Sunday, January 17

Library Loot - Jan 13 - 19

Library Loot is a weekly event co-hosted by Eva (A Striped Arm Chair) and Marg (ReadingAdventures) 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 on the Library Loot Page any time during the week. And of course check out what other participants are getting from their libraries!

First Im a little late with this, but I attempted to do a Vlog entry. Which was hard, because my laptop is old (by old I mean 3 years) and doesn't have a built in web camera. My USB web camera is about 7 years old, and doesnt have the driver disc, and even if it did, it's apparently not compatible with VISTA (which is the first time I'd have had a real issue with it). So I borrowed my moms mini notebook (1o inch laptop, its so cute) and two attempts of laughing at myself and three attempts of making a vlog I could actually publish. I was happy. I mean I won't win an oscar, but it was working. But I had two issues which I'm not sure how to fix, so if you Vlog Vets out there have any clue to make a good vlog let me know. Here's problem one. Images blurriness with movement. I found that when I moved it looked like I was a blur. Which wasn't too bad of an issue, because for the most part I wasn't doing to much movement. My big issue was the sound was severely out of sync with the rest of the video, to the point it was distracting. I was using windows movie maker. If that helps. Other than that I just clicked through the default settings and pressed record. If anyone has tips as to what settings, programs let me know.

Okay so back to the Library Loot

Between my last edition of Library Loot and now, I've gone to the library three times. I went back on the 9th to return a DVD and a couple of books followed me home, despite I had four waiting to be read from the previous visit. Opps!
They Were:
Lost Symbol by Dan Brown Which has since been returned. Review is already up. The Other two books I brought home were:

The Heretic Queen by Michelle Moran (which I'm reading right now)
October by Richard B Wright (which I've seen in the bookstore a lot and many times thought about bring it home.)
Don't you just love the cover?

The on friday (the day of the almost vlog), I went to the library to return some books and pick up 5 holds/requests I had, because they all came in at the same time, for the most part. Some came in on the Thursday, but I knew the others would be ready by Friday so I waited until they had come in. The books are:

Armdale by Wilkie Collins (the really old book on the furthest left, which is a little worse for wear, but seems to have all the pages)
The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco (on the plus side of no vlog, there isn't me butcher this poor guys name)
Nefertiti by Michelle Moran (I didn't plan on reading both books so close together, but this book came sooner than I thought)
The Mobile Library Mysteries: Case of the Missing Library Books by Ian Sansom (using this for the Reading Western Europe Challenge Northren Ireland portion)
The Lieutenant by Kate Greenvile

So now I have 10 books checked out from the library. Because of Last weeks Left Overs which are

Pandora's Star by Peter Hamilton The Professor by Charlotte Bronte Little Giant of Aberdeen County - which I can't read because at somepoint someone or something damaged or ate a portion of the book. Yes I said ate. I noticed it last night that some of the pages looked dadmaged just by look at it it sitting on the shelf. Water damaged almost, so I went to investigate to see how bad the damage was, in case it was bad enough to prevent me from reading it. And boy was I suprised to see damaged pages, and 6 pages in a row with larges chunks out of the corners missing so large portions of the text are missing. Seriously who the hell does that? I understand you might have pets or small children who get a hold of things and damage them. But if you damage something from the library bring it to the librarians attention, so when the person who gets the book after you isn't screwed over!

Alright sorry for the rant, but I'm very annoyed by this, because now I have to be the one to explain to the librarian that I got this book and its damaged and it wasn't me, and now I want a different edition of the book so I can read it. Lucky for me the librarian knows me, sort of, because I'm always there, but still. This goes beyound bending the pages of the book or spill a drop of coffee! Something/one actually ate part of the book!

And finally here's a picture of all my books nicely stacked waiting to be read. Notice nothing/no one is eating them?


  1. I've never seen an eaten library book... maybe a few nibbles on a kids' book here and there, but not eaten! However, I have found more than a few times that one or more of the pages in my library book will be photocopied and glued in in place of a missing page. I always wonder what could have happened to the originals.

  2. Unfortunately I don't have any advice about the vlog. We do ours on the macbook which auto-integrates everything without using having to do any work. I don't know how to do anything manually.

  3. You are braver than I in trying a vlog! Luckily I don't have the technology at hand to even try it!

    Michelle Moran is a fun read. Enjoy your loot!

  4. I just finished Cleopatra's Daughter by Moran and loved it. I have both of the her others as well and really look forward to reading them as well. I hope you enjoy them!! And who lets something or someone eat a library book? It seems a little disrespectful to turn it back in that way and not say anything about it.

  5. Alison - Nor have I, until now that is. Libraries do that a lot, photocopy pages and paste them in. They due it for many reasons, because the pages were to damage to still read them.

    Amanda - Thanks anyways. I'll just experiment and hope for the best.

    Marg - I may only do it once, but everyone seems to enjoy doing them, and it gives us a chance to see/hear each other when we can't actually meet them in person. I finished The Heretic Queen and enjoyed it, I'll have the review up soon.

    Zibilee - I did enjoy Heretic Queen, so I'll probably read Nefertiti sooner rather than later. It is a little disrespectful, because librarians (for the most part) understand people have pets or children and the books will get damaged.