Library Loot – Second week of June

Everyone, I’d like to introduce you to someone very special.


This is my bike.  She gets me through the rough times.  She is old, old, old, but is in great shape.  She has survived two hurricanes, flash floods, and my own carelessness. She has a bike basket, she currently has a plastic bag over her seat because lately, the weather has been trying to kill me.  It has been a race against the storms here in Virginia and it seems every day I have to decide how likely it is that I will get struck by lightening on my way home.  I also have to avoid hecklers… let me just say it right now:  NO, Toto is NOT in my basket.  NO, you may not ride your motorized scooter next to me.  NO, I do not like it when you shout foul words at me, in any language.  I DO NOT appreciate it when you sneak up behind me and set off a fog horn off  and scare the crap out of me so I almost crash my bike.  How much gas did it take you to stall there and bother me?  OH YEAH, I’m only burning calories baby.

So, after much reorganization of my challenges page, I decided it was time to take stock, it was time to really get to working on these challenges here, because I signed up for them and I’m going to finish them!  So I took a good hard look at the library books I had out and decided it was time to take some of them back that had been sitting in my TBR pile since February.  I figured, if I haven’t read it by now, if it hasn’t grabbed my attention enough that I’ve picked it up since February, then it might be time to take it back to the library.  So take books back, I did.

And return home with more books, I also did.

I stayed true to my word, by picking books meant for challenges.  But, I also raided the YA section and the DVDs.

Books for Challenges!


Autumn of the Patriarch by Gabriel García Márquez: I’ve had my eye on this one for quite some time.  I’m currently working up the courage to read 100 Years of Solitude in Spanish, but was craving some García Márquez for the right now.  The NYT Book Review, in a review of the new biography about García Márquez by Gerald Martin claims that this is the author’s most impressively written novel.  So, naturally, I can’t wait.  (A-Z Challenge)themidwichcuckoos

The Midwich Cuckoos by John Wyndham:  Okay, I have NO clue what this book is about.  Apparently it is science fiction.  It is on the 1001 list.  I chose it for my A-Z Challenge.  Clearly, based on the cover and this picture alone, I am excited.



Memoirs of Hadrian by Marguerite Yourcenar:  I checked this one out a while ago, but never got to it.  After seeing it on A Guy’s Moleskine Notebook’s “Big Gay Reads” list, I decided to check it out again.  After doing this meme, I realized I hadn’t read much GLBT literature, and I wanted to fix that.  Plus, I had already picked it for the A-Z Challenge.  So many wins all around.

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White Noise by Don Delillo:  I do not like Don Delillo, we are not friends.  In all fairness, I’ve only read one book by him The Body Artist, and I did not get it.  And I slaved through all of its puny 80ish pages only to find that they took it off the 1001 list.  It was at that moment that I realized that it was okay to stop reading the books on The List sometimes.  But I’m also a glutton for punishment, so I picked up White Noise.


Widdershins by Charles de Lint: Folks have been asking me what I think the best book to start reading of de Lint’s and I didn’t have a good answer.  I did, however, realize that I needed to read more de Lint!  So I picked up Widdershins because it follows two of my favorite characters – Jilly and Geordie.


The Night Watch by Sarah Waters: I read Fingersmith before I started blogging; therefore, I never got to tell you just how much I loved it.  It’s so not my thing, mostly because of the time period.  But add a super compelling plot, great characters, and WHOA KNOCK YOU DEAD twists and turns and I was hooked.  Reading another book by Sarah Waters needed to be done, so I’m taking care of it.  Right now.

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After reading a heavy book like The Grapes of Wrath, I just need need need some YA to make me happy.  I took care of that today.


Extras by Scott Westerfeld: I read the Uglies trilogy, I’m looking forward to the movie and I thought I’d go ahead and finish it off by reading this little extra (lol, see what he did there?) novel that is set in the same world but with different characters.


An Abundance of Katherines by John Green:  John Green has been on my radar for a while now.  Lots of folks have praised his new novel Paper Towns and I’ve seen An Abundance of Katherines on quite a few blogs.  I’m really looking forward to it, especially after seeing this over at Bookshelves of Doom.


