Library Loot (11 February 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. 

 So I picked up one non-fiction travel book, and several graphic novel holds finally came in!

The longest way home : one man’s quest for the courage to settle down – Andrew McCarthy
Yup, that Andrew McCarthy. The one in Pretty in Pink and St Elmo’s Fire. He’s a travel writer! An award-winning travel writer! I was just so very very curious…


Award-winning travel writer and actor Andrew McCarthy delivers a revealing and insightful memoir about how travel helped him become the man he wanted to be, helping him overcome life-long fears and confront his resistance to commitment.From time immemorial, travel has been a pursuit of passion—from adventurers of old seeking gold or new lands, to today’s spiritual and pleasure seekers who follow in the footsteps of Elizabeth Gilbert. Some see travel as a form of light-hearted escapism while others believe it has the power to open your mind, forcing you to confront your demons, and discover your true self. Andrew McCarthy belongs to this second category of traveler. The Longest Way Home follows his excursions to Patagonia, the Amazon, Costa Rica, Baltimore, Vienna, Kilimanjaro, Dublin, and beyond. He uses his wanderlust to examine his motives and desires, and explore his ambivalence about commitment. He ponders his personal life, his acting career, and his impulse to leave home, all building toward one of the most significant moments of his life: his wedding day. Genuine and spirited, McCarthy’s message about the transformative power of travel is universal, and his exploration of the nature and passion of relationships, both fleeting and enduring, will strike a chord with every man and woman who has ever wondered at the vicissitudes of the human heart.

Sloth – Gilbert Hernandez
I’ve been curious about the Love and Rockets series that Hernandez and his brother Jaime write, but can’t quite figure which book to start with (as usual my library has an assortment of books from a graphic novel series, instead of having all of them). So thought I’d try this one first.


Troubled teenager Miguel Torres has had it with life. The only alternative he sees is to willfully slip into a coma. But one year later, Miguel becomes a walking urban legend after he wakes up virtually unchanged — except for his sloth-like pace. Soon, a haunted lemon orchard, the mysterious goat man, and murder will collide as Miguel, his girlfriend Lita and their best friend Romeo take on the teenage wasteland that is suburbia in the 21st century.
Will Miguel find love? Or has he risen from his slumber just to end up another rock and roll suicide? In this hypnotic, coming-of-age tale, Gilbert Hernandez deftly defines what it means to truly be alive in a land where life is not precious

The Eternal Smile – Gene Luen Yang and Derek Kirk Kim


Meet Duncan.
Charming and brave, he’s the Princess’s favorite–and he’s on his way to winning the throne. But lately, the walls of reality in Duncan’s kingdom are wearing a little thin…

Meet Gran’pa Greenbax.
Nothing seems to satisfy this greedy old frog’s longing for a pool full of gold–until, one day, a mysterious smile appears in the sky. Has his chance at happiness come at last?

Meet Janet.
Her nine-to-five life takes a turn for the romantic when she learns in an email from a mysterious Nigerian prince that she has been chosen to liberate his family’s vast fortune. All he needs is her banking information.

In three very different stories, master storytellers Gene Yang and Derek Kirk pit fantasy against reality, for good or for ill. Subtle, surprising, and entirely entertaining, The Eternal Smile delves into our dreams, and the unexpected places they lead.

Hilda and the Midnight Giant – Luke Pearson


In Hilda and the Midnight Giant, our protagonist finds her world turned upside down as she faces the prospect of leaving her snow-capped birthplace for the hum of the megalopolis, where her mother (an architect) has been offered a prestigious job. During Hilda’s daily one-and-a-half hour trek to school she looks for ways to stall her mother’s decision. She conspires with the beings of the mystical Blue Forest to delay the inevitable. Will they help or hinder her? More importantly, who is this mysterious Midnight Giant?

This is the first part of the Hildafolk series, a series that follows Hilda on her many adventures and travels through the magical fjords and enchanted mountains of her birthplace as she unravels the mysteries of the supernatural world that surrounds her.

Emiko Superstar – Mariko Tamaki, illustrated by Steve Rolston


In graphic novel format, Emiko, a self-described geek, faces a summer of isolation until she stumbles upon a performance-art group and feeling drawn to them, tries out for a part that leads to minor stardom and a difficult delemma.

Sunny 1 – Taiyo Matsumoto


The latest manga masterpiece from the Eisner Award-winning creator of Tekkonkinkreet.What is Sunny? Sunny is a car. Sunny is a car you take on a drive with your mind. It takes you to the place of your dreams.

Sunny is the story of beating the odds, in the ways that count. It’s the brand-new masterwork from Eisner Award-winner Taiyo Matsumoto, one of Japan’s most innovative and acclaimed manga artists.

Wee Readers’ loot:
Again! – Emily Gravett
D is for dragon dance – Ying Chang Compestine
Mousetronaut: based on a (partially)true story – Mark Kelly; C. F. Payne
I spy with my little eye – Edward Gibbs
Ben’s trumpet – Rachel Isadora
Hop on pop – Dr Seuss
Where the wild things are – Maurice Sendark
Machines at work – Byron Barton



  1. Now I’m curious about the McCarthy book! I’m looking forward to reading your thoughts on it. Yay for all your graphic novels coming in! I may have to check out Sunny. The cover is stunning. Happy reading!


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