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I've been having quite a few busy weekends and haven't been able to post often on Sundays.  Renovating I have dropped a teaser here a few times but here's the scoop finally - We are renovating a big chunk of our main level. We've been planning this for the past 6-7 months. It started as a kitchen renovation project but now includes flooring through the main floor and master bathroom. We will have the renovation crew start tomorrow and depending on when all the materials get in, it could be 1.5-3 months before they are done. I just hope the flooring is done quickly because then we can reclaim some of the main floor back. Not having a kitchen for 2-3 months is going to be very challenging but we've been promised a small work area on the main floor where we can cook early morning and later in the evening. But I'm thinking more about the little things - making coffee while I work, taking care of the day to day activities - the upstairs and the basement can be used b

Library Loot - Jan 27, 2010



Library Loot is a weekly event co-hosted by Eva @ A Striped Armchair and Marg @ Reading Adventures that encourages bloggers to share the books they’ve checked out from the library. If you’d like to participate, just write up your post-feel free to steal the button-and link it using the Mr. Linky any time during the week. And of course check out what other participants are getting from their libraries!

This post is a little late coming out, but better late than never!

As it always happens to me, all my holds came together! And that was 5 of them, of which 3 are 14-day books. I already had a couple of 14-day books on hand, so now it's a marathon race to complete them versus a conflicting option to abandon one or two of them.

Here's what I picked:



  1. City of Bones by Cassandra Clare. (In progress)
  2. Say you're one of them by Uwem Akpan. (In progress)
  3. Not my daughter by Barbara Delinsky. (In danger of getting the whip!) I've been hearing mixed reviews about this one, so now I am definitely intrigued.
  4. Rainwater by Sandra Brown. (Also in danger of getting the whip!) So many good things about this author I've heard, that she's on my Awesome Author Challenge 2010 list.
  5. The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown. I picked this book up for a couple of my friends to read. I read this book last year and remember liking parts of it, but overall finding it a disappointment compared to the previous two Robert Langdon books.
What do you think of any of these books?

Check out what others looted this week here!

Comments

Emma Michaels said…
Those look like great choices! I really want to get to read City of Bones! Look forward to seeing what you think of it!
pussreboots said…
I enjoyed The Lost Symbol... Nice, predictable silliness. My post is here.
Alaine said…
You got some great books! I got and read Devoured and I also got a Jane Austen DVD (Northanger Abbey) for the weekend!
bermudaonion said…
I don't know how you have time to read so much! Say You're One of Them is so good, but it's not always easy to read.
Unknown said…
I won an audio version of Say You're One of Them. I haven't received it yet, but I look forward to it. Also, I want to read Rain Water because I've seen it on a lot of other blogs, and the cover is so beautiful!!

I have about 10 books on hold from the library that I just know are going to be ready to pick up all at the same time. Yikes!

Thanks for visiting my blog and for commenting on my header. She is pretty darn cute, eh? That's my dad's dog, Emma. She'll let you do anything to her. lol
I LOVED Rainwater, and I am almost done with Not My Daughter (also very good); enjoy
Linda said…
City of Bones in on my tbr list. I know that 14 day pressure. Good luck!
Tales of Whimsy said…
Oooo City of Bones One day I will read you!
Cat said…
I'm continually getting myself in the same situation - too many books, not enough time!
Haven't read any of these but I do like Sandra Brown.
Lusty Reader said…
City of Bones sounds great. Especially as I am on a YA paranormal kick right now, there are so many in that sub-genre that are sooo good! Something about the typical "innocence to experience" journey coinciding with finding out about paranormal worlds/powers works so well together!
Athira said…
Emma, I'm halfway through City of Bones, and I'm loving it! It's like one of my escape reads! ;-)

pussreboots, I did find The Lost Symbol was nice occasionally but annoying some times with the deluge of history.

Alaine, loved your review of Devoured! That's going on my Friday Finds!

bermudaonion, I would be lying if I say I get through all my library reads. I take books from 2 libraries, one is my university library (which has 3 month check-out) - those books stay on my shelf the longest! The other one is either 14-day or 21-day checkout. Varies.

Lynne, I'm looking forward to what you think of Say you're one of them. Rainwater is definitely appealing too. Yikes! 10 books! I hope they don't come together for you!

Diane, looking forward to your review of Not my daughter!

Linda, thanks!

Juju, you should! It's really good!

Cat, I haven't read Sandra Brown .. so if I do read this one, it will be my first by her!

Lusty Reader, I was so hesitant to pick City of Bones, but now I am hooked and can't wait to finish it!
Marg said…
I really, really liked the Cassandra Clare series. Can't wait for the next book to come out! I was one of the not so keen readers of The Lost Symbol. Let's put it this way, I was glad I got it out of the library and didn't pay for it!

My loot always comes in at the same time too. Hope you enjoy yours!
Anonymous said…
Say You're One of Them looks interesting. I'll have to check it out
Sarah said…
You've got a nice selection there! It's sods law with library's & reserved books all coming in at once LOL. That or if you reserve a series you end up getting books 4 & 5 but haven't read 1-3 yet :o) Good luck getting them all read on time!
Marce said…
What great choices, 3 out of the 5 I want to read.

BTW I have an Award for you here.
http://teawithmarce.blogspot.com/2010/01/awards-thank-you.html
Anonymous said…
I have an award for you HERE
Athira said…
Marg, I just finished City of Bones, and I agree, I enjoyed it!

uenohama, it is interesting. Gets you thinking about certain issues.

Sarah, ditto there! I've seen a few series in my library, listed from some other number, but not one. What's up with that?!?

MarceJ, thanks for the award! :)

Vicki, thanks for the award! :)