Library Loot: September 29

It has been a long time since I’ve participated in Library Loot!  Though I am a frequent library user, I typically wait to participate until I have a nice big haul.

Library Loot is co-hosted by Marg and Claire.  Claire has it this week.

Last Wednesday night, I picked up three interlibrary loan books that had come in.

As you may be able to tell by the creepy covers, Sophie Hannah’s Little Face and Sarah Rayne’s A Dark Dividing are for the RIP Challenge.  I’m halfway through Little Face right now and am in complete suspense.  I’ll likely be diving right back into it as soon as I finish this post.

Rene Gutteridge’s Boo is Halloween-appropriate in that it involves a reclusive writer of horror novels who gives up writing in the genre to the immense chagrin of his hometown, Skary, Ill. which has made a cottage industry out of his residence.  It sounds like it might be charming and I think the cover is cute.

The rest of these books I picked up this week.

The Janissary Tree by Jason Goodwin – it’s a mystery set in the Ottoman Empire, in 1836.  I love mysteries set in exotic settings and after reading a book about the Middle East last year, I searched out books set in the Ottoman Empire and this was one of them.

Veil of Gold by Kim Wilkins – A quest story with a setting steeped in Russian fairytales.

River Secrets by Shannon Hale – Book #3 of the enjoyable Books of Bayern series.

Kim by Rudyard Kipling – I’ve heard and read references to this book, but I really have little concept of the story itself.

Also, I picked up two audio books today: Bridget Jones’ Diary by Helen Fielding and A Curious Incident of the Dog of the Night-Time by Mark Haddon.  I had earlier checked out Annie Dillard’s The Maytrees on audio book but found it to be very irritating.

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10 responses to “Library Loot: September 29

  1. Nan

    Is the Bridget Jones audio a Recorded Books version read by the great Barbara Rosenblat? If so, this is one of the best! I loved the book read by her.

  2. Ohh your horror picks look nice and creepy! I check Boo out from the library once too but never got around to reading it!

    Enjoy your loot!

  3. Love the Veil of Gold cover. Enjoy your loot!

  4. Great haul! Veil of Gold sounds intriguing and who could resist that cover? Kim is an old favourite of mine.

    Enjoy your loot!

  5. Oh, I do like the cover art for Boo and it sounds like a fun slide-into Halloween read. Will have to see if my library has it.

  6. Interesting Library Loot, Christy! I want to read Kipling’s ‘Kim’ too! ‘River of Secrets’ and ‘Veil of Gold’ are very interesting titles. Hope you are enjoying the RIP challenge!

  7. I wonder if you’ll like Janissary Tree. I enjoyed the first one, though I kept getting distracted and I’m looking forward to the second one which is hanging around my house. So inventive to have used a eunuch as the hero, but I was kind of ‘disappointed’ (although that sounds awful in context) that the hero wasn’t a full eunuch – it would be interesting to hear a stroy told from that perspective.

  8. Mollie – Yes it’s the perfect time of year to be reading the creepy and eerie books!

    Linda – The Veil of Gold cover is eye-catching, definitely. I like the font they chose for the cover.

    Claire – Good to hear regarding Kim!

    Lynn – Exactly my thoughts regarding Boo.

    Vishy – Thanks!

    Jodie – Glad to hear your thoughts on Janissary Tree. I think I know what you mean by being ‘disappointed’ – a wish that the book would be bolder by making the protagonist a full eunuch, a position and status with which we are completely unfamiliar.

  9. The audio of Curious Incident is really fantastic. But I found out later that the print book has little illustrations throughout that I totally missed out on. You might want to leaf through it on your next library visit to be sure you get the whole experience.

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