Library Loot: Magic, Romance, More Magic

Library Loot: Magic, Romance, More Magic


Great haul from my library this week – from this you can see that anything to do with magic is something I like to read!

This week I have borrowed:

Wundersmith by Jessica Townsend

Return to the magical world of Nevermoor! Morrigan Crow’s perilous adventures continue in the most anticipated sequel of the year, a treat for all fans of magic and Wunder.

Morrigan Crow has been invited to join the prestigious Wundrous Society, a place that promised her friendship, protection and belonging for life. She’s hoping for an education full of wunder, imagination and discovery – but all the Society want to teach her is how evil Wundersmiths are. And someone is blackmailing Morrigan’s unit, turning her last few loyal friends against her. Has Morrigan escaped from being the cursed child of Wintersea only to become the most hated figure in Nevermoor?

Worst of all, people have started to go missing. The fantastical city of Nevermoor, once a place of magic and safety, is now riddled with fear and suspicion…

Praise for Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow:

‘Unexpected, exciting and funny. Like Alice in Wonderland, Harry Potter and Doctor Who swirled up together. I loved Morrigan Crow, and I want to check in at the Hotel Deucalion.’ – Judith Rossell, ABIA Award-winning author of Withering-by-Sea

‘Jessica Townsend’s Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow is more than just a spectacular debut. Exciting, charming, and wonderfully imagined, it’s the sort of delightful, grand adventure destined to be many a reader’s favourite book.’ – Trenton Lee Stewart, New York Times bestselling author of The Mysterious Benedict Society series and The Secret Keepers

‘Queensland author Jessica Townsend’s debut is an exciting and charming middle-grade read that will hook readers aged 10 and up with intricate imaginative detail and its sheer energy … a compulsively readable romp that fans of ‘Harry Potter’, Terry Pratchett or Studio Ghibli will gobble up.’ – Books and Publishing

‘It really is brilliant, with an engaging plot, plenty of twists, memorable characters and a marvellous sense of humour. Pick it up and the hours disappear, just like magic.’ – Daily Telegraph

‘I loved the storyline and how suspenseful each page was, and I loved reading about the exhilarating events that Morrigan experienced, and meeting strange new characters. Anyone who loves Harry Potter will like Nevermoor.’ – Herald Sun

I loved Nevermoor so am excited to read this follow-up and see what Morrigan learns. I also read Nevermoor on an e-reader and the formatting was a little strange, so I’m hoping that reading this in hardback will be a nicer experience!

You Can’t Make Me Go to Witch School by Em Lynas and Jamie Littler

Daisy Wart, a Shakespearean actress with grand ambitions, is FURIOUS at being left at Toadspit Towers School for Witches by her grandmother. SHE IS NOT A WITCH! But Daisy soon becomes drawn into the mysteries of life at Toadspit, and finds that she even has a few magical surprises up her sleeve. . .

The adventures of Daisy the reluctant witch are perfect for fans of magical school stories.

Anything with witches and magical schools is definitely my cup of tea so I was really excited about this one;. So much so that I read it immediately after getting it home from the library. Watch out for my mini-review, coming up soon!

P.S. I Still Love You by Jenny Han

Lara Jean didn’t expect to really fall for Peter.
She and Peter were just pretending. Except suddenly they weren’t. Now Lara Jean is more confused than ever.
When another boy from her past returns to her life, Lara Jean’s feelings for him return too. Can a girl be in love with two boys at once?

In this charming and heartfelt sequel to the New York Times bestseller To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, we see first love through the eyes of the unforgettable Lara Jean. Love is never easy, but maybe that’s part of what makes it so amazing.

I finally read To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before after having a copy sitting on my e-reader for years. I’ve just decided to borrow the whole series from the library because I seem to be much more likely to pick a book up if it is obviously sitting on a pile, rather than hidden in amidst lots of electronic files. I read this one as soon as I got it home from the library too because I was excited to go back into Lara Jean’s world. This series just leaves you feeling so warm – lovely!

The Lost Magician by Piers Torday

‘If you can imagine it, it exists … somewhere’ The new spellbinding fantasy adventure from the bestselling, award-winning author of The Last Wild trilogy.

1945. They have survived the Blitz, but when Simon, Patricia, Evelyn and Larry step through a mysterious library door, it is the beginning of their most dangerous adventure yet. They discover the magical world of Folio, where an enchanted kingdom of fairy knights, bears and tree gods is under threat from a sinister robot army.

The many stories of the Library are locked in eternal war, and the children’s only hope is to find their creator – a magician who has been lost for centuries.

What they discover will change not just their own lives, but the fate of the world, for ever …

‘One of the best writers for children working today’
The Guardian

Once again, I have had a copy of this sitting on my e-reader for ages and I don’t know why I keep putting off reading it because it sounds SOOO good!. Here’s hoping that I will pick up my library copy soon!



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

Outer Space, Winter and Magic

Witches and War

Fantasy, Intrigue and Misunderstandings

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!

20 Comments Add yours

  1. So glad you enjoyed PS I Still Love You, and really excited to hear your thoughts on Wundersmith! I wasn’t quite so keen on the Lost Magician though, so I really hope you get on better with it than I did 💜
    Amy x

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    1. I have heard very mixed reviews of The Lost Magician but the synopsis sounds great. I was approved for it on Netgalley a while ago but have just never felt like reading it…so I’m hoping that having a hard copy there will tempt me to pick it up! I’m excited for Wundersmith and am planning to read the first few chapters of Nevermoor to my class this Friday! x

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  2. Jee Wan says:

    What a lovely haul! I’ve seen Wundersmith’s cover and love it! Hope the book is as good!

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    1. Yes, I hope so too!

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  3. AJ says:

    I have exactly the same problem with my electronic books. I’m excited to read them, but they linger forever as I lose track of them as I go through my actual books.

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    1. I am just completely contrary! I will anticipate a book for ages, then, once I have it, set it aside for something older. Complete mood reader which keeps things interesting but is a pain as a book reviewer because I always want to read what I want to read and not what I should be reading to review! lol

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      1. AJ says:

        Lol oh you’re not the only one with that problem!


  4. Serena says:

    I love Nevermoor! I need to read the second book soon so that I can find out what happens next. I hope you enjoy it!

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    1. I loved Nevermoor too! Hope the second book is as good!

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      1. Serena says:

        Me too!

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  5. arubunwritten says:

    Ohh I really want to read Wundersmith! I’m still undecided on whether I should bite the bullet and buy it or see if I can find it in my library.


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