Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Library Loot: Second Trip in January

New Loot:

In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler's Berlin by Erik Larson
The Demolished Man by Alfred Bester
Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys
Time for the Stars by Robert A. Heinlein
Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert A. Heinlein
Every Thing On It by Shel Silverstein
The Cheshire Cheese Cat: A Dickens of a Tale by Carmen Agra Deedy and Randall Wright
Everybody Sees The Ants by A.S. King
Loving, Living, Party Going by Henry Green
The Mistress of Nothing by Kate Pullinger
The Scrapbook of Frankie Pratt by Caroline Preston
Pinkalicious by Victoria Kann and Elizabeth Kann
Goldilicious by Victoria Kann and Elizabeth Kann
Silverlicious by Victoria Kann
Purplicious by Victoria Kann and Elizabeth Kann
School Rules by Victoria Kann
Pink Around the Rink by Victoria Kann
Pinkie Promise by Victoria Kann
Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson
The Carrot Seed by Ruth Krauss
Caps for Sale by Esphyr Slobodkina
A Birthday for Cow by Jan Thomas
The Little Mouse, The Red Ripe Strawberry, and the Big Hungry Bear by Don and Audrey Wood
Bark, George by Jules Feiffer

Leftover Loot:

The American Heiress by Daisy Goodwin
Rasco and the rats of  NIMH by Jane Leslie Conly
Dominic by William Steig
The Deception at Lyme by Carrie Bebris
Fire Watch by Connie Willis
Only Time Will Tell by Jeffrey Archer
The Healer's Apprentice by Melanie Dickerson
From the Land of the Moon by Milena Agus; translated from the Italian by Ann Goldstein
Company of Liars by Karen Maitland
The Decameron by Giovanni Boccaccio; translated by Guido Waldman

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 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.

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  • Regency romances (including Austen prequels/sequels)
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  • extremely violent books with blood, blood, and more blood

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