Not gonna lie, the most exciting part of my day is when I get a notification from my library saying a hold has come in. …and the another. And another. Without fail, no matter where in the waitlist I am, somehow all of my holds come in at once!
Today I wanted to share my latest batch of holds – these are all books I’m SO excited to read. Let me know if you’ve read any of them & let me know what was in YOUR latest library haul!
The Writer’s Map: An Atlas of Imaginary Lands edited by Huw Lewis-Jones
I can’t be the only one who loves when a book has a map and this huge coffee-table read has a ton. Alongside the maps are essays – Philip Pullman recounts drawing a map for one of his first novels, there’s a piece detailing the challenges of creating the Marauder’s Map for the Harry Potter films, naturally The Hobbit is mentioned! There are maps from nursery rhymes, childhood classics, great works of literature, fantasy novels, even comics. Tell me this doesn’t sound like the coolest read!
The Dreamers by Karen Thompson Walker
EVERYONE is talking about this book and I’ve been dying waiting for my turn in line! Back in 2012, The Age of Miracles was one of my first 5-star reads as a blogger and I’ve been recommending that book ever since. AND anxiously awaiting Karen’s next book! Well it’s here and I can’t wait to set aside some time to jump in. In a tiny, isolated California college town, a freshman falls asleep in her dorm…and doesn’t wake. Her roommate is unable to wake her, paramedics and doctors are at a loss. Then a second girl falls into the coma-like sleep, then another. The town quickly descends into chaos and uggghhhhh why am I not reading this one right now??
No Mercy by Joanna Schaffhausen
2017’s The Vanishing Season was an end-of-the-year surprise hit that left me wanting more – in a good way. As a girl, Ellery made headlines as the sole survivor of a serial killer and now lives a quiet life as a police officer. I first mentioned No Mercy in my January releases I need to get my hands on post – Ellie is now on involuntary leave from her job and is forced to attend a group therapy for victims of violent crimes. Instead of getting in touch with her feelings, Ellie finds herself digging around where she shouldn’t: she’s convinced a fellow group member helped to convict an innocent man of a crime years ago and a woman who survived a brutal rape pleads with Ellie to find her attacker.
The Wartime Sisters by Lynda Cohen Loigman
A new Instagram book club chose this one for their first pick and sadly I wasn’t able to join in. BUT I’m still exciting to read this one! Two estranged sisters, each harboring a secret, reunite at the Springfield Armory at the beginning of WWII. While one sisters lives a life of relative ease as an officer’s wife, the other arrives as a war widow and the resentment the two have held all these years only strengthens – particularly after a figure from their past reemerges.
A Year with Nature by Marty Crump
Marty Crump, herpetologist and natural history writer, celebrates the wonders of the natural world with this almanac, each entry detailing an event from a given day. The birth of Lord Byron (January 22), timeouts and penalties during the Puppy Bowl (February 7), the premiere of Jurassic Park (June 11), International Sloth Day (October 20), A Year with Nature presents odd and fascinating tidbits about our world and this one is right up my alley.
99 Percent Mine by Sally Thorne
Darcy met the love of her life when she was 8. Unfortunately, her brother Jamie claimed Tom as his best friend, making Tom firmly off-limits and leaving Darcy to relish in the 1% of him that wasn’t completely loyal to Jamie. Now grown, Darcy has three months to get her life in order before her brother sells the run-down cottage their inherited from their grandmother. Tom just happens to be a whiz at DIYs and Fixer Uppers and Jamie has sent him to the cottage to give it a massive overhaul that will result in an even more massive bundle of cash once the cottage is sold. For the first time in a decade, Tom is single and, to Darcy’s luck, he’s on her porch. No longer content with just 1% of Tom, Darcy’s determined to have the other 99%. Okay, I’ll be honest, I’m a teensy bit worried – some bloggers I follow said they weren’t thrilled with this one!!
American Spy by Lauren Wilkinson
A Cold War novel inspired by the real life Thomas Sankara “Africa’s Che Guevara.” It’s 1986 and Marie Mitchell is an intelligence officer for the FBI. She might be brilliant, but she’s also a Black woman in an ages-old boys’ club and her career has plateaued. Eager to break away from days spent filing paperwork, Marie leaps at the opportunity to join a secret task force aimed at undermining a man whose Communist ideology has put him in America’s sights. I love historical fiction that focuses on real people and this one sounds so, so good.
Ghost Wall by Sarah Moss
I first heard about this wisp of a novel on NPR and they have yet to steer me wrong! For two weeks, Sylvie and her family are living as ancient Britons, living on the knowledge and tools of the Iron Age as part of an anthropology course. The ancient Britons built ghost walls – barriers meant to enemy invaders topped with skulls on stakes. As the group sets out building their own ghost wall, they begin to feel a deep, spiritual connection to the past – deep enough for human sacrifice?