Library Loot is a weekly event co-hosted by Claire from The Captive Reader and Marg from The Adventures of an Intrepid Reader that encourages bloggers to share the books they’ve checked out from the library.
I live in a very small town, but that said the public library in Rangiora is far superior to any of the libraries in cities I've lived in, a result I think of good funding and impeccable librarian taste! It's late night at the library on a Thursday so we go en-familie; Claud skipped home with Charlie and Lola books and DVDs; the husband with pottery/art identification aides, and me with this wee pile to take away on my impending short break down south to celebrate my 40th birthday (I'll be going star-gazing in the Dark Skies reserve in Tekapo when not lying in bed demanding tea and cake to go with my books).
Cabin Fever-A suburban father searches for the wild
I've made a start on this one. I'm glad I've got past my distaste for the authors disappearance into his cabin in the woods with a copy of Walden whilst his wife stayed home parenting alone, because it's fascinating, food-for-thought stuff and beautifully written and I'm now reading it super-slow to savour and soak it all up. I can imagine myself re-reading this (which is rare for me).
Seasons of Life-The biological rhythms that enable living things to thrive and survive
Russell Foster & Leon Kreitzman.
I'm excited to read this one as autumn makes me feel more in love with seasonality than any other season (whilst hoping it's not too scientifically dense). This book explains seasonal behaviours, amongst humans, animals and plants, and how the seasons influenced the course of human evolution and continues to do so.
Perhaps it'll help me fathom my passion for all things pumpkin? No, it's not a Indian summer tan I have, it's beta-carotene overload!
Dig For Victory-Mr Middleton's all-year-round gardening guide.
C. H. Middelton.
I got really excited over a book who's author and title I've forgotten which I got out of the library a few weeks ago telling the history of the dig for victory campaign, but I couldn't finish the first chapter it was so pedantically and amateurishly written. I still want to read a good history of it, and this one isn't it-it's simply the manual that householders received to guide their vegge gardening over that period, but it'll do for now,
Hugh Fearlessly Eats It All-Dispatches from the gastronomic front line.
I like a good gastro-tale and HFW intro's in the River-Cottage cook book range are always witty and well written so I suspect I'll enjoy this one.
Not Buying It. My year without shopping.
I managed 6 weeks without buying anything new in the new year (not a huge stretch since I was broke and prefer op-shops anyway) but I'm quite keen to hear about the 'major life changes' that resulted for this woman when she managed to stop-the-shop for 365 whole days!
Where shall we go for dinner? A food romance.
A biography of food experiences. I use one of her cook books a lot (Good Tempered Food) and this passed the 'read three random paragraphs and if it grips of makes you laugh get it' test.
So, how do you choose a book at the library?
How do you find your-kind of books?
I'd love to know!