Library Loot (September 25 2013)

 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.

Wow it’s been ages since I’ve done a Library Loot post! We’ve been going to the library, really! It’s just somehow I keep forgetting to post!

Eleanor and Park – Rainbow Rowell

Yay! I finally get my hands on the book!! I just hope that all that waiting doesn’t mean my expectations are sky high.


Set over the course of one school year in 1986, ELEANOR AND PARK is the story of two star-crossed misfits – smart enough to know that first love almost never lasts, but brave and desperate enough to try. When Eleanor meets Park, you’ll remember your own first love – and just how hard it pulled you under.

The just bento cookbook: everyday lunches to go – Makiko Itoh ; photographs by Makiko Doi

Now that I have to pack lunches three times a week for Wee Reader, I’m scouring the Internet and cookbooks for ideas.


Bento fever has recently swept across the West, fueled not just by an interest in cute, decorative food, but by the desire for an economical, healthy approach to eating in these times of recession. A leading light in the popularization of bento has been Makiko Itoh, whose blog, Just Bento, boasts hundreds of thousands of subscribers. Now, for the first time, Itoh’s expertise has been packaged in book form. The Just Bento Cookbook contains 25 attractive menus and more than 150 recipes, all of which have been specially created for this book and are divided into two main sections, Japanese and Not-so-Japanese.

And some library e-books, all for RIP:

Haunted (Women of the Otherworld #5) – Kelley Armstrong

Ugh, that cover.


Former supernatural superpower Eve Levine has broken all the rules. But she’s never broken a promise—not even during the three year’s she’s spent in the afterworld. So, when the Fates call in a debt she gave her word she’d pay, she has no choice but to comply.

For centuries one of the ghost world’s wickedest creatures has been loosed on humanity, thwarting every attempt to retrieve her. Now it has fall to Eve to capture this demi-demon known as the Nix, who inhabits the bodies of would-be killers, compelling them to complete their deadly acts. It’s a mission that becomes all too personal when the Nix targets those Eve loves most — including Savannah, the daughter she left on earth. But can a renegade witch succeed where a host of angels have failed?

Save Yourself – Kelly Braffet



Patrick Cusimano is in a bad way. His father is in jail, he works the midnight shift at a grubby convenience store, and his brother’s girlfriend, Caro, has taken their friendship to an uncomfortable new level. On top of all that, he can’t quite shake the attentions of Layla Elshere, a goth teenager who befriends Patrick for reasons he doesn’t understand and doesn’t fully trust. The temptations these two women offer are pushing him to his breaking point.

Meanwhile, Layla’s little sister, Verna, is suffering through her first year of high school. She’s become a prime target for her cruel classmates, not just because of her strange name and her fundamentalist parents: Layla’s bad-girl rep proves to be too huge a shadow for Verna, so she falls in with her sister’s circle of outcasts and misfits whose world is far darker than she ever imagined.

Kelly Braffet’s characters, indelibly portrayed and richly varied, are all on their own twisted paths to finding peace. The result is a novel of unnerving power-darkly compelling, addictively written, and shockingly honest

The Accursed – Joyce Carol Oates


This eerie tale of psychological horror sees the real inhabitants of turn-of-the-century Princeton fall under the influence of a supernatural power. New Jersey, 1905: soon-to-be commander-in-chief Woodrow Wilson is president of Princeton University. On a nearby farm, Socialist author Upton Sinclair, enjoying the success of his novel ‘The Jungle’, has taken up residence with his family. This is a quiet, bookish community – elite, intellectual and indisputably privileged. But when a savage lynching in a nearby town is hushed up, a horrifying chain of events is initiated – until it becomes apparent that the families of Princeton have been beset by a powerful curse. The Devil has come to this little town and not a soul will be spared. ‘The Accursed’ marks new territory for the masterful Joyce Carol Oates – narrated with her unmistakable psychological insight, it combines beautifully transporting historical detail with chilling fantastical elements to stunning effect.

Wee Reader’s loot:
Just keep swimming – Melissa Lagonegro ; illustrated by Atelier Philippe Harchy
Old MacDonald drives a tractor – Don Carter
Race Car is roaring – Mandy Archer ; illustrated by Martha Lightfoot
Planes fly! – George Ella Lyon ; illustrations by Mick Wiggins
Higher! Higher! – Leslie Patricelli
Tractor saves the day – Mandy Archer ; illustrated by Martha Lightfoot

And in a bid to move away from all those books about vehicles, I requested some books that somewhat reflect our Asian culture. Luckily he seems to enjoy them!
Peek! : a Thai hide-and-seek – Minfong Ho ; illustrated by Holly Meade
One is a drummer : a book of numbers – Roseanne Thong ; illustrated by Grace Lin
Dim sum for everyone! – Grace Lin


What did you get from the library this week?


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