Monday 12 April 2010

Library Loot and other things.

Firstly congratulations to all the participants of Dewey's Readathon on Saturday. My google reader nearly blew a gasket when I switched it on. I saw that many of you did so well and managed to read so many books. So well done all of you.
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. I really shouldn't get any library books out as I already have loads on my cards, but I just couldn't resist these ones.

1) Nightingale Wood by Stella Gibbons - after reading and enjoying Cold Comfort Farm by Stellas Gibbons, I discovered this one on Nymeth's blog and just had to read it.

2) Fables - Legends in Exile by Bill Willingham - Now I know this isn't the first one in his series but I can't seem to get hold of it from the library, so I went with the one that I could get. I thought it would be ideal for the Once Upon a Time challenge as well as the Graphic Novel Challenge.

3) The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen by Alan Moore. I didn't realise that this comic book series came before the film. I had imagined it as a fictional novel, never as a graphic novel, ideal for the Graphic Novel Challenge.

4) Black Unicorn by Tanith Lee - I know absolutely nothing about this one at all, but I thought it would fit perfectly in the Once Upon a Time Challenge.

5) Fair Play by Tove Jansson - I loved reading The True Deceiver by Jansson late last year and was determined to read more by this author, so when I saw this I couldn't resist.

6) In Cold Blood by Truman Capote - this will be my last books for the GLBT challenge. It is a non fictional account of the brutal 1959 murders of Herbert Clutter, a wealthy farmer from Holcomb, Kansas; and his wife and two of their children. I know that sounds so gruesome, but I have wanted to read this one for ages.

7) The Onion Girl by Charles De Lint - I am under the impression that really I cannot take part in the Once Upon a Time Challenge without reading Charles De Lint, so I had to get this.

8) Summertime by J.M. Coetzee - this was one of the shortlisted books for the Man Booker Prize and it will also fit nicely with the Australian Challenge. Although I have just realised there are two other books in this series, I just hope this one reads well as a stand alone.

I also want to show the books I bought which I totally blame on Carmen and Petty Witter. I had no intention of buying the Sookie Stackhouse series but they held my arm behind my back and made me buy them. I hope you are both ashamed of yourself.

I just wanted to also show you my scrapbooking buys from Saturday. As you may have read, I couldn't take part in the readathon as I was in London buying lots of goodies. I had a fantastic day and was really pleased that I got to finally meet the lovely Carmen from Whoopidoo _ings
I was very good and didn't spend all my money. I have been in a bit of a scrapping slump lately, so I am hoping these new purchases will get me back into it. I seemed to have purchased a huge amount of letters this time.

I may not be here tomorrow as it is my birthday and I haven't decided whether or not I will be around the blogging world on my one day of the year. I have nothing planned, but I already have lots of cash to spend, so I may be busy.


  1. Legends in Exile actually IS the first one in the series! Also, I can't wait to hear what you think of Nightingale Wood. Also, I hope you have better luck with The Onion Girl than I did. It was my first De Lint and I found it confusing :\

    Happy reading, Vivienne!

  2. Wow what a good haul you have got book wise.
    Saturday was brilliant I had so much fun I didn't quite realise how much I actually brought but I have already made a blue rose.
    Have a great day tomorrow ohh and
    HAPPY BIRTHDAY for tomorrow. xx

  3. Summertime can be read as a stand-alone, Vivienne, or at least I managed it.

    I was disappointed in Nightingale Wood but I think it was a timing thing.

    I bought my boyfriend the first two in the Fables series so that I can read them :)

    I loved In Cold Blood when I read it years ago.


  4. Happy, Happy Birthday! I hope you find lots of scrapbooking and book bargains to help celebrate :)

    I desperately need to start scrapbooking again (I have taken a three year hiatus). My youngest graduates next year and I must make her an album like I did the other two.

  5. First and foremost: Happy birthday! Even if it's a day early. I hope you have fun tomorrow Vivienne!

    Second, have you read those Sookie Stackhouse books? I hope you have. It would be awful if you read them now that you own the whole set and decide you don't like the. :D What enablers your friends are!

    Third, Fables!! I've been agonizing over which book I should read for my fifth OuaT book and I never even thought of that one! It's even sitting on my shelf. I think I will have to read that one too.

  6. I keep hearing about tanith Lee, enjoy :)

  7. Nymeth - is it really? I kept getting two different titles coming up for the first one. I wasn't expecting The Onion Girl to be so huge!

    Jo - we did have fun, didn't we. Can't wait to see the blue rose.

