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Library Loot: Jan 7 – 13

I cannot seem to visit a library and return empty-handed, this is what ended up on my library shelf in the past few weeks…

My most recent library loot..

Aya of Yopougon #2-6: Aya #1 was on my shelves already. I decided I wanted to continue the series and ordered the other ones from libraries around the province. I think these were published as 2 books in English: Aya: Life in Yop City & Aya: Love in Yop City. I read these over the Christmas holidays and will hopefully get around to posting about them soon.

Blue is the Warmest Colour: I came across this while browsing. A GLBT graphic novel, which I decided to pick up on a whim (and because I desperately need to read more diversely). Also read this during the Christmas holidays. Again, will hopefully review this soon.

Liesl & Po: Again, a random find. Having read two of Lauren Oliver’s YA books (with mixed results) I wanted to see how her writing for younger children is.

Three Pickled Herrings: Random find after random find, this seemed like it might be similar to Flavia de Luce for children? Of course, looking at it like that I can only be disappointed…

The New Religious Intolerance: I was going to read this for Nonfiction November but then my hold came in very late. Saw this mentioned on Amy’s blog, and having heard about Martha Nussbaum before but never having read her, I thought I’d give her a try. Have not picked this up yet though.

The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight: Another random find. Picked this up at the tiny English Children’s Books section (same for Three Pickled Herrings). And when I say tiny I mean tiny: there are about 20 books there. I remember seeing this mentioned at a fellow Dutch blogger (Paper Riot) and thought I could give it a go myself.

The Wee Free Men: I read and enjoyed A Hat Full of Sky in November and thought it might be good to read the previous title in the Tiffany Aching series as well. Still have to pick this up though.

Ruby Red: I see Kerstin Gier’s books mentioned everywhere in Dutch blogging circles. So I wanted to see whether I’d enjoy her books myself. Again, have yet to read this.

The Night Fairy: Basically, I picked up quite a few of the available English Children’s Books titles. This was another one. I quite enjoyed it. Review to follow soon.

Any thoughts you’d like to share on my library loot? Did you pick up anything at the library recently? 

librarylootbadgeLibrary Loot is a weekly event co-hosted by Claire from The Captive Reader and Silly Little Mischief 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.

Introducing: The Children’s Books Project

Pim being born was the perfect excuse to finally purchase a copy of 1001 Children’s Books You Must Read Before You Grow Up:

1001 Children’s Books You Must Read Before You Grow Up // Universe Publishing, 2009

It’s a list. A list of children’s books. Arranged by ages 0-3, 3+, 5+, 8+ and 12+. Within these categories the books are listed by publication date. And so the list includes classics and recent titles. (That is, recent in 2009, because unlike the other 1001 books list, there have been no updates).

I could say I plan to read them all. In a way I am. But I know I am being unrealistic as I say it. However, I am more motivated to read through this list then the general fiction one that I have been staring at for years. I like books for children, though I have mostly focused on books for ages 8 and up before.

With Pim, there is an additional motivational factor. I want to be able to offer him a range of books to choose from, not just based on my own limited knowledge, or the books available in the local library.

So what I plan to do is the following: read books from the list provided in this book. Review them here. And revisit them once Pim is old enough to read them as well. Somewhere along the way, I plan to have posts devoted to Pim’s reading, probably titled “Pim’s corner”.

But of course, a list is limited. And I would also like to read more children’s books recommended by you. So please feel free to leave your suggestions.

New Year, New Beginnings?

2014 was an eventful year for me, but not so much on the bookblogging front. In between being pregnant, moving house, and being a new mom, I had trouble being online once a week, let alone update my blog regularly.

Bonus Pim picture, taken earlier this Christmas break.

I hope 2015 will be different. As I settle in with all these new circumstances in life, I hope to find the time to return to blogging.

To make a return easier on myself, I plan to look ahead instead of concentrating on what I did not do in these past 12 months. So there will be no 2014 in review for me, no enforced catching up on books I read and should have written about. A shame, certainly, and I will probably wish I had written about them sometime in the future, but it is just not realistic to ask that of myself right now. If I want to return to books I have read in the past few months, I will, but not because the blog needs content or because I feel obliged to myself to catch up.

Instead, I plan to write about books that I have read in 2015. Starting with the book I finished yesterday: Finding Violet Park. Hopefully, I will actually write about a book right upon finishing it, instead of letting it linger for weeks, and then months.

