My Latest Library Book Haul

I love the library so much, my local library staff are just wonderful and I’ve actually been going to the same library for about 20 years so they’ve known me since I checked out 95% of the books in the children’s section (told you I’ve always been a bookworm).

I went through a phase where I just purchased all of my books through Amazon (what was I thinking?!), I have no idea how or why I didn’t reconnect with the library sooner. I think it was because I didn’t think they would have the newer or more popular books that I was interested in, but how wrong I was! These days, they near enough always have the latest releases available and even when the waiting lists are long, I never mind waiting because there are so many books on my TBR list that I have to get through! I also love that I’m supporting my community because the library is so important for people who can’t afford to buy books or their own computers – there are so many ways that libraries help people.

During the last lockdown, unfortunately the libraries were closed so I was overjoyed to learn that this time around they will be staying open for click and collect services *HURRAH*! Because I wasn’t sure if they were going to be open or not, a few days before Boris’s announcement, I visited the library and checked out as many books as I could carry (my arms were aching, no joke).

Here are some I picked up:

The Rumour by Lesley Kara

I’ve had this one on my list for a while now (my full TBR list is crazy long), it just sounds really interesting. I’ve also heard great things about the author so I’m intrigued as to whether I’ll enjoy the writing.

When single mum Joanna shares a rumour at the school gates – desperate to ingratiate herself with the clique of mothers at her son’s new school – there is no going back…

Rumour has it that a notorious child killer is living under a new identity, in their sleepy little town of Flinstead-on-Sea. Sally McGowan was just ten when she stabbed little Robbie Harris to death over 47 years ago – no photos of her exist since her release as a young woman.

So who is the supposedly reformed killer who now lives amongst them? How dangerous can one rumour become? And how far will Joanna go to protect her loved ones from harm, when she realizes what it is she’s unleashed?

How Do You Like Me Now? by Holly Bourne

I’m excited to read this one, I’ve heard great things about Bourne’s writing (you’ll sense a theme here), but I really like the mentions of toxic relationships, I think it’s so important for women to speak out about these issues so that we know we’re not alone.

Everyone wants to be Tori Bailey.

A straight-talking, bestselling author, she’s inspired millions of women around the world with her self-help memoir and uplifting posts online. What’s more, her perfect relationship with her long-term boyfriend is the envy of all their friends.

But Tori isn’t being honest.

While everyone around her is getting engaged and having babies, Tori’s boyfriend will barely look at her, let alone talk about marriage. And when her best friend Dee unexpectedly falls in love, suddenly Tori’s in danger of being left behind.

Tori’s built a career out of telling women how to live their best life, but is she brave enough to admit it’s not what she wants?

The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend by Katarina Bivald

I love a good-natured story and something that will make me feel so I’m looking forward to reading this when I need a break from any crime thriller books or when I just need a pick-me-up.

Sara has never left Sweden but at the age of 28 she decides it’s time. She cashes in her savings, packs a suitcase full of books and sets off for Broken Wheel, Iowa, a town where she knows nobody.

Sara quickly realises that Broken Wheel is in desperate need of some adventure, a dose of self-help and perhaps a little romance, too. In short, this is a town in need of a bookshop.

With a little help from the locals, Sara sets up Broken Wheel’s first bookstore. The shop might be a little quirky but then again, so is Sara. And as Broken Wheel’s story begins to take shape, there are some surprises in store for Sara too…

Emma by Jane Austen

It would have been so much easier if I had read this at school or college because I imagine studying it would have been fascinating, I think I read Pride and Prejudice at school which was fantastic but I’ve always wanted to read more of Austen’s work and I think Emma is a great place to start.

Although described by Jane Austen as a character ‘whom no one but myself will much like’, the irrepressible Emma Woodhouse is one of her most beloved heroines. Clever, rich and beautiful, she sees no need for marriage, but loves interfering in the romantic lives of others, until her matchmaking plans unravel, with consequences that she never expected. Jane Austen’s novel of youthful exuberance and gradual self-knowledge is a brilliant, sparkling comic masterpiece.

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

To say that you enjoy books about Nazi Germany is always a bit odd, but I find that period of time fascinating to read about. As well as that, I love books about books (sort of like Inception right?!) so I’m excited to read this one!

