Library Haul (Jan. 8, 2014)

Some of the art near the kids section at my library. Cute, right?

So last week I looked at my TBR bookshelf and didn’t want to read anything from it. Which is not good! (Maybe I should just go ahead and get rid of most of them? But it seems like such a waste, somehow.)

Anyway, I solved my problem by going to the library and grabbing a lot of books. Now I just need to drag myself away from Netflix long enough to read them.

cathy's book haunting jordan rescuers

Cathy’s Book: If Found Call (650) 266-8283 by Jordan Weisman, Sean Stewart, Cathy Brigg (YA mystery)
Haunting Jordan by P.J. Alderman (fantasy mystery)
The Rescuers by Margery Sharp (children’s fiction)

I actually do most of my library “shopping” by just snooping around on the shelves and picking whatever looks good. That’s how I found Cathy’s Book, an interactive YA mystery! I LOVE interactive books– they’re so exciting, like you’re actually living in the story alongside the characters. I love trying to solve mysteries, too! It’s basically the perfect book for me.

Haunting Jordan‘s another mystery (non-interactive this time). It’s got ghosts! But I don’t think it’s an urban fantasy/paranormal sort of mystery, just going by the cover style. I’m hoping it’s more of a country-murder-comedy kind of thing.

Speaking of covers: see that edition of The Rescuers? It’s SO NICE. But I can’t stand the actual story. I read two chapters and had to give up. I may be madly in love with the movie version, but the book gets a big fat DNF from me.

Indiana Jones omnibus vol 1

Indiana Jones Omnibus, Vol. 1 by various (scifi/fantasy/graphic novel)

Lately I’ve been wanting to read lots and lots of graphic novels, but I held off because it kinda seems a little like cheating for some reason? I can read ten of then in one day, and it’s almost too easy.1

But whatever! I’m going to get over that and embrace my love for comics. Plus, y’know, Indiana Jones! I didn’t have much luck with the other Indy book I tried reading last year, but I’m hoping that the comics will be a better read, if only because it’s a visual medium and that might jive better with my love for the movies (also visual, see?).

enna burning river secrets above world

Enna Burning (The Books of Bayern #2) by Shannon Hale (YA fantasy)
River Secrets by Shannon Hale (YA fantasy)
Above World by Jenn Reese (YA scifi)

The two Shannon Hale books are sequels to The Goose Girl, one of my favorite books of 2011! Yay!

Above World is, I think, a scifi/fantasy dystopian story with Atlantis-like overtones or something. It’s been on my wishlist for ages and ages, so even though I’m not really into dystopians any longer I wanted to get it. Also, I can’t help but think of mermaids. I love mermaids! Futuristic scifi mermaids would be VERY cool to read about.

tomb inflatable pig the ice finders the harvey girls

At the Tomb of the Inflatable Pig: Travels Through Paraguay by John Gimlette (nonfiction travel)
The Ice Finders: How a Poet, a Professor, and a Politician Discovered the Ice Age by Edmund Blair Bolles (nonfiction)
The Harvey Girls: Women Who Opened the West by Lesley Poling-Kempes (nonfiction)

There’s actually not a lot of travel memoirs in my library, or at least not ones I want to read. At the Tomb of the Inflatable Pig lured me into picking it up because of its weird title and giant pink pig face on the cover.

I love me some science history books, especially when they’re written in a non-boring way. I’ve read about half a chapter of The Ice Finders and so far it’s very good– it starts off talking about how people thought that the poles were iceless oceans in the 1800s, even as their north pole expeditions were getting stuck on ice and dying of scurvy.2

You know what I need to read more about? Cowgirls! But if I can’t have that I might as well read about The Harvey Girls, traveling waitresses of Ye Olde West (also a 1946 movie with Judy Garland).3

I also got some movies! Including The Godfather Part II, which is not nearly as good as Part I.

Did you go to the library this week? What’d you pick up?

Footnotes

  1. idk, I confuse myself sometimes.
  2. Sidenote: maybe getting a book about the history of an ice-covered thing of ice was not such a good idea for winter reading. I mean, it’s not THAT cold here in SoCal at the moment, but it is a little nippy.
  3. Sidenote: a really good YA book about the West and women who lived there is Oh, Those Harper Girls!, Or, Young and Dangerous by Kathleen Karr. It’s out of print but SO worth tracking down.

4 thoughts on “Library Haul (Jan. 8, 2014)”

  1. >>>I actually do most of my library “shopping” by just snooping around on the shelves and picking whatever looks good.

    I legit cannot fathom this. I go to the library with a list and follow my list, and occasionally I get some things from the New Books shelves, because, I am human, and those covers are damn shiny.

    Your books look good though! Tell me what you think about Above World — I too am sort of off dystopian fiction but have heard good things about Above World.

    1. I have a library list! I just never look at it. Somehow, having a book ON my list just makes picking it up less fun. idk.

      I wish I could remember who said the thing that made me put Above World on my to-be-read list, because I’m sure it must have been good. Or maybe it was just the “living underwater” thing that hooked me. I hope it’s not too depressing. Depressing dystopias are part of what made me want to give them up.

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