Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Library Loot: 2.15.10

I do believe this meme is one of my all-time favorites and I thank Eva of A Striped Armchair and Marg of Reading Adventures for hosting this fun event.

This week's haul was rather light - and that is a good thing.  I am somewhat  swamped with teaching at this time of year and I will soon have to start reading for my summer program (which will probably involve either Moby Dick or all of Faulkner's words).  I actually went to the library to drop off about 15 books, and just pick up a couple of holds.  But as luck would have it....there were some books available in the new release area that I have had my eye on for quite some time, so I snagged them.

The books that I brought home this week include:
  • Write Away by Elizabeth George.  I have spent many weeks now reading books on writing and I am just about ready to put into practice what I have read.  However, I remember Belle, at Ms. Bookish, praising this book in the past, and I wanted to read what this prolific author had to say before I temporarily suspended my reading on this topic.
  • Blankets by Craig Thompson.  This is a graphic novel, which I typically do not enjoy because it is like sensory overload for me.  However, because of all the wonderful book blogger reviews over the past few weeks, I decided to give this genre one more try.  From what I can tell, the pictures are not too graphic or over-the-top, so I think I might be able to focus my attention on the storyline.
  • Saving CeeCee Honeycutt by Beth Hoffman.  Ok - who hasn't heard of this outstanding debut novel?!  I have had my name on the library waiting list for weeks, but as luck would have it, there was a copy available this week on the new release bookshelf.  I will only have this book for 2 weeks, but I think that will be long enough to decide if it is one that I want to read right away.  I just discovered that the author will be in Kansas City on March 23rd - so I may decide to purchase my book at that time and have it autographed -- how exciting!
  • The Group by Mary McCarthy.  Several bloggers have reviewed this book recently and given it the highest praise.  I hope to have the opportunity to see if it is a viable book for me.
  • The Christmas List by Richard Paul Evans.  Ok - I know we are two months past Christmas already, but a good friend of mine just ranted and raved about this one.  She made it sound like it was a book that could be read and enjoyed at any time of year - not just during the holiday season.  When I saw it on the bookshelf, I simply could not resist.
So that is the extent of my library loot for this week.  Did any of you visit the library this week?  What books found their way into your home?


  1. I'll be interested in your reaction to The Group. I wonder if it holds up to the 21st century or it would feel dated now. If I find the time, I may have to reread it.

  2. Ooh - The group is wonderful - I think you'll enjoy that Molly!

  3. I love library loot too. I love to see what everyone has got.

    I didn't realise Blankets was so big, I was expecting a thinner book.

    I loved CeeCee Honeycutt and found it to be a very quick read as you lose yourself within the book.

    I shall make a note of the writing one. I am still reading the Chris Baty one at the moment, that you recommended the other week. I know I am a bit slow, but with the kids off, I haven't had as much reading time as I would have liked.

  4. I haven't heard of Saving CeeCee Honeycutt but you can be sure I'll be looking for it now.

    I used to love The Group. It didn't hold up well for me after multiple reads, but the first time was wonderful. Hope you enjoy!

  5. Nice loot! I hope you do get to meet Beth Hoffman - she'll be here on Friday.

  6. I'm all over the Cee Cee Honeycutt, and Blankets is on my list of GNs to read for the challenge. Jill said to shoot her now (or something like that) because it was so sad, but Nymeth loved it. Which will it be??

  7. Great loot, Molly! CeeCee is already one of my top reads for 2010--I wish she would come to Seattle....:( boo hoo. I thought about blankets for the gn challenge but then I saw how thick it was and decided "no". I am sticking to thinner graphic novels because of the fact that it is not my favorite genre either. I am reading more YA and children's graphics instead.
    Have a great week!

  8. Looks like some good ones there Molly. I'm curious about The Group.

  9. I, too, have rediscovered the library...I have several books right now, but I did finish two of them last week.

    The Group is one I enjoyed and haven't read in a long time.

  10. I hope you enjoy Write Away as much as I did, Molly! George is a rigorous plotter, which is something I don't do, but I found such inspiration in reading about her writing process, and I liked the short excerpts she includes from her different writing journal.

    I have a bunch of books to go back to the library, too, as well as a few holds to pick up. I've been finding lately that my library's been getting a lot of books that are on my wish list!

  11. I just used a coupon and bought The Group.... hope to read it this spring.

  12. I actually have the sad task of returning about 10 books to my library (my renewals are exhausted) that I did not have a chance to read. I guess the good news is that I will be able to check them out again in the near future. Looks like you have a great stack and were very lucky to secure the CeeCee Honeycutt book!

  13. I picked up Blankets in my library loot this week too :).

    I hope you enjoy The Group; I thought it was wonderful and recently had a great discussion about it with my book group.


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