Library Loot: July 18 – 24

Library Loot is a weekly event co-hosted by Claire fromThe 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.

My goal in this week’s library selections was to find books that were fun and comfortable reads. I think I succeeded….

 Eva Ibbotson has been one of my favorite authors since I discovered her at age eight or nine. I delighted in her whimsical tales of ghosts and fantastical creatures like The Great Ghost Rescue and The Secret of Platform 13. My favorite of her children’s novels, though, was Journey to the River Sea. Maia, like all Ibbotson heroines, is clever and good and adventurous and charming — in short, exactly the kind of girl I would have loved to have been best friends with. In my teen years, I found Ibbotson’s adult novels in their YA reprints and fell in love all over again. A Countess Below Stairs and The Morning Gift have definitely reached the status of ultimate comfort reads, the kind of things I read when recovering from wisdom teeth removal. I haven’t read Ibbotson’s children’s books published after Journey to the River Sea, however, and The Dragonfly Pool sounded like  a perfect escape read. I’m 150 pages in and it hasn’t disappointed in any respect. I mean, it’s about a quirky, slightly dysfunctional progressive boarding school — what’s not to love? (And this Montessori baby can relate in more than one respect!)

 Katie Fforde may have her flaws as a writer in some respects, but sometimes her books really hit the spot, when you just want the good story, the pastoral romance, the reliable charms of rural England (usually the Cotswolds), and the amusing supporting characters.

 I’m not sure how it took me so long to discover Georgette Heyer, but since this December, I’ve been reading her books as I come across them. This one sounds like it has many of the the things I delight in in Heyer’s novels — a feisty heroine and Slap-Slap-Kiss kind of romance.

 It’s Wodehouse, and it’s Jeeves and Wooster. Enough said.

 I’m not sure how it took me so long to realize that there was a final Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants book — I actually didn’t realize it until I came across this in the library. Maybe because it’s not marketed as YA?



 I’ve heard too much about this one not to try it.

 I’m not as crazy about Bujold’ The Sharing Knife series as her Vorkosigan Saga, but they’re still fun reads and I borrowed and read the first two from the Oxfordshire library, so I decided to continue back in Chico.

 I wanted to try some of Jo Walton’s fiction, having enjoyed her essays on the Vorkosigan Saga, and this series sounded particularly intriguing. It’s an alternate history that diverges during the early stages of the Second World War, resulting in Britain’s withdrawal from the War and a much greater Nazi sphere of influence. The first novel begins in a country house setting and I’ve heard that the later books include pseudo-Mitford characters.

 As a His Dark Materials fan, this slim volume is one I’ve wanted to check out for some time now.


12 thoughts on “Library Loot: July 18 – 24

  1. I think this is probably my favourite Library Loot haul that anyone has ever compiled! Eva Ibbotson AND Katie Fforde AND Georgette Heyer AND P.G. Wodehouse AND Diana Gabaldon AND Jo Walton is absolutely a recipe for success. Like you, I adore Ibbotson’s The Morning Gift and A Countess Below Stairs and I read my old copies to tatters. I just started reading her children’s books last year but I loved The Dragonfly Pool and The Star of Kazan is also very fun. Enjoy, enjoy, enjoy!

  2. thanks for visiting, and welcome to the wonderful world of book-blogging! I like your choices, too — I needed something fun and comfortable this week too, so I’m listening to a Katie Fforde audiobook (Artistic License) and it fits my needs perfectly. I thought her early books were better than her later ones but I do like her!

    • Thanks for the welcome! Katie Fforde’s definitely one of my go tos for fun and comfortable — and audiobooks, especially of familiar works/authors/styles, have recently become another.

  3. Wodehouse, Ibbotson and Heyer? A girl after my own heart! All three of these are perfect for those days when you need a good laugh or a pick me up. I feel all warm and fuzzy just thinking about them!

    I haven’t yet read any of Ibbotson’s children’s novels, but I believe I’ve exhausted her YA titles at this point. A Company of Swans is my favorite, with A Countess Below Stairs coming in at a close second. 🙂

  4. We’ve had The Dragonfly Pool on our family bookshelf for a while now. Sadly unread by any of us, but hopefully one of us will read it at some point.

    Enjoy your books!

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