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Library Loot: Week of Nov 8th, 2009

library-lootThis was a fairly quiet week at the library for me.  I haven’t been reading many of the books I’ve taken out, mostly because I’ve actually been reading a bit less this month.  For one thing, my evenings are generally no longer my own because I’m married, which I clearly don’t mind, and while I’m unemployed, I’m in charge of the flat, so I spend more time cleaning and cooking.  Nanowrimo takes a couple of hours out of my day, and I spend time every day looking for and applying for new jobs, if I can find any I’m qualified to do.  There are depressingly few jobs out there that aren’t for IT specialists or business/marketing majors.  If there are any British publishing companies out there looking for someone who is passionate about books, I’m willing to work!

Anyway, on to the books!  Click on the pictures to be taken to individual Librarything pages.


  • Burning Bright by Tracy Chevalier – Chevalier is a hit or miss author for me, so I got this out of the library for a reason.
  • Crazy for You by Jennifer Crusie – I really enjoyed the first book of hers I read and was recently getting annoyed that I’d read all the lightest fiction I have in my possession (in this country – 2/3 of my TBR is in the US) except for a few historical romances, which I’m not in the mood to read right now.  Jennifer Crusie seemed like a good way to remedy the situation.
  • Touch the Dark by Karen Chance – Same reasoning here as above, and I liked Karen Chance’s story in On the Prowl.
  • Daisy: The Life and Loves of the Countess of Warwick by Sushila Anand – I mentioned this book in my Sunday Salon post and I’m still enjoying it.  The first half of the book was more about Daisy’s love life, while this second half is much more about Daisy’s involvement in politics.  Both are interesting and quite a reflection on the turn of the century in England.  I’ll be finished with this one soon.

Have you read any of these books?  What did you think?

Library Loot is a weekly meme hosted by Eva and Marg.


17 comments to Library Loot: Week of Nov 8th, 2009

  • Chevalier is hit and miss for me as well, and this one was definitely a miss. Maybe you will like it better.

    Jennifer Crusie definitely sounds like a good option! I do enjoy her books.

    Enjoy your loot!
    .-= Marg´s last blog ..Library Loot =-.

  • Oh…I really liked the Karen Chance series. I have read the first 3 and enjoyed them alot.

    I’m also probably one of the few people that have never read a Crusie novel. Looking forward to your reviews!
    .-= Stephanie´s last blog ..Library Loot, Christmas Shopping and A Much Better Night…. =-.

  • I can’t wait to see your review of Daisy. It looks really good and I think it may be a good choice for the Women Unbound challenge.

    I love Tracy Chevalier. I have Burning Bright but haven’t read it. The three books of hers I have read (The Girl with the Pearl Earring, The Lady and the Unicorn and Falling Angels) were all very enjoyable.
    .-= Stephanie´s last blog ..Teaser Tuesday: Peony in Love =-.

  • I’m so sorry for your job woes!!! I feel your pain. I’m employed, but every time I check out the job listings I get depressed. I hope you find something wonderful!
    .-= Amy @ My Friend Amy´s last blog ..Baby-sitters Club — Day 3 =-.

  • Kay

    I haven’t read any of these books, but they sound good! I have been wanting to try “Touch the Dark” for a while, but haven’t gotten to it yet. As for Tracy Chevalier, I read some of her books a while ago and enjoyed them. I thought they were good, light historical fiction. And it’s been so long since I read Jennifer Crusie! I remember reading “Welcome to Temptation” all those years ago, and it was so much fun!
    .-= Kay´s last blog ..Review : Specials =-.

  • Good luck with the job search – I’m sure something will come up as the economy improves.

  • Hi Meghan,
    I’ve read one book by Jennifer Crusie and I really enjoyed it. I have my sights on Bet Me for a future Library Loot and will probably eventually read them all.
    Enjoy your loot!
    .-= Christine ´s last blog ..Library Loot VII =-.

  • I went through a period of unemployment too (did lots of cooking from scratch during that time) and as I look back, I spent so much time worrying about getting a job, I hardly enjoyed the opportunity of temporarily not working. Of course, it always helps to be looking back instead of being in the moment, but I hope you do get some pleasure out of what I’m sure will be only a temporary situation. It’s certainly true though, isn’t it, about IT and business. But the right job is bound to come!
    .-= rhapsodyinbooks´s last blog ..Winners of “A Dog About Town” by J.F. Englert =-.

  • Kim

    Chevalier is hit and miss, this one was a miss, in fact I think I didn’t finish it. I also find Susan Vreeland who strikes me as similar is also hit and miss.

  • I haven’t finished any of these, but I did attempt Burning Bright on audio. Chevalier is also hit or miss for me, and this one was a miss. The premise was great, but for whatever reason, I just couldn’t sink into the story. I hope you have better luck!
    .-= Andi´s last blog ..Birthday Bliss! =-.

  • Happy reading. Good luck on the job search.
    .-= Vasilly´s last blog ..Mini-Readathon! =-.

  • My mom loaned me Touch the Dark and really loved it. I haven’t read it, though.

    Yeah, the job market’s pretty harsh right now… *sigh* I’m sure you’ll find something, though! Keep the faith. :)
    .-= heidenkind´s last blog ..The Tigress Series =-.

  • Don’t worry, i am sure you will get a good job :) and I am sure maintaining the flat is a time taking job too!
    That’s a great set of books as always :)
    .-= Veens´s last blog ..The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown =-.

  • I recently finished Girl With A Pearl Earring by Chevalier. I cant decide if I really like a author based on one book , so I would want to read her other books. Your other books look equally good.

    Have fun reading. U will definitely get a job of ur choice
    .-= Shona´s last blog ..Letters To A Young Poet by Rainer Maria Rilke =-.

  • All these sound like great books, but I am especially interested in Daisy. I’ll be checking back for your review!
    .-= zibilee´s last blog ..Alex & Me by Irene Pepperberg – 288 pgs =-.

  • Looking in the paper today it seems that the job section has drammatically decreased and of course the West Midlands is taking it in the neck. Good luck finding a decent job, have you thought about temping just for now to rake in a bit of cash?

    I really enjoyed ‘Burning Bright’ but then I’m a big fan of Chevalier and Blake (in fact there wasn’t really enough dircet contact with William Blake in this book for me).

  • I think I have read the Jennifer Crusie one, but I don’t remember.

    Her books are fun though…so enjoy!

    Btw, I am with you on Tracy Chevalier
    .-= Nish´s last blog ..Kicking off a Weekend of Celebrations! =-.