Library Loot: Semptember 26-October 3rd

That’s right, guys! It’s time for me to once again hop in front of that video camera and embarrass myself just long enough to tell you about all the fantastic books I managed to grab on my last trip to the library – and this time, I grabbed a bunch of them! As for the really confusing dates (why is it just no being posted, in other words): I had this all recorded and ready to go and then I remembered that it was BANNED BOOKS WEEK! And I didn’t want to overload you guys with too many multiple posts in a day, and I thought that the books last week really needed the spot light. So I put off posting this little doozy of a video, which I now share with you all! For those of you in who don’t care to sit through the video, or have better things to do with your 18 minutes, I also provided a basic list of titles below the video. In personal news, there is no news: all quiet on the home front here. Happy reading!

**MAJOR FLUB: I called David Small’s graphic memoir Stitch on accident, instead of it’s true title Stitches and then proceeded to rave about it. But I swear – I love the book enough to remember it’s real title!


  • The Lantern by Deborah Lawrenson
  • The Brothers Sisters by Patrick DeWitt
  • The Book of Lies: A Novel by Mary Horlock
  • The Angel of Blythe Hall by Darci Hannah
  • The Lover’s Dictionary by David Leviathan
  • The White Woman on the Green Bicycle by Monique Roffey


  • Devil’s Ink: Blog from the Basement Office by Jeffery C. Pugh
  • Rereading Women: Thirty Years of Exploring our Literary Traditions by Sandra M. Gilbert


  • Summer Boys by Haley Abbott
  • After Summer by Haley Abbott
  • Next Summer by Haley Abbott
  • Be Strong and Curvaceous by Shelley Adina
  • The Fruit of my Lipstick by Shelley Adina
  • Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins (not shown)
  • The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han


  • The Adventures of the Princess and Mr. Whiffle: The Thing Beneath the Bed by Patrick Rothfuss
  • The Bloody Chamber: and Other Adult Tales by Angela Carter
  • Love Medicine by Louise Erdrich
  • The Collector by John Fowles
  • The Island of Dr. Moreau by H.G. Wells
  • Vaclav and Lena by Haley Tanner


  • Velvet Elvis: A Repainting of the Christian Faith by Rob Bell
  • Homeschooling: A Family’s Journey by Martine and Gregory Millman
  • Secrets of a Buccaneer Scholar: How Self-Education and the Pursuit of Passion can Lead to a Lifetime of Success by James Marcus Bach
  • Homeschooling and the Voyage of Self-Discovery: A Journey of Original Seeking by David H. Albert

So many to choose from, I need your help! Read any of them? Loved them? Hated them? I’ll take any and all advice you have as to where to start!


Will the Real Book Maven Please Stand Up?!

Guess who’s back….back again…lol. That’s right, y’all. This is it. I promised myself I’d be back to blogging on the first of June (which is actually today! color me shocked, even when I made that goal I was slightly doubtful it would happen) after taking of the last bit of May because of all the hecticness that was life. Luckily, since the 20th of May (Graduation Saturday), things in and around my life and town have slowed down quite considerably and I’ve been able to sleep/dream/drink away some of that crazy go-go-go that was the first few weeks of May! I also, in the tradition of giving my brain a little TLC at the end of the school year, have managed to read a few children’s book that will face reviews in the upcoming days. I also have a few books backlogged that I read in the heat of my first few Kindle-owning weeks and still never quite got around to reviewing. So, on the forefront for the upcoming week review-wise?:


That’s right. A few Roald Dahls (the man was a master of creativity. And silliness. Seriously, a Lewis Carroll for a new generation), the Portia de Rossi memoir – because I absolutely love her, and love Ellen Degeneres, and just love their lesbian love. Seriously. And, yes, a Dan Brown and DON’T YOU DARE JUDGE ME!!! I can’t help it. I’ve got two voices running through my head the whole time I read any Dan Brown book. Voice one: “oh my God this is such crap I can’t even believe I’m reading this what are these words scattered across the page that disgust me so”. Voice two: “what’s going to happen? whats happening? oh my God is this all secretly true and I’ve been blind to another government conspiracy yet again this man is a genius.” I can’t help it. Dan and I have a love-hate relationship that I seem intent to keep engaging in.

Also on the roadmap for the upcoming week? A Library Loot, which is awesome if for no other reason than my library and I finally squashed our squabbles and they’ve agreed to let me take home their pretty pretty books again (also, the local library here is running an adult summer reading program on being an arm-chair explorer, with focuses in Africa, Asia, Latin America, Europe, and the United States and some bitching prize packages to be had, which is just peachy!) I’ll also have a couple more volumes of Nerdgasm, a feature on the blog that I’ve done a few times in the past (see Volume One here and, of course, Volume Two) and thought needed a revisiting because, while I may not have a ton of books to share, I’ve had plenty of other wonderful things to keep my busy in my down time! Look for a debate on The Gilmore Girls: Lorelai v. Rory, an adulation of the sitcom The Big Bang Theory, and a little insight in to the internet cocaine that is World of Warcraft. If I were you, I’d be excited…Until then, happy reading!


Library Loot, April 18-22

 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!

I was SHOCKED when I went casual shelf browsing at my universitie’s library (I’m stuck reading out of their ‘recreational reading’ section because of some silly fine-clearing issues at the local library *read:: I’ve paid them, they’re just wicked behind on getting accounts updated* which ususally means I’m lucky to leave with a book or two. But yesterday might as well have been manna in the desert for book selections, and I was SO HAPPY to pick up not only books I’ve heard some great things about in the blogosphere, but also some that are so new, they’re still on the shelves at the bookstores!


Bossypants by Tina Fey : I mean, come on! Not only has this one been getting press like mad, but I fracking LOVE Tina Fey (like, lesbian crush worthy love)

Crash Into Me by Liz Seccuro: This one just sounded too emotionally important to miss (a woman is confronted years later by the man who raped her, after which she decides to continue to press the charges she tried to press right after the original incident)


Enchantment by Orson Scott Card: For the Once Upon a Time V Challenge

Great House by Nicole Krauss: I LOVED The History of Love but have heard just so-so things about this one, so I figured no better way to come to an opinion than to read it myself!

Half the Sky: Turning Oppression in to Opportunity for Women Worldwide by Nicholas D. Kristoff and Sheryl WuDunn: This book not only has endorsements from some of my favorite people/writers (Khaled Hosseini, Fareed Zakaria, Anne Rice, George Clooney) but is trying to bring attention to some of the most challenging and horrible events happening to women worldwide:

sex trafficking and forced prostitution; gender-based violence including honor killings and mass rape; maternal mortality, which needlessly claims one woman a minute.

Needless to say, this book will be a powerful one, and I’m looking forward to learning even more about issues that, as a woman, are near and dear to my heart on a global level. Theres a website, also, that disucsses not only the book, but also the larger forces behind the Half the Sky movement.

And that’s it for the library loot! Thanks so much for stopping by, and don’t forget to go leave your own library loot over at the Mr. Linky!