Library Loot: Magic, Memory and Climate Change

Library Loot: Magic, Memory and Climate Change



How to Bee by Bren MacDibble

Peony lives with her sister and grandfather on a fruit farm outside the city. In a world where real bees are extinct, the quickest, bravest kids climb the fruit trees and pollinate the flowers by hand.
Will Peony’s grit and quick thinking be enough to keep her safe?
A story about family, loyalty, kindness and bravery, set against an all-too possible future where climate change has forever changed the way we live.

This just sounds like such an interesting read and it has won a tonne of awards too so there must be something great about it! In the summer term my class study plants and talk about pollination – I might read this to them to spark a discussion!

Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch

A heartbroken girl. A fierce warrior. A hero in the making.

Sixteen years ago the Kingdom of Winter was conquered and its citizens enslaved, leaving them without magic or a monarch. Now, the Winterians’ only hope for freedom is the eight survivors who managed to escape, and who have been waiting for the opportunity to steal back Winter’s magic and rebuild the kingdom ever since.

Orphaned as an infant during Winter’s defeat, Meira has lived her whole life as a refugee, raised by the Winterians’ general, Sir. Training to be a warrior—and desperately in love with her best friend, and future king, Mather — she would do anything to help her kingdom rise to power again.

So when scouts discover the location of the ancient locket that can restore Winter’s magic, Meira decides to go after it herself. Finally, she’s scaling towers, fighting enemy soldiers, just as she’s always dreamed she would. But the mission doesn’t go as planned, and Meira soon finds herself thrust into a world of evil magic and dangerous politics – and ultimately comes to realize that her destiny is not, never has been, her own.

I love fantasy books and this sounds brilliant – hope I enjoy it!

Witches (Un)Welcome by Kaye Umansky

It’s summertime in Smallbridge, but, as always, nothing exciting is happening. Smallbridge doesn’t do excitement. They do gossip, though. And now Elsie Pickles is the subject of the gossip as rumours spring up about her new magic skills …

Things aren’t helped when Magenta Sharp, bored of running her mail-order service, Spells on Tap, opens up a pop-up magic shop next to Pickles’ Emporium. Soon the town is overrun with witches, much to the annoyance of the magic-hating people of Smallbridge! But maybe a little bit of magic is just the thing Smallbridge needs?

I adore this series (see my review of the first book here). I believe that this is the third of four planned books and I am really excited to go back into Elsie Pickles’ world!

Toffee by Sarah Crossan

The astonishing new novel from the incomparable, multi-award-winning and Laureate na nÓg Sarah Crossan.

I am not who I say I am,
and Marla isn’t who she thinks she is.

I am a girl trying to forget.
She is a woman trying to remember.

Allison has run away from home and with nowhere to live finds herself hiding out in the shed of what she thinks is an abandoned house. But the house isn’t empty. An elderly woman named Marla, with dementia, lives there – and she mistakes Allison for an old friend from her past called Toffee.

Allison is used to hiding who she really is, and trying to be what other people want her to be. And so, Toffee is who she becomes. After all, it means she has a place to stay. There are worse places she could be.

But as their bond grows, and Allison discovers how much Marla needs a real friend, she begins to ask herself – where is home? What is a family? And most importantly, who am I, really?

Sarah Crossan is an auto-buy author for me as I love absolutely everything that she has written. I know that I will buy my own copy of this sooner or later, but I couldn’t resist snatching up a copy when I spotted it on the ‘New Arrivals’ Shelf. I have a very soft spot for old people so I just know that this book is going to destroy me!

The Diviners by Libba Bray

Do you believe there are ghosts and demons and Diviners among us?

Evie O’Neill has been exiled from her boring old hometown and shipped off to the bustling streets of New York City–and she is pos-i-tute-ly ecstatic. It’s 1926, and New York is filled with speakeasies, Ziegfield girls, and rakish pickpockets. The only catch is that she has to live with her Uncle Will and his unhealthy obsession with the occult.

Evie worries he’ll discover her darkest secret: a supernatural power that has only brought her trouble so far. But when the police find a murdered girl branded with a cryptic symbol Will is called to the scene, Evie realizes her gift could help catch a serial killer.

As Evie jumps headlong into a dance with a murderer, other stories unfold in the city that never sleeps. A young man named Memphis is caught between two worlds. A chorus girl named Theta is running from her past. A student named Jericho hides a shocking secret. And unknown to all, something dark and evil has awakened….