    Paperback Reader - I am glad to hear that it can be read stand alone. I was worrying a little.
    I am sorry to hear Nightingale Wood didn't work for you.

    Molly - thank you. I just need to get out of my scrapbooking slump and soon.

    Amanda - Don't panic! I have read the first one and really enjoyed it, so I was looking forward to getting my hands on the set. Thanks for my birthday wishes. I may be around tomorrow yet, not sure.

    Blodeuedd - never head of Tanith Lee myself, so nice to hear that someone has.

  8. Happy reading Vivienne. I will check out these books now, as they sounds interesting!

  9. Well that's Carmen and I told off good and proper. I'm fairly confident you'll thank us in the long run though. Do let me know how you get on with the Sookie Stackhouse books.

  10. Happy Birthday a day early! You got some fantastic books and scrapbooking supplies! In Cold Blood is fantastic, but don't read it too close to bedtime!

  11. Happy Birthday Eve! Loving all the great book finds - so jealous of all those Sookie Stackhouse books - I've still only read the first one.

  12. Happy Birthday Vivienne! You know this calls for more books :)

    You got some great loot. I'm also hoping to read a DeLint book for Carl's challenge.

    Anyway, have fun celebrating!

  13. Wow! what a feast of books, thanks! happy birthday.

  14. Andreea - thankyou

    Petty Witter - was I too harsh,do you think? Noooo

    Kathy - thank you. I look forward to In Cold Blood.

    Caitlin - thankyou

    Jen - I have only read the first one too.

    Illiana -thank you. I hope the Charles De Lint one is good, but Nymeth didn't enjoy it, so I am wondering whether I will.

    Tribute books - thankyou

  15. Happy birthday, Vivienne!!!! (And I suspect it actually *is* your birthday where you're at now.)

    I'm soooooo excited you got Fables! I so hope you love it...I just think they're positively wonderful. In fact, now you've got me wanting to grab the next one off my shelf right now.

    Oooooh, and all your scrapbooking lovelies! I have to admit that I laughed out loud at the photo of your letter stickers--they are my biggest weakness when it comes to scrapping supplies! I think I could probably write a novel using nothing but letter stickers. ;)

    Hope you're enjoying your day, Viv!!!

  16. Happy Birthday!

    I love the Sookie books. They are great fun!

  17. i really want to make time and read the sookie books--everyone is always mentioning them and i feel so left out!

    have a wonderful b-day--pamper yourself!

    nat@book, line, and sinker

  18. Hope your birthday is wonderful Viv. Look at all those great books and scrapping supplies. You should be busy for months :)

  19. Happy birthday, Vivienne! I hope you're having a wonderful day :)

    Your library lot looks so good, can't wait to hear about these books. Do you read them all btw? I keep borrowing books but I seldom finish any of them(because of my own TBR pile).

  20. Just stopping by to wish you a Happy Birthday. I hope you got all that money spent. x

  21. I love the bit about your arm being held behind your back - LOL! :)

    Hope you have a wonderful birthday!

  22. I am reading this on the right day to wish you a birthday full of joy!

    Enjoy your new loot,Vivienne!:>)

  23. Wow, Viv, look at that Sookie Stackhouse stack of books! I enjoyed book 1 and I'm lagging behind for the challenge. I need to pick up speed.

    I have been coveting In Cold Blood for a long, long time.

  24. Oooh I forgot to wish you: HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!

  25. I agree with Petty Winter. You'll come crawling on bended knee saying how much you are indebted to us you will :P

    Guess who is in concert in Maidstone?? Jace Everett! The singer of the theme tune to True Blood. I am in love with him at the mo he is like a bit of Alice, a bit of Chris Isaak and a bit of Roy Orbison all rolled up into one yumsome person. Only £17 a ticket!! Am so going! Woohooo!

  26. lol- I somehow doubt anyone was holding your arm behind your back to buy books. I've got that same stack of Sookie books to read one of these days. Happy Reading!

  27. Great books! Happy reading! I've just read the first in the Sookie series.
    And happy scrapping too ;)

  28. Yay for Sookie Stackhouse. I completely got sucked into her world.

    Also, both those graphic novels look interesting, I'll keep an eye out.

    And, I've heard a lot about Charles de Lint. I was never sure if I could read The Onion Girl without reading some of his other books first?

  29. I know I'm really late but I still wanted to wish you a very happy birthday. Saw in another post that it wasn't the best day but hopefully it will be a great birthday month?? :) And lovely lovely loot!


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