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badge-4Library 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 a week for books!  I had so many exciting e-holds come in all at once, several of them brand new releases.  I’ve got some holiday time coming up which, given our current circumstances, won’t be spent spectacularly but it will give me lots more time for reading all of these.

The Beauty of Your Face by Sahar Mustafah – Sharlene featured this in her Spring TBR post back in March and it immediately caught my eye.  (Book Depository)

Lady in Waiting by Anne Glenconner – This memoir from one of Princess Margaret’s ladies-in-waiting looks fun and light and altogether like the perfect distraction. (Book Depository)

I’d Give Anything by Marisa de los Santos – I only discovered Marisa de los Santos last year but, after falling in love immediately with Love Walked In, I quickly read all of her adult books and adored them.  I can’t wait to read this new release. (Book Depository)

The Glass Hotel by Emily St. John Mandel – Like everyone in the world, I loved Station Eleven so have been looking forward to seeing what Mandel would do next.  This sounds far more mystery/thriller-like than my usual fare but that should make it perfect for vacation reading. (Book Depository)

Star-Crossed by Minnie Darke – I will usually run in the opposite direction of anything featuring astrology (which is apparently now cool?  Am I oblivious to yet another key hipster millenial experience?) but this romcom sounds cute and the first chapter is definitely promising.  I’m counting on it to balance out The Glass Hotel (Book Depository)

Real Men Knit by Kwana Jackson – I saw this in NPR’s May round-up and thought it sounded cute (Book Depository)

This is Happiness by Niall Williams – The FT review of this last autumn was so enthusiastic that I immediately placed a hold.  And then I had to jump into an entirely new hold queue for the e-book but such is life right now. (Book Depository)

Humankind by Rutger Bregman –  This was just published on Tuesday so I’m delighted to have my hands on it already.  Bregman’s thesis is that people are essentially good, which is a hopeful message that I’m more than willing to accept – especially this week.  For bonus reading, the FT had an interesting lunch interview with him in the weekend edition.  (Book Depository)

Leave Only Footprints by Conor Knighton – With limited horizons, I’m even more on the lookout for travel memoirs than usual and this chronicle of Knighton’s visits to every American national park looks ideal for me.  (Book Depository)

What are you reading this week?

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badge-4Library 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.

I have discovered the only thing more frustrating that the library being closed: the library being closed when it is allowed to be open.  We are slowly figuring out what the “new normal” looks like here and as of this week a number of things are allow to reopen albeit in very new forms, including libraries.  My library system is (slowly, wisely, frustratingly) taking its time to figure out how to do this.  We know they’re planning to offer a takeout model at select branches but neither the timeline nor the branches have been announced yet so for now it’s status quo.  But there is the promise of new books at some point in the nearish future!  For now, I’m still checking out lots of ebook and working my way through the stack of physical books I borrowed at the beginning of March.

Redhead by the Side of the Road by Anne Tyler – I wasn’t going to miss Tyler’s new release!  (Book Depository)

Man at the Helm by Nina Stibbe – In my whirlwind March stock up, I grabbed Reasons to Be Cheerful by Stibbe without realising it was the third in a series.  Very happy now to have gotten my hands on the first book. (Book Depository)

Thorn by Intisar Khannani – I spotted this on a list of Ramadan reading recommendations on Twitter and finding out it was a retelling of the Goose Girl fairy tale cinched it for me.  I cannot resist anything based on fairy tales.  (Book Depository)

I’ve been spending a LOT of time out walking (even more than my usual ridiculous amount) and while morning birdsong is lovely, mid-day crow sounds are not so I’ve been drowning them out with audiobooks.  Right now I’m listening to Children of Earth and Sky by Guy Gavriel Kay, which you may recall I adored when I read it a few years ago.

What are you reading this week?

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