Library Loot (November 30 to December 6)

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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?

Claire has the link-up this week.

What I got from the library this week:

The Dark Matter of Mona Starr – Laura Lee Gulledge

A YA graphic novel about a teen’s struggle with depression.

We Were Dreamers – Simu Liu (audiobook)

My hold for this audiobook finally came in! In case Liu is unfamiliar to you, he starred as the Marvel superhero Shang-Chi.

Dreamsnake – Vonda McIntyre

I first read this maybe 10 years ago? And I’m rereading it for a reading challenge – Read an award-winning book from the year you were born.

Library Loot (November 23 to 29)

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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 Many Daughters of Afong Moy – Jamie Ford

From Bad to Cursed – Lana Harper (this is what happens when I take the younger son with me to the library – the older boy is at science camp. He gave me three minutes upstairs to check out the new adult fiction, and picked out this book for me).

Below Zero – Ali Hazelwood

A cute romcom novella set in the Arctic, featuring scientists of course.

Remarkably Bright Creatures – Shelby Van Pelt

A story about a widow who works the night shift at an aquarium, where she befriends an octopus. While I get the first cover with the octopus, I’m curious about the second cover. Why has the cover designer of the Bloomsbury edition completely avoided the octopus and gone with what looks like a wooden horse?

Hunt the Stars – Jessie Mihalik

Sounds like it’s a sci-fi romance of sorts that has an enemy to lovers trope. Not necessarily something I’m tending towards but who knows?

Savor – Fatima Ali

If you’ve watched Top Chef, you might know of Fatima Ali, who was on season 15. She was one of my favourites of that season! Sadly, she died a couple of years ago of cancer at the age of 29. She wrote about her diagnosis in this essay for Bon Appetit.

Library Loot (November 16 to 22)

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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:

Buzz, Sting, Bite: Why We Need Insects – Anne Sverdrup-Thygeson

Well, it’s Nonfiction November after all, so why not another nonfiction audiobook.

Food IQ – Daniel Holzman, Matt Rodbard

I just liked the cover, which made me think of the Netflix food series, The Chef Show, starring Roy Choi and Jon Favreau.

Dopesick – Beth Macy

I started reading a sample of the book and was drawn into the first chapter, which talks about a dealer in Virginia.

The Smell of Other People’s Houses – Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock

I came across this on a list on Libby, and was attracted to its setting – Alaska.

Library Loot (November 9 to 15)

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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.

What I got from the library this week:

Fish Swimming in Dappled Sunlight – Riku Onda

Onda also wrote The Aosawa Murders. This story is told over one night in Tokyo.

Wash Day Diaries – Jamila Rowser

I love how the synopsis describes this comic as a “loving tribute to Black joy and the resilience of Black women”.

These Impossible Things – Salma El-Wardany

A coming-of-age story of three Muslim women as their university years come to an end.

Made in China – Anna Qu

I borrowed this as an audiobook. The author was made to work in a sweatshop in New York when she was a young girl. The interesting thing is that the sweatshop is owned by her mother and stepfather.

Kids’ loot:

Library Loot (November 2 to 8)

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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?

Claire has the link-up this week.

What I got from the library this week:

The Golden Enclaves – Naomi Novik

After devouring the first two books of this series recently, I was glad to learn that I wouldn’t have to wait long for the third book. And finally got my hold in!

The Book Eaters – Sunyi Dean

Another hold came in! This one’s as it’s title goes – about a clan of people who eat books.

Messy Roots – Laura Gao

A graphic memoir about a Chinese -American immigrant

Library Loot (October 26 to November 1)

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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:

I picked up e-comics – volumes 1 to 5 of The Mighty Thor

The Thursday Murder Club – Richard Oseman

Four retired friends meet up to solve mysteries. Sounds fun.

Leech – Hiron Ennes

I’m not sure what to call this, medical horror? Medical sci-fi horror? Whatever it is, it sounds delightfully weird.

The Eagle with no Claws – Christian Lax

A comic about a man and his passion for Tour de France.

Library Loot (October 19 to 25)

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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?

Claire has the link-up this week.

What I got from the library this week:

If You Could See the Sun – Ann Liang

A story set in a Beijing boarding school. Alice Sun is the only scholarship student in this elite school and she somehow can turn invisible.

I Want to Die but I want to Eat Tteokbokki – Baek Sehee (translated from the Korean by Anton Hur)

I saw this book at different bookstores in Singapore when I was back in the summer, and it was a rather curious title, so I wanted to borrow it. It’s not exactly my typical read, especially as the description includes this “part memoir, part self-help book”. And I steer far away from anything that resembles self-help, but we will see…

Back to the Garden – Laurie R King

This is a standalone book from King, about a mansion and its secrets after a skull is found during restoration work.

Library Loot (October 12 to 18)

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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.

What I got from the library this week:

Rainbow Rainbow: Stories – Lydia Conklin

In this delightful debut collection of prize-winning stories, queer, gender-nonconforming, and trans characters struggle to find love and forgiveness, despite their sometimes comic, sometimes tragic mistakes.

Gods of Want: Stories – K-Ming Chang

Startling stories that center the bodies, memories, myths, and relationships of Asian American women, from the National Book Award “5 Under 35” honoree and author of Bestiary

The American Roommate Experiment – Elena Armas

First line:

Someone was trying to break into my apartment.

Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow – Gabrielle Zevin

First line:

Before Mazer invented himself as Mazer, he was Samson Mazer and before he was Samson Mazer, he was Samson Masur – a change of two letters that transformed him from a nice ostensibly Jewish boy to a Professional Builder of Worlds – and for most of his youth, he was Sam, S.A.M. on the hall of fame of his grandfather’s Donkey Kong machine, but mainly Sam.

Kids’ library loot:

Library Loot (October 5 to 11)

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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?

Claire has the link-up this week.

What I got from the library this week:

Drunk on Love – Jasmine Guillory

I always look forward to a new book by Jasmine Guillory!

Loveless – Alice Oseman

Loved Oseman’s Heartstopper series. This one’s about Georgia, who’s never been in love.

The Fortunes of Jaded Women – Carolyn Huynh

First line: “Everyone in Orange County’s Little Saigon knew the Duong sisters were cursed.”

Otto – Jon Agee

Borrowed this graphic novel for a reading challenge –  A book with a palindromic title.

Library Loot (September 28 to October 4)

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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 Fervor – Alma Katsu (audiobook)

I’m a fan of Katsu’s books, which are kinda like horror mixed with historical fiction. This one is set in a Japanese internment camp.

Counterfeit – Kirstin Chen

Two Asian American women band together to grow a counterfeit handbag scheme into a global enterprise. Interestingly, I had recently read in a Singapore newspaper that police reports had been made against a luxury handbag reseller that was collecting money from customers but not handing over the bags.

Finlay Donovan is Killing It – Elle Cosimano

A struggling writer is overheard discussing her plot and is mistaken for a contract killer. This is one mystery that definitely sounds fun.