Saturday, February 14, 2009

Library Loot: February 11-17, 2009

Library Loot is a weekly event co-hosted by Robin from A Striped Armchair and Alessandra from Out of the Blue that encourages bloggers to share the books they’ve checked out from the library.

To fully appreciate my Library Loot this week, it would be helpful (not to mention embarrassing for yours truly) to say a word or two about last week's haul, which I'd neglected to post about.

We live in a county with 12 library branches, and during any given week, our errands and to-do's usually take us within the vicinity of four of them. There's "the little library" as Betty and I refer to it; there's the small-ish one for our town; there's the large branch very conveniently located a major highway that we traverse frequently, and there's the even larger branch located in the college town where Boo attends a social skills group every Saturday afternoon. They all have their pros and cons.

Last Saturday, three of the books I checked out during our weekly visit were ones already on my night table.
The Sugar Queen, by Sarah Addison Allen
The Bible Salesman, by Clyde Edgerton
Sundays at Tiffany's, by James Patterson

No, I didn't forget that I'd already checked them out. Just the opposite. All are nearing the maximum limit for renewals and there's slim chance that I will get to them before they absolutely must be returned. So, when we were at that particular library branch, I saw them on the shelves and promptly checked them out again - scoring myself another 9 weeks to get 'em read. (I also checked out the CD of The Sugar Queen). The copies that I originally checked out now can be returned in time.
In addition, last week I also got these cookbooks:
Low-Fat, Low Cholesterol Cookbook, American Heart Association
Lorna Sass' Short Cut Vegetarian, by Lorna Sass

All right, so that brings us to this week ... when I again checked out two books currently on my night table for the sole purpose of getting more time to read them. (I am starting to think I need to discuss this issue with a therapist.)

The Girl Who Stopped Swimming, by Joshilyn Jackson
Without a Backward Glance, by Kate Veitch

And just for good measure, I couldn't resist either of these:

Unaccustomed Earth, by Jhumpa Lahiri
So Sexy So Soon: The New Sexualized Childhood and What Parents Can Do to Protect Their Kids, by Diane E. Levin , Ph.D and Jean Kilbourne
The Icarus Girl, by Helen Oyeyemi
The Best American Poetry 2008

I'm currently listening to Unaccustomed Earth on audio and am really enjoying it. With audios, I'm finding that if the story is really well-written, I want to get the book and read the words. Soak them up. Let them linger. The audios are both a way to speed up my reading, then, and a way to quickly gauge whether I'd like a story.
So Sexy So Soon has been on my radar for awhile now, and is timely with Betty's interest in Hannah Montana and - I'm very sorry to report - The Cheetah Girls. Hannah, I don't have a problem with. The Cheetah Girls ... yeah. I don't know their story, but I'm not overly crazy about them. The Icarus Girl has also been on my to-read list for some time, and The Best American Poetry is simply because I don't read enough poetry.

And with that, I am off to bed ... but not before reading briefly to try and make a dent in this large pile on the night table!

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