Current Library Loans

I’m doing well at sticking to my plan of visiting my local library every second week or so, and I’m making good progress with the library books I’ve taken out so far. There are a couple of books that seem to make their way to the bottom of the pile, and if I’m not interested enough to pick them up by the time the renew period is over, I return them. Obviously I’m just not that into them, and that’s ok. Here’s what I have out on loan at the moment –

Girl Last Seen by Heather Anastasiu and Anne Greenwood Brown
Captive Prince by C.S. Pacat
Secret Brother by Virginia Andrews
Dear Daughter by Elizabeth Little
Dangerous Lies by Becca Fitzpatrick
Christopher’s Diary: Secrets of Foxworth by Virginia Andrews
We Could Be Beautiful by Swan Huntley
The Girl With All The Gifts by M.R. Carey

Current Library Loans

I try to make an effort to visit my local library once every one or two weeks. Because I reserve most of my books online I don’t spend that much time browsing the aisles, but it does mean I always have a book on loan that I know I definitely want to read. Now lets see if I can find some free time to read in between all the time I’ve been spending watching the Olympics lately! Here are the books I currently have on loan from my local library:

Celeste by V.C. Andrews
Finding Jake by Bryan Reardon
Secret Brother by V.C. Andrews
Dear Daughter by Elizabeth Little
The Poison Tree by Erin Kelly
The Special Ones by Em Bailey

Library Haul

I love our local library. I love to wander around and browse all of the shelves, and see all of the titles that I’ll probably never get around to reading (a girl can dream, right?). For the most part, I reserve my books on the library’s website, and then go and pick them up in one go once they’ve all been set aside. Here’s my latest library “haul” of books I’d recently reserved:

The Special Ones by Em BaileyHe keeps us here because we’re Special. Esther is one of the Special Ones – four people who live under his protection in a remote farmhouse. The Special Ones are not allowed to leave, but why would they want to? Here, they are safe from toxic modern life, safe from a meaningless existence, safe in their endless work. He watches them every moment of every day, ready to punish them if they forget who they are – all while broadcasting their lives to eager followers on the outside. Esther knows he will renew her if she stops being Special, and that renewal almost certainly means death. Yet she also knows she’s a fake. She has no ancient wisdom, no genuine advice to offer her followers. But like an actor caught up in an endless play, she must keep up the performance–if she wants to survive long enough to escape.

Perfect Days by Raphael MontesThe path to true love rarely runs smoothly…Teo, a medical student, meets Clarice at a party. Teo doesn’t really like people, they’re too messy, but he immediately realises that he and Clarice are meant to be together. And if Clarice doesn’t accept that? Well, they just need to spend some time together, and she’ll come to realise that too. And yes, he has bought handcuffs and yes, he has taken her prisoner and yes, he is lying to her mother and to his mother and to the people at the hotel he’s keeping her at, but it’s all for her own good. She’ll understand. She’ll fall in love. She’ll settle down and be his loving wife. Won’t she?

Finding Jake by Bryan ReardonWhile his successful wife goes off to her law office each day, Simon Connolly takes care of their kids, Jake and Laney. Now that they are in high school, the angst-ridden father should feel more relaxed, but he doesn’t. He’s seen the statistics, read the headlines. And now, his darkest fear is coming true. There has been a shooting at school. Simon races to the rendezvous point, where he’s forced to wait. Do they know who did it? How many victims were there? Why did this happen? One by one, parents are led out of the room to reunite with their children. Their numbers dwindle, until Simon is alone. As his worst nightmare unfolds, and Jake is the only child missing, Simon begins to obsess over the past, searching for answers, for hope, for the memory of the boy he raised, for mistakes he must have made, for the reason everything came to this. Where is Jake? What happened in those final moments? Is it possible he doesn’t really know his son? Or he knows him better than he thought?

Book Haul (feat. library books)

I was out shopping with my mum recently, and couldn’t resist picking up two new books. So ‘The World Without Us’ and ‘ The Natural Way Of Things’ will be added to my ever-increasing TBR pile. On top of that I had a whole bunch of books to take into the book exchange, and although I picked up some kids books and something for my mum I still had some credit left over, so I grabbed ‘No Other Darkness’, which seemed interesting enough. The other two books are my library reads for this month. Time to get reading!

Mini Library Haul

So I have rediscovered my local library, and I’m quite happy about it. The only thing I’m not really happy about is how terrible the library’s online catalogue is. It’s not user-friendly in the slightest. Oh well, that just means I need to be prepared when I log on to reserve books, and my Goodreads to-read list is long enough to keep me in books to read for many months to come, so that’s fine. Good times.