Library Loot (June 29 to July 5)

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Library Loot is a weekly event co-hosted by Claire from The Captive Reader and Sharlene from Real Life Reading 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 any time during the week. And of course check out what other participants are getting from their libraries.

Happy Wednesday! Hope your week’s been going well. Claire has the link-up this week!

What I got from the library this week:

Homicide and Halo-Halo – Mia P. Manansala

This hold just came in. This is the second book in the series. The first one was a fun read and hopefully this one is too.

How We Met – Huma Qureshi

I first heard of this from Claire. Am looking forward to reading it!

Mercy Street – Jennifer Haigh

This book was published earlier this year, but I guess after the horrendous news last week, this is as good a time as any to read it. It’s set in a women’s clinic, a place where women can get abortions.

Library Loot (June 22 to 28)

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Library Loot is a weekly event co-hosted by Claire from The Captive Reader and Sharlene from Real Life Reading 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 any time during the week. And of course check out what other participants are getting from their libraries.

Happy Library Loot Day! What did you get from your library this week? Link-up below or let us know in the comments!

What I got from the library this week:

Siren Queen – Nghi Vo

It sounds like this book has to do with Hollywood, a Chinese actress, and… magic?

Four Treasures of the Sky – Jenny Tinghui Zhang

A young girl is kidnapped and sent to America, where she’s forced to work in a brothel. This is America in the 1880s and the Chinese Exclusion Act has just been signed into law.

The Twin – Gerbrand Bakker

A story set in the bleak Dutch countryside, where a man has to return to his family farm after his twin dies.

The kids’ loot:

Library Loot (June 15 to 21)

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Library Loot is a weekly event co-hosted by Claire from The Captive Reader and Sharlene from Real Life Reading 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 any time during the week. And of course check out what other participants are getting from their libraries.

Happy Wednesday! Claire has the link-up this week.

What I got from the library this week:

Anna K Away – Jenny Lee

This is the second book in the series. The first was based on Anna Karenina and was really quite enjoyable – it’s a modern day retelling that reminded me of the TV series Gossip Girl, but with Asian-American main characters.

How to Marry Keanu Reeves in 90 Days – K.M. Jackson

This book seems to have very mixed reviews on Goodreads! But it does sound cute. Will see!

The Starfarers Quartet Omnibus – Vonda N. McIntyre

This is a collection of the books: Starfarers, Transition, Metaphase, and Nautilus. I felt like reading some SF!

Library Loot (June 8 to 14)

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Library Loot is a weekly event co-hosted by Claire from The Captive Reader and Sharlene from Real Life Reading 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 any time during the week. And of course check out what other participants are getting from their libraries.

What I got from the library this week:

I popped into the library for a very quick browse (it was closing in 25 minutes) and to pick up a few holds I had for the kids.

The three physical books I got are:
The Cat Who Saved Books by Sōsuke Natsukawa, Louise Heal Kawai (Translator)

I’ve seen this around a lot online and definitely had to pick it up when I found it on the New Arrivals shelves. Cats and books! Translated from Japanese! Sounds quirky!

Kaiju Preservation Society by John Scalzi

I’ve read and enjoyed a few books in Scalzi’s Old Man’s War series but haven’t read his other books (and he seems to have written a lot). This one sounds like an interesting read. This guy signs on to work for an “animal rights organisation” that turns out to be one that deals with kaiju (which in Japanese means “strange beast”).

The Memory Librarian: And Other Stories of Dirty Computer by Janelle Monáe and others

I’ve not heard Monáe’s music before but I probably should, since this book is based off her album Dirty Computer.

Teach Me – Olivia Dade

I borrowed this for the Book Riot reading challenge – Read a romance where at least one of the protagonists is over 40. I’m not entirely sure if the protagonists are over 40 so hopefully this works?

Paradox Girl Vol 1 – Cayti Bourquin, illustrated by Yishan Li

Not quite sure how to describe this comic, so I’ll just copy and paste this part from the synopsis: “As a hero with the power to go anywhere and anywhen, Paradox Girl has made an absolute mess of her own life. She’s changed history so often that she isn’t even sure who she is anymore.” 

Kids’ loot:

Library Loot (June 1 to 7)

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Library Loot is a weekly event co-hosted by Claire from The Captive Reader and Sharlene from Real Life Reading 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 any time during the week. And of course check out what other participants are getting from their libraries.

Happy first Library Loot of June!

What I got from the library this week:

By The Book – Jasmine Guillory

This is part of a Disney reimagined fairy tales (or maybe more like Disney tales) series. Ok so I already raced to read this one finish last night!

The Spanish Love Deception – Elena Armas

Ah the good old fake boyfriend trope.

Sorrow and Bliss – Meg Mason

A story about a woman dealing with a mental illness.

