always done some canning and pickling at home but I'd love to try some new pickling recipes. Enjoy your loot!

  6. I've never been big on pickled things besides, well, pickles. But, you have made me curious. You're also making me curious to know if chow-chow (a mainly Southern food) is pickled? Hmm....


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