Library Loot: May

I wanted to vlog about my latest library loot since it’s the first time I’ve visited the public library since December, but I’m still recuperating from spending twenty-four hours trying to get home and unpacking from my family’s recent move.

It’s also a miserably cold and wet day here in my part of Montana today. It’s been like this all week and is supposed to stay this way until tomorrow so I was anxious to visit the library and pick up some new reading material. The books at the library always seem more interesting more than the ones on my shelf!

From Top to Bottom:

    • The Midwife’s Apprentice (Karen Cushman) — I’m pretty sure I’ve read this young adult book before so this might be a reread for me. This book won the Newbery Award.
    • Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day (Winifred Watson) — This is one of only two Persephone books my library has. It seems to be one of the more popular ones to start with.
    • The Midwife (Jennifer Worth) — Subtitled “A Memoir of Birth, Joy, and Hard Times”, I selected this book after reading a novel about a doctor delivering babies in London’s East End slums.
    • In the Woods (Tana French) — This one has made the rounds in the book blogging world quite a bit so I figured I should give it a try.
    • A Concise History of Hungary (Miklós Molnár) — I wanted to read this book before traveling to the country this past March, but did not have the opportunity to do so.
    • We Wish to Inform You Tomorrow We Will Be Killed With Our Families (Philip Gourevitch) — Selected based on the recommendation of another student in my Holocaust this past semester who studies the Rwandan Genocide.
    • The Coke Machine (Michael Blanding) — Subtitled “The Dirty Truth Behind the World’s Favorite Soft Drink”, I hope this book will help me continue sticking to my self-imposed ban on soft drinks.
    • City of Veils (Zoë Ferraris) — This is the first book I finished out of my stack, but I wasn’t completely impressed. Read my review.
    • Blood Diamonds (Greg Campbell) — I’ve wanted to read this book since watching the movie of the same name. It’s also one of my selections for the One, Two, Theme! Challenge.
    • Crescent & Star (Stephen Kinzer) — Another selection for the One, Two, Theme! Challenge, this is my current read. I have read two other books by Kinzer.
    • Six Days of War (Michael B. Oren) — Subtitled “June 1967 and the Making of the Modern Middle East”, I picked up this book now that Obama is pushing for peace between Palestinians and Israelis once more. This book originally came at the recommendation of my Middle East foreign policy professor.
    • The King’s Mistress (Emma Campion) — I forget where I first heard of this book but it was a random selection from my TBR list.

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 Claire and Marg.


  1. Wow! You have an amazing-looking stack of books! I remember reading The Midwife’s Apprentice as a twelve-year-old and laughing so much. Enjoy your reads on the wet day. 🙂


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