Thursday, December 30, 2010

Library Loot: Sixth Trip in December

I *thought* I'd had my final trip to the library this year, but, a few more holds came in and I was able to pick them up this morning! 2010 was a great year for library visits. I had 54 library loot posts. I reviewed 242 library books in 2010, which accounts for 30% of my reading this year! I am very pleased with that number!

New Loot:

Four novels of the 1960s by Philip K. Dick* 
Lady of No Man's Land by Jeanne Williams**
Messenger of Truth by Jacqueline Winspear
The War of the Worlds, Plus Blood, Guts and Zombies by H.G. Wells and Eric S. Brown
Dash & Lily's Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan

Leftover Loot:

The Meaning of Night by Michael Cox
The Glass of Time: The Secret Life of Miss Esperanza Gorst by Michael Cox
Maisie Dobbs by Jacqueline Winspear
Birds of a Feather by Jacqueline Winspear
Pardonable Lies by Jacqueline Winspear
An Incomplete Revenge by Jacqueline Winspear
Among the Mad by Jacqueline Winspear
The A.B.C. Murders by Agatha Christie
The Tuesday Club Murders: A Miss Marple Mystery by Agatha Christie
Murder at the Vicarage: A Miss Marple Mystery by Agatha Christie
The Body in the Library a Miss Marple Mystery by Agatha Christie
Busman's Honeymoon by Dorothy L. Sayers
Strong Poison by Dorothy L. Sayers
The Matters at Mansfield, or, The Crawford Affair by Carrie Bebris
Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie
Five Little Pigs by Agatha Christie

*I've read The Man in the High Castle, I have not read The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? or Ubik.

**This was COMPLETE impulse. It wasn't the cover that grabbed me--it didn't--but the description said read me. Here are the first two paragraphs of the jacket flap:
"Swedish orphan Kirsten Mordal, seventeen years old, crosses the ocean with her younger sister, Lucia, to seek the promise of a country so rich that it can give away fertile acres of land. But the long journey proves too arduous for Lucia; when her sister dies, Kirsten finds herself alone on the harsh American frontier. Determined to pursue her dream of claiming and cultivating her own homestead, Kirsten devises a plan that will enable her to explore the wild western plains, to choose a site for her future stake, and to save enough money to build a home. With a natural talent for dress design, Kirsten purchases a sewing machine and wagon, and travels through the countryside, stopping at isolated homesteads to sew wedding gowns and party dresses, baby togs and mourning clothes." 
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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Tanya 11:31 AM  

You did great with the reading & writing book reviews this year! I haven't read any of the books on your list - though I see you're on an Agathie Christie kick, and I'm excited to read her again next year. happy holidays!

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