I also have other goals in mind:

  • Actually keeping track of my reading stats (Ana’s end of the year post is always a thing of beauty and example);
  • YAY for random reading!!!! (but of course, I secretly also plan to do the following:);
  • I am at 25 of 100 books for the A Century of Books challenge. I hope to get to at least 50 by the end of 2015. Or I could start over since I hardly reviewed any of the books? Perhaps that’s a better idea;
  • I want to reduce my TBR pile to 450 unread books by the end of 2015. Today, it is at 486. So that means 36 books to read, or more should I buy new ones (which will inevitably happen);
  • I have not looked at my Classics Club list in ages. Perhaps I should revisit it;
  • Read one non-fiction book a month;
  • And I shall be embarking on the project that has been lingering in my mind these past months: the Children’s Books project (more on which, later).

Happy 2015 everyone! Do you have any reading and blogging resolutions?

Announcing: Advent with Alcott

adventwithalcottReturning for the third time… Advent with [Enter author name with an A here].. We’ve done Austen and we’ve tackled Margaret Atwood, now we felt it was time to focus on Louisa May Alcott.

Perhaps you have always wanted to (re)read Little Women? Or to read the other books about Jo and her sisters? Or maybe you’d like to try a selection of Alcott’s other writings? You could also read about her life and times. Anything! (There is quite a list of titles to choose from according to Gutenberg).

Join us by reading and/or engaging with any media related to Louisa May Alcott during Advent (Nov 30 — Dec 24). Post your thoughts on your blog, or join the conversation on twitter (#AWAlcott)

I am particularly tempted by the pretty Penguin edition of her Christmas stories.

Oh, and we are planning to do another group watch. I cannot wait to revisit the 1994 Little Women movie. (The date of the watch-along will be announced shortly).

As was the case during previous years, I am co-hosting Advent with Alcott with Yvann, Ana, Alexandra, and Lyndsey.

Will you join us? Are you planning to read anything in particular? 

Library Loot: A Visit to my Local Library

Visiting my local library has been on my to do list ever since moving. I figured maternity leave would be the perfect time to explore. However, I only found time for it last week, two weeks before maternity leave ends.

Library loot, 6/11/2014. I can’t believe how bad the lighting has been this past week, so excuse the bad picture.

The local library is.. well.. not as big as I am used to, but that was hardly to be expected. I feel it is important to support these smaller branches so I was always going to become a member. They did have the Goldfinch, but that was the most recent book on the English language books shelf. (I did not pick it up because I felt reading it right now would be a bit too ambitious). They do have the possibility of putting any title available in one of the other libraries in the province on hold for free, so after I picked up these books I went home and did just that. As for the Dutch language shelves, there is quite a bit of YA (they had two copies of the Dutch translation of A Monster Calls!!) and I have some exploring left to do of the Children’s and General Fiction section.

As for the books I picked up last Thursday:

The Girl who Chased the Moon by Sarah Addison Allen: I had this on loan from the library in my former place of residence a long while back.. I picked it up back then because this is one of those titles that kept being mentioned when I first started blogging. I never got around to it. I wonder if I will this time? Somehow I keep meaning to read this but once I have it at home I lose my excitement?

Gifts by Ursula le Guin: I think I remember Ana mentioning this as the go-to book by Le Guin if you first read her. I have read A Wizard of Earthsea in January before this one, but am very curious about Gifts. Let’s hope it is a good translation.

A Hat Full of Sky by Terry Pratchett: I have only ever read one of Pratchett’s titles and always mean to read more. I thought this might be a good one to begin with as it is one of his more well known titles? I have Nation (in English, woohoo!) on hold.

Aya : Life in Yop City by Marguerite Abouet: I came across this title while browsing the YA section. Again, this is one of those “I always mean to read more..” books, this time in the category graphic novels. I had never heard of this one, but it is about a girl who grows up in Yop City, a neighbourhood of Abidjan, Ivory Coast. This is the first in a series (which my library also owns, I found out at home), so if I like it I might pick up the other titles too.

Have you read any of these titles? Which do you recommend I read first? And did you pick up anything from the library recently?

librarylootbadgeLibrary Loot is a weekly event co-hosted by Claire from The Captive Reader and Linda from Silly Little Mischief 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.