After discovering Book Outlet last month, I told myself I couldn’t buy any new books until I read a significant portion of that book haul. However, I didn’t know that I would stumble on an even cheaper book source, the book sale at my local library branch. I was shopping in town and overheard some women discussing volunteering at the book sale. I interrupted them, which is unlike me, and asked them to clarify what they meant by book sale. They directed me to our library. I go to the library a lot, but normally I just head straight for the holds, stop by the new releases, and then to the circulation desk. Little did I know, in the back of the library there was a room full of treasure that I could take home with me. I ended up snagging 6 books for $4, which I think barely breaks the promise I made regarding last month’s book haul. Below you will see the books I bought at the library along with some of the books I checked out from the library this month.
The Map That Leads to You by J.P. Monninger (3.86 Goodreads) – This follows a young woman, Heather, and her two best friends as they travel through Europe during the summer after they graduate from college. This story promises to be a romantic one, especially given the quote on the front cover from Nicholas Sparks.
Nowhere But Home by Liza Palmer (3.82 Goodreads) – Queenie is forced to move back to her small town in northern Texas after getting fired from her job. From the blurb on the back this promises small town antics, quirky characters, and rekindling an old flame. All elements I can get on board with in a story.
My Year of Meats by Ruth Ozeki (3.93 Goodreads) – For my birthday las year my sister gifted me a session with a bibliotherapist. It was mainly just a fun conversation about my book preferences with a woman who rocked a posh British accent. One of the books in my “prescription” was this one. From what I can gather on the back of the book, it is about a documentarian who follows a Japanese Game Show that is sponsored by an American Meat company. I have put this one off for a while, because I am afraid of reading about the underbelly of the meat industry in the U.S.
Deep Down True by Juliette Fay (3.7 Goodreads) – This author wrote one of my favorite contemporary chick lit books, Shelter Me. I have also read The Shortest Way Home, which I enjoyed. This one is about a recently divorced woman navigating parenting alone and getting back into the groove of dating. I think Juliette Fay is great at writing relatable and believable characters and I hope this is the same in this book.
The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness (3.96 Goodreads) – A YA Fantasy that follows Todd and his dog as they go on the run because of a secret. Also, everyone can hear each other’s thoughts, including the dog’s thoughts! What I wouldn’t give to hear my dog’s thoughts!
Swing Time by Zadie Smith (3.6 Goodreads) – Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize, this is the story of two best friends in London who dream of being dancers, although only one has the talent to do so. I don’t know a ton about this book, but know that it takes place over a long period of time for these two main characters and is set in London then West Africa.
Bel Canto by Ann Patchett (3.92 Goodreads) – I just recently read my very first Ann Patchett book, Commonwealth, and really enjoyed her writing. This book has been on my TBR since November 2012! The story takes place in South America at a party being hosted by the Vice President of an unknown country. The party, full of diplomatic dignitaries from all over the world, is unexpectedly ambushed by a league of terrorists looking for the president, who is not in attendance.
Pachinko by Min Jin Lee (4.18 Goodreads) – This story follows a Korean family through generations, beginning with an unplanned pregnancy in 1900s Korea that threatens to bring shame to the family. I love family dramas and this one has gotten great reviews. The cover is also really beautiful!
Love, Rosie by Cecilia Ahern (3.95 Goodreads) – I have seen this movie a few times and loved it! This book is about two best friends in England, Rosie and Alex, whose plans to go to Boston to college together go awry when Rosie finds out she is pregnant at 17. The two stay in touch over the years as they wait for what fate has in store for them.
A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab (4.07 Goodreads) – This book has so much buzz about it. I am so excited to read it! There are parallel Londons, Red, Grey, White and the legendary Black. The story follows Kell who smuggles people between the worlds. There is magic and world-building and I can’t wait to dig in!