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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.

Sharlene has the Mr Linky 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.

Goblin Hill by Essie Summers – I have literally no idea what most Essie Summers books are about when I beg the ILL folks to track them down for me (New Zealand!  Romance!  This is generally enough) but that’s okay because 90% of them are all the same story, just with minor variations!  This definitely sounds like one of the 90%: On the death of her parents, Faith discovered that she was not their real daughter at all, but adopted, and her real parents were still alive. Her father was now in New Zealand, and Faith could not rest until she had gone in search of him. Yet Gareth Morgan, her father’s grim stepson, could not forget the old family scandal that had almost ruined his own parents’ life – and he could not forgive Faith for it either.

A White Bird Flying by Bess Streeter Aldrich – I read and enjoyed A Lantern in Her Hand for the first time this year and was intrigued to discover it had a sequel.

We Don’t Know Ourselves by Fintan O’Toole – a personal history of modern Ireland

Free by Lea Ypi – I read this memoir about growing up in Albania in the 1980s and 1990s as soon as I picked it up on the weekend and it’s excellent.  The writing is very good (as you’d expect from a professor at LSE) and it was fascinating to hear about life during and after communism in a country I know far too little about.

The Authority Gap by Mary Ann Stieghart – Wonderful look at how and why women are taken less seriously than men and what can be done about it.  Just as enraging as it is informative, I wish I could press copies of this onto everyone I know (certainly most of the men – for the women there won’t be many surprises, but lots of validation).

And then a lot of books that make it look like I’m planning a trip to Europe.  I am!  I have even booked it!  Except I am going to Northern Italy.  But trip planning is so much fun that I thought I’d get started on planning future travels and France is a lovely large country that I’ve visited far too little.  One More Croissant for the Road by Felicity Cloake is a favourite and I dived right into rereading it while I’m enjoying flipping through the rest.

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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.

Bachelors Galore and To Bring You Joy by Essie Summers – after a lull, the ILL system is again feeding my great appetite for Essie Summers novels.  These travelled over 1,100 kilometers to make it to me!

The Queen of Everything by Deb Caletti – I first heard about Caletti earlier this year, thanks to Nancy Pearl’s Book Crush, and am enjoying sampling her work.

Dedicated by Pete Davis – this came out last spring but I saw it mentioned recently and was intrigued. Davis makes a case for why it is more rewarding and fulfilling to commit to things (and people) rather than keep your options open.  Perhaps a case of preaching to the choir, but that’s always satisfying.

Dark, Salt, Clear by Lamorna Ash – I’ve borrowed this look at life in a Cornish fishing village before (back in 2020 when it was released to widespread praise) but didn’t manage to read it.  Hoping to remedy that this time!

The No-Show by Beth O’Leary – O’Leary is a bit hit-or-miss for me but I thought I’d try her newest release.

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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.

Sharlene has the link this week.

Again, Rachel by Marian Keyes – a new release from Keyes is always exciting but the fact that this is a sequel to 1998’s Rachel’s Holiday (one of the greatest uses of an unreliable narrator I’ve ever read) only amped up the excitement.  I put down everything else when this came in on Thursday and sped through it.

Sea State by Tabitha Lasley – a messy-sounding memoir about life on a North Sea oil rig.

Reputation by Lex Croucher – Sarra Manning was very enthusiastic about this Regency novel with modern sensibilities (“think Bridgerton meets Fleabag”) when it was released in the UK last year so I thought I’d give it a try.

A couple of DVDs this week as well: I’ve been looking forward to the Czech film Charlatan and picked up Der Rosenkavalier on a whim.  I reread A Song for Summer by Eva Ibbotson over the weekend and, inevitably, all its mentions of the Strauss opera had me wanted to listen to it again.  My usual reaction is to borrow CDs so I thought I’d vary it up this time.

Which Way is Home? by Maria Kiely – Constance included this children’s book about a family fleeing Czechoslovakia in 1948 in her March reading round up and it immediately caught my eye.  How had I missed it before?!?  I am always interested in anything Czech-related and while my mother left in 1968, several family members were part of the 1948 exodus.

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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.

