Saturday, March 03, 2012

Library Loot: First Trip in March

New Loot:
  • 11/22/63 by Stephen King
  • Midnight in Austenland by Shannon Hale
  • Explorers of the Nile: The Triumph and Tragedy of a Great Victorian Adventure by Tim Jeal
  • Graceling by Kristin Cashore
  • Fire by Kristin Cashore
  • 1001 Children's Books You Must Read Before You Grow Up, edited by Julia Eccleshare
  • 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die edited by Peter Boxall

Leftover Loot:
  • The War to End All Wars: World War I by Russell Freedman  
  • The Invisible Bridge by Julie Orringer
  • The Great Influenza: The Epic Story of the Deadliest Plague in History by John M. Barry
  • All That I Am by Anna Funder
  • A Woman in Berlin: Eight Weeks in the Conquered City: A Diary by Anonymous
  • Dreamers of the Day by Mary Doria Russell
  • No Time to Wave Goodbye by Ben Wicks
  • Elsie and Mairi Go To War: Two Extraordinary Women on the Western Front by Diane Atkinson
  • The Cult of LEGO by John Baichtal, Joe Meno
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.    
 

© 2012 Becky Laney of Becky's Book Reviews

3 comments:

Carole 6:06 PM  

Interesting post. The best non-fiction book I have read for years was Better http://caroleschatter.blogspot.co.nz/2011/11/better-by-atul-gawande.html

Tanya Patrice 8:54 AM  

You've got some awesome books in your loot. I want to read 11/22/3 too - wait at my library is gonna be a long time :-) I loved Graceling!

Michele 7:03 PM  

I'm hearing great things about Stephan Kings new read - please let us know what you think!

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