Library Loot: June

Hi, my name is Christina and I am a bookaholic. It took me fifteen minutes to find and check out all of the books below. Imagine what I could do with thirty minutes! We’re expecting some bad weather for the next week so at least I will have quite a few books to keep me busy!

From Top to Bottom:

  • Fallout (Ellen Hopkins) — The third book in a series by Hopkins that has kept me riveted. I was so excited when I received an email saying this book was on the hold shelf for me.
  • In Europe: Travels Through the Twentieth Century (Geert Mak) — My mom checked this book out for me two years ago before I traveled to London and I wasn’t able to read it before leaving. A recent post by Iris of Iris on Books on Dutch authors reminded to check out this book again.
  • From Housewife to Heretic (Sonia Johnson) — This memoir by a woman who left the Mormon faith was located next to a book I was looking for specifically. I just could not pass this book up.
  • Paradise Valley (Dale Cramer) — A recent addition to my public library, this is a fictional book based around the Amish.
  • The Waiting (Suzanne Woods Fisher) — Another recent addition to my public library, this is a fictional book based around the Amish.
  • Pride and Prescience (Carrie Bebris) — A mystery novel staring Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth.

From Top to Bottom:

  • Claiming Christ (Robert L. Millet) — This book chronicles the debate between Mormons and Evangelicals about Christ, specifically that Evangelical Christians often times do not consider Mormons to be Christians.
  • Wife No. 19 (Ann Eliza Young) — This memoir by Brigham Young’s nineteenth wife (of fifty-five) is repeatedly referenced in nonfiction books about Mormon polygamy. I thought it would be interesting to read the memoir for myself.
  • Moonwalking with Einstein (Joshua Foer) — I first heard of this memoir after watching Stephen Colbert interview Foer on “The Colbert Report” and have wanted to read it since.
  • Vanity Fair (William Makepeace Thackeray) — What can I say? I’ve been tempted to join Allie of A Literary Odyssey in her readathon of Thackeray’s novel.
  • Let the Great World Spin (Colum McCann) — One of the selections for next month for Reading Buddies over at Erin Reads. I checked it out now because my hold came in and I wasn’t sure if I would be able to get my hands on it next month.

From Top to Bottom:

  • Leaving the Saints (Martha Beck) — A recommendation from a friend who is also interested in the LDS faith.
  • The Lost City of Z (David Grann) — I don’t remember who I first heard about this book from, but when I saw it on the shelf I grabbed it without a second thought.
  • In a Dark Wood Wandering (Hella Haasse) — Another book selected based on a recent post by Iris of Iris on Books on Dutch authors.
  • The Scarlet City (Hella Haasse) — Yet another book selected based on a recent post by Iris of Iris on Books about Dutch authors.
  • Amish Grace (Donald B. Kraybill) — This nonfiction books examines the Amish approach to forgiveness.

Leftovers From Previous Loots:

  • Middlemarch (George Eliot) — Eliot’s novel has been on my TBR list for quite some time. I figure it was high time I actually try reading Middlemarch.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 Big Sort (Bill Bishop) — (Not photographed) Subtitled “Why the Clustering of Like-Minded America Is Tearing Us Apart”, this was a random selection I found while looking for a different book.

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. Oh my goodness!!! Just looking at that stack has me anxious. 😉

    I’ve only read Middlemarch and Lost City of Z from your stacks. Middlemarch is a ton of work but worth it. Lost City of Z is absolutely fascinating. It’s one of the few books that I recommend to just about everyone.



    • I’m not sure if I’m going to get to it. Not just because it’s so long, but because I usually do better when reading and listening to Victorian novels at the same time.


  2. Great work for only fifteen minutes – v. impressive! In Europe sounds good and I’ve heard excellent things about Moonwalking with Einstein. I love Vanity Fair and was thrilled by The Lost City of Z when I read it earlier this year. Enjoy your loot!


  3. The Lost City of Z! I really liked that book, too (review here, fyi). I remember there was news about it being made into a movie, which I’m hoping will be good. Brad Pitt’s going to be in it (I think), so it could go either way.


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