Lessons in Chemistry by Bonnie Garmus – I’ve just started this new release and am loving it!

Chemist Elizabeth Zott is not your average woman. In fact, Elizabeth Zott would be the first to point out that there is no such thing as an average woman. But it’s the early 1960s and her all-male team at Hastings Research Institute takes a very unscientific view of equality. Except for one: Calvin Evans; the lonely, brilliant, Nobel–prize nominated grudge-holder who falls in love with—of all things—her mind. True chemistry results. 
 
But like science, life is unpredictable. Which is why a few years later Elizabeth Zott finds herself not only a single mother, but the reluctant star of America’s most beloved cooking show Supper at Six. Elizabeth’s unusual approach to cooking (“combine one tablespoon acetic acid with a pinch of sodium chloride”) proves revolutionary. But as her following grows, not everyone is happy. Because as it turns out, Elizabeth Zott isn’t just teaching women to cook. She’s daring them to change the status quo.

French Braid by Anne Tyler – a new release from Tyler about a Baltimore family from the 1950s to the present.

Wild Child by Patrick Barkham – I was intrigued by the Guardian’s review of this back in May 2020 and have finally got my hands on a copy!

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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.

Banner in the Sky by James Ramsey Ullman – Cheating a bit by getting this pick in early for the 1954 Club in April.

Losing Eden by Lucy Jones – a look at how important access to nature is for well-being.

The Transit of Venus by Shirley Hazzard – Hazzard’s The Great Fire was my favourite book of 2021 but I’ve heard from others that this novel about two Australian sisters, published in 1980, is their favourite so my expectations are raised!

In Kiltumper by Niall Williams with Christine Breen – a chronicle of a year in Williams and Breen’s Irish garden.  I know Williams is a wonderful writer (if you haven’t read This is Happiness yet, get on it!) and I do love anything about gardens.

The Sea Gulls Woke Me by Mary Stolz – I was flipping through Nancy Pearl’s Book Crush a few months ago and couldn’t resist the section on nostalgic teen novels from the 1950s and 1960s.  There are a few Stolz titles mentioned and I was able to easily track down this one about timid Jean who blossoms during a summer in Maine.

The Long Walk by Slavomir Rawicz – this adventure tale, about a Polish officer’s escape from a Soviet gulag during WWII and journey on foot from Siberia to India, has been on my TBR list for years.  The truth of it has been contested but a gripping adventure is just as fun if fictional.

Ghost Forest by Pik-Shuen Fung – Sharlene just reviewed this and I’m taking her advice to read it slowly. The author went to my school and the story, told in vignettes, is about a young woman who grew up in Vancouver with an “astronaut” father who remained in Hong Kong (a very common arrangement here).

Where We Swim by Ingrid Horrocks – I’m a sucker for any book about swimming.

All My Rage by Sabaa Tahir – extraordinarily good (in the running for my top books of the year) YA novel about two Pakistani-American teens struggling in a dead-end Californian town.

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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.

Kamila Knows Best by Farah Heron – a modern retelling of Emma and by a Canadian author no less?  No surprise I’ve been waiting for this release for a while.

Jameela Green Ruins Everything by Zarqa Nawaz – another anticipated release from another Canadian.  First time novelist (but excellent memoirist and television writer) Nawaz gives us “a hilarious black comedy about the price of success, and a biting look at what has gone wrong with American foreign policy in the Middle East”.

Under the Whispering Door by TJ Klune – I finally read The House in the Cerulean Sea and was happy to find this tale of finding family and love after death just as sweet and warm.

Whistle and I’ll Come to You by Agnes Sligh Turnbull – I’ve had one success with Turnbull and one failure.  Here’s hoping this lands somewhere in between!

Out of the Rain by Elizabeth Cadell – I went through a Cadell kick a few years ago but hadn’t read this light romance about a lawyer and a young widow before.

A Strange Enchantment by Mabel Esther Allan – For such a prolific author, it’s surprisingly hard to track down Allan’s books through ILL here.  This slim children’s novel looks at a young woman’s experiences when she joins the Women’s Land Army during WWII.

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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.

