Library Loot: June 9-15

Library Loot is a weekly event co-hosted by Eva and Marg that encourages bloggers to share the books they’ve checked out from the library.

Has it been another week already?? Although I´ve been reading, I feel like my tbr pile hasn´t gotten smaller at all. When I look at my reading pace and my library looting, Sisyphus comes to mind.

Here´s this week´s loot:

Das Ikarus Mädchen/ The Icarus Girl (Helen Oyeyemi)

I´m sure Helen Oyeyemi needs no introduction, her works are very present in the blogosphere, and most reviews have been positive.

Bozo David Hurensohn/ The Man Who Came In From The Back of Beyond (Biyi Bandele-Thomas)

Bandele-Thomas is another Nigerian author. This novel was apparently written when he was only eighteen and is about modern Nigeria and also about a novel within a novel. I got Oyeyemi and Bandele-Thomas´ books for the Orbis Nigerian Mini Challenge which runs till the end of June.

The Raw Shark Texts (Steven Hall)

This is a thriller featuring a character with amnesia, and  The Literary Lollipop´s review of it convinced me to try it.

Oryx and Crake (Margaret Atwood)

It´s an Atwood novel, it depicts a post-apocalyptic society, it´s bound to be good. I want to read it this year for Jennifer´s Canadian Authors Challenge.

Das Labyrinth der Wörter/ La tete en friche (Marie-Sabine Roger)

I´ve been eyeing this one for a while now, and it was finally not checked out from the library. It´s about a not too clever man who meets an old woman on a park bench and she begins to introduce him to books. I seem to be reading a lot of books that feature old women this year 🙂

Talking about Detective Fiction (P.D. James)

Perfect book for those who enjoy the detective genre, I´m hoping P.D. James will have a couple of good recommendations for a picky crime reader like me.

Reading Women: Literary Figures and Cultural Icons from the Victorian Age to the Present (ed. Janet Badia and Jennifer Phegley)

I think I´ve seen this book on some blog but I really can´t remeber where exactly. Anyway, this looks like a fascinating read and I´m really beginning to like my university library.

The Surplus Woman: Unmarried in Imperial Germany, 1871-1918 (Catherine L. Dollard)

Ana made me want to read about surplus women, and I thought I should try to read about Germany, so I got this book, also from the uni library.

Have you read any of these books, what did you think? And what did you loot from the library this week?

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24 thoughts on “Library Loot: June 9-15

  1. My favorite Atwoods are the non-SF ones (although I found her through her first dystopia) but they are all worthwhile. I didn’t know P.D. James wrote a book about books — another one for my list!

    Enjoy your loot.

    1. I´m a dystopian fan, so I like her sci-fi 🙂 Is The Blind Assassin non sci-fi? I´ve read tht and The Handmaid´s Tale.
      The P.D. James book is fanatstic, can highly recommend it.

  2. I’m going to read The Icarus Girl this month as well, for Amy’s Nigeria Challenge!

    I like the sound of “Reading Women”, I’m very interested in your thoughts as I might need to read it as well 🙂

  3. Atwood’s would pique my interest. I loot Peter Carey’s “My Life as a fake”, trying to clamp down on libray book borrowing, got to pay fine again for 2 books which I have overlooked! So I shall not be doing song and dance on Library Loot! 😉

    1. Ouch, fines! They get pretty mad when you don´t return books asap, don´t they? Hope you egt everything back on time this week 🙂

  4. I saw Reading Women and sighed with envy. Your university library has some fascinating books.
    Give me heads up and you’re done. I have a Peter Carey somewhere in the shelves… will have to take a look at him again. Heads up, I visited your Fruit flies blog and placed a comment there. Love movies and highly recommend Memento.
    Have a great weekend Bina!

    PS The Making of A Duchess was a fun read and I agree the cover made me laugh too. Looking to read your take on Making of a Marchioness too.

    PK Reeves

    1. They do have a great selection, but it´s maybe not so good that I now loot from two! libraries. The temptation! 😉
      Glad you enjoyed your romance read! Have a great Sunday! 🙂

  5. Interesting ‘library loot’! I loved your description of ‘Das Labyrinth der Wörter/ La tete en friche’ by Marie-Sabine Roger! It reminded me of the movie ‘Driving Miss Daisy’ 🙂 I would love to read this book! Looking forward to hearing your thoughts on this. (Is it available in English translation? I am praying that it is 🙂 Otherwise I have to learn French or German to read it :))

    Would also love to hear your thoughts on ‘Talking about Detective Fiction’. It looks like such an interesting book!

      1. Thanks for giving me the link to the movie 🙂 I will search for the movie in the DVD library here.

        Glad to know that you liked the P.D.James book. Looking forward to reading your review of it. I am hoping to read this book soon.

  6. I loved the sound of Surplus Woman… It sounded very interesting to me…I also was piqued by Das Labyrinth der Wörter/ La tete en friche, it has such a sweet theme. Overall a nice loot I must say! Well, I will wait for the reviews! 🙂

  7. I haven’t read any of these but I’ve been meaning to read Orx and Crake for SO long it’s not funny. I know it’s pretty bleak so I keep putting it off or am never in the right mood. I must read it soon! I’ve heard that Talking About Detective fiction is an interesting one.

    1. Haha, strange how long it sometimes takes to start reading a book. I made Oryx and Crake part of Jennifer´s Canadian challenge, to get me to finally read it 🙂

      Talking about detective Fiction was so great, I can really recommend it. Although you end up with lots of titles for the tbr.

      Will let you know about Icarus Girl, I´m very curious about Oyeyemi´s style 🙂

  8. Also I look forward to reading what you think of The Icarus Girl. I read White is for Witching by Oyeyemi a few months back, boy was it unusual!

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