Library Reads #40

libraryrreadsLibrary Reads: I’m a huge fan of libraries. I tend to visit the library quite often, and I even come across great finds. These Library Reads’ posts are where I write a tad about the books I’ve borrowed.

In this post I’ll write about what I expect from this novel prior to me actually reading the story. Whether what I say is a sentence long, or a few sentences. From doing these posts I hope to spread a little of my love for libraries and the stories they can give us. 

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Hello friends! Today I’m posting about the books I’ve borrowed recently from the libraries I go to. If you’ve read any of these books I’d love to know your thoughts on them, or maybe even link your review!

There are quite a few books in this post that I am 100% looking forward to reading. I’ve been in a Fantasy and Mystery binge lately, so if you have any recommendations hand ’em over! I love getting book recommendations.

The following books are the ones I’ve borrowed around the time of late July to the end of August.

This time around I’ve borrowed 12 books and even more manga!

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The Battlemage (Summoner, #3) by Taran Matharu

The library has had The Battlemage for a while, but since I wanted to put some time in between I reviewed the second book in the Summoner trilogy, and The Battlemage, I decided to hold off on reading The Battlemage. I’m looking forward to reading the last book in the original trilogy though.

City of Lies by Sam Hawke

I underestimated how big City of Lies was. I thought that CoL would be around 3oo pages, maybe? Instead City of Lies is 560 pages. Which is such a handful to be honest, haha! I’m looking forward to reading City of Lies though just because the story line seems to be pretty interesting and CoL is a Fantasy, so yay! (Returned, DNF)

The Loose Ends List by Carrie Firestone

What drew me to The Loose Ends List was the cover. It’s watercolour and oh-so-pretty. Reading the synopsis is what made me borrow the book, however. It seems as though the main character, Maddie, has anxiety, and likes to have final, solid endings to things. Yet her grandmother drops two bomb-shells on her entire family. 1) Her grandmother is dying. 2) Gran is taking everyone on an round-the-world dream cruise. The only catch is that Maddie’s grandmother won’t be coming home with them. By the end of the cruise her grandmother will be dead.

Girl in Pieces by Kathleen Glasglow

I’m particularly interested in reading Girl in Pieces because the synopsis leads me to believe that the character, as well as the story itself, is emotional vulnerable. Charlotte has lost so much, and we’re given the basics of what she has lost in the synopsis: her dad, her best-friend, as well as her mother. What really has me intrigued enough to read the book is the last sentence in the synopsis: “It hurts enough to not care anymore, which is sometimes what has to happen before you can find your way back from the ledge.” as well as an author quote from Nicola Yoon on the back that reads: “A haunting, beautiful, and necessary book that will stay with you long after you’ve read the last page.” And I think that I really need to read Girl in Pieces ASAP! Haha.

The Memory of Light by Francisco X. Stork

It’s been a long while since I’ve heard anything of The Memory of Light. This book is another emotionally vulnerable book, which I am apparently all about these days. I don’t want to read too much of the synopsis (for now). I don’t want to spoil the book for myself!

Mirror in the Sky by Aditi Khorana

Mirror in the Sky is a book that I saw the cover of, and then just grabbed it off the shelf without reading what it was about. I figured that Mirror in the Sky was a dystopian novel, and while that proved to be wrong, I’m still looking forward to reading MitS. I wonder if it’s anything like the movie Another Earth.

The Memory Book by Lara Avery

I genuinely enjoy book covers when there’s a quote from the book on the cover, and that’s what drew me towards The Memory Book. “They say I’ll forget. I’m writing to remember.” is what’s on the cover for The Memory Book, and honestly, that’s 100% why I read the synopsis for the story. And the synopsis is still pretty interesting which is why I borrowed The Memory Book.

The Crying Rocks by Janey Taylor Lisle

The cover for The Crying Rocks is very pretty, but that’s not why I picked it up. I read more into The Crying Rocks because the title in-of-itself is intriguing, and I had an inkling that the story would align more with Indigenous Peoples of North America. And the synopsis hints at it as well. I can’t be sure though unless I read other reviews of The Crying Rocks, or until I read it myself. But there’s also talk of adoption in the synopsis as well.