The weather here has been distractingly beautiful lately and I’m having trouble settling down to other books after rereading The Shadowy Horses by Susanna Kearsley (as predicted, after reading A Desperate Fortune the only thing that would do was more Kearsley), so, basically, I’ve given up reading.  Let’s see if any of these can tempt me back into my regular habits.

Five Red Herrings and Have His Carcase by Dorothy L. Sayers – Looking back on my reading logs, I seem to make a habit of rereading Sayers in February.  This year looks to be no exception.

Love in the Time of Bertie by Alexander McCall Smith – the most recent installment in the 44 Scotland Street series is either a really good, comforting thing to slip into during a reading drought or so mild it will drive me up the wall.  We shall see!

The Golden Maze by Richard Fidler – an Australian broadcaster’s “biography” of Prague.

Graduates in Wonderland by Jessica Pan and Rachel Kapelke-Dale – an epistolary memoir between two friends who found themselves on different continents after graduation but determined to stay in touch.

Huda F Are You? by Huda Fahmy – a cute graphic memoir aimed at the YA market about Fahmy’s experiences during high school.  This came in over the weekend and I read it quickly and with pleasure.  If you haven’t tried her already, her other books are also great!

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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.

For the first time in a few years, I visited the university libraries over the weekend.  My library is absurdly well-stocked and, as we know, I love the inter-library loan system but there’s nothing quite like browsing through unfamiliar shelves.  Many, many shelves.  There are multiple libraries at UBC and I only visited two of them, sampling the education library for the first time, which has a fantastic selection of children’s and young adult books.  I will definitely be back!

A City of Bells by Elizabeth Goudge – Taking advantage of the university library to try this much-loved novel from Goudge, the first in her Cathedral trilogy.

The Silent Stars Go By by Sally Nicholls – I have been waiting patiently for this 2020 release to be old enough for me to request it via ILL (you can’t request books published this year or last year).  So at the start of January I placed my request and am delighted to finally have my hands on this YA novel that landed on so many Best Of lists.

A Place to Hang the Moon by Kate Albus – I feel like I’ve been in the hold queue forever for this children’s novel about siblings evacuated from London during WWII and fighting to stay together.

Love and Saffron by Kim Fay – a brand new (released yesterday) epistolary novel about food, friendship, and love.  Sarra Manning featured it in her list of top February new releases.

The Deadly Hours – I reread A Desperate Fortune by Susanna Kearsley over the weekend and was left in my usual position after finishing one of her books of not feeling like anything else was good enough to pick up next.  This collection of linked novellas kicks off with a story by Kearsley so seemed an obvious pick and – as I just discovered when I started reading it at lunch yesterday – the novella is a sequel to A Desperate Fortune.  HOW DID I NOT KNOW THIS?!?!?

Squashed by Joan Bauer, Wild Roses by Deb Caletti, and A Lantern in Her Hands by Bess Streeter Aldrich – a trio of young adult novels all recommended by Nancy Pearl.  I’ve already sped through the delightful Squashed, about a teenager who is very dedicated to growing a gigantic pumpkin, and Wild Roses, where a Seattle-area teen struggles as her musician stepfather becomes increasingly unhinged.

Prague Pictures by John Banville – a very subjective and personal portrait by the Irish novelist of one of his (and my) favourite cities.

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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.

Cruel Acts and The Cutting Place by Jane Casey – to no one’s surprise, my library adventures were focused on finishing off Casey’s Maeve Kerrigan crime series.  I grabbed these on Saturday and was done the series by Sunday evening.  Now it’s a long wait until February 2023 for book 10

The Killing Kind by Jane Casey – where to go when a series is done?  Onto this much-praised stand alone

Factory Summers by Guy Delisle – I’ve enjoyed all of Delisle’s books, whether they be about parenting adventures or his time in China, Israel, Burma, or North Korea.  Here he looks back on his teen years and a summer job at the local paper mill.

Tango Lessons by Meghan Flaherty – I’ve borrowed this memoir – about a young woman taking up tango and moving on from past trauma – before and am hoping this will finally be the time I read it!

The Island Home by Libby Page – I loved Page’s debut novel, The Lido, about loneliness and the power of community and she returns to these themes again in this story set on small Scottish island.

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