Monday 11 January 2010

Library Loot and Monday Mailbox

Library Loot is a weekly event co-hosted by Eva and Marg that encourages bloggers to share the books they’ve checked out from the library.
Now I know that I mentioned in my Sunday Salon post that I am waiting for some books that were still ' in transit,' well they are still 'in transit' and these are the ones that arrived before the snow. I still have another six outstanding which I will show you next week.
1) The Hotel by Elizabeth Bowen. I actually bought this one, as it really interested me. It is about a hotel in Italy in the 1920's.
2) Nim's Island by Wendy Orr. I got this out as it is one of my favourite films and they author has just became an Australian resident a few years ago. So this will count towards the Australian Challenge.
3) Witch Wood by John Buchan. I have never read any of his books and hope to eventually read 'The 39 Steps'. This ones is about witches, so I couldn't resist.
4) Book Doctor by Esther Cohen. I m seriously considering joining The Bibliophilic Challenge and this one would count towards it.
5) Jackdaw Summer by David Almond. For the Awesome Author Challenge.
6) Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi, for the Graphic Novel Challenge.
7) How to Hear Your Angels by Doreen Virtue. Non fiction, purely for pleasure.

Monday Mailbox - I feel so proud of myself as I haven't actually bought any books since the beginning of November, so a big pat on the back to me. These ones I bought were all charity shops ones too, so I didn't spend very much either.

1) Northern Lights by Philip Pullman. I have read this before, but I never finished the series, so I thought I would try and pick up the whole set and read them again.
2) Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine - I am so thrilled to get this one and I shall keep it for the Once Upon A Time challenge later in the year.
3) Mirror, Mirror by Nancy Butcher, a modern interpretation of a classic fairytale. This time Snow White has been rewritten. I will keep this one for the Once Upon a Time Challenge too. Anyone know when that will start?
So lots of books entered the house, despite the snow and more to come from the library next week.
Thanks for stopping by.


  1. Still waiting for you library books? Fingers crossed, now that the weather seems to be easing they may arrive soon. A wonderful list of books, I have Ella Enchanted on my to be read pile.

  2. Persepolis is so good! Ella Enchanted sounds wonderful - I can't wait for your review of it.

  3. The hotel Sounds so interesting. I'm always interested in books set in that time frame. and Italy? No more need be said! Perfect combination.

    Have a great week and happy reading.

  4. That looks like a wonderful stack, though I agree with Kaye that The Hotel looks particularly intrigiung.

  5. Oh! I've read two Elizabeth Bowen books and adored them both! So now I want to read The Hotel, lol. It sounds like it'd be fun to read with Enchanted April, another book I haven't gotten around to.

    I haven't heard of an of the other books, but they sound like fun! Once Upon a Time Challenge starts on the vernal equinox, so late March. :)

  6. I really like the Ella movie so can't wait to see what you think of the book :D

  7. oooh love the sound of Mirror, mirror and Ella Enchanted. Love that sort of thing.

  8. Mirror, Mirror & The Hotel definitely made me sit up & take notice. Enjoy!

  9. how you're already stocking up for future challenges!!! One of the signs of a true addict. :D

  10. Petty Witter - two of my six outstanding turned up today. They are so slow.

    Bermudaonion - you will have to wait until the Once Upon A Time challenge for Ella Enchanted. I am so in advance of myself.

    Kaye - it does sound good, doesn't it.

    Nicole - I hope to get around to it soon.

    Guatami - thank you.

    Eva - I loved Enchanted April. What a great idea to read them together.

    Blodeuedd - I can't wait too.

    Carmen & The Book Resort- they are gorgeous books.

    Debi - I think I may need to join some sort of challenge help group. Challenges Anonymous.

  11. The Hotel sounds great. I like reading things set in that time and in Italy. Well another great stack of books for you. Happy Reading.

  12. I can't wait to hear your thoughts on Persepolis. It's one of my favourites! And Ella Enchanted is a complete delight. Are you sure you can wait until Once Upon a Time?

  13. Dar - thankyou.

    Nymeth - I shall probably read Persepolis next. I would love to start the Once Upon a Time challenge early, perhaps Carl may bring it forward. I intend to do the Persephone Week one too this year.

  14. I saw the film Nims Island and it was so cute. I enjoyed Ella Enchanted, Happy reading :)

  15. Persepolis is my favorite book so I hope you get to read that soon! I hope that I can read The Dark Materials series this year. I've had the full set on my shelf.

  16. Your loot is wonderful. I saw the movie version of Persepolis but haven't read it (yet). Enjoy!

  17. looks like a good selection--especially the graphic novel! i've heard tons about that one. i read my very first GN not so long ago. it took me a bit to get into it--so different from regular reading for me--but enjoyed it all the same.

    have a great week. :)

  18. The only book I've read on your library loot is Persepolis. I hope you enjoy it.Happy reading!

  19. I'll probably read Nim's Island eventually too. Ella Enchanted is a good book! I read it several years ago but I still remember it. Happy reading!

  20. Hi Vivienne,
    I received the book back earlier this year, thank you so much for sending it along on its last leg of its circumnavigation. I will be posting about it this week, now that I am emerging from my self-imposed blogging hibernation.

    Happy New Year, by the way!



  21. Definitely admire your strength to not buy books! I've been especially bad about that lately... just so many I "have" to have immediately! I should really look into checking out more library books soon!

  22. Persepolis is great. I hope you'll love it. That just reminded me that there is a film version out which I missed. I must look for that at the video store. Would love to see how it went from book to screen.

    And, I keep meaning to read something by Elizabeth Bowen but you know how it goes... Too many books! :)

    Enjoy your loot!

  23. Congratulations. No purchases since November. That is an accomplishment. I love your loot. Enjoy.

  24. Books and more books! I've heard a lot of good things about Persepolis. Enjoy them!


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