Hosted by Marg and Claire Library Loot is an opportunity to share our love of public libraries. I couldn’t live without mine. I’m there at least once a week, always have books on hold and spend time in the stacks just grabbing books with interesting titles.
I am very lucky to live in a city so willing to support their reading citizens with many local library branches, but there are budget constraints. Branch hours have been cut and our libraries will close for one week at the end of August to save money. Can’t complain though, there are places where entire library systems are threatened.
The next book is Animals by Don LePan. I grabbed this off the new book shelf and read the blurb:
More than 100 years in the future, the horrors of factory farming, combined with the widespread abuse of antibiotics, have led to mass extinctions. As paranoia about the food supply spreads, a forceful new logic takes hold. In the blink of a millennial eye, the disenfranchised have become food.
Soylent Green? Speculative fiction and ethics? It sounds fascinating and terrifying and the bit I read was nicely done. I also brought home two novels I’ve been waiting for, The Singer’s Gun by Emily St. John Mandel and The Kings of Earth by Jon Clinch. I’ve heard rave things about St. John Mandel and I read Clinch’s first novel, Finn, when it came out and loved it.
Finally, there is The Secret Life of Words: How English Became English by Henry Hitchings (thanks to Ana’s recommendation) and something called Rewilding the World: Dispatches from the Conservation Revolution by Caroline Fraser.
Of course I want to read all of these books, but who knows if I will manage that before they come due. Do you rely on your local library for books? Did you bring any books home this week?