Library Loot: Outer Space, Winter and Magic

Library Loot: Outer Space, Winter and Magic


What did I get from the library this week?

Quite a few books this time, especially as some of my reservations have finally arrived!

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

Birds, Cages and Secrets

Dragons, Magic and Fairytales

Sequels and Secrets

Here’s what I picked up this week – lots that I am excited to read here!

libraryloot 27th oct

The Last Chance Hotel by Nicki Thornton

Seth is a kitchen boy at the remote Last Chance Hotel. His father has long ago left, leaving him imprisoned until he is old enough to set out on his own. If there’s any hope he has, it’s to be the greatest chef that ever lived… just like his father.

One night, a band of magicians begin to arrive to participate in a secret meeting — a Prospect Selection Procedure to determine the most talented magicians in the world, judged by their leader Dr. Thallonius. Seth has one task: to make Dr. Thallonius the greatest dessert he’s ever tasted. Then, maybe he will help Seth find a way to freedom.

But when the doors to the private meeting open, and Dr. Thallonius lay dead on the floor, the group blames the dessert, which means that it’s Seth who will pay the price. But Seth knows he’s innocent, and only has so much time to eliminate each suspect and prove his innocence.

I first heard this mentioned on Amy’s blog and it sounds like it will be quite a fun read!

The Wild Robot by Peter Brown

When robot Roz opens her eyes for the first time, she discovers that she is alone on a remote, wild island. Why is she there? Where did she come from? And, most important, how will she survive in her harsh surroundings? Roz’s only hope is to learn from the island’s hostile animal inhabitants. When she tries to care for an orphaned gosling, the other animals finally decide to help, and the island starts to feel like home. Until one day, the robot’s mysterious past comes back to haunt her..

I keep hearing good things about this book. We’re also reading The Iron Man as our whole-class reader at the moment so this looks like it might be an interesting follow-up.

Obsidio by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

Kady, Ezra, Hanna, and Nik narrowly escaped with their lives from the attacks on Heimdall station and now find themselves crammed with 2,000 refugees on the container ship, Mao. With the jump station destroyed and their resources scarce, the only option is to return to Kerenza—but who knows what they’ll find seven months after the invasion?

Meanwhile, Kady’s cousin, Asha, survived the initial BeiTech assault and has joined Kerenza’s ragtag underground resistance. When Rhys—an old flame from Asha’s past—reappears on Kerenza, the two find themselves on opposite sides of the conflict.

With time running out, a final battle will be waged on land and in space, heroes will fall, and hearts will be broken.

The tension has been building for two books and, while trying to avoid spoilers, I have heard so many people say that this third instalment blows the previous two out of the water – really excited to read this!

Only Love Can Break Your Heart by Katherine Webber

Sometimes a broken heart is all you need to set you free… Reiko loves the endless sky and electric colours of the Californian desert. It is a refuge from an increasingly claustrophobic life of family pressures and her own secrets. Then she meets Seth, a boy who shares a love of the desert and her yearning for a different kind of life. But Reiko and Seth both want something the other can’t give them. As summer ends, things begin to fall apart. But the end of love can sometimes be the beginning of you…

I have to admit, based on the cover I would not have picked this up as contemporary YA is a bit hit-or-miss for me. However, my interest was piqued when I saw that the protagonist is Japanese-American as I am always interested in reading about bilingual/ bicultural/biracial characters. Really this should be more normal in books as most people in the world straddle two cultures or languages and it is actually rarer to be monolingual! The second reason I picked this up is because of the author – I loved Wing Jones so am hoping to love this too!

The Way Past Winter by Kiran Millwood Hargrave

Mila and her sisters live with their brother Oskar in a small forest cabin in the snow. One night, a fur-clad stranger arrives seeking shelter for himself and his men. But by the next morning, they’ve gone – taking Oskar with them. Fearful for his safety, Mila and her sisters set out to bring Oskar back – even it means going north, crossing frozen wild-lands to find a way past an eternal winter.

This just sounds so atmospheric and fairy-tale-like! See my 5 reasons why I can’t wait to read this in my Waiting on Wednesday posts.

The Magic Thief by Kendall Kulper

Mal has an idyllic childhood on Prince Island with Essie, the next witch of Salt and Storm. But all that changes when Essie, in a fit of anger, tells everyone what he really is.

With no choice but to leave his home, Mal becomes the magic thief, stealing magical items for the highest bidder. And when he steals the shar, a knife with the ability to cut the magic out of those it touches, he finally finds a way to get his revenge on the girl he once loved…

I actually just picked this up based on the title and description which sounds completely my cup of tea. However, I hadn’t realised that it is the second book in a series until I added it on Goodreads (Grr! Publishers, please make this clear on your books!). I was planning to read this soon, but I may now have a look and see if my library has Book 1 too… (Update: They do! So I have just reserved a copy of that too!)

So that’s my heap for this week! See anything you like?

libraryloot 27th oct

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!

21 Comments Add yours

  1. Hope you enjoy theLast Chance Hotel as much as I did! I have Only Love Can Break Your Heart out from the library too 😊
    Amy x


  2. Sinéad Anna Chalke says:

    Loved this post!

    Sinéad x


  3. AJ says:

    I love seeing what you get from the library so thanks for sharing!


  4. I love your posts because they are always full of books that are completely new to me! Happy reading.

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    1. Thank you – I love your posts for the same reason! I read a lot of books for kids as I am a teacher, librarian and just enjoy them! I read less non-fiction that I used to but am trying to improve that again.


  5. arubunwritten says:

    The Last Chance Hotel sounds really interesting! I look forward to seeing your thoughts on it.
    (Also, side note – I love Library loot! It’s so positive to see bloggers borrowing books as well as buying them!)

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    1. I love libraries! In the U.K. authors get some money every time their book is borrowed from a library so one copy of their book could potentially get them more money through libraries than being bought. I’ve seen a lot of debate and negativity around libraries and buying second-hand online, but I think everyone should be able to consume books in any way then can. Also, I quite often borrow a book from the library, buy a copy for myself and one for a friend, then borrow it again anytime I have space on my library card because I know that the authors get paid and libraries will buy more copies of popular books! I really enjoyed The Last Chance Hotel, even more than I had expected 🙂

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      1. arubunwritten says:

        I had no idea! All my years of borrowing from the library have been helping authors all along. Libraries mean I take chances with authors that I then go on to buy books from so it is in no way just enjoying stuff for free (though as a public service, there’s nothing wrong with that either…)

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      2. I do the same – I quite often pick up books that are outside my comfort zone at the library, often finding new favourites and then going on to borrow more from that author or buy my own copies! I honestly think that libraries are one of the most important public services for access to books, newspapers, computers etc

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