Library Loot: July 2015

Library Loot

Library 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. 

I never stopped reading and watching your Library Loot posts and videos during my absence here, and I’ve missed sharing my own loot with you. So I am excited to be back here sharing once again! I adore my public library system and it has been one of the best constants in my topsy-turvy life in the past few years. And now I work less than a block from a great library branch. In Ramadan, I spent many of my lunch breaks there, and I’m still averaging about three visits a week. I probably need to calm down on the library obsession, right? Visiting the same branch twice or three different branches in one day might be a little much. *contented sigh*

Despite my numerous library visits, this round-up only includes the books that I’ve accumulated and plan on reading before August. I hope to devote most – if not all – of my reading time in August to women authors in translation. Thus, due to shortness of time, I’ve tried to keep my pile small.

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I’m Back! (maybe…)

Hello, hello! It has been ages since I posted here at the blog. Four years (!!!), apart from the halfhearted attempt I made in early 2014. Despite the many moons I’ve been away, I’ve missed book blogging and connecting with like-minded bookworms. I’ve thought about returning several times but was unable to find the time to do so.

Let’s start with a life update, which intertwines naturally with a reading update. Four years ago was 2011, the year after I graduated from grad school and received my professional degree. Although I began my job search while I was still in school, 2011 was the year when the repercussions of the lagging economy and the woes of my particular industry hit home for me. From 2011 and onward, I spent a great deal of time in menial contract positions while looking for permanent, full-time work. There were many “droughts” in between the contract positions. While this time wasn’t so great for my mental health, I did have a lot of time to read and I used books as an escape.

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