Library Loot: Week of August 17
Welcome to my first Library Loot in Western New York! I’m finally settling in and getting (re-)acclimated to the latest version of my childhood library system. In the eleven years since I’ve been gone, I’m sorry to say the library is rather less welcoming than it used to be — for some reason, all branches now seem to feature a glowering librarian at the entrance who looks at you like you’re going to hold up the library and steal their large electronics.
To my chagrin, the library has also instituted a series of miserly fees for various services. Most infuriatingly for me, they now charge you to request a book, a service which, in addition to suddenly costing me money, now takes more than twice as long as it did when I lived on an island 30 miles out to sea. A both improbable and unwelcome development.
So, not a very satisfying library experience for me this week. On the bright side, I got a pretty good haul through a combination of requests I made before I was informed of their new fee policy and good old fashioned browsing:
The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie
by Alan Bradley
Recommended by Book Clubber Sheryl to me innumerable times, I finally succumbed and am greatly looking forward to the escapades of Flavia de Luce, aspiring young lady-chemist. Also, one of the later books involves mummies somehow, so I’m so in!
by Naomi Novik
For some reason, I thought this was a graphic novel. Even though it turned out to be a novel-novel, I’m still looking forward to it immensely. It was featured in Book Riot ages ago (they get advance copies, darn them!) and I’ve been eagerly awaiting its release ever since. Lev Grossman called it “wild, thrilling…an instant classic,” so let’s do this, Naomi Novik!
Year of Wonders: A Novel of the Plague
by Geraldine Brooks
I’ve enjoyed pretty much every Geraldine Brooks novel I’ve encountered (even the bleak, but still incredible, March). I’m not sure why Year of Wonders has languished so long on my TBR list, but I’m looking forward to finally checking it off.
East of Eden
by John Steinbeck
I rediscovered Steinbeck earlier this year and East of Eden has been on my list ever since. It’s supposed to be his masterpiece and who could say no to this beautiful Penguin Steinbeck Centennial edition?
What did you get this week? Any good reads?