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?

24 thoughts on “Library Loot: June 9-15

    1. Thanks 🙂 I´ve only read two Atwood books so far, but I loved them both so I´m very curious about Oryx and Crake.

  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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