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:

Library Loot (March 31 to April 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 Library Loot Day! What did you get from the library this week? Link up or comment below.

What I got from the library this week:

What Storm, What Thunder – Myriam J.A. Chancy

A 7.0 earthquake hits Haiti. This book follows several different characters and how their lives are affected.

The Cartographers – Peng Shepherd

So this cover makes me think of Interstellar, one of my favourite movies. And that scene where Matthew McConaughey’s character Cooper is “within” the bookshelves, or rather in a tesseract (I think?). In terms of the book, I have no idea what it’s about and I’d prefer to keep it that way!

Klara and the Sun – Kazuo Ishiguro

I decided that I would finally give this a read! I’ve enjoyed Ishiguro’s work but I wasn’t sure about this story about an AI. So hopefully it’s a good read.

A Lot Like Adios – Alexis Daria

I enjoyed You Had Me At Hola, so I’m looking forward to this one.

Library Loot (March 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 Library Loot Day! I somehow managed to download a lot of ebooks this week….hopefully I’ll be able to get to all of them!

Claire has the link-up this week.

What I got from the library this week:

The Tourist Attraction – Sarah Morgenthaler

This sounds like a cute read set in Alaska.

Hide and Geek – T.P. Jagger

The geeks are Gina, Edgar, Elena, and Kevin, and they live in the hometown of a famous toymaker who passed away a long time ago. The toy factory is now on the brink of closing and the Geeks have to figure out one last puzzle left by the toymaker to save their town.

Ocean Light – Nalini Singh

I really liked Silver Silence when I read it last year. This is the second book in the series.

Donut Fall in Love – Jackie Lau

A romance between a baker and an actor? Plus she’s half-Asian and he’s Asian? Yes please.

The Inheritance Games – Jennifer Lynn Barnes

A billionaire leaves his fortune to a high schooler who has no idea who he is. To get the inheritance, she has to move into this mansion that’s full of secret passages, puzzles, and codes. Sounds promising? I don’t really know why I kept seeing this book around… so I figure I should download it.

Falling Short – Ernesto Cisneros

A middle-grade book about two friends in sixth grade. I’m really reading this to see if I could entice my 10yo to read it.

Library Loot (March 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 Library Loot day!

What I got from the library this week:

A Lab of One’s Own: One Woman’s Personal Journey Through Sexism in Science – Rita Colwell (audiobook)

I happened to find this while browsing the audiobook library catalogue. Colwell is the first female director of the National Science Foundation and an environmental microbiologist.

The Orphanage – Serhiy Zhadan, translated from the Ukrainian by Reilly Costigan-Humes and Isaac Stackhouse Wheeler 

This book was first published in 2017, but it sounds very much like what’s happening today. A teacher sets out for an orphanage to find his nephew. The orphanage is in occupied territory and it’s a dangerous journey through combat zones.

The Old Woman with the Knife – Gu Byeong-mo

A story about a 65yo female assassin! I think we need more books with female main characters who are 50+.

Everyone Knows Your Mother is a Witch – Rivka Galchen

I haven’t exactly had the best track record reading Galchen’s books. But this one sounds interesting? I think? It’s set in 1618, and the plague is beginning to spread. A woman is accused of making someone ill with a drink. It’s based on real historical documents too.

Library Loot (March 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! Claire has the link-up this week.

What I got from the library this week:

I got some physical books this week!

Grass – Keum Suk Gendry-Kim, translated from the Korean by Janet Hong

This is a graphic novel about a Korean girl forced into sexual slavery during WWII.

The Waiting – Keum Suk Gendry-Kim, translated from the Korean by Janet Hong

This is the follow-up to Grass

Bluebeard’s First Wife – Ha Seong-nan

A collection of short stories by a Korean writer.

The Turning Pointe – Vanessa L Torres

I adore books about ballet and this one looks fun.

Dept H Omnibus vol 1 – Matt Kindt

An undersea sci-fi mystery comic!

The Final Revival of Opal & New – Dawnie Walton

At first I thought this was a 2022 release but it turns out that it was published last year. I haven’t heard much about this but I love stories about musicians.

Kids’ Loot:

Library Loot (March 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.

What I got from the library this week:

Ghost Forest – Pik-Shuen Fung

This book about an “astronaut” father sounded interesting – the father stays in Hong Kong for work while the family migrates to Canada.

Almond – Sohn Won-pyung

Yunjae was born with a brain condition called Alexithymia that makes it hard for him to feel emotions like fear or anger. This book is translated from Korean.

A Stitch in Time – Kelley Armstrong

A time-traveling romance set in a haunted house? Sounds fun. Looks like there are a few books in this series, with the third one to come out later this year.

Library Loot (February 23 to March 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 I got from the library this week:

Bitter – Akwaeke Emezi

Well, I put this on hold the moment I saw this pop up on my library’s ebook catalogue. This is the prequel (or #0.5) to Pet, which was a great read.

Bourdain – Laurie Woolever

91 people provide some insights into Bourdain’s life.

Fiona and Jane – Jean Chen Ho

Stories about the lives of two Taiwanese American women.

The Return – Hisham Matar

I saw this on Maphead’s blog last week and hey, my library actually had the ebook. So I borrowed it.

Library Loot (February 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 Library Loot Day!

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

I grabbed a few books from new-to-me authors this week. Have you read any of these?

What I got from the library this week:

The Five Wounds – Kirstin Valdez Quade

I borrowed this as it’s part of the Together We Read digital book club

Getting His Game Back – Gia De Cadenet

Sounds like a different kind of romance read.

The Shimmering State – Meredith Westgate

It’s on the Tournament of Books longlist. And has an interesting storyline about an experimental memory drug