Saturday, April 23, 2011

Library Loot: Fourth Trip in April

New Loot:

Hereville: How Mirka Got Her Sword by Barry Deutsch
Miss Julia Speaks Her Mind by Ann B. Ross
The Hollow Earth by Rudy Rucker
Elantris by Brandon Sanderson
Warbreaker by Brandon Sanderson
The Case of the Missing Books by Ian Sansom
The Bad Book Affair by Ian Sansom
The Book Stops Here by Ian Sansom
Some Buried Caesar; The Golden Spiders by Rex Stout
The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien

Leftover Loot:

Angel Isle by Peter Dickinson
Entwined by Heather Dixon
Stay by Deb Caletti
The Islands of the Blessed by Nancy Farmer
City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare
I, Robot by Isaac Asimov
Pebble in the Sky by Isaac Asimov
Time's Eye by Arthur C. Clarke and Stephen Baxter
Till Human Voices Wake Us by Mark Budz
Chill by Elizabeth Bear
Double Star by Robert A. Heinlein
Starship Troopers by Robert A. Heinlein
The Gospel According to Science Fiction: From the Twilight Zone to the Final Frontier by Gabriel McKee
The Pickwick Papers by Charles Dickens
The Princess Bride by William Goldman
Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen
Forever Erma: Best Loved Writing From America's Favorite Humorist by Erma Bombeck

Library Loot is a weekly event co-hosted by Claire and Marg 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.  

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I am interested in reviewing books and audio books. This blog focuses on books written for middle grade on up (essentially 10 to a 110). I review middle grade fiction and young adult fiction (aka tween and teen).

I also review adult books.

I read in a variety of genres including realistic fiction, historical fiction, mystery, romance, science fiction, fantasy, literary fiction, and chick lit. (I've read one western to date.)

I read a few poetry books, a few short story collections, a few graphic novels, a few nonfiction books.

I am especially fond of:

  • Regency romances (including Austen prequels/sequels)
  • Historical fiction set in the Tudor dynasty
  • Historical fiction and nonfiction set during World War II
  • Jewish fiction/nonfiction
  • dystopias
  • apocalyptic fiction
  • science fiction (especially if it involves time travel and alternate realities)
  • fantasy
  • multicultural books and international books

I am not a fan of:

  • sports books
  • horse books
  • dog books if the dog dies (same goes with most pets actually except maybe fish)
  • westerns (if it's a pioneer story with women and children, then maybe)
  • extremely violent books with blood, blood, and more blood

I am more interested in strong characters, well-written, fleshed-out, human characters. Plot is secondary to me in a way. I have to care about the characters in order to care about the plot. That being said, compelling storytelling is something that I love. I love to become absorbed in what I'm reading.

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2) I give all books at least fifty pages.
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4) In all of my reviews I strive for honesty. My reviews are my opinions--so yes, they are subjective--you should know my blog will feature both negative and positive reviews.
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