Friday, May 21, 2010

Library Loot-It's been a long time!!!!!!!!

It's been almost a month since I've posted about my library loot!! I can't believe that I've missed so many weeks. Just because I haven't posted though, doesn't mean that I haven't been busy checking out tons of reading materials from my library. I have been keeping my branch very busy indeed and they have, of course, been doing a wonderful job of keeping great books on the shelves to tempt me!! I've estimated that I will probably read about 200 books this year and of those, maybe 100-125 will be from my library. I figure I read around $2500-3000 worth of material. I've often asked myself what would I do without my library. Well, on August 3rd, our county library millage will be up for renewal. I'm scared. There's a very real possibility that it won't pass. Michigan has been hit hard with unemployment. The jobs are just not here any longer and more and more residents are moving out-of-state. If it doesn't pass my beloved library will close their doors in February 2011. I'm filled with anxiety and sadness....but, while it is open I will CELEBRATE each and every book that I check out and not worry about my obsession with the written word. Instead, I'm just going to focus on enjoying these beautiful works of art.

Calamity Jack- Shannon Hale
I can't wait to read this graphic novel. It's the follow-up to Rapunzel's Revenge.

Crossing Oceans- Gina Holmes
I saw an ad for this one on Goodreads and knew I just had to read it.
Jenny Lucas swore she’d never go home again. But being told you’re dying has a way of changing things. Years after she left, she and her five-year-old daughter, Isabella, must return to her sleepy North Carolina town to face the ghosts she left behind.
For Keeps- Natasha Friend
I think of Natasha Friend as the "Laurie Halse Anderson" for middle school girls. She tackles difficult subjects but she puts it into context for the younger crowd.
FOR KEEPS, Natasha Friend tells a fresh, funny, smart story about what happens when a girl gets the guy she always wanted and the dad she never knew she needed

Spells (Wings #2)- Aprilynne Pike
I really enjoyed book one of this series and I'm hoping that the second one doesn't let me down!
When it comes time to protect those she loves, will she depend on David, her human boyfriend, for help? Or will she turn to Tamani, the electrifying faerie with whom her connection is undeniable?
Still Life- Louise Penny
I have book 3 in this series and have been meaning to start at the beginning (I can NOT read out of order).
Chief Inspector Armand Gamache of the Surete du Quebec and his team of investigators are called in to the scene of a suspicious death in a rural village south of Montreal. Jane Neal, a local fixture in the tiny hamlet of Three Pines, just north of the U.S. border, has been found dead in the woods. The locals are certain it's a tragic hunting accident and nothing more, but Gamache smells something foul in these remote woods, and is soon certain that Jane Neal died at the hands of someone much more sinister than a careless bowhunter."
Scars- Cheryl Rainfield
I read a review of this one in Booklist, and unfortunately I'm all to aware of students that cut themselves. I think I read these books to try to understand them better.
Kendra, fifteen, hasn't felt safe since she began to recall devastating memories of childhood sexual abuse, especially because she still can't remember the most important detail-- her abuser's identity

Tender Morsels- Margo Lanagan
Nymeth is the reason why I'm reading this one.
A young woman who has endured unspeakable cruelties is magically granted a safe haven apart from the real world and allowed to raise her two daughters in this alternate reality, until the barrier between her world and the real one begins to break down.
Women, Food, and God- Geneen Roth
I watched the author on Oprah and was a bit intrigued so I wanted to read this one from the library before I invested in my own copy.

Books Read in 2010 to date: 89
Books read from the library: 64
Number of Books Checked out from the library:19


  1. These are tough times for libraries - I sure hope it passes.

  2. Nice loot, Staci. I read a good review of Spells yesterday - it's on my library list too.

  3. Wowwwwwwwwwwwwwwww! U got a lot this time! WOW!!! I sure hope the library stays open....that makes me sad that the future of it is on the line....*fingers crossed* it doesn't close... :):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):)

  4. OH - I have been reserving books at my local library like a crazy woman. I think I currently have 38 holds and 24 books at home. It is an illness, I know!

    You have some great books here. Tender Morsels has truly captured my attention. I look forward to reading your review.

  5. Dang you are already at 89 for the year? You are going to have no problem clearing 100. I donate to our library but I don't check out very often. I think the library is a great source for readers and wish more people turned their books in to them!

  6. I recently read Tender Morsels for a readalong (everyone is posting next Friday). The first 50 pages are pretty harrowing, with some not nice things happening, but once you get through that you're done with the not nice things, so don't let the first pages discourage you!

  7. I can't imagine living somewhere without library access. If that happened here I'm sure I'd end up accepting more review copies though. :) I hope everything works out so that they don't close.

  8. That's so sad about your library - get out there and campaign! I saw Nymeth's review of Tender Morsels and it piqued my interest too!

  9. I can see that someone has been looting ;)

    Tender Morsels is the one that really made me curious

  10. What a great set of books - I've missed your Library Loot posts. Still Life is wonderful. I was lucky to find it in my library before it had a British publisher, because some kind person donated an American edition.

  11. Your librarians must always be happy to see you :)

  12. Wow, I hope your libraries stay open. How awful if they don't! :( Ours were talking about going to only 20 hours a week, which I thought was bad enough, but thankfully, they kept their regular hours.

  13. I'm loving these covers, as most of the books are new to me. Thanks Staci

  14. Love the new look!
    This is why I think it's important for us to talk about libraries and build support around libraries. Libraries are wonderful places to build community and spread knowledge. It would be a shame to loose any of them.

  15. I'm sorry to hear about your library troubles. It's so short sighted to cut library funds. When times are tough that's when a community needs library services even more.

  16. I can't wait to hear what you think of Tender Morsels, Staci.

  17. Oo! You have lots of goodies there! Still Life is on my must read list for this year. I really should read that one soon!

  18. Oh no! Please don't close the library. I'll be thinking of you. And if God forbid, that happens, maybe we can mail books back and forth or something. Media Mail baby!


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