Library Loot (August 17 to 23)

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


So for the past month, I’ve been in Singapore. And we just returned to the Bay Area last week. I’ll post again about our trip there, but here are photos from a couple of the libraries we went to. One is a library that I used to frequent when I was a kid. I’m glad they preserved the old two-storey building, but it is a rather small library. The other is a more recent library, set in a multi-storeyed sports and community hub.

Singapore has many awesome libraries! There are a total of 25 libraries located throughout this tiny island. The libraries are often very spacious, with lots of reading areas. Some are even located in shopping malls.

What I got from the library this week:

Farewell, Ghosts – Nadia Terranova

This book by Italian writer Terranova has won several awards in Italy. It’s about a woman who returns to her family home and confronts her childhood traumas. Another book for WIT month.

The Beast Warrior – Nahoko Uehashi (translated by Cathy Hirano)

I read the first book, The Beast Player, a couple of years ago and really enjoyed it.

All Summer Long – Hope Larson

A fun graphic novel about friendships.

Library Loot (August 10 to 16)

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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! What did you get from your library this week?

What I got from the library this week:

Seoulmates – Jan Frederick

This is the second book in the series about a Korean-American adoptee. The first book was well, just ok, but I’m curious to see how the story goes.

My Brilliant Life – Kim Ae-ran

I started reading this and quickly finished the first chapter. And that says a lot. These few weeks, I’ve been starting a few other books but haven’t quite gotten anywhere with them.

This Wicked Fate – Kalynn Bayron

This is the second book in the series, the first being This Poison Heart, which I recently read. And immediately, I went and borrowed this one!

Cinderella Is Dead – Kalynn Bayron

And just for good measure, I also downloaded this other book by the same author.

Library Loot (August 3 to 9)

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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! What did you get from your library this week?

What I got from the library this week:

The One True Me and You – Remi K. England

A story set in a fandom con. Sounds cute!

When Women Were Dragons – Kelly Barnhill

A story set in 1950s America, where thousands of women have spontaneously turned into dragons? Yes please.

So I recently finished Tieu’s The Donut Trap, and serendipitously, this ebook hold came in. This time, the romance is set in an office. I really enjoyed Tieu’s depiction of Asian families. Can’t wait to read this one.

Moshi Moshi – Banana Yoshimoto, trassaten by Asa Yoneda

It’s Women In Translation month, and so I picked up a few library books just for that. I haven’t read Yoshimoto’s work for quite a few years. This one’s about a family who’s father dies in a suicide pact with a woman they don’t know.

Winter Pasture – Li Juan

Translated narrative nonfiction by a woman writer. I try to read translated books when I can, but I’ve not read much in translated nonfiction. My most recent one was Book of Eels by Patrik Svensson, translated from the Swedish by Agnes Broomé. I would love recommendations for translated nonfiction!

In this book, Li Juan and her mother live in northwestern China. She joins a family of Kazakh herders as they make their way to pasture for the winter, in a very remote part of the world.

Library Loot (July 27 to August 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 Wednesday! What did you get from your library today? Claire has the link-up this week.

What I got from the library this week:

The Donut Trap – Julie Tieu

Wait, didn’t I just read a doughnut-related romance novel not too long ago? Oh well..

This Poison Heart – Kalynn Bayron

I’ve had my eye on this stunning cover for a while now!

The Noh Family – Grace K. Shim

Very K-drama vibes from this one.

While I was Away – Waka T Brown

A middle grade memoir set in the 1980s about a young girl sent to Japan to live with her grandmother for a few months to learn Japanese.

Library Loot (July 20 to July 26)

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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! What did you get from your library this week? Link up or comment below.

What I got from the library this week:

Kamila Knows Best – Farah Heron

I enjoyed Heron’s Accidentally Engaged, so thought this will hopefully be a fun read. I didn’t realise until now that it’s a retelling of Emma, set in Bollywood!

The Dog Who Dared to Dream – Sun Mi Huang

This is by the author of The Hen Who Dreamed She Could Fly.

Skinship – Yoon Choi

A book I randomly grabbed off the shelves. This is a collection of short stories about Korean Americans.

Swimming Back to Trout River – Linda Rui Feng

A ten-year-old girl brought up in China by her grandparents is sent to the US where her parents live.

A Map To The Sun – Sloane Leong

I was attracted by the beautiful cover! It’s a story about friendship, basketball, and high school.

Library Loot (July 13 to 19)

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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:

Zachary Ying and the Dragon Emperor – Xiran Jay Zhao

The author wrote the fun YA fantasy book Iron Widow (my thoughts). This is middle grade fiction.

Private Label – Kelly Yang

Yang is known for her middle grade books including Front Desk. This is her first YA book.

The Book of Eels – Patrik Svensson

I read a few pages of this book’s sample and was fascinated. Also, I don’t think I can eat unagi again. And actually, that’s fine by me.

Library Loot (July 6 to 12)

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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.

Hi and happy Wednesday! What did you get from your library this week? Link-up or comment below.

What I got from the library this week:

Seoulmates – Jen Frederick

This is the second book in the series about a Korean-American adoptee who travels to South Korea to find her birth mother.

Green Lantern: Legacy – Minh Le and Andie Tong

I don’t really know about Green Lantern and was surprised to come across this comic in the ebook catalogue.

The Jazz Palace – Mary Morris

A book set in 1920s Chicago and about jazz! Sounds fun.

I Guess I Live Here Now – Claire Ahn

This hold came in, and I guess I now have two books set in Seoul for this week’s library loot!

Boyfriend Material – Alexis Hall

I recently enjoyed Hall’s Rosaline Palmer Takes the Cake and wanted to see what other book the author has written.

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!