Saturday, October 05, 2013

Library Loot: First Trip in October

I interrupt this Library Loot to remind everyone that Cybils nominations are in progress! Plenty of wonderful books have already been nominated, but there are still plenty of books that need your help! If you have read picture books, easy readers, early chapter books, nonfiction for kids or teens, poetry books for kids or teens, middle grade fiction, young adult fiction, fantasy or science fiction for kids or teens, or graphic novels for those age groups...published between October 16, 2012 and October 15, 2013, then you can contribute to this wonderful process by nominating books. After public nominations close on October 15, authors, publishers, and publicists may then nominate books.

New Loot:
  • When Comes the Spring, Janette Oke
  • When Breaks the Dawn by Janette Oke
  • The Rose Garden by Susanna Kearsley
  • Brownie and Pearl See the Sights by Cynthia Rylant
  • Brownie and Pearl Hit the Hay by Cynthia Rylant
  • The Big Wet Balloon by Liniers
  • So Close to You by Rachel Carter
  • The Year of Billy Miller by Kevin Henkes
  • The Romeo and Juliet Code by Phoebe Stone
  • A Life in Letters by P.G. Wodehouse
  • Rebekkah's Journey by Ann Burg
  • Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo
  • Fragments by Dan Wells
  • Rise by Anna Carey
  • The True Blue Scouts of Sugar Man Swamp by Kathi Appelt
Leftover Loot:
  • Dynasty: The Stuarts, 1560-1807 by John Macleod 
  • The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown
  • Georgette Heyer by Jennifer Kloester
    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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1 comments:

Linda 12:09 PM  

I've checked out Kearsley's books numerous times but have had to return them unread. One day I'll be able to read them.

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