Library Loot (9 May 2012)

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

Oof, I am just so tired today that I really struggled to put up this post! But I think I picked up a pretty good haul this week. A little bit here, a little bit there. That will make for some interesting reading.

Girl Reading – Katie Ward

Thanks to Buried in Print

Seven portraits. Seven artists. Seven girls and women reading. A young orphan poses nervously for a Renaissance maestro in medieval Siena. An artist’s servant girl in seventeenth-century Amsterdam snatches a moment away from her work to lose herself in tales of knights and battles. An eighteenth century female painter completes a portrait of a deceased poetess for her lover. A Victorian medium poses with a book in one of the first photographic studios. A girl suffering her first heartbreak witnesses intellectual and sexual awakening during the Great War. A young woman reading in a bar catches the eye of a young man who takes her picture. And in the not-so-distant future a woman navigates the rapidly developing cyber-reality that has radically altered the way people experience art and the way they live.Each chapter of Katie Ward’s kaleidoscopic novel takes us into a perfectly imagined tale of how each portrait came to be, and as the connections accumulate, the narrative leads us into the present and beyond. In gorgeous prose Ward explores our points of connection, our relationship to art, the history of women, and the importance of reading. This dazzlingly inventive novel that surprises and satisfies announces the career of a brilliant new writer.

Dating Mr. December – Phillipa Ashley

So not my cup of tea, but I’m trying to finish more categories for the Mixing it up challenge.

Emma Tremayne leaves her high-powered PR job and moves to the Lake District looking for peace, quiet–and celibacy. So perhaps it’s not the best idea when she agrees to help the local mountain rescue team raise funds by putting together a “tasteful” nude calendar.

D’Aulaires’ Book of Norse Myths – Ingri D’Aulaire, Edgar Parin D’Aulaire

We recently rewatched the movie Thor, and I was curious about the actual myths behind the comic/movie.

The Norse myths are some of the greatest stories of all time. Weird monsters, thoroughly human gods, elves and sprites and gnomes, with grim giants nursing ancient grudges lurking behind—the mysterious and entrancing world of Norse myth comes alive in these pages thanks to the spellbinding storytelling and spectacular pictures of the incomparable d’Aulairse. In this classic book, the art of the Caldecott Award—winning authors of d’Aulaires’ Book of Greek Myths, a longtime favorite of children and parent, reaches one of its pinnacles. It offers a way into a world of fantasy and struggle and charm that has served as inspiration for Marvel Comics and the Lord of the Rings.

Locke & Key, Vol. 1: Welcome to Lovecraft – Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez

A friend recommended this series. And I was just so pleased that the library actually has it that I went out and grabbed what I could find.

Locke & Key tells of Keyhouse, an unlikely New England mansion, with fantastic doors that transform all who dare to walk through them…. and home to a hate-filled and relentless creature that will not rest until it forces open the most terrible door of them all…! Acclaimed suspense novelist and New York Times best-selling author Joe Hill (Heart-Shaped Box) creates an all-new story of dark fantasy and wonder, with astounding artwork from Gabriel Rodriguez.

Locke & Key, Vol. 2: Head Games – Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez

New York Times bestselling writer Joe Hill and artist Gabriel Rodriguez, the creators behind the acclaimed Locke & Key: Welcome to Lovecraft, return with the next chapter in the ongoing tale, Head Games. Following a shocking death that dredges up memories of their father’s murder, Kinsey and Tyler Locke are thrown into choppy emotional waters, and turn to their new friend, Zack Wells, for support, little suspecting Zack’s dark secret. Meanwhile, six-year-old Bode Locke tries to puzzle out the secret of the head key, and Uncle Duncan is jarred into the past by a disturbingly familiar face. Open your mind – the head games are just getting started

Empire State: A Love Story (or Not) – Jason Shiga
Ok so I also did some browsing of the graphic novel shelves too…

Jimmy is a stereotypical geek who works at the library in Oakland, California, and is trapped in his own torpidity. Sara is his best friend, but she wants to get a life (translation: an apartment in Brooklyn and a publishing internship). When Sara moves to New York City, Jimmy is rattled. Then lonely. Then desperate. He screws up his courage, writes Sara a letter about his true feelings, and asks her to meet him at the top of the Empire State Building (a nod to their ongoing debate about Sleepless in Seattle).

Jimmy’s cross-country bus trip to Manhattan is as hapless and funny as Jimmy himself. When he arrives in the city he’s thought of as “a festering hellhole,” he’s surprised by how exciting he finds New York, and how heartbreaking—he discovers Sara has a boyfriend!

Jason Shiga’s bold visual storytelling, sly pokes at popular culture, and subtle text work together seamlessly in Empire State, creating a quirky graphic novel comedy about the vagaries of love and friendship.

Wee reader’s loot:

Don’t Throw That Away!: A Lift-the-Flap Book about Recycling and Reusing (Little Green Books) – Lara Bergen, Betsy Snyder (Illustrator)

Daisy’s Day Out – Jane Simmons

Mangia! Mangia! (World Snacks) – Amy Wilson Sanger

Have you read any of these? What did you think of them?
What did you get at your library this week?


  1. My husband just finished the first volume of Locke and Key. I gave me the first one to read which I hope to read soon. Empire State sounds interesting. Enjoy!


  2. I hadn’t heard of Locke & Key before, and I’ve been meaning to read something by Joe Hill. And although I love the challenge of reading something outside our comfort zone for challenges, sometimes, it is a bit of a pain forcing it.


  3. haha! I have to add that I too, was like, I should really read some Norse myths, after watching Thor. And I didn’t even really like the film all that much though it had its moments.


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