Library Loot: Birds, Cages and Secrets


Library Loot is a weekly event co-hosted by Claire from The Captive Reader and Linda from Silly Little Mischief that encourages bloggers to share the books they’ve checked out from the library. If you’d like to participate, just write up your post-feel free to steal the button-and link it using the Mr. Linky any time during the week. And of course check out what other participants are getting from their libraries.

See my previous library loots here:

Mysteries, Paris and Hope

Feminism, Folklore and Body Positivity

Gymnastics, Mermaids and Achieving Your Dreams

Here’s what I’ve picked up from the library this week (although they have recently got lots of new releases in so I will need to go back in soon!)

libraryloot 6th sept

Where do you go, Birdy Jones? by Joanne Nadin

Eleven-year-old Birdy Jones is all alone. She doesn’t belong at school, at home, or even with her dad anymore. The only place she feels like herself is at her grandpa’s pigeon loft, where the familiar warmth and birdsong block out the world. It’s also where she meets Dogger – her only friend and the one person who really seems to know where she’s coming from.

Birdy used to be happy, when it was just her and Dad, but now she has a stepmum, a little sister, and another baby on the way. Worse, her growing family needs to move house, but Birdy doesn’t believe there’ll ever be enough room for her in Dad’s busy life – and she can’t leave Grandpa and the pigeons. She won’t. Birdy dreams of a different family and future, and with Dogger’s help she decides to find one – even if it means running away from everything she’s ever known. But sometimes you need to fly away to find your way home again.

I picked this up entirely based on seeing the lovely Jo Cotterill (author of A Library of Lemons and A Season of Strawberries) reading it and saying good things. It sounds like the kind of book I might adore!

Under Rose-tainted Skies by Louise Gornall

Agoraphobia confines Norah to the house she shares with her mother.

For her, the outside is sky glimpsed through glass, or a gauntlet to run between home and car. But a chance encounter on the doorstep changes everything: Luke, her new neighbour. Norah is determined to be the girl she thinks Luke deserves: a ‘normal’ girl, her skies unfiltered by the lens of mental illness. Instead, her love and bravery opens a window to unexpected truths …

I keep hearing people mention this book so am looking forward to reading it!

The Book of Boy by Catherine Gilbert Murdock

Boy has always been relegated to the outskirts of his small village. With a large hump on his back, a mysterious past, and a tendency to talk to animals, he is often mocked and abused by the other kids in his town. Until the arrival of a shadowy pilgrim named Secondus. Impressed with Boy’s climbing and jumping abilities, Secondus engages Boy as his servant, pulling him into an expedition across Europe to gather the seven precious relics of Saint Peter. Boy quickly realizes this journey is not an innocent one. They are stealing the relics, and gaining dangerous enemies in the process. But Boy is determined to see this pilgrimage through until the end—for what if St. Peter can make Boy’s hump go away?

I picked this up from the ‘recent arrivals’ shelf in our library and will give it a go – I generally enjoy historical fiction and haven’t seen many set in this time period or with a similar storyline.

The Secret Deep by Lindsay Galvin

I actually picked this up last week, but have renewed it for this week and intend to read it next!

What do you think of the books I have chosen?

Would you like to read any of them?

Or are there any you would recommend me moving straight to the top of the TBR list?

Do you have a library near you?

How often do you borrow books?

Do you ever buy books after having already read them?

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Thanks for reading!

19 Comments Add yours

  1. sepiareads says:

    I’ve heard about Under Rose-Tainted Skies a lot but the others are new to me. Where Do You Go, Birdy Jones sounds like an interesting read. I borrow books all the time and don’t normally buy them after having read them but there are some exceptions. I’m planning on buying more books that I have enjoyed so I can add them to my collection.


  2. AJ says:

    The Rose Tainted skies book intrigues me:)
    I agree about The Boy book- I haven’t seen many done in that time period


  3. I had mixed feelings on the Book of Boy, as I think I’ve told you before, but I absolutely loved Under Rose Tainted Skies when I read it earlier this year.
    Amy x

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    1. I completely agree with you about The Book of Boy, and am looking forward to Rose-Tainted Skies!

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