Library Loot: Society, Magic and Warriors

Library Loot: Society, Magic and Warriors


This week has been half-term so I have been to my local library twice and the library in the next town across once…what can I say? I love my libraries!

My local librarians commented on how ‘active’ I have been with making reservations…so many great books that I need to read!

Do you tend to reserve books or just browse?

I do both hence the reason why my card is full!

Bone Talk by Candy Gourlay

More than a hundred years ago, a boy named Samkad thinks he knows everything about the world. He knows the mountains he lives in. He knows his people. He knows his blood enemy, the Mangili. And he wants to become a man, to be given his own shield, spear and axe to fight with. His best friend, Luki, wants all the same things – but she is a girl, and no girl has ever become a warrior.

But everything changes when a new boy arrives in the village. He calls himself Samkad’s brother, yet he knows nothing of the ways of the mountain. And he brings news of a people called ‘Americans’, who are bringing war and destruction right to his home . . .

The more you look at this cover, the more there is to see. I am interested in reading this because it is set in the Philippines and I keep hearing people talking about it after it was short-listed for the Carnegie Book Prize.

Snowglobe by Amy Wilson

When daydreamer Clementine discovers a mysterious house standing in the middle of town that was never there before, she is pulled towards it by the powerful sense of a mother she never knew. The place is full of snowglobes, swirling with stars and snow and each containing a trapped magician, watched over by Gan, the bitter keeper of the house. One of these is Dylan, a boy who teases her in the real world but who is now desperate for her help.

So Clem ventures into the snowglobes, rescuing Dylan and discovering her own powerful connection to the magic of these thousand worlds. Vowing to release the magicians from the control of their enchantments, Clem unknowingly unleashes a struggle for power that will not only put her family, but the future of magic itself in danger.

I really don’t know why I haven’t read this yet, especially after loving both of Amy Wilson’s previous two novels. I will read this soon because I just know that I will love it!

The Flatshare by Beth O’ Leary

Tiffy Moore and Leon Twomey each have a problem and need a quick fix.

Tiffy’s been dumped by her cheating boyfriend and urgently needs a new flat. But earning minimum wage at a quirky publishing house means that her choices are limited in London.

Leon, a palliative care nurse, is more concerned with other people’s welfare than his own. Along with working night shifts looking after the terminally ill, his sole focus is on raising money to fight his brother’s unfair imprisonment.

Leon has a flat that he only uses 9 to 5. Tiffy works 9 to 5 and needs a place to sleep. The solution to their problems? To share a bed of course…

As Leon and Tiffy’s unusual arrangement becomes a reality, they start to connect through Post-It notes left for each other around the flat.

Can true love blossom even in the unlikeliest of situations?
Can true love blossom even if you never see one another?
Or does true love blossom when you are least expecting it?

I keep hearing everyone talking about this book! I read the first three chapters on ReadersFirst and am excited to read the rest – it sounds like a great rainy-day read as it is meant to be cosy and uplifting! This is obviously popular at the moment as all the copies on the library catalogue were listed as ‘on loan’ but I luckily spotted this on the recently returned shelf of books waiting to be put back in their proper places.

Circus Mirandus by Cassie Beasley

Do you believe in magic?

Micah Tuttle does.

Even though his awful Great-Aunt Gertrudis doesn’t approve, Micah believes in the stories his dying Grandpa Ephraim tells him of the magical Circus Mirandus: the invisible tiger guarding the gates, the beautiful flying birdwoman, and the magician more powerful than any other—the Man Who Bends Light. Finally, Grandpa Ephraim offers proof. The Circus is real. And the Lightbender owes Ephraim a miracle. With his friend Jenny Mendoza in tow, Micah sets out to find the Circus and the man he believes will save his grandfather.

The only problem is, the Lightbender doesn’t want to keep his promise. And now it’s up to Micah to get the miracle he came for.

I was so excited about this one that I started reading it on the bus on the way back from the library and finished it this evening -a  magical adventure full of magic and hope!

Convenience Store Woman by Sayaka Murata

Keiko Furukura had always been considered a strange child, and her parents always worried how she would get on in the real world, so when she takes on a job in a convenience store while at university, they are delighted for her. For her part, in the convenience store she finds a predictable world mandated by the store manual, which dictates how the workers should act and what they should say, and she copies her coworkers’ style of dress and speech patterns so she can play the part of a normal person. However, eighteen years later, at age 36, she is still in the same job, has never had a boyfriend, and has only few friends. She feels comfortable in her life but is aware that she is not living up to society’s expectations and causing her family to worry about her. When a similarly alienated but cynical and bitter young man comes to work in the store, he will upset Keiko’s contented stasis—but will it be for the better?

I have been wanting to read this for a while so snatched up a copy as soon as it appeared on the ‘New Titles’ shelf in my library. It sounds like a book I will love as I am drawn to character-driven stories, always look out for literature in translation and have a very soft spot for most Japanese literature.


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

Clockwork, Curses and Fossils

Family, Dreams and Secret Agents

Magic, Memory and Climate Change

Independence, Love and Being Different

What do you think of the books I have chosen?

Would you like to read any of them?

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? (I do, all the time!)

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Thanks for reading!


16 Comments Add yours

  1. Jules_Writes says:

    Lots of great books! I have Flatshare to read, it does sound good. Happy reading.

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    1. I stayed up late to read it last night, after just borrowing it yesterday afternoon! It was really good!

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  2. The Flatshare and Snowglobe are both ones I really enjoyed, so I hope you do too! Circus Mirandus is one I’ve always been interested in but never quite got round to reading- I really must one day 🙈
    Amy x

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    1. I think that you would really like Circus Mirandus as it gave me The Elsewhere Emporium vibes! I stayed up late last night to read The Flat Share and really liked it! Snowglobe is one that I am sure that I will like, but just haven’t gotten around to reading it yet, just like you and Circus Mirandus!

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      1. I saw you talking about it on Twitter and it has made me even more determined to read it-I really must one day. So glad you liked the Flatshare, it’s so lovely, isn’t it? I loved Gerty so much. X

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      2. I loved all the characters (with the exceptions of Martin and Justin!)

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      3. Much like Gerty, I had a range of names for both of those!! Absolute horrors that they were. Hannah can also put herself in the bin

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      4. Agree! Still loved everyone else, particularly Leon and Richie’s relationship!

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      5. Yes, they were all so lovely! It would be really amazing as a film I think; it just had that sort of vibe for me somehow? Such a lovely book

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      6. I imagine that it will be on someone’s list somewhere to be made into a film after how popular the book has been 🙂 Left me smiling which is always a nice feeling!

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      7. I was the same! I read it when I really wasn’t feeling well and it was the perfect sort of thing for that! 💜

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  3. Rachael says:

    Snowglobe is great, hope you enjoy it. I like the sound of Bone Talk, will keep an eye out for that one.

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    1. I hope to enjoy both of them!

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