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

Library Loot (February 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:

Daughter of the Moon Goddess – Sue Lynn Tan

A story inspired by Chang-e, the moon goddess. Stunning cover.

Love in the Big City – Sang Young Park (translated from Korean by Anton Hur)

Apparently, a runaway bestseller in South Korea. And here’s an article by the translator.

People From My Neighborhood – Hiromi Kawakami

This hold came in earlier last week. 26 interlinking stories about the residents.

The Red Threads of Fortune – Neon Yang

This is labelled as Tensorate #2 but both this book and The Black Tides of Heaven are described as “twin novellas” so I guess it doesn’t matter in which order that they’re read?

The kids’ loot:

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

What I got from the library this week:

Sunny Song Will Never Be Famous – Suzanne Park

A social media influencer gets sent to a digital detox (on a farm in Iowa no less). Sounds cute.

If Cats Disappeared From the World – Genki Kawamura

A dying man gets an offer from the Devil…

North Station – Bae Suah

Short stories by a Korean writer.

Sea of Stars vol 1 and 2 – Jason Aaron,  Dennis Hopeless,  Stephen Green (Illustrator)

I guess a good way of explaining this is Finding Nemo in space. A boy and his dad get separated after their spacecraft is eaten.

Library Loot (January 26 to February 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! Claire has the link-up this week.

What I got from the library this week:

Exit Strategy (Murderbot Diaries #4) – Martha Wells

Hooray! Another Murderbot read!

The Guncle – Steven Rowley

Thud! – Terry Pratchett

I picked this up for a reading challenge – book with onomatopoeia in the title

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe – Benjamin Alire Sáenz

I borrowed this as an audiobook as it’s narrated by Lin-Manuel Miranda.

The Best American Food Writing 2018 – Ruth Reichl

Some good food writing here.

Library Loot (January 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 Library Loot day! What did you get from your library? Let us know in the Linky or comment below.

What I got from the library this week:

Huda F Are You? – Huda Fahmy

A graphic novel (memoir?) about a girl who moves to town with a big Muslim population. I think I first saw this on Instagram. That title!

Fireheart Tiger – Aliette de Bodard

Well, the main reason for borrowing this one is that it has a tiger on the cover. This fulfils a task for the Popsugar Reading Challenge.

Heart and Seoul – Jen Frederick

A story about a Korean adoptee who goes to Korea to find her roots. It’s interestingly got quite a few low reviews on Goodreads. We will see!

Best Wishes – Mike Henderson

This is described as a “Woody Allen-esque tale of New York, meme madness, fame’s price, and secrets of the heart”. So I was curious!

Pros and (Comic) Cons

This is a comic anthology about the world of comic cons. Sounded fun!

Silk Vol 1 – Maurene Goo

I didn’t realise that there was a new version of Silk. And it’s written by Maurene Goo. I’ve enjoyed her YA books.

Library Loot (January 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 library loot day! Claire has the link-up this week.

So my last few Library Loot posts were really short, without any synopses. The main reason is that I was in Singapore – more on that another time. And it was hard to copy/paste using a phone or tablet. So I did super short posts. I don’t know if you guys actually read these synopses?

What I got from the library this week:

The Woman in the Purple Skirt – Natuso Imamura, translated by Lucy North

lmost every day, the Woman in the Purple Skirt buys a single cream bun and goes to the park, where she sits on a bench to eat it as the local children taunt her. She is observed at all times by the undetected narrator, the Woman in the Yellow Cardigan. From a distance the Woman in the Purple Skirt looks like a schoolgirl, but there are age spots on her face, and her hair is dry and stiff. Like the Woman in the Yellow Cardigan, she is single, she lives in a small, run-down apartment, and she is short on money. The Woman in the Yellow Cardigan lures her to a job where she herself works, as a hotel housekeeper; soon the Woman in the Purple Skirt is having an affair with the boss. Unfortunately, no one knows or cares about the Woman in the Yellow Cardigan. That’s the difference between her and the Woman in the Purple Skirt.

Studiously deadpan, highly original, and unsettling, The Woman in the Purple Skirt explores the dynamics of envy, the mechanisms of power in the workplace, and the vulnerability of unmarried women in a taut, voyeuristic narrative about the sometimes desperate desire to be seen. 

This must be fated. I was just opening my Libby app to see what other ebooks I had borrowed earlier this week… and hello, I saw the notification that my hold on this book had come in.

This Must Be The Place – Maggie O’Farrell

Daniel Sullivan, a young American professor reeling from a failed marriage and a brutal custody battle, is on holiday in Ireland when he falls in love with Claudette, a world-famous sexual icon and actress who fled fame for a reclusive life in a rural village. Together, they make an idyllic life in the country, raising two more children in blissful seclusion—until a secret from Daniel’s past threatens to destroy their meticulously constructed and fiercely protected home. What follows is a journey through Daniel’s many lives told in his voice and the voices of those who have made him the man he is: the American son and daughter he has not seen for many years; the family he has made with Claudette; and irrepressible, irreverent Claudette herself. Shot through with humor and wisdom, This Must Be the Place is a powerful rumination on the nature of identity, and the complexities of loyalty and devotion—a gripping story of an extraordinary family and an extraordinary love. 

Three Bedrooms in Manhattan – Georges Simenon

Two people who didn’t know each other and who had come together by a miracle in the great city, and who now clung desperately to each other, as if already they felt a chilly solitude settling in. A divorced actor and a lonely woman, both adrift in New York, meet by chance in an all-night diner.

It is the start of something, though neither is sure what.

As they move through neon-lit streets, bars, rented rooms and cheap motels, these two lost souls struggle to understand what it is that has brought them, in spite of themselves, inexorably together. 

Library Loot (January 5 to 11, 2022)

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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 New Year! And here’s to a brand new year of borrowing books from the library.

New year, new reading challenges! I hopefully will put up a proper post about challenges soon. In the meantime, I’ve picked up some library books that fit some challenge topics

What I got from the library this week:

Weather – Jenny Offill (for Book Riot – Read any book from the Women’s Prize shortlist/longlist/winner list)

If Beale Street Could Talk – James Baldwin (I’m trying again to read a classic a month)

XOXO – Axie Oh

Himawari House – Harmony Becker

The Backups – Alex de Campi