- 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.
The weather went from hot to drafty to… cold and rainy. With the nice weather went my brain, apparently, because I’m not only in a “school slump” but a reviewing slump. Or maybe it’s a case of writer’s block. Either way, I figure the best way to combat any pressure I feel to review certain books is to read books I don’t intend to review–or have already reviewed (like Seraphina!). I have two ARCS that need reviews written up before June 1st–one of which I’ll post next month–as well as a research paper due June 4th that I should be working on. Hardly a full plate, but with spring comes longer days and shorter tolerance levels.
Basically, I feel cramped. So I went to the library.
- We Were Here (2011 Documentary)
- And the Band Played On (1993 Film)
- And the Band Played On by Randy Shilts
These are for my research paper–a large part to my medical anthropology grade–which I feel an urgent need to start. (See, I didn’t stop by the library just to peruse shelves and grab a few recreational reads!) I chose to focus on HIV/AIDS in the U.S. during the 1980s — I may have stubbed myself on this, because I’m almost afraid I’ll turn up with little information that won’t churn out a five-page, single-spaced essay. Published field research appears scant, and it seems there are more sources that focus on AIDS patients and not ‘behind the scenes’ politics of the medical community.
My topic does, however, give me an excuse to re-watch And the Band Played On. I watched this back in February as part of my HIV/AIDS education for my CNA class. The book looks intimidating, though I’m sure it’s highly resourceful, but I do recommend the movie.
I also went wandering in the back of the library and picked up several books on whim:
- Water Ghosts by Shawna Yang Ryan
- Death in Venice by Thomas Mann
- The Gates by John Connolly
- The Sisters Brothers by Patrick DeWitt
One book I am anticipating the release of this summer is The Ghost Bride by Yangsze Choo, and I dumped my excitement for it on Ryan’s Water Ghosts. Of course, the only similarities these two books seem to share are 1) ghosts and 2) Chinese characters. While I’m waiting on Choo’s book to hit stores, however, Water Ghosts sounds interesting enough. I’ve also heard a lot about The Brothers Sisters –hopefully I’ll have time for it! I’m wary to approach Connolly’s book, as I did read The Book of Lost Things last year. While I enjoyed the story, it did feel like the plot jumped from here to there without bearing significance on most of the main character’s interactions. I’m hoping The Gates is an improvement in that regard.
That’s all the library loot from me this week. In two week’s time, I can only hope that I’ve managed a decent research paper and have two ARC reviews out of my hair!
Tell me which book’s you’ve snagged from the library lately. How about summer books you’re looking forward to?