Ten by Gretchen McNeil

Ten is a book that piqued my interest from the moment I saw it. And when I read the synopsis for this book and found that Ten is a YA Mystery/Thriller novel! Though to be honest, I’m not looking forward to the whole “Two days of boys, alcohol and fun filled-luxury” bit, though the sinister parts mentioned in the synopsis is what has me most interested in this story. And the fact that I’m predicting that the killer is actually Meg, but when Meg is asleep. Though I have no idea how that could/would work. #sleepmurder

I’ve actually been wanting to read McNeil’s other book Possessed, so I look forward to reading McNeil’s writing and familiarizing myself with it.

To Right the Wrongs (Erin Blake, #2) by Sheryl Scarborough

The sequel to To Catch a Killer, To Right the Wrongs is a book that I’ve been super excited about this one because the last book was honestly so great. I loved that there was fast paced action, and suspense and mystery all in one book! I also really enjoyed reading from MAIN CHARACTER’s point of view, since she’s seen as a kid who is primarily remembered as the child who survived 3 days alongside the corpse of her mother, as a baby. And then then Erin’s mothers’ killer strikes again.

I don’t want to know what is supposed to happen in To Right the Wrongs, but, I know it has something to do with finding out the truth to Erin’s age-old-question: Who is her dad? Plus the cover for the book is beautiful and autumnal and just perfect. I am SO looking forward to reading this one! Eeeeee!

Whisper of the Tide (Song of the Current, #2) by Sarah Tolcser

When I finished reading Song of the Current, I was so captivated by the story that I immediately set out to find if the library had a copy of Whisper of the Tide. I am so glad that the library had a copy, and that now for a short time it’s in my hands! I’m not going to read what the synopsis for Whisper of the Tide because I when I start reading it, I want to have no expectations whatsoever. The only knowledge I have from this world is what Song of the Current gave us.

Shifting Shadows (Mercy Thompson novellas) by Patricia Briggs

Before I found Shifting Shadows on the shelves of the library, I had decided to see if there were any Mercy Thompson novels that were on the shelves. Since I’m almost completely caught up with the MT series, I thought that re-reading one of the full novels would be a good thing to do since I honestly, and genuinely miss Mercy Thompson and her group. But! Instead I found Shifting Shadows and that’s almost as great as finding a full MT novel that I haven’t read yet. Novella’s are 0.1, 0.6, 0.8, 1.5, 4.5, 5.5, and 7.4, so there are quite a few novella’s in this one!

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Manga:

QQ Sweeper Volume 01, by Kyousuke Motomi

I have no clue as to what this is about….but I’m drawn to this manga for some reason, so I guess I’m reading it! haha

Kiss of the Rose Princess Volumes 02-09 by Aya Shouoto

I loved the first manga! So I’m super duper glad that my library has the rest of the manga as well.

Your Lie In April Volume 01 by Naoshi Arakawa

I started watching Your Lie In April, but have since NOT finished it. Though I was aware of a spoiler that will completely wreck me.

Behind the Scenes Volume 01 by Bisco Hatori

Drawn into reading this series because the creator is the same person who created Ouran High School Host Club.

Twinkle Stars 1 by Natsuki Takaya

Honestly, I thought that the cover page for Twinkle Stars was interesting so I requested it.

Kenka Bancho Otome: Love’s Battle Royale Volume 1 by Chie Shimada

I actually only found out that Kenka Bancho Otome was a manga recently, since my library only acquired KBO recently. I figured that KBO was a manga when I watched the anime, but I didn’t think too much of it at the time. I’m glad I borrowed the first volume though; I’d like to see what happens and if I missed anything from the anime.

Black Butler Volume 01, by Yana Toboso

I’ve been curious about this manga (and anime) series for a few years now but I’ve never gotten around to watching nor reading the series. So hopefully by reading this first volume I’ll want to read the next volumes. Maybe I’ll even start watching the series! What I already enjoy about this series is that it’s set in the victorian era, and there are demons abound.

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So these are the titles that I’ve borrowed recently. Have you read these books yet? I also borrowed quite a bit of manga that I am currently, very slowly, making my way through. But I’ve been having fun reading them, so that’s great!

Thank you for stopping by!

Happy Reading!
— Adele

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