Saturday, August 24, 2013

Library Loot: Fourth Trip in August

Is this my biggest library loot of the year?! 

New Loot:
  • You Wouldn't Want To Be A Greek Athlete by Michael Ford
  • You Wouldn't Want To Be A Slave in Ancient Greece by Fiona Macdonald
  • You Wouldn't Want to Be A Roman Gladiator by John Malam
  • You Wouldn't Want To Be An Aztec Sacrifice by Fiona Macdonald
  • You Wouldn't Want to Be A Roman Soldier by David Stewart
  • You Wouldn't Want To Be an 18th Century British Convict by Meredith Costain
  • You Wouldn't Want To Be A Victorian Servant by Fiona Macdonald
  • The Life and Times of Joan of Arc by Jim Whiting
  • Dynasty: The Stuarts, 1560-1807 by John Macleod
  • A Royal Affair: George III and His Scandalous Siblings by Stella Tillyard
  • Princesses: The Six Daughters of George III by Flora Fraser
  • Alfred the Great by Justin Pollard
  • The Duchess of Drury Lane by Freda Lightfoot
  • Here Comes The Big, Mean Dust Bunny by Jan Thomas
  • The Wednesday Sisters by Meg Waite Clayton
  • If Walls Could Talk: An Intimate History of the Home by Lucy Worsley

Leftover Loot:
  • Alexander the Conqueror: The Epic Story of the Warrior King by Laura Foreman
  • The Norman Conquest of England by Janice Hamilton
  • Far Traveler by Rebecca Tingle
  • The Unknown Ajax by Georgette Heyer
  • The Nonesuch by Georgette Heyer
  • A Civil Contract by Georgette Heyer
  • The Lantern Bearers by Rosemary Sutcliff
  • Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl
  • Charlie and the Glass Elevator by Roald Dahl
  • How the Barbarian Invasions Shaped the Modern World: The Vikings, Vandals, Huns, Mongols, Goths, and Tartars Who Razed the Old World and Formed the New by Thomas J. Craughwell
  • Becoming Shakespeare: The Unlikely Afterlife That Turned a Provincial Playwright into the Bard by Jack Lynch
  • Captives by Jill Williamson
  • The Borgias: The Hidden History by G.J. Meyer
  • The Armada by Garrett Mattingly
  • How To Create the Perfect Wife: Britains Most Ineligible Bachelor and His Enlightened Quest to Train the Ideal Mate by Wendy Moore
  • How Shakespeare Changed Everything by Stephen Marche 
  • The Time Traveler's Guide to Elizabethan England by Ian Mortimer
  • Charlotte & Leopold: The True Story of the Original People's Princess by James Chambers 
  • Macbeth: A True Story by Fiona Watson
    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.

© 2013 Becky Laney of Becky's Book Reviews

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