In February roughly a million holds all came in at once at my library and I decided to do a library haul post. I had so much fun with it that, in March, I shared another haul. Since then I’ve been pretty good about getting a handle on my requests, but now I’m back with a new edition of a feature that’s quickly becoming a favorite of mine!
Over the Fence by Mary Monroe
It turns out this book is a sequel to last year’s One House Over, which I haven’t read and I’m hoping that won’t hurt my enjoyment! 1930s, Depression-era South. Milton and Yvonne found a better life via bootlegging. Gone are their days in poverty – now they’re in a respectable middle-class neighborhood…with a very interesting couple next door. It turns out Joyce and Odell aren’t as perfect as they’re letting on and in order to keep his own secret hidden, blackmail is looking mighty tempting to Milton.
The Lost History of Dreams by Kris Waldherr
“A post-mortem photographer unearths dark secrets of the past that may hold the key to his future.” Um, yes please. This one is being compared to Wuthering Heights and The Thirteenth Tale – as if I wasn’t intrigued already!
The Raven’s Tale by Cat Winters
I hadn’t heard about this one until I was browsing upcoming titles in my library’s online catalog. The SECOND I saw it, my eyes flew to the word raven and I pounced. Edgar Allan Poe as a teen in a world where muses exist as terrible creatures that ultimately lead artists “down a path of ruin and disgrace”. YES YES YES.
Professor Chandra Follows His Bliss by Rajeev Balasubramanyam
“In the moments after the bicycle accident, Professor Chandra doesn’t see his life flash before his eyes, but his life’s work.” Having just missed winning the Nobel Prize (again), Professor Chandra wants nothing more than to jump right back into his work – but his doctor has other ideas: if he doesn’t want the stress of his work to kill him, Professor Chandra needs to take a break. I am all for curmudgeons and this Professor Emeritus in Economics is calling my name.
We Set the Dark on Fire by Tehlor Kay Mejia
Totally random grab here. I rarely read YA and even less Fantasy YA. At the Medio School for Girls, young ladies are trained for one of two roles: upon graduation they will either run their husband’s household or raise his children – both promising a life of luxury. Daniela Vargas is the school’s top student…as long as no one finds out her life is a lie. Identification papers were secretly forged so she could rise from her lowly station and now, with graduation drawing nearer, Daniela has to fight to keep the truth hidden or risk being thrown back into a life of poverty.
Ungovernable: The Victorian Parent’s Guide to Raising Flawless Children by Therese Oneill
I really enjoyed Therese’s debut, Unmentionable: The Victorian Lady’s Guide to Sex, Marriage, and Manners, and now she’s back with a new book detailing what comes after the marriage: raising children the Victorian way.
The Diary of a Provincial Lady by E.M. Delafield
I love WWII novels and went on a bit of a spree recently. During that mini-binge I came across this 4-book collection: a fictitious diary written by a disaster-prone lady in the 1930s. She details her attempts at keeping her house from falling into chaos, there’s her grumbling husband and mischievous children, and don’t forget the servants who always manage to one-up her. Originally published in the 30s, I’m so excited to dive into this highly-rated collection!