Hello bookish friends!
I don’t tend to buy books very often and when I do, they tend to be either new releases or Birthday/Christmas presents, so hauls aren’t really a thing I can ever really do on my blog. BUT, library books are a different matter entirely. Some people have a book-buying problem. I, however, have a library-borrowing problem.
So I thought it’d be cool to share all my recent borrows from the various libraries I’m a member of. I have a much lower threshold for borrowing books, too. Usually, when I buy books, I’ll look it up on Goodreads for the reviews and take a long time weighing up whether or not I actually need to own the book. But, with library books, if I think a book looks interesting, I’ll borrow it on a whim. Which makes my reading life a lot more exciting!
1. The Hidden Kingdom by Ian Beck
I’d never heard of this one before I picked it up but the cover really intrigued me. I looked it up later on Goodreads and it’s meant to be a Japanese-style fantasy world which sounds incredibly interesting to me since I’ve mainly only come across European type of fantasies. Also, the prologue mentions demons and Hades so I’m all in!
2. Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi
This one has been on my radar for a while. It had a bit of hype when it first came out in 2012 and I heard really great things from reviewers I trust, so I’m pretty excited to start reading it. The only thing that had put me off until now was the cover because, I mean, look at the state of it. Eurgh.
3. Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson
I’ve been making my way through all of Sanderson’s Cosmere books and I’ve never before read anything else of his so I thought I’d start with his Reckoners series. I’ve heard it’s action-packed and fast-paced so I’ll be interested to see if I like his other non-Cosmere works, too.
4. Graceling by Kristin Cashore
This is another fantasy series I’ve heard great things about and have been meaning to pick up for a while. I really like the idea of this series being companion novels, too. Also, the main character sounds badass and I am all about that.
5. The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater
I read The Raven Boys about a year and a half ago and gave it a solid four stars. No idea why I haven’t picked the sequel up yet! I think that’s a common theme throughout this post – books I’ve been meaning to pick up for ages!!
6. The Rasputin Dagger by Theresa Breslin
This is another one I knew nothing about when I picked it up. The title is what originially intrigued me – I love anything to do with 20th Century European history. It’s set in 1916 St Petersburg, Russia and follows Nina, who is looking to escape her past and Stefan, who wants to change Russia for the better. The synopsis mentions the royal family, Rasputin (obviously!) and two mysterious daggers. My kind of thing!
7. The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss
I’ve never seen this one at any of my libraries before so I was so happy to see this on the shelf! It’s a long-ass book so I’m not sure when I’ll be motivated enough to pick it up but this is a very well-loved book/series so I’ll get to it soon. Promise!
So that’s it for all the library books I’ve borrowed in the last couple of months. Have you picked anything exciting up from the library lately?