I’ve decided to finally stop lurking and start participating in the weekly Library Loot meme. I go to the library once a week and pick up all the books bloggers have convinced me to read. I’m trying to use the library less and focus on the unread books I already OWN, so I try to not pick up “impulse books”; just the books I’ve put on hold because of evil, evil, wonderful book bloggers.
(Also, for some reason, all of the books I got this week HAVE VERY SIMILAR COLOR SCHEMES. Conspiracy!!!)
Library Loot is currently hosted by Marge at The Adventures of an Intrepid Reader and a TBA co-host.
- Bright-Sided by Barbara Ehrenreich (2009): I’ve read Nickel and Dimed (which I mostly enjoyed) and Bait and Switch (which I didn’t really like); despite my opinions on the books themselves, I’ve enjoyed her writing tremendously. I have high hopes for Bright-Sided.
- The Mystic Arts of Erasing All Signs of Death by Charlie Huston (2009): I’ll admit it: When I told my cousin’s boyfriend, a bookseller, about my semi-embarassed love for books like The Godfather by Mario Puzo and Christopher Moore and Josh Bazell’s Beat the Reaper, he suggested I check out Charlie Huston, who is one of his favorite authors. I decided to start with this one because his older books are about zombies or vampires and I am all zombie/vampire-d out.
- Hello, Groin by Beth Goobie (2006): Danika suggested this book when we were discussing The Well of Loneliness; apparently Hello, Groin‘s main character, who is a lesbian, doesn’t a) die, b) get raped, or c) have one of her pets killed in a freak accident. So with great admiration for both the ridiculous title and the author’s totally sweet last name, I put the book on hold at the library.
- Guyland by Michael Kimmel (2008): Feministing, one of my favorite non-book blogs, recently posted about all the great work Michael Kimmel does as a feminist ally. I was impressed by his advocacy and his dedication and decided to read his book.
- In the Land of Believers by Gina Welch (2010): A bunch of bloggers have reviewed this book, but I think Amy’s review solidified my desire to read it.