Library Loot #3

Always save a draft. That’s my WordPress lesson today. No more than a second after I had finished typing up this post I pressed an arrow key and — WHAT HAPPENED? My post vanished, replaced by the WP homepage. As it turns out: a draft was automatically saved, and that is how the Internet was spared from my onslaught of fury and wordrage.

  • Library Loot is a weekly event co-hosted by Claire from The Captive Reader and Marg from The Adventures of an Intrepid Reader 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.

For goodness sake, these books can drown you. In my last library loot post I had picked up eleven books. Adding to those eleven, other library items were still in my possession from previous raids. Oy vey. Now I have another nine items while five (or is it now six?) are on hold, requesting a pick-up by the 21st. Ooooh.

Current number of checked-out books: 19. I believe someone should temporarily strip me of library privileges until this “problem” is under control.

The Snowy Day — picture book and DVD! — by Ezra Jack Keats.

Quoted from GoodReads:

No book has captured the magic and sense of possibility of the first snowfall better than The Snowy Day. Universal in its appeal, the story has become a favorite of millions, as it reveals a child’s wonder at a new world, and the hope of capturing and keeping that wonder forever.

As one can expect, I already read Keats’ book although I haven’t come around to taking a glance at the DVD (too many books!). Why did no one read me The Snowy Day as a child? I feel left out, disappointed, like… the adults in my life made a terrible mistake by never introducing Peter and I.

I first learned of Kleon’s book from Savindi, and I instantly hit the request button at the library. It took such a long time! But it finally reached me, and I finally read it. If you have a free hour, give Steal Like an Artist a try — I enjoy Kleon’s perspective and his tips on how to maintain a fresh dose of creativity.

At the beginning of his junior year at a boys’ boarding school, 16-year-old Alex is devastated when he fails to save a drowning friend. When questioned, Alex and his friend Glenn, who was also at the river, begin weaving their web of lies. Plagued by guilt, Alex takes refuge in the library, telling his tale in a journal he hides behind Moby-Dick.

I’m wary about Hubbard’s novel. It was a William C. Morris Debut Award finalist, but that doesn’t stop dissatisfied to minimally appeased two and three star reviews from blemishing it. I read a few comments comparing Paper Covers Rock to Dead Poets Society. Now, I remember enjoying the film, and I wouldn’t want to read a literary knock-off. I’ll see!

Should I embarrass myself? (I ask, as if I don’t do that already.) I’ve never read J.M. Barrie’s Peter Pan play or novel. I’ve only ever seen film adaptions, and familiar as I am with the storyline, I still feel like I should first read Barrie’s work. I would feel more knowledgeable, I think, on the characters before walking into Anderson’s own creation of a side-story. Regardless, I have the book and I’m not about to return it before a thorough reading!

Holy Mother of Gorgeous, where has Hartman been hiding all my life? I barely crossed the 100-page threshold and I’m trying to convince others to join me on this wondrous fantasy escapade. Why aren’t you reading Seraphina yet?! What will it take for you pick up Hartman’s novel and crack the cover open? Tell me and I’ll do it, because you need to read this book and love it like I’m loving it. I’m pretty sure April, Savindi, and my good pal Kayla are on the Seraphina bandwagon, and I reserved a spot for you, too.

(Side note: Bardugo’s Darkling character haunts me. I see him in almost every male character I like. Prince Lucian is The Darkling’s equivalent? Nooo. Shoo away.)

Lastly: visual art! Graphic novels, you know. (I don’t think Selznick’s book classifies as a graphic novel, really, but I’m lumping it in with the others anyway.) You can always expect sequential art to appear.

As you can tell, I’m over-loaded and have an overwhelming amount of reading to accomplish if I am to finish these.

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14 thoughts on “Library Loot #3

  1. Oh, your library habit sounds so familiar! I am trying to restrict my library usage at the moment because it is out of control, but I suspect it is a losing battle!

    Enjoy your loot!

    • I’m trying to do the same! No more new library requests for me — although it’d be more helpful if I cancelled some of what I’ve already requested, but I don’t really want to do that, ha ha.

  2. OMGOSH! I am so jealous, you’re library has Seraphina in it! My library get NONE of the new books out. And I’m also jealous that you’re actually getting books from your library. I can’t because I have too many to read. haha. My own fault, but still.

    Enjoy your library loot! :)

    • No new books?! I would be jealous, too — my library even has a shelf for newest books! (Aha, I’m sure that didn’t help.) Although I get annoyed sometimes… They don’t have The Forsaken by Lisa M. Stasse, which I desperately want to read. I’ll have to buy it.

      I also hope my library orders Stormdancer! I’ve heard great things about that book.

      • No, we have a couple if we’re very lucky from the start of 2012 which have only JUST started coming in. They have a little shelf for all new books to the library, but they’re from all years published. And we never seem to get new young-adult books. No, didn’t help! haha. See, if I wanted to read those I would have to buy them!

  3. I think I need the same ban. I just picked up seven more books in addition to the eleven I have at home. Plus I’ve got ten more on hold.
    I’ve never read Peter Pan either but have seen several of the movie adaptions. Enjoy!

    • Ha, that sounds so much like me! I’m getting desperate, wanting to finish the books I do have and whatnot. I just might suspend my current holds for another week.

  4. I think you and Savindi need to get together and help each other out on the library ban thing. Actually, that might be counterintuitive since you guys might end up just taking the entire library with you.

    All kidding aside, I’m ready to jump on the Seraphina bandwagon! Just give me, oh, another month or so to free up some time. ;)

    • Ha ha, I bet we would. Libraries and bookstores are like walking through candy aisles — I want to take everything home.

      I think you will like it! (Well, I think everyone should like it and find myself shocked when someone doesn’t.) I’m halfway through Seraphina now, and I admit to feeling sleep-deprived. There is nothing like a good book and caffeine to upset my already disarrayed sleep schedule.

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