my latest library haul 3/17


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Last month I shared a library haul post and it was so fun I’ve decided to make it a thing here!

Today I’m sharing my most recent batch of holds that have arrived!

The War Bride’s Scrapbook by Caroline Preston
This 2017 release was a completely random grab that caught my eye while browsing one day. Lila Jerome has a few extra pounds, a passion for architecture, and has spent her life playing second fiddle to her more glamorous (and svelte) younger sister. Her mother deemed her time at college a failure because she returned home without the most important three letters attached to her name: Mrs. While Holly has found a wealthy young man and immediately started a family, Lila works for her father’s insurance company. And it’s there she first runs into Perry.

A few years later, their paths cross once more. With only a handful of weeks before Perry ships out to fight overseas, the pair have a whirlwind romance – one that results in marriage mere days later. The scrapbook that follows is Lila’s way to not only pass the time until Perry returns, but to also keep his memory alive. I’ve already read this one and loved the fun formatting!

Belonging by Nora Krug
Subtitled A German Reckons with History and Home, this graphic novel is the author’s attempt to confront her family’s past in Nazi Germany. Though she was born decades after the war, Nora grew up not really knowing anything about her family’s ties to it: all four of her grandparents refused to speak about those years.

It’s while living abroad that she decides to finally seek the answers to all of her childhood questions. She returns to Germany to visit archives and interview family, hoping to uncover their story.

Black Leopard, Red Wolf by Marlon James
If there was ever a book Instagram made me read, it’s this one. I’ve seen it everywhere lately and the praise has been extraordinary.

I don’t really even know much about it, apart from the fact that 1, it’s the first in a trilogy and 2, it’s a fantasy that’s based on African history and mythology. I’ve heard the opening pages are exceptionally gruesome and gory, so we’ll see how it goes! I also want to point out that I’m shocked my hold has already come in. From the posts I’ve been seeing, I expected this to be a book EVERYONE wants to read and honestly wasn’t thinking it would be in my hands anytime soon! (Okay, scratch that – I just checked my library’s site and clearly I must have put in a request at the perfect time. There are currently 119 copies in the system and they’re all checked out with an additional 27 people on waitlists).

I Think You’re Wrong (But I’m Listening) by Sarah Stewart Holland and Beth Silvers
Because I sorely needed A Guide to Grace-Filled Political Conversations hahaha.

Sarah (a liberal) and Beth (a conservative) are the hosts of Pantsuit Politics, a podcast I’m thinking I might need to check out! Despite being on opposite ends of the political spectrum, the pair provide insight into having calm, respectful, grace-filled political discussions and, I’ll admit, I’m really curious about this one. Also, it’s worth noting this one has a whopping 4.5 rating on GoodReads! So many of the reviews are singing its praises!

The Psychology of Time Travel by Kate Mascarenhas
1967, four female scientists have been working together to build the first time machine. Just before they debut their creation, however, one woman suffers a breakdown. To protect their invention, the other three exile her from the team – effectively writing her contributions out of history. Fifty years later, time travel is booming. Ruby knows her grandmother was one of the pioneers, though no one will tell her more. It’s not until Granny Bee receives a newspaper article from the future detailing the murder of an unidentified woman that Ruby becomes obsessed. Could the future victim be her grandmother? And who would want her dead? More importantly, is there a way for Ruby to stop it?

The Woman in the Lake by Nicola Cornick
Two confessions: I received an e-ARC of this one but never got around to it (whoops!) and I had NO idea this was part of a series. I’ve read the previous two novels, House of Shadows and The Phantom Tree, but assumed they were just standalone, time-travely reads. Oops!

Bouncing between 1765 and the present day, The Woman in the Lake tells the story of a golden gown and a murder. Lady Isabella Gerard orders her maid to destroy her new gown, its beauty tainted by her husband’s actions of the previous night. A few months later Lord Gerard stands at the lake’s shore, staring down at the body of a woman in a dress, realizing she was not his intended victim… Two centuries later, a stolen dress finds its way back to Fenella who finds herself enchanted all over again and delves deep into the gown’s history.

Gmorning, Gnight!: Little Pep Talks for Me & You by Lin-Manuel Miranda
Another book I’ve already read since bringing it home. This bite-size book is a compilation of tweets, all adorably illustrated, each one making me smile bigger than the last.

Daily Rituals: Women at Work by Mason Currey
Another totally random book that caught my eye. This one explores the day-to-day of 143 women from Zora Neale Huston to Tallulah Bankhead to Eleanor Roosevelt. Painters, writers, dancers, composers, while flipping through these pages I realized more names are unfamiliar to me than ones I knew and I’m looking forward to jumping into this book!

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