Saturday, September 19, 2015

Library Loot: Third Trip in September

New Loot:
  • How To Be Friends with a Dragon by Valeri Gorbachev
  • The Wonderful Book by Leonid Gore
  • Down by the Station by Will Hillenbrand
  • My Book Box by Will Hillenbrand
  • A Day with Miss Lina's Ballerinas by Grace Maccarone
  • I Like Shoes by Candice Ransom
  • Listen to My Trumpet by Mo Willems
  • The Nutcracker Comes To America: How Three Ballet-Loving Brothers Created a Holiday Tradition by Chris Barton
  • Onward: Engaging the Culture Without Losing the Gospel by Russell Moore
  • We Are in a Book by Mo Willems

Leftover Loot:
  • Somewhere There Is Still a Sun by Michael Gruenbaum
  • 26 Fairmount Avenue by Tomie dePaola  
  • Because  A Little Bug Went Ka-Choo by Rosetta Stone
  • The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate by Jacqueline Kelly
  • The Curious World of Calpurnia Tate by Jacqueline Kelly
  • Would You Rather be a Bullfrog by Theo LeSieg
  • Hooper Humperdink--? Not him! Theo LeSieg
  • An Appetite for Violets by Martine Bailey
  • The Last Sin Eater by Francine Rivers  
  • Vango. Between Sky and Earth. Timothee de Fomb
  • The Original Folk and Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm translated by Jack Zipes  
  • The Zookeeper's Wife by Diane Ackerman
  • Murder at the Brightwell by Ashley Weaver
  •  Mr. Churchill's Secretary by Susan Ella MacNeal
         Library Loot is a weekly event co-hosted by Claire from The Captive Reader and Linda from Silly Little Mischief 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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  • Historical fiction and nonfiction set during World War II
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  • westerns (if it's a pioneer story with women and children, then maybe)
  • extremely violent books with blood, blood, and more blood

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