Library Loot: May

I thought I would try out something new and discuss my library loots in a vlog. As I say in the vlog, my first one, I went a little crazy with my library card and checked out twelve books. Most of them my mom picked up for me before I returned home from school, but I did pick up a few of them yesterday. Right now I’m reading more books out of my personal library, but I’m hoping to get to some of library books in the next couple of days. Should you not care to watch me ramble for over seven minutes, I have included my loot below.

Checked Out Yesterday:

  • The Dead and the Gone (Susan Beth Pfeffer) — In the second book of the Last Survivors/Moon series, the events of Life As We Knew It unfold in New York City through the eyes of seventeen-year-old Puerto Rican Alex Morales. When Alex’s parents disappear in the aftermath of tidal waves, he must care for his two younger sisters, even as Manhattan becomes a deadly wasteland and food supplies dwindle.
  • The Reluctant Widow (Georgette Heyer) — Elinor Rochdale accepts a position as a governess in order to escape her dire circumstances, but mistakenly enters the wrong carriage at the coach stop and finds herself  being taken to the estate of one Ned Carlyon, who Elinor mistakes for her employer. Ned, meanwhile, believes Elinor to be the young woman he hired to marry his dying cousin, Eustace Cheviot, in order to avoid inheriting Cheviot’s estate himself.
  • The Sound of Sleigh Bells (Cindy Woodsmall) — Amish widow Beth Hertzler takes it upon herself to find a home for an unknown artist, and sets her sights on him selling his artwork in her Aunt Lizzy’s dry goods. Her Aunt Lizzy thinks this artist might be Beth’s second chance at love.

Checked Out By My Mom:

  • Black Lamb and Grey Falcon (Rebecca West) — This nonfiction book describes the author’s travels to Yugoslavia with her husband in 1937–a journey overshadowed by the growing inevitability of the Second World War.
  • The Choice (Suzanne Woods Fisher) — A a young Amish woman is torn between following the man she loves or joining the community of faith that sustains her, even as she questions some of the decisions of her elders. Her choice begins a torrent of change for her and her family, including a marriage of convenience to silent Daniel Miller.
  • A Civil Action (Jonathan Harr) — This is the true story of an epic courtroom showdown. Two of the nation’s largest corporations stand accused of causing the deaths of children. Representing the bereaved parents, the unlikeliest of heroes emerges: a young, flamboyant Porsche-driving lawyer who hopes to win millions of dollars and ends up nearly losing everything–including his sanity.
  • Cry, the Beloved Country (Alan Paton) — The story of the Zulu pastor Stephen Kumalo and his son Absalom, set in the troubled and changing South Africa of the 1940s.
  • Get Lucky (Katherine Center) — After losing her job, Sarah Harper “goes home to Houston—and her sister, Mackie—for Thanksgiving. But before Sarah can share her troubles with her sister, she learns that Mackie has some woes of her own: After years of trying, Mackie’s given up on having a baby—and plans to sell on eBay the entire nursery she’s set up. Which gives Sarah a brilliant idea—an idea that could fix everyone’s problems. An idea that gives Sarah the chance to take care of her big sister for once—instead of the other way around.”
  • His Favorite Wife (Susan Ray Schmidt) — “His Favorite Wife is the heart-stopping, inspirational narrative of a courageous fifteen year-old girl who becomes the sixth wife in a polygamous marriage.”
  • Lady of Quality (Georgette Heyer) —
  • Long Walk to Freedom (Nelson Mandela) — Mandela, the first black president of South Africa, tells the story of his trials and tribulations in his autobiography.
  • Mengele (Gerald L. Posner) — Mengele, a Nazi, performed experiments on Jewish twins in concentration camps. Posner’s book examines the life and actions of Mengele, who escaped to South America.

Library Loot:


A weekly (or monthly, in my case) event, Library Loot encourages bloggers to share the books they’ve checked out from their local library. Whether you vlog about or write about, the format doesn’t matter as along as you share what followed you home this week (or, again in my case, each month). The event is hosted by Eva and Marg.


  1. Love Georgette Heyer! I had to read Cry, the Beloved Country in high school and I don’t remember caring for it then, but if I tried it now I’d probably have a different opinion. Here’s my Loot.


  2. Great vlog! I was only able to watch a little bit of it before my computer started acting funny! I need to add the Nelson Mandela book to my TBR list. Happy reading your huge loot.


  3. I really, really liked The Reluctant Widow when I read it last year. It made me want to read more by this author but I haven’t picked up another one of her books yet. Enjoy your library loot!


  4. It’s nice to see you talk about books in a vlog. I always think it’s very brave of people to post video’s of themselves, I think I’d be a bit too embarassed!

    All of those books sound really interesting 🙂


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