Library Loot (21 June, 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.

Yay the bilingual baby sessions are back – they seem to alternate with the regular English sessions. I guess plenty of other mums look forward to these sessions too as it was packed!

I realise that once again I am lacking in the non-fiction department. It is a little more difficult these days making it to the non-fiction shelves, mostly because it’s not as accessible (it’s upstairs) and a little less child-friendly (the study tables are upstairs and it’s generally a lot quieter there). One solution: e-books. Luckily there is a decent selection on Overdrive. Next week!

The snail-watcher, and other stories – Patricia Highsmith

The title story was mentioned in The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating and I just had to go request for this collection. Plus I always say that I want to try reading Highsmith (I think I might have read The Talented Mr Ripley – after watching the movie of course).

A man who keeps snails for a hobby. A young boy fascinated by the terrapin his mother brings home. A woman seeking psychiatric aid for her troubled husband. A young governess eager to show her affection for the family that hired her.

These are a few of the seemingly ordinary people who fill these eleven quite extraordinary stories by a master of psychological suspense. With skill and perception, Patricia Highsmith reveals the secrets that may be hidden behind even the most sane, civilized facade–the sometimes terrifying possibilities that lurk in the dark corners of the human mind. These tales show Patricia Highsmith at her chilling best

Locke & Key, Vol. 4: Keys to the Kingdom – Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez

Huh I got confused with the series and had requested book five from the library (currently being acquired by said library). So I figured things out and got hold of this one.

With more keys making themselves known, and the depths of the Locke family’s mystery ever-expanding, Dodge’s desperation to end his shadowy quest drives the habitants of Keyhouse ever closer to a revealing conclusion.

Summer Blonde – Adrian Tomine
I’ve been wanting to read something by Tomine for a while now. However, I have just realised that this collects books 5-9 of the Optic Nerve series. And I just checked, my library doesn’t have the first collection. I’m always puzzled by things like that. Another example – the Fables series. The library has the following books: 1, 3, 4, 8. I mean, what happened there?

Adrian Tomine’s cult comix series Optic Nerve is finally collected into one sharp-looking hardcover volume. Described as the Raymond Carver of comix, Tomine constructs tales of emotional disconnection with an ear for painfully real dialogue. Combined with his deft black and white depictions of urbane lifestyles, Tomine’s fans have often accused him of eavesdropping in on their most intimate moments and, with forensic skill, laying their lives bare. The conflicts between emotional gratification, narcissistic neediness and moral discernment mark the title story in which a socially crippled man nurses an obsessive crush on a young woman. He watches close up, paralyzed by his guilt, as her beauty catches the eye of his neighbor: a hip, selfish young man with a short attention span.

Wee reader’s loot:

1-2-3: A Child’s First Counting Book – Alison Jay

It Looked Like Spilt Milk – Charles G Shaw

5 Busy Ducklings

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



  1. I am always interested to discover how other readers use their e-readers (since I’m still getting used to mine) so was fascinated to hear how it’s letting you access the non-fiction books it’s difficult to physically get to these days. What a great example of how useful the technology can be! Enjoy your loot!


    1. Well an iPad isn’t a dedicated ereader, so I have been wondering about getting one (argh that glare, and the inability to read in sunlight!), but at the same time wondering if that’s one too many gadgets….!


  2. I don’t remember if you’ve mentioned this — Do you have a Kindle? If so, a friend of mine has his first novel available for free download through Sunday. It’s called Rhubarb, by M.H. Van Keuren. It’s sort of sci-fi humor, though not as wacky as The Hitchhiker’s Guide series. I liked it, but I don’t know if I’m biased because I know the author. Anyway, that’s the last book I read all the way through. 🙂 If you have a Kindle, maybe take advantage of his free download.


    1. Hey Jen, thanks for the link! I don’t have a Kindle though I use the app, and erm it’s no longer Sunday, oops!
      Sounds like a fun book though so I’ll keep an eye out for it!


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