Taste – Stanley Tucci (audiobook)

I watched some episodes of Searching for Italy and then it disappeared from HBO Max so never got to finish it. It was an interesting series where Tucci travels around Italy talking to people and learning about food. I didn’t have a particular interest in Tucci before watching the show but he was entertaining and I guess I was curious enough to borrow this audiobook.

Library Loot (May 25 to 31)

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Library Loot is a weekly event co-hosted by Claire from The Captive Reader and Sharlene from Real Life Reading 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 any time during the week. And of course check out what other participants are getting from their libraries.

Hey, it’s Library Loot day. What did you get from your library this week? Let us know in the link-up or comments below.

What I got from the library this week:

Among the White Moon Faces – Shirley Geok-lin Lim

This book by Malaysian-American Lim has been on my TBR list for many years now. So I was a bit surprised to find it when browsing my library’s Libby catalogue. It was first published in 1996 so I guess it’s recently been given a new lease of life with an ebook publication?

Build Your House Around My Body – Violet Kupersmith

The synopsis describes it as “part puzzle, part revenge tale, part ghost story”. This is set in Vietnam and spans 50 years. Sounds intriguing.

The Sentence – Louise Erdrich

So I opened Goodreads as usual to check out the synopsis of this book. And the first review on my list was by Jenny of Reading Envy. She was very active in many online bookish communities, like on Goodreads and Instagram. I found out a few days ago that she had passed away recently. It was rather heartbreaking to read about that. I’ve never met her in person but I’ve followed her for many years through various bookish media channels. She will be missed.

Rosaline Palmer Takes the Cake – Alexis Hall

I’m a sucker for cooking and baking-related romances

Love & Saffron – Kim Fay

A food and friendship story! While I really like the first book cover (which is luckily the one my ebook copy has), I am kind of put off by the second one.

Library Loot (May 18 to 24)

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Library Loot is a weekly event co-hosted by Claire from The Captive Reader and Sharlene from Real Life Reading 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 any time during the week. And of course check out what other participants are getting from their libraries.

Happy Wednesday! Claire has the link-up this week.

What I got from the library this week:

A Good True Thai – Sunisa Manning

Set in 1970s Thailand, this is a story about 3 friends and the Bangkok student uprising.

What Kind of Woman – Kate Baer

I can’t remember why this poetry collection got on my holds but hey, it’s probably about time I read more poetry!

Lessons in Chemistry – Bonnie Garmus

It’s the 1960s, America. A scientist becomes the star of a cooking show.

Library Loot (May 11 to 17)

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Library Loot is a weekly event co-hosted by Claire from The Captive Reader and Sharlene from Real Life Reading 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 any time during the week. And of course check out what other participants are getting from their libraries.

Happy Library Loot Day!

What did you get from your library this week? Link-up above or in the comments below!

What I got from the library this week:

I’m still reading for AAPI month and found a list of recommendations on Instagram for Pacific Islander writers and borrowed a couple of books.

Summer of Sloane – Erin L. Schneider

A YA book set in Hawaii and written by a native Hawaiian.

Turtle Under Ice – Juleah del Rosario

A novel-in-verse by a Filipino-Chamorro writer about a sister who goes missing.

Library Loot (May 4 to 10)

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Library Loot is a weekly event co-hosted by Claire from The Captive Reader and Sharlene from Real Life Reading 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 any time during the week. And of course check out what other participants are getting from their libraries.

Happy Wednesday! Claire has the link-up this week.

What I got from the library this week:

It’s Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month. So I’ve borrowed some books that are by Asian-American writers. It’s a bit harder to find ebooks by Pacific Islanders. But I’ve put a hold on a couple of physical books, hopefully they’ll come in before the month is up!

Maizy Chen’s Last Chance – Lisa Yee

A middle grade book which has a young girl moving to a Minnesota town, where her family are the only Asian-Americans. Her grandfather is ill and her mother needs to help out at the family restaurant.

We Ride Upon Sticks – Quan Barry

I’m curious about this book, which has to do with a hockey team who are descendants of some people involved in the Salem witch trials.

China Boy – Gus Lee

A memoir about a young Chinese boy growing up in San Francisco in the 1950s.

Mooncakes and Milk Bread – Kristina Cho

I love milk bread. That’s why.

Library Loot (April 27 to May 2)

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Library Loot is a weekly event co-hosted by Claire from The Captive Reader and Sharlene from Real Life Reading 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 any time during the week. And of course check out what other participants are getting from their libraries.

Happy Library Loot day!

What did you get from your library this week? Let us know in the link-up above or comments below.

What I got from the library this week:

The Wedding Crasher – Mia Sosa

Ah the good old fake dating trope. I feel like I’ve read quite a few of these lately, but it’s always fun.

Operation Sisterhood – Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich

Can’t remember where I first saw this but it looks like a cute one about sisters living in NYC.

A Twist of Fate – Kelley Armstrong

This is the second book of Armstrong’s A Stitch in Time series.