Saturday, June 18, 2011

Library Loot: Fourth Trip in June

New Loot:

An Expert in Murder: A New Mystery Featuring Josephine Tey by Nicola Upson
The Search for WondLa by Tony DiTerlizzi
Press Here by Herve Tullet
The Islands of the Blessed by Nancy Farmer
The Pendericks by Jeanne Birdsall
The Pendericks on Gardam Street by Jeanne Birdsall
Back to School with Betsy by Carolyn Haywood
Betsy and the Boys by Carolyn Haywood
Angel Isle by Peter Dickinson
Jane's Adventures by Jonathan Gathorne-Hardy (Jane's Adventures in and out of the book, Jane's Adventures on the Island of Peeg, Jane's Adventures in a Balloon)

Leftover Loot:

Nemesis: A Miss Marple mystery by Agatha Christie
Small Acts of Amazing Courage by Gloria Whelan
The Rumpelstiltskin Problem by Vivian Vande Velde

Saint Training by Elizabeth Fixmer 
William's Midsummer Night Dreams by Zilpha Keatley Snyder
The Rise and Fall of Mount Majestic by Jennifer Trafton

The Mockingbirds by Daisy Whitney
Joy in the Morning by Betty Smith
Sleeping Murder: A Miss Marple mystery by Agatha Christie
A Pocket Full of Rye: A Miss Marple mystery by Agatha Christie
They Do it With Mirrors a Miss Marple mystery by Agatha Christie
The Mirror Crack'd from Side to Side: A Miss Marple mystery by Agatha Christie
Elephants Can Remember by Agatha Christie
The Story of Beautiful Girl by Rachel Simon
Thrones, Dominations by Dorothy L. Sayers & Jill Paton Walsh
A Presumption of Death by Jill Paton Walsh and Dorothy Sayers
The Attenbury Emeralds by Jill Paton Walsh
Cat Sitter on a Hot Tin Roof: A Dixie Hemingway Mystery by Blaize Clement
Duplicity Dogged the Dachshund: A Dixie Hemingway Mystery by Blaize Clement
Raining Cat Sitters and Dogs: A Dixie Hemingway mystery by Blaize Clement
Cat Sitter Among the Pigeons: A Dixie Hemingway mystery by Blaize Clement
Even Cat Sitters Get the Blues: A Dixie Hemingway Mystery by Blaize Clement

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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I read a few poetry books, a few short story collections, a few graphic novels, a few nonfiction books.

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  • Historical fiction and nonfiction set during World War II
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  • extremely violent books with blood, blood, and more blood

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