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.

Sea of Tranquility by Emily St John Mandel

I guess 5-hour airplane rides are good for reading books. I finished Sea of Tranquility by Emily St John Mandel and was rather impressed by it, although her previous book The Glass Hotel didn’t quite do it for me. 

But this time travel pandemic novel really just held on to me and wouldn’t let go. Maybe it was me sitting in an airplane wearing a mask and on the other side of the aisle, the man and his teenaged son were maskless, like maybe about half of the other passengers. 

We had traveled to Hawaii when masks were required on airplanes. And flew out of Big Island with most people not wearing masks. We’re still in the midst of this thing, are we not? 

This passage in the book especially made me sit up and reread it: 

“Pandemics don’t approach like wars, with the distant thud of artillery growing louder every day and flashes of bombs on the horizon. They arrive in retrospect, essentially. It’s disorientating. The pandemic is far away and then it’s all around you, with seemingly no intermediate step.”

I don’t want to give you a synopsis of the story. I went into it not really knowing much about it. And I think that’s the best way of reading this book. Pull on your mask and plunge in. 

Library Loot (April 20 to 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 Library Loot day!

Claire has the link-up this week.

What I got from the library this week:

Portrait of a Thief – Grace D. Li

This book is inspired by the true story of Chinese art vanishing from Western museums.

Spilt Milk – Chico Buarque

For the Storygraph Reads the World challenge – book set in Brazil.

Library Loot (April 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 Library Loot Day!

What did you get from your library this week? Use the linky or let us know in the comments below.

I got some fun reads this week. The kids are on spring break next week so light reads for me!

What I got from the library this week:

To Love and to Loathe – Martha Waters

This is the second book in the Regency Vows series. The first one, To Have and to Hoax, was a fun and charming read. Hopefully this one is too.

City of the Mind – Penelope Lively

A friend on Instagram had asked about writers similar to Elizabeth Bowen. I wasn’t entirely sure but suggested Penelope Lively’s books. This is one of hers that I’ve not read yet. It’s about an architect living in London and the relationships he has.

The Love Con – Seressia Glass

Cosplay reality show competition! Fake relationship trope! Sounds delightfully nerdy and fun.

Sea of Tranquility – Emily St John Mandel

My hold on this book came in. I’m not entirely sure what this book is about, but the synopsis promises a “novel of art, time, love, and plague that takes the reader from Vancouver Island in 1912 to a dark colony on the moon three hundred years later, unfurling a story of humanity across centuries and space”.

While Justice Sleeps – Stacey Abrams

My pick for “Read a political thriller by a marginalized author (BIPOC, or LGBTQIA+)” in the Book Riot reading challenge

Library Loot (April 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.

Happy Library Loot Day! Claire has the link-up this week.

One of the display cases at the library featured a quilt guild and some quilts that they’ve made. I especially like that yellow, black, and white one in the top photo.

What I got from the library this week:

Last Night at the Telegraph Club – Malinda Lo

This ebook hold came in! I’m quite looking forward to this one. It’s set in San Francisco’s Chinatown in the 1950s.

My Friend Anna – Rachel DeLoache Williams

I’ve no plans to watch Inventing Anna on Netflix, especially after reading this book! (Yes, I just borrowed it, and then promptly finished reading it that very day). This is a story written by a victim of the fraudster.

The Hawthorne Legacy – Jennifer Lynn Barnes

I had fun reading the first book in the series, The Inheritance Games, and immediately downloaded this ebook after I was done. Isn’t that the best thing about ebooks?

Ballgowns & Butterflies – Kelley Armstrong

This holiday novella is connected to the A Stitch in Time series.

The kids’ Library Loot: