Library Loot (June 17 to 23)

badge-4Library Loot is a weekly event co-hosted by Claire from The Captive Reader and Sharlene from Real Life Reading that encourages bloggers to share the books they’ve checked out from the library. If you’d like to participate, just write up your post-feel free to steal the button-and link it using the Mr. Linky any time during the week. And of course check out what other participants are getting from their libraries.

Hey, it’s Wednesday again, and that means it’s time to share your Library Loot with us! Claire has the link-up this week. 


Crime and Punishment – Fyodor Dostoyevsky (audiobook)

What was I thinking really? I don’t know. I already have talked about how I’ve been finding it hard to read more serious books and here I am, having borrowed this classic. But it is an audiobook so I have hopes, and also I wanted to have something to listen to while I crochet.

Raskolnikov, a destitute and desperate former student, wanders through the slums of St Petersburg and commits a random murder without remorse or regret. He imagines himself to be a great man, a Napoleon: acting for a higher purpose beyond conventional moral law. But as he embarks on a dangerous game of cat and mouse with a suspicious police investigator, Raskolnikov is pursued by the growing voice of his conscience and finds the noose of his own guilt tightening around his neck. Only Sonya, a downtrodden prostitute, can offer the chance of redemption.


My Summer of Love and Misfortune – Lindsay Wong

Unfortunately, it was only after I got this hold that I realised this book doesn’t have great ratings on Goodreads. A pity, as it looks cute and also, it’s a Chinese-American YA tale, definitely something that I would read. Well, I’m just going to give it a go anyway!

Iris Wang is having a bit of a rough start to her summer. In an attempt to snap her out of her funk, Iris’s parents send her away to visit family in Beijing, with the hopes that Iris will “reconnect with her culture” and “find herself.” Iris resents her parents’ high-handedness, but even she admits that this might be a good opportunity to hit the reset button.

Iris expects to eat a few dumplings, meet some of her family, and visit a tourist hotspot or two. What she doesn’t expect is to meet a handsome Mandarin-language tutor named Frank and to be swept up in the ridiculous, opulent world of Beijing’s wealthy elite, leading her to unexpected and extraordinary discoveries about her family, her future, and herself.


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