Printz Award-winning and New York Times bestselling author Libba Bray opens a brand-new historical series with The Diviners, where the glittering surface of the Roaring Twenties hides a mystical horror creeping across the country.

This is a book that I keep seeing around, but have never picked up until today! I like the sound of some things in the summary, but I am unsure whether or not I will enjoy this!


What did you think of my choices this week?

Did you spot any you might read?


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

Magic, Romance, More Magic

UK YA Bests

Aliens, Fences and Fairies

War, Hope and Storms

Family, Dreams and Secret Agents

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!


23 Comments Add yours

  1. Emma's Library says:

    I liked Snow Like Ashes when I read it a few years ago. It’s not my favourite and I wasn’t compelled enough to read the rest of the series, but it was still enjoyable.

    I also picked up the Diviners from the library this week. I’ve a feeling I’ll like it but I’m going into it with an open mind.

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    1. I try to avoid reading anything beyond the initial summary before reading a book myself as it is so easy to have your own view be shaped by those of others. I also think we bring ourselves to the books when we read so the point in our life at which we read it or even where you are or who you’re with, can make a difference to your experience of it. For that reason, I have loved some books that I might only have liked if I had read them at the wrong time and disliked other books that I would probably have liked at another time!


      1. Emma's Library says:

        Oh I agree, and it’s why I don’t read Goodreads reviews until after I’ve finished a book!

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      2. Yes, that’s a good idea – I try to avoid all spoilers, although I have been thinking about including trigger warnings in my reviews just in case they could help readers make an informed choice about reading something that may drag up bad memories.


  2. Lilyfae says:

    Oh I got Witches (Un)Welcome yesterday- I’ve been reading the series together with my 6 year old and Littlefae loved the first one, got annoyed with the mean genie in the second one so is very much looking forward to this- I adore this series, it’s a case of I want to be Elsie AND Magenta but probably I’m just Aggie Wiggins faffing about in a twinkly dress – though that’s good enough for me!

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    1. I loved the first book and liked the second, though not as much as the first, so I am looking forward to this third book of four. I think every child dreams, at some point, of something exciting happening to interrupt the mundanity of everyday life! I would love to be Elsie but am probably more like Magenta (in her complete disorganization!)

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      1. Lilyfae says:

        That is so true, Magical concepts are like a pull to the soul for children and many adults too if they don’t lose the spark!

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      2. I hope I never fully grow up! 🙂

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  3. BookCraic says:

    I like the look of Snow Like Ashes and Let it Bee.

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    1. I am intrigued by the summary for both so will give them a go! If only I could just read all day, every day…

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  4. The only one of these I’ve read is How to Bee, which I didn’t really get on with, but I know I’m in a minority there so I hope you enjoy it more than I did! The last book I got out from the library was Last Bus to Everland, which I’ll hopefully get to soonish 😊
    Amy x

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    1. I will give How to Bee a go, even though I’ve heard from a few people that it wasn’t for them. It links to the topic I’m teaching in school at the moment so might be able to use some extracts for that, even if it doesn’t become a new favourite. I really want to read Last Bus to Everland but hadn’t realised that it’s already out. I already have quite a few reservations on the way so may have to wait until I can order it, lol

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      1. For me the thing I struggled with in How to Bee was the narrative style abd the ending feeling very out of the blue, as well as dystopia just not being my thing usually. I’m very excited about reading LBtE, and very much relate to an overflowing library card. Mine is now officially maxed out so I’d better get a few read and returned given I have 5 reservations due out at the end of the month…

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      2. I have maxed out my library card and Ben’s…which he discovered when he wanted to borrow some books this week, lol. I do generally like dystopia so I may get along better with it than you, but I will give it a read either way. I need to read some of my library books to create space for the reservations that are on their way…

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      3. Poor Ben 😂😂😂. I managed to read 2 library books yesterday (the Umbrella Mouse and A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder; really liked the first one and loved the second) so only 3 more to read and return so my card isn’t maxed anymore 😂

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      4. I want to read The Umbrella Mouse and have been thinking about A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder. I have borrowed a few which have then been reserved by others so read A Girl Called Shameless (even better than The Exact opposite of Okay) and The Boy Who Flew yesterday and am currently reading King of Scars so someone else can have it! Good luck getting caught up! I did manage to read a few extra so Ben could borrow the two he wanted, lol. x

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  5. Sharlene says:

    Those look like some fun reads! Happy reading!

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    1. Thank you! I’m looking forward to them!


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