Library Loot: when the holds come in!

Library Loot 2 It’s been a long time since I’ve participated in a Library Loot post. This weekly meme is hosted by Claire of The Captive Reader and Linda of Silly Little Mischief.

I placed a bunch of holds last week and they were all ready for me today. It is a great feeling to have an armful of books.


Half of the books I checked out are because the authors are going to be at the Library of Congress’ National Book Festival later this month. Although I looked at the schedule again recently, and I’m not sure I’ll be seeing all of them. The Festival always pulls in great authors but they may have outdone themselves this year. One day, one event and it includes: Stephen King, Shonda Rhimes, Salman Rushdie, Ken Burns, Shannon Hale, Edwidge Danticat, Patrick Ness, Marilynne Robinson, Yaa Gyasi, Colson Whitehead, Geraldine Brooks, Richard Russo, Justin Cronin, Jacqueline Woodson, Rep. John Lewis, Sarah Vowell, Carlos Ruiz Zafon, Mary Roach and many others who are no less important, but you get the idea. I don’t know how I’m going to decide who to see! I guess by whichever room still has space when I get there.

Anyway, the three books I selected due to their authors’ presence at the Festival are:

Journey by Aaron Becker, Into the Beautiful North by Luis Alberto Urrea and Nimona by Noelle Stevenson.

The other three books:

Barbara Vine’s A Fatal Inversion is for the R.I.P. Challenge XI.

Elizabeth Jane Howard’s The Light Years is one of the books that stood out to me from the Kindle samples I read a couple of weeks ago.

And Primo Levi’s Survival in Auschwitz is one of the books from my Classics Club Challenge list.



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12 responses to “Library Loot: when the holds come in!

  1. My god, what a stellar lineup! I don’t know how I’d decide either.

    Journey and Nimona are both great. Enjoy!

  2. Hooray for Barbara Vine! I hope you enjoy it.

    I still need to decide if I’m going to the festival this year. I rarely do, but there are more authors this year that I’m interested in than usual. I need to at least decide about Stephen King, so I can get a ticket to see him.

    • The Barbara Vine book is definitely because of your recommendation. I track these things. 🙂 I didn’t even realize that they had to ticket Stephen King. That makes sense though.

  3. They look great. Hope you enjoy them all!

  4. I enjoyed Nimona. Enjoy your loot and the festival.

  5. I totally forgot about the National Book Festival!! Definitely checking out all the events now. I’d LOVE to get tickets to see Stephen King!

    • I hope you are successful in getting to see Stephen King! I think I’m probably not going to go see him in lieu of seeing other authors, so you’ll have to fill me in if you get in to see him.

  6. I mean, you have to see Patrick Ness, right? If he’s around and you have the opportunity? Or maybe you want to prioritize authors about whose books you have fewer feelings and are thus less likely to embarrass yourself in front of. (Or is that just me?)

    NIMONA NIMONA NIMONA NIMONA is my other train of thought. I hope you love Nimona!!

    • Hee! Ness is slated for the evening this year, and I’m not sure I’ll be staying at the Festival until then. Fortunately, Ness has visited the Festival before, so I was able to see him then and he was a very good speaker. *whispers* Also I didn’t love the Chaos Walking trilogy and haven’t read A Monster Calls.

      I do not think I have come across a single negative word against Nimona, so that bodes well. 🙂

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