09 July 2009

Library Loot

Library Loot

Case Histories
The House at Riverton
A Fraction of the Whole
The Night Watch

Case Histories - Kate Atkinson
The House at Riverton - Kate Morton
A Fraction of the Whole - Steve Toltz
The Night Watch - Sarah Waters

I’m delighted to have the chance to read A Fraction of the Whole - the last time I saw it on the shelves I was deterred by the sheer size of it, but today I decided to grab it while the need to leave room for a litre bottle of sunscreen guaranteed I wouldn’t borrow too much. I might save it for second last - the Kate Morton is going to be read last, since I only read her other one a few months ago. And if this one turns out to bear a whole string of resemblances to this year’s NaNo project, I’ll ... well, I don’t know what I’ll do, but I certainly won’t be happy while I do it!

Library Loot is a weekly event co-hosted by Eva and Marg.


  1. I loved Case Histories and a different Sarah Waters I read. I didn't like The House at Riverton all that much though.

  2. I am curious about Morton, I recently saw a book by her that I really wanted. Too bad it was gone seconds later

  3. I'm interested in your thoughts about the Sarah Waters novel...I've always wondered about her writing.

  4. I loved Case Histories as well, and if you like it the next two Brodie books get better and better.

    I have the Toltz in my TBR pile, I've enjoyed the bits I've dipped into but have been put off by the length. I must get to it soon.

  5. Hi! Night Watch is brilliant with a rather original structure, I hope you'll enjoy reading it. I haven't read the other books in your loot, but have many times thought of borrowing Case Histories. My problem with Atkinson is that I read Not the End of the World and loved it, and now all her other books somehow fail to impress me...


  6. I love Sarah Waters, and A Fraction of the Whole is on my TBR list, but I'm a little hesitant to start it because I've heard mixed reviews and it's huge.

  7. Eva: I've read some not-so-great reviews of The House at Riverton, but I'm still curious to see what another writer in my city is doing.

    Blodeuedd: Isn't it awful when that happens?

    Amy: Everything I've read by Sarah Waters I've enjoyed, and so far this one is just as good.

    Sarah: I'd better get the titles of those two books, because I did love Case Histories! (I finished it the other day.)

    Tiina: Maybe I should reserve Not the End of the World until after I've read everything else she's written! Just in case.

    Shananaginsbooks: Physically it's the biggest book I've borrowed since Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell ... a bit daunting to think of getting through it all if I don't love it.

  8. That's the only Sarah Waters I have read so far. I hope you enjoy!

  9. I know I am a week late but I wanted to say that I did like Case Histories, and the two books that followed it, and I like Kate Morton's writing as well!

    I want to read Sarah Waters and Steve Toltz but I haven't borrowed him yet because I have a feeling that his books are all connected and I want to start from the beginning!


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