Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Library Loot: 30 May to 5 June

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. 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!
My branch of our local library service is trialling a new system for picking up hold requests, and I am really not happy with it.

Previously, all the hold requests were put on the shelves in numerical order. I always knew pretty much exactly where my holds were going to be because I know my library card number off by heart, all the books were together so you could walk in and walk straight out again.

With the new system, there are a series of numbered hutches. You walk in and scan your library card, then print out a receipt which tells you which hutch your books will be (and they could all be in different hutches if you are picking up several books). It wouldn't be quite so bad if that was all you had to do to borrow, but then you still have to go and scan your card to do the self checkout business as well!

It is only on trial at the moment so I am hoping it isn't a permanent fixture! I guess it will save time for the librarian's because they won't have to worry about getting the books in the right order, but as a patron I don't really like it!

Then again, I am conscious that our library service is pretty darned fabulous so this is a small thing to complain about really!

Here's the loot that I got this week:

Children of the Storm by Elizabeth Peters - I loved the story arc of the last few Amelia Peabody books and yet I haven't actually read one of them for what feels like forever - maybe 18 months or so. Beth posted about a book from the series the other day and I was reminded that I really need to get back to the series.

Jasmine Nights by Julia Gregson - I really liked both East of the Sun and The Water Horse by this author so when I heard she had a new book I requested it straight away. I was then offered a copy but haven't actually seen it in the postbox yet so I am not sure if it is coming or not. The setting also sounds like something I would love!

Until I Die by Amy Plum - I read the first book in this series last year and quite liked it! Even if I hadn't, my attention would have been caught by this totally gorgeous cover!

The Last Boyfriend by Nora Roberts - Next book in the Boonsboro Inn series. I wasn't blown away by the first book in the series, but it is La Nora and if nothing else it will give me a good Friday night read.

The Emperor's Spy by M C Scott - I have had quite a good week for publicist's contacting me really. One of the author's I was contacted about was Manda Scott which is this author with a slightly different name. I loved her Boudicea books and was somewhat surprised to find out that she had the third book in her next series coming out. I seem to have lost track of her. This book is the first in my attempt to catch up again.

Fables 2 by Bill Willingham - I read my first Fables story a couple of weeks ago and thoroughly enjoyed it so I am looking forward to this one now!

Letty's Christmas by Alison Lloyd - The next Our Australian Girl story about Letty. This is the fourth and final book about her.

What loot did you get this week? Leave your link in Mr Linky below so that we can all come and have a look!


  1. My library orders our holds by last name. It seems to work well. I hope your hutch system is temporary!
    The Fables series is great. Enjoy!

  2. What an odd way to organize hold materials. I can easily understand why you're finding it a pain. Ours are sorted alphabetically and I hope they stay that way!

    It's been ages since I read any of the Amelia Peabody books (my copies are all in storage) but I do enjoy them. And I had no idea that Julia Gregson had a new book out! Enjoy your loot!

  3. My library system also shelves holds by last name, and since most of the librarians know me, they often go for my books on the shelves behind them before I ever reach the counter. I'm definitely not a number to them.

  4. I have Jasmine Nights and Until I Die as well--looking forward to seeing what you think of them :)

  5. OOh, I see that you've gotten another one in the Fables series! I am excited to try that series out, but haven't been able to find my copy amidst the chaos here! Very nice stack you've got there. I hope you enjoy it!

  6. I'm so glad to read that Julia Gregson has another book out - I really enjoyed East of the Sun, so I'll definitely be reading Jasmine Nights.

  7. You have a great haul here. Happy reading!

  8. You picked up some great books this week. I recently read Jasmine Nights and Until I Die and enjoyed them both!

    Sounds like the new library system is a bit of a pain in the backside! Hopefully they will take on the patron feedback if it isn't working well...

  9. Ooh - I'm excited to see M.C. Scott on your list. The first book in the Boudica series has been languishing on my to-read list for about five years. I didn't realize there was another series too!

    I'm sorry about the new library holds system, though. Alphabetical order seems to work pretty well, so hopefully the hutch system won't last long.



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