Gifts by Ursula K. Le Guin: Since starting my blog, one author I’ve heard a lot about has been Ursula Le Guin.  I saw this trilogy in the NYT Book Review and the cover caught my eye when I was going through the YA shelves this afternoon.   (OUT III)

There you have it.  I know, I know.  I didn’t balance out my library account.  I left with more than I returned.  That’s what it’s all about.

Thanks to Eva and Alessandra for hosting this weekly meme.

25 thoughts on “Library Loot – Second week of June

  1. I finished Uglies a couple of weeks ago, and now have Pretties checked out my library. Extras sounds like it may fill out some questions I have about Tally’s world that we left lingering after Uglies.

    I think it’s pretty cool that you’re even thinking about attempting to read 100 Years of Solitude. My Spanish Lit class attempted to read Don Quixote in Spanish, but our teacher gave up for us. I have a copy of the book in English, but I spent most of my time trying to read that one to understand the original Spanish version.

    1. I’ve read half of Don Quixote and recently bought it so I could attempt it again… at some point. I’m starting a MA in Spanish, I’m assuming we’ll read it at some point. I’d really like to read it in English before, just so I know what to expect!!

  2. I have Memoirs of Hadrian and White Noise on my TBR short list. They’ve been sitting on my shelf for months giving me the eye. 🙂 (Don’t you wish you could smack the hecklers?)


  3. Charles de Lint and Sarah Waters are two authors I’ve recently added to my shelf at home. 100 Years of Solitude is a great book but I suggest printing out the family tree from Wikipedia. 🙂 LOVE the bike, by the way.

    1. I read it in English a few years ago and I remember flipping to the front to look at the family tree all the time, good advice to print it out!!!

  4. Oh, my partner and I just finished listening to the audiobook of The Night Watch, and we loooooved it! Hope you feel the same.

    And man, hecklers are such idiots. Who ever taught them that was acceptable behavior?

    1. The same person that taught them it was okay to have a mullet. And wear a button down shirt with a bathing suit and not button all the buttons. (I kid you not, this was the Toto guy, lol)

  5. I adored Gifts. The whole series, actually. I hope you enjoy it as well! Same goes for Katherines. It seems to be everyone’s least favourite John Green book, but I love it to bits.

    I hope to read The Night Watch soon as well. Hopefully we’ll both love it!

  6. Yay for Marquez! That Cuckoos book has a creepy cover. :/ I want to read more GLBT lit too: I just finished reading Swish, a gay man’s memoir, and it was AWESOME. Widdershins is really good; it was my first de Lint! I always recommend The Little Country to start, since it’s a standalone and sooooo good. And I went on a YA kick too!

    1. I’ll keep The Little Country in mind! I tried to find Swish at the library, but alas, we don’t have it. Maybe I’ll request that the librarians buy it!

  7. If Autumn of the Patriarch is Garcia Marquez’s most impressively written novel, then I’m bumping it near the top of my tbr pile. I thought 100 Years was extremely impressive already!

    I also didn’t get The Body Artist, and it was also the only DeLillo I’ve read, but I looooooved his writing so much. Interestingly, I’ve never been compelled to pick up another book by him although I’ve been meaning to for ages. I think it’s because his subject matters don’t call out to me enough. I just want to experience more of his writing, but am not very excited about what he writes about.

    Btw, that Midwich Cuckoos cover I wouldn’t want near me! Lol. 😀

    1. I’ll let you know how Autumn of the Patriarch is! I didn’t get the Body Artist at all, and I tried to read it so fast that I can’t remember anything about DeLillo’s writing. So maybe I will slow down a little with White Noise and learn to appreciate it. Maybe? lol

  8. I would reccomend Dreams Underfoot for anyone giving de Lint a try. I love his short stories; they give you a beutifully varied taste of Newford and then folks can branch out into the full length novels.

    1. You know, Dreams Underfoot might have been the first novel I read by de Lint. It might have been, at the very least, the second, with the first being Waifs and Strays. I agree it’s a good one to start with!!

  9. Sweet bike! I really need one. I live in a very bike-unfriendly area, though… Thanks for your suggestions about African lit.

  10. I adore John Green! An Abundance of Katherines is my favorite of his reads so far, and I have Paper Towns waiting patiently in my TBR stack!

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