Library Loot (March 28 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.

My mum suggested going to the library every other week instead of every week, as she wondered if the kids would run out of books to read. But the library has a pretty big collection of picture books, and there are plenty more not on the shelves (as in, borrowed out by others) that can be found via the online catalogue and requested. I’m sure we will have very many many more picture books to read for as long as they’re interested in picture books! Plus we can always reread their favourites!

Crawling at Night – Nani Power

A bit of a weird sounding book but I’m curious enough to have put a hold on it sometime ago. And there it was waiting for me.


Crawling at Night is a searing, unforgettable portrait of New York City and of the appetites and self-sabotaging patterns of its displaced inhabitants. Ito is a literate yet tongue-tied sushi chef who recites haiku in his head as he labors over shopping lists, which at once define and confine him. Alone, he dreams of Mariane, a lost alcoholic waitress who works with him at the Chelsea sushi bar. Ito can’t help but live part of every waking day reliving the tragedy he left behind in Japan, and across town Mariane yearns for the baby girl she abandoned almost fifteen years before. In the spinning haze of two nights in Manhattan, Ito and Mariane find themselves careening on a downward spiral through the dark streets of the city. As they navigate a sea of alcohol, sex, and exotic food, we are taken inside the minds of other scarred people they encounter, whose paths, like the streets of the city itself, crisscross and overlap, skimming one another for some sort of connection. Crawling at Night is a dazzling evocation of the way people draw each other in to absorb the shock of loneliness, and how they then either drift out of orbit or are pushed away. With heartbreaking intimacy, Power shows that the dark side of the city and its struggling inhabitants is but an extension of the purest longings and intentions of those very same, very human people.

Winter Rose – Patricia A McKillip

For Once Upon a Time VIII


Sorrow and trouble and bitterness will bound you and yours and the children of yours…

Some said the dying words of Nial Lynn, murdered by his own son, were a wicked curse. To others, it was a winter’s tale spun by firelight on cold, dark nights. But when Corbet Lynn came to rebuild his family estate, memories of his grandfather’s curse were rekindled by young and old – and rumours filled the heavy air of summer.

In the woods that border Lynn Hall, free-spirited Rois Melior roams wild and barefooted in search of healing herbs. She is as hopelessly unbridled – and unsuited for marriage – as her betrothed sister Laurel is domestic. In Corbet’s pale green eyes, Rois senses a desperate longing. In her restless dreams, mixed with the heady warmth of harvest wine, she hears him beckon. And as autumn gold fades, Rois is consumed with Corbet Lynn, obsessed with his secret past – until, across the frozed countryside and in flight from her own imagination, truth and dreams become inseparable…

Everyday Harumi – Harumi Kurihara

Writing about Harumi’s Japanese Cooking last weekend made me realize I’ve not read her other cookbooks yet. So here is one of them.


Harumi Kurihara, Japan’s most famous cookbook writer, selects her favorite ingredients and presents 70 new home-style recipes for you to make for family and friends.
In Everyday Harumi, Harumi Kurihara, Japan’s most popular cookbook writer, selects her favorite foods and presents more than 60 new home-style recipes for you to make for family and friends. Harumi wants everyone to be able to make her recipes and she demonstrates how easy it is to cook Japanese food for every day occasions without needing to shop at specialist food stores. Arranged by her favorite ingredients, Harumi presents recipes for soups, starters, snacks, party dishes, main courses and family feasts that are quick and simple to prepare, all presented in her effortless, down-to-earth and unpretentious approach to sylish living and eating. Every recipe is photographed and includes beautiful step by step advice that show key Japanese cooking techniques, such as chopping skills or how to serve rice. Texture and flavor are important to Japanese food and Harumi takes you through the basic sauces you can make at home and the staples you should have in your store cupboard. Photographed by award-winning photographer Jason Lowe, this warm and approachable cookbook invites you to cook and share Japanese food in a simple and elegant style.

The kids’ loot:
Lots of vehicle-related (and storm and sea-related!) books for the one who is turning three on Monday, and some baby board books for the little one who is fascinated with baby faces



  1. I liked Boy & Bot, and I hope your three year old does as well. We judged If You Want To See a Whale as perhaps too philosophical for the youngest crowd; it will be interesting to see how you guys like it. I have cut back from 2 libraries a week to only one, but I can’t go further. Of course my kids are on regular books by now, so a dozen goes a lot further. They are also getting lazy and figure they can just cherry pick the stuff I bring home.


    1. Boy and Bot is a fun read, both for kids and adults I reckon. I’ve not read If You Want to See A Whale yet – I just popped it into the bag as I’d heard of the title!


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