Library Loot (January 10 2014)

badge-4Library Loot is a weekly event co-hosted by Claire from The Captive Reader and Linda from Silly Little Mischief that encourages bloggers to share the books they’ve checked out from the library. 

Wow it’s been a long time since I’ve done a Library Loot post. I have been using my library, I promise!

But I wanted to definitely do a Library Loot post this last week because it’s Linda’s first week hosting! Yay Linda! And of course Yay Claire for continuing to host! (er, sorry it took me a while to actually publish this post though!)

The abominable – Dam Simmons

A story set on Mount Everest? Yes please.


A thrilling tale of high-altitude death and survival set on the snowy summits of Mount Everest, from the bestselling author of The Terror. It’s 1924 and the race to summit the world’s highest mountain has been brought to a terrified pause by the shocking disappearance of George Mallory and Sandy Irvine high on the shoulder of Mt. Everest. By the following year, three climbers — a British poet and veteran of the Great War, a young French Chamonix guide, and an idealistic young American — find a way to take their shot at the top. They arrange funding from the grieving Lady Bromley, whose son also disappeared on Mt. Everest in 1924. Young Bromley must be dead, but his mother refuses to believe it and pays the trio to bring him home. Deep in Tibet and high on Everest, the three climbers — joined by the missing boy’s female cousin — find themselves being pursued through the night by someone, or something. This nightmare becomes a matter of life and death at 28,000 feet– but what is pursuing them? And what is the truth behind the 1924 disappearances on Everest? As they fight their way to the top of the world, the friends uncover a secret far more abominable than any mythical creature could ever be

Without a summer – Mary Robinette Kowal
Part three of the Glamourist series

Up-and-coming fantasist Mary Robinette Kowal enchanted fans with award-winning short stories and beloved novels featuring Regency pair Jane Ellsworth and Vincent. In Without a Summer the master glamourists return home, but in a world where magic is real, nothing—even the domestic sphere—is quite what it seems.

Jane and Vincent go to Long Parkmeade to spend time with Jane’s family, but quickly turn restless. The year is unseasonably cold. No one wants to be outside and Mr. Ellsworth is concerned by the harvest, since a bad one may imperil Melody’s dowry. And Melody has concerns of her own, given the inadequate selection of eligible bachelors. When Jane and Vincent receive a commission from a prominent family in London, they decide to take it, and take Melody with them. They hope the change of scenery will do her good and her marriage prospects—and mood—will be brighter in London.

Once there, talk is of nothing but the crop failures caused by the cold and increased unemployment of the coldmongers, which have provoked riots in several cities to the north. With each passing day, it’s more difficult to avoid getting embroiled in the intrigue, none of which really helps Melody’s chances for romance. It’s not long before Jane and Vincent realize that in addition to getting Melody to the church on time, they must take on one small task: solving a crisis of international proportions.


Cake keeper cakes : 100 simple recipes for extraordinary bundt cakes, pound cakes, snacking cakes, and other good-to-the-last-crumb treats – Lauren Chattman

I love these kinds of simple cakes that are more about the taste and less about the look.


Few things are as satisfying as a sweet snack that’s mouthwateringly moist. So skip the cookie jar and head for the cake keeper. In Cake Keeper Cakes, Lauren Chattman, the author of Dessert Express, presents simple and delicious recipes that stand up to everyday eating. Made from only the most wholesome ingredients, Lauren’s heavenly creations include Espresso-Hazelnut Bundt Cake, Banana and Bittersweet Chocolate Cake, Citrus Pound Cake, Raspberry Yellow Cake Squares, and Mississippi Mud Cake. Designed with the busy baker in mind, this intoxicating cookbook shows how to make long-lasting cakes like mom used to, in a lot less time.

The Wee Readers’ loot:
constructioncrewThe construction crew – Lynn Meltzer ; illustrated by Carrie Eko-Burgess


How to babysit a grandpa – Jean Reagan ; illustrated by Lee Wildish


Yummy : eight favorite fairy tales / Lucy Cousins


Little Blue Truck leads the way – Alice Schertle ; illustrated by Jill McElmurry


Little rabbit lost – written and illustrated by Harry Horse


8 thoughts on “Library Loot (January 10 2014)

  1. Whenever I see a Harry Horse book, I think it must be sad. I don’t want to say what has informed me that way (likely erroneously anyhow, because it was only one book) because it would be a spoiler, but I am both intrigued/scared to see a book of his.


    1. This was the first Harry Horse book we’ve come across actually. It was a really sweet story, and I was surprised that my construction/vehicle-mad toddler kept asking to read it. The only downside is that he kept saying that it’s his birthday! Haha.


  2. You have a great stack! I hope you tell us what you guys think of Yummy. My kids enjoyed it but I didn’t. It felt dumbed down to me. Cake Keeper Cakes is a book that I need to check out. I love baking. Happy reading.


    1. I’ve yet to try any of the Cake Keeper recipes (too busy to bake!). But everything in there sounds great!

      As for Yummy: I know what you mean. But I thought it would be a way to introduce some fairy tales to the kids. It’s weird but I have yet to see the more traditional fairy tales (as opposed to the modern interpretations of them) in the picture book section of our library. I’ll have to check the catalogue!


  3. How to Babysit a Grandpa looks like a blast!
    I love going to the library with the kids and seeing what David picks out. I hope both of you enjoy all of your library books.


    1. Hee it’s one of those picture books that are written more for the adults than the children I think. The boy doesn’t think too much of it, but the adult reading sure has a tickle.


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