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Library Loot: April 4-10

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Library Loot is a weekly event co-hosted by Claire from The Captive Reader and Marg from The Adventures of an Intrepid Reader 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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Library Loot was the first internet meme that I participated in two years ago when I first started this blog and I'm very happy to resume the tradition now that I'm blogging again. Unlike a lot of book bloggers, In My Mailbox isn't a meme that applies to me very often, I don't get to buy books more than a few times a year and I don't get ARCs mailed to me from publishers (although I did just start getting some online from NetGalley). But I'm very lucky to have one of the best library systems in the nation at my disposal. There are 37 library systems across 10 counties in our library consortium, so it's very rare that a book that I want isn't available somewhere in the system. I reserve the books that I find out about on Goodreads, Twitter and from bloggers, and they just show up, it's like getting free gifts every week. When I saw this comic on Marg's blog I had to copy it too, I'm sure everyone is: 

OK, on to the loot! I only got 4 books this week, which is good because my shelf is still overflowing with new releases, several from an author I fell in love with recently (Sarah Zettel), a few mysteries and miscellaneous other books. Today I got:

A highly anticipated third (last) book in a series. The kid in this book is so hard to resist, the author really makes your heart break for the kid. Will he have a happy ending, despite all of the agony he's going through? I'll find out soon.

The newest book by Christoper Moore, bound to be entertaining. And bound to have a long list of people who've reserved it, so I have to get it back on time, no renewing it possible.

Another new release and third book in a series. I like but don't love this one. It's a mix of romance and urban fantasy and the mix doesn't always work well for me. I like the UF better than the romance. But it's fun.

I found out about this one from @BookaliciousPam. She wrote a column in her new blog bookalicious.org about an article in the the New York Times about Arizona removing books from the high school curriculum because they can be seen as anti-white. The article mentioned that Matt de la Peña gave up his speaking fee to buy 240 copies of his novel Mexican Whiteboy for the students of a school he visited. That made Pam really want to read his book and encourage others to do so as well, so she sponsored a reading-along on the blog. If you have a moment, please read Pam's blog and the NYT article, and consider reading the book with us as well.

So that's my haul for the week. As usual, it's an embarrassment of riches. I just love having the terribly difficult problem of deciding which terrific book to read first, don't you?


My new little sweetheart of a mutt

My new little sweetheart of a mutt

Such a goober

Such a goober

Always in my heart

Always in my heart

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