It is 1939. In Nazi Germany, the country is holding its breath. Death has never been busier – and will become busier still.

By her brother’s graveside, nine year old Liesel’s life is changed forever when she picks up a single object, abandoned in the snow. It is The Gravedigger’s Handbook, and this is her first act of book thievery.

So begins Liesel’s love affair with books and words, and soon she is stealing from Nazi book-burnings, the mayor’s wife’s library . . . wherever there are books to be found.

But these are dangerous times, and when Liesel’s foster family hides a Jew in their basement, nothing will ever be the same again.

Fool Me Once by Harlan Coben

I’m obsessed with Harlan Coben’s books, I’ve only read two so far and I’ve watched The Stranger and Safe on Netflix which were super gripping too. His writing is just fantastic, always leaves me wanting more (even at 3am, I can’t seem to put his books down!) so I’m hoping this book also has the magic touch. It certainly sounds right up my street…

If your husband was murdered

And you were a witness

How do you explain it when he appears on your nanny cam, back from the dead?

You thought you trusted him.

Now you can’t even trust yourself.

Any Human Heart by William Boyd

This was recommended by Dolly Alderton and Pandora Sykes’ podcast The High Low (if you don’t already listen, try one episode – they’re quite brilliant) and it was picked as both of their all-time favourite book so I thought I just had to give it a go.

Every life is both ordinary and extraordinary, but Logan Mountstuart’s – lived from the beginning to the end of the twentieth century – contains more than its fair share of both.

As a writer who finds inspiration with Hemingway in Paris and Virginia Woolf in London, as a spy recruited by Ian Fleming and betrayed in the war and as an art-dealer in ’60s New York, Logan mixes with the movers and shakers of his times. But as a son, friend, lover and husband, he makes the same mistakes we all do in our search for happiness.

Here, then, is the story of a life lived to the full – and a journey deep into a very human heart.

The Testaments by Margaret Atwood

Having devoured The Handmaid’s Tale not long ago, I desperately wanted to know what happened to Offred next so I reserved this at the library. I’ve heard mixed reviews but I’m slightly obsessed with Gilead so I’m still excited to read it.

Picking up ten years after its predecessor’s tantalisingly open-ended conclusion, The Testaments provides a new window into Atwood’s dystopian world, as seen through the eyes of three women of Gilead: a girl brought up within its confines, another on the run beyond its walls, and a woman at the very heart of the regime’s dark designs with secrets of her own. Each has a unique perspective on the world of Gilead and each will be crucial in deciding its fate.

The Familiars by Stacey Halls

I mean, this book had me right from the blurb. It’s not my usual kind of genre but it sounds so fascinating and I love stories about women by women so I can’t wait to read this one.

Fleetwood Shuttleworth is 17 years old, married, and pregnant for the fourth time. But as the mistress at Gawthorpe Hall, she still has no living child, and her husband Richard is anxious for an heir.

When Fleetwood finds a letter she isn’t supposed to read from the doctor who delivered her third stillbirth, she is dealt the crushing blow that she will not survive another pregnancy. Then she crosses paths by chance with Alice Gray, a young midwife. Alice promises to help her give birth to a healthy baby, and to prove the physician wrong.

As Alice is drawn into the witchcraft accusations that are sweeping the north-west, Fleetwood risks everything by trying to help her. But is there more to Alice than meets the eye? Soon the two women’s lives will become inextricably bound together as the legendary trial at Lancaster approaches, and Fleetwood’s stomach continues to grow. Time is running out, and both their lives are at stake. Only they know the truth. Only they can save each other.

Have you read any of these books? Let me know in the comments what you thought of them or if you’ve done any book hauls yourself recently (I’m always looking for more book recommendations!)

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2 Comments

  1. November 12, 2020 / 9:34 am

    I’ve never thought of hitting my library for books more more, that’s a great idea! The Book Thief is a book I’ve always wanted to read after watching the film. I also read Margaret Atwoods The Bloody Chamber in 6th form and it’s put me off The Testaments unfortunately 😬

    • divya
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      November 15, 2020 / 6:01 pm

      I think a lot of people forget about libraries but they are a great resource! Ooh I didn’t even know it was a film haha, I loved The Handmaid’s Tale so I’m excited to read The Testaments but I get how previous books can put you off an author. Thanks for reading!

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