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Library Loot: August 1-7

Library Loot is a weekly event co-hosted by Claire from The Captive Reader and Marg from The Adventures of an Intrepid Reader that encourages bloggers to share the books they’ve checked out from the library.

It’s been awhile since I’ve posted Library Loot because its been a few weeks since I’ve visited the library for any other reason than to return some items. But this week I needed some fresh material, and some reserves I had ordered came in, so I headed down. Here’s the loot:

Lady Almina and the Real Downton Abbey: The Lost Legacy of Highclere Castle by The Countess of Carnarvon

I am actually listening to this one, which tells the story of the family who resided in Highclere Castle, where Julian Fellowes Downton Abbey is set. Its more than anything a biography of Lady Almina, but its interesting, and so far I’ve actually been able to put a couple of historical events in perspective in my mind, which I always enjoy.

Austenland by Shannon Hale was actually one I set my sights on even before I signed up for Austen in August. According to Amazon, “Jane Hayes is a seemingly normal young New Yorker, but she has a secret. Her obsession with Mr. Darcy, as played by Colin Firth in the BBC adaptation of Pride and Prejudice, is ruining her love life: no real man can compare. But when a wealthy relative bequeaths her a trip to an English resort catering to Austen-crazed women, Jane’s fantasies of meeting the perfect Regency-era gentleman suddenly become realer than she ever could have imagined.

Decked out in empire-waist gowns, Jane struggles to master Regency etiquette and flirts with gardeners and gentlemen—or maybe even, she suspects, with the actors who are playing them. It’s all a game, Jane knows. And yet the longer she stays, the more her insecurities seem to fall away, and the more she wonders: Is she about to kick the Austen obsession for good, or could all her dreams actually culminate in a Mr. Darcy of her own?” It looks light and fun and totally counts for an Austen in August post.

What about you? What are you reading this week?

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One thought on “Library Loot: August 1-7

  1. I still have trouble identifying Highclere Castle with Downton Abbey. In my mind, it is forever Totleigh Towers from “Jeeves and Wooster” and the Crawleys are all interlopers. I’ve seen this book everywhere and know at lot of other bloggers have been reading it too – a popular choice to fill the void before Series 3 starts! Enjoy your loot!

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