Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Lbrary Loot - February 18

Yes, I did just do a Library Loot post. But I was a little late last week, and it's up again - those weeks just fly by. And, we had a huge haul on Monday night. My girl and I have gotten into the habit of going to the library after dropping my boy off at Scouts. We head to our closest branch, grab some things and sit down together. Sometimes we look through cookbooks or craft books together, sometimes we read our own books. It's nice to sit side-by-side with her, each in our own reading. I still read aloud to my kids a lot, but I'm also enjoying the time to read my own book while she reads hers. It's a different kind of companionship.

Before I get to my list, I have a question to answer: someone asked me if we really read all those books. Well, no - don't I wish. We are always optimistic, but there usually isn't enough time. Many times a promising book is due before I get to it so I add it to my list of books to look for. Sometimes I pick things up to preview for my kids, or to look over for future schooltime reading. And we pick up a lot of "browsing books" - usually large-format books on topics the kids are interested in - or that I would like them to be interested in. And often I will grab something that looks good and once I get into it I find I'm not interested.

Finally the list:

DK Ultimate Special Forces for my boy. (My girl checked our her own books this week.)

The Naturalist's Year: 24 Outdoor Explorations and The Bird in the Waterfall because we like nature books.

Some books for homeschooling: Look at Your Body: Lungs, The Heart, and Lungs. And The Westing Game, Bud, Not Buddy, and The Watsons Go to Birmingham - 1963. We are moving into the '60s in our history studies and I like a little fiction to go with our history sometimes.

The Story of Art because I keep reading about how great it is. I loved A Little History of the World by the same author, E. H. Gombrich. This looks very good but is huge; I will never finish it before it's due! This is one I should probably plan on buying.

Children's Literatuer: A Reader's History from Aesop to Harry Potter, The Apothecary's Daughter, and The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society for me. The first one just looked good on the new book shelf; the other two were inspired by reviews.

Did you go to the library this week? If so, what did you get? And if not, why not?

Library Loot is a weekly event co-hosted by Eva and Alessandra 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!


samantha.1020 said...

I've been wanting to read The Guernsey and Literary Potato Peel Society for awhile now. Hope you enjoy it!

Eva said...

The Story of Art is a lot faster read than it appears! :)

Summer Fae said...

What a great idea! I will have to do this.

We never get to read all of our books either. We try to, but we just cannot always do it.