Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Library Loot 3/11/15

I haven't done a Library Loot post in ages!  This past weekend, however, I went to the library and picked up a substantial stack and now I'm ready to write about my haul.

About Library Loot:

"Library Loot is a weekly event co-hosted by Claire from The Captive Reader and Linda from Silly Little Mischief 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."

The Plot that Thickened by P.G. Wodehouse-I already reviewed this here and really enjoyed it.

Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green-I feel I must explain.  This was part of a very long-winded bet with my brother.  I, making amazed noises that people would read The Fault in Our Stars for fun, said that I would never voluntarily read TFIOS because who wants to read a book being wracked by sobs the majority of the time.  My brother got a gleam in his eye and said that if I would read TFIOS, he would, too.  I stretched the bet a little and said that we would each read a John Green book (many of which are heartbreaking).  I haven't heard anything about his book choice, so I don't know how that's going.  I chose Will Grayson, Will Grayson because it's supposed to be actually funny.  John Green is a very skilled and funny writer, so I'm not going to have to brave bad writing, but the genre is not my favorite, so we'll see...

Cotillion by Georgette Heyer- Just a little Regency romance.  Georgette Heyer wrote surprisingly good, historically accurate works of fiction in the 1920s about the 1700s.

The Pickwick Papers by Charles Dickens-This is partly inspired by my Little Women read along (the March sisters are big fans of Pickwick) and partly because I've heard it is a fantastic book.

The Persian Pickle Club by Sandra Dallas-Some nice fiction that looked good...about a group of ladies in Kansas who brave the Depression together.

The Chili Queen by Sandra Dallas-More good-looking fiction.

The Train to Estelline by Jane Roberts Wood-A novel about a young woman traveling to Arkansas in the early 1900s to teach.


  1. I loved Will Grayson, Will Grayson. David Levithan, the other author, is releasing a book about Tiny Cooper. Super excited for that one. Enjoy your loot.

    1. I'm glad to have your recommendation! Thanks for the comment.

  2. Welcome back, then! I also just did a library loot post after a longish hiatus from any posting at all (which I know is not the case with you)... I love library loot. So much fun to see your haul - hope you enjoy!

    1. And welcome back to you, too! Yes, I agree. Library Loot is always a lot of fun.

  3. I do hope you enjoy Pickwick. It is an amazing book - it is like a library in a single volume - with many, many characters, and loads of scenes and situations. I don't think any other novel has so much variety and sheer LIFE in its pages. My one piece of advice is this: if you don't like the opening, stay with the book. It gets much better. The opening sentence in particular is terrible, and must have put many people off Pickwick over the years.

    I also have a piece of news about The Pickwick Papers: I have actually written a novel about the extraordinary origins and subsequent history of Pickwick. In my view, Pickwick is not just a great book - it also has the best backstory of any work of fiction I have encountered. My novel will be published by Random House in May, and you can find out more at:, where I can also be contacted - and I hope you will. I love talking to people about their experiences of The Pickwick Papers.

    Also, my novel is completely self-contained, and requires no previous knowledge of The Pickwick Papers. So, if you felt inclined, you could even read it before Pickwick. You can indeed get a quick overview of my novel from the first pre-publication review, which appeared in Publishers Weekly, and which you can read here:

    Best wishes

    Stephen Jarvis