Books, Hauls, Library

End of Year Library Haul #blogmas

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As I’m sure you’re all well aware of by now, I absolutely love borrowing books from the various libraries I’m a patron of. Recently, I’ve found some really great reads that I’m going to share with you today and also encourage you to check out your local library if you haven’t been recently because libraries are great and they deserve all your love!

A Very Large Expanse of Sea

1. A Very Large Expanse of Sea by Tahereh Mafi

This one follows Shirin, a sixteen-year-old Muslim girl who wears hijab, the year after 9/11. She’s having a difficult time at school until she meets Ocean, the first person in a long time she wants to let down her guard with. It’s a book about fear, first love and the impact of prejudice. I absolutely adore Mafi’s writing and I think the fact that so much of this is influenced by Mafi’s own experiences will make this all the more poignant and moving read.

Shadow of the Fox

2. Shadow of the Fox by Julie Kagawa

This one takes place in a Japanese-inspired fantasy world and follows Yumeko, who manages to escape a burning temple with a piece of the scroll that will allow her to call the great Kami Dragon and ask for a wish. Others are also hunting for the missing pieces of the scroll, including a samurai called Kage, who is under orders to kill those who stand in his way. The mythology of this fantasy is what really attracted me to it – there’s shapeshifters, samurai, kami, legends, humans and demons. I haven’t picked up any of Kagawa’s books yet, so I’m very excited to see how I feel about this one.

Empress of All Seasons

3. Empress of All Seasons by Emiko Jean

This one also takes place in a Japanese-inspired fantasy world and follows Mari, who has spent her lifetime training to become empress even though, as a yōkai, she is expressly forbidden from competing. It also follows Prince Taro, who has no desire to inherit the imperial throne and Akira, a half-human, half-yōkai outcast. This one sounds so exciting and I’m really interested in reading about yōkai – supernatural spirits and monsters – and how they’re written into the story.

Fence #1

4. Fence Vol. 1 by C.S. Pacat & Johanna the Mad

This one, as you can probably tell from the title, is all about fencing. It follows Nicholas, an outsider to the competitive fencing world as he signs up for a competition that puts him head-to-head with fencing prodigy Seiji Katayama. I really like the art style for this one and I’ve never really read any kind of sporting book, so this will be a very interesting read!

The Backstagers #1

5. The Backstagers, Vol. 1 by James Tynion IV & Rian Sygh

This graphic novel follows Jory as he transfers to an all-boys private school and falls into the lowly stage crew known as the Backstagers. It follows their adventures behind the curtain as they are determined to put together the best play their high school has ever seen. This sounds like a lot of fun and I really like the colour palette used here. Also, I heard it’s super gay, so that always make me at least ten times more interested in picking a book up!

Are there any books on this list you’re also interested in picking up? Have you read any of these books yet? Let me know!

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2 thoughts on “End of Year Library Haul #blogmas”

  1. It’s so nice to hear that you use your library a lot! I always try to borrow books from my library, even if I don’t end up reading them all, because it shows that the library is being used and will hopefully help it stay open (especially because it’s small). I recently read Empress of All Seasons and sadly I wasn’t a huge fan! But I also read Fence and absolutely adored that 😀 Great post!

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    1. That’s exactly what I do too! I always have the most amount of books out as possible even though I know I won’t be reading them all asap. Fines can be a bit tricky though lol. Oh no – sorry you didn’t like it. I’ve heard pretty mixed things actually, so I’ll be interested to see how I feel about it. I’m so excited for Fence! I hope I like it just as much as you did 😀 Thanks!


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