Wednesday, 15 January 2014

Library Loot for January 2014

Well, it's very hot in Hobart and there is no wind and I should be out scooting around on my motorbike looking for old Penguin books. But as I'm grounded for two weeks since my mini stroke (according to Dept of Transport) I took the bus into town to the library. There is air conditioning and wi-fi there and I had some books to pick up. 

 I chose one of the many books from my Book Jar not long go.  I think I told people that with a backlog of reading magazines of book reviews, books from blogs, books from 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die and on it goes are stuffed into a very big pickle jar.  

I put some old book titles in the jar and sure enough that is what I drew out. A Mrs Buncle book.  I have never heard of Mrs Buncle but I'm sure my English friends have.  I looked it up at the library and they have quite a few books by the author, D. E. Stevenson. There are a few Mrs Buncle books and no doubt I should read them in order but I chose three and two have been sent in to me for pick up so far. I have The Two Mrs. Abbotts and Miss Buncle Married here to have a look at.  The Two Mrs. Abbotts looks quite old but there is no date in the book. I will need to look it up to see when it was published. No doubt both will qualify for my Century of Books Challenge.

However there is a very old Tasmania State Library Sticker attached to the front inside cover that I thought was pretty cool. I have not seen this before and I'm sure the book must have been sent in from small country library.

Another couple of books I  had come into the library were from 2013 and I'd forgotten about them. 


Salvage the Bones was the winner of the National Book Award but I'm not sure what nation or why I ordered it. Sometimes I read a review, see if the library has it and then order it. By the time I pick it up I can't remember it anymore.  I know other people do this also so please don't pretend you don't. I really like the cover of it though being the dog person I am.


Now this book was reviewed on somebody's blog??? Or maybe I just wanted something contemporary but this looks like fun.  So I have a few things on the go now and as none of these are popular books I'll be able to renew them up to two more times.  Our check out period is 3 weeks and you can renew two more times for a total of 9 weeks unless there is a hold on it. So these will easily get me into February.

I finished John Grisham's Sycamore Tree last night on my Kindle and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I'll do a review on it soon.  I also won a book through the Library Thing Giveaway to review. I  might do that next. So much for my TBR pile but I have started one of those and am reading a chapter a night. More on that later.  Well that's the loot for this month. What are you reading right now??



15 comments:

  1. Enjoy your loot and good luck with your recovery. Our library check out period is two weeks. I think three weeks would be good.

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    1. Three weeks is good especially when you need to review. Maybe you can change their mind.

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  2. I've seen Salvage The Bones twice this morning. I'm going to pick it up from my library.

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    1. Evidently it is a Hurricane Katrina story. Just started it.

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  3. How It All Began Looks fun. Enjoy your loot.

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    1. It does. I have no idea what it is about yet.

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  4. Your library has access to some nice older stuff. I loved the first Miss Buncle, but haven't read the next couple yet -- and really want to.

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    1. That's because they don't have money for new stuff. Haha . No really it is a good library considering our population here. Miss Buncle is at the library waiting for me to pick up so I'll have three of them. No idea if I'll get to all of them yet or not. All the best,

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  5. Amy - I accidentally deleted your response so I copied it from email. I'm looking forward to finding out who Miss Buncle is ! Thanks for your comment.

    Amy has left a new comment on your post "Library Loot for January 2014":

    What a GORGEOUS copy of the Miss Buncle book!!! I read the very first Miss Buncle in the series (Miss Buncle's Book) and it's one of those I like to read again and again. Light but not shallow, interesting without being overwhelming. I'll be interested in what you think of the other Stevenson books! They're on my "to read" list ;)

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  6. I was thrilled to find that nook had Miss Buncle's book for Free Friday a few weeks ago, after a plethora (it seemed) of vampire-ish/romance books). Your post makes me all the more eager to delve into this character's life.

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    1. It's great when you get a bargain. All the very best.

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  7. D.E. Stevenson is showing up all over the place suddenly -- I must try some.

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    1. It's funny that. I always seem to discover authors when everyone else does. All these bookish minds must think alike!

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  8. I'm a great D.E. Stevenson fan, though not of her Miss Buncle books particularly. Still, they are pleasant and I hope you enjoy them! And I adore Penelope Lively so I hope you are delighted by How It All Began. My mother is reading that right now actually and loving it.

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    1. It's good to hear your mother is reading this also. I hope we both enjoy it.

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