Library Haul

Recently I’ve gained this new mind set where I don’t seem to care if I own the book or not. So rather then spending loads of money on books that I am most probably only going to read once, I have decided to start getting them from the library… the only problem is that I go there for one book, and I come away with 10. But hey… they’re free!

1. The Art of being normal by Lisa Williamson.

I am loving the sound of this book, yet for some reason none of the blogs or booktubers I follow seem to even know this book exists! This book sounds like a truly inspiring novel. It follows two boys, Leo and David, who are both struggling with their identity. David wants to be a girl and Leo stands up for David in a fight, which I’m guessing makes him not so popular with the cool kids. I have never read a book about a transsexual, in fact this is the first I have ever heard of so I am extremely interested in seeing how it is portrayed in a book. The hashtag for this book is #whatisnormal which I absolutely love because it challenges what the idea of ‘normal’ is.


2. Where’d you go Bernadette by Maria Semple

I remember seeing this book a long time ago on booktube but I was never really all that interested. That is until I found it in the library in the ‘top reads’ section and thought it looked like a great summer read. This follows a women called Bernadette who is a ‘legendary architect’ and also a mum. She does missing and while her daughter searches for her, she discovers some secrets. The reviews on the book include words such as ‘witty,’ ‘hilarious,’ ‘accomplished’ and ‘life-affirming.’ I’m really intrigued by this book.


3. Beautiful Oblivion by Jamie Mcguire

When I think of perfect summer reads I think of saucy romances with a hot and troubled male falling for a shy but challenging female. If you think that too, then this book is perfect for you. This book is a companion novel to Beautiful Disaster and follows a new Maddox brother and his journey to falling in love. I have actually read this book and while I didn’t enjoy it quite as much as Beautiful Disaster it was a fun read. It’s the usual college based romance but the characters are really fun to read about, the only problem I had is that I didn’t feel much chemistry between them.


 4. All Our Yesterdays by Cristin Terrill

 This book has intrigued me since the first time I saw it over a year ago and since then I have picked up this book multiple times in book shops and put it into my watch list on the book people website, and yet I never got around to buying it. When I went into the library I went with the intent of only buying one book, yet somehow I came away with 5 and this was one of them. This I believe is a dystopia novel with a hint of time travel mixed into it. The plots too confusing for me to explain but I will be doing a review of it and all of these books hopefully.


5. Mermaids: Myths, Legend and Lore by Skye Alexander

This is a bit of a strange pick for me, but I have an explanation! This book is a non-fiction (sort of) about the myths and legends surrounding mermaids. I’ve always been intrigued by mermaids since I was a little kid and I’ve recently been thinking that there are not enough good mermaid books out there. Now that I have finished school and have a lot of spare time on my hands, I have decided to write a fictional novel on mermaids. However to do this I wanted to improve my knowledge on them, so I found this book in the library… and then came out with a few more.


6. Myths and Legends of Ancient Egypt by Joyce Tyldesley

In primary school, I remember my favourite thing to learn about was ancient Egypt. I loved learning about the gods and Cleopatra, so when I found this next to the mermaids book I really couldn’t resist it. This book supposedly covers all lives of Ancient Egyptians, the rich and poor, men and women, farmer and Pharaoh. I’ve always wanted to read an easy to understand book on Ancient Egypt so I am pretty excited to read this.


7. Merlin: The Prophet and it’s History by Geoffrey Ashe

I will admit this is one I most probably won’t read (along with the next one.) I basically got these because the BBC TV show ‘Merlin’ is my favourite TV show EVER and I thought I might be interested in learning about the true legend, now I’m thinking I actually don’t care and might just watch the TV show again. Geoffrey Ashe was an Arthurian scholar and is basically convinced that Merlin was actually a real person, (again I probably won’t read this.)


8. The Classic Guide to King Arthur by Dr Keith Souter

This is a guide to all main facts and legends surrounding King Arthur. This one sounds a lot more interested so I probably will read this, just so I can compare the legends with the TV show and see how closely they actually follow it.


So those are the books I borrowed on my adventures in the library. I’m hoping to review most of them but I am at the moment kind of obsessed with re-reading Harry Potter so I don’t know if I’ll be able to get to them all. Let me know if you have any specifically you would like me to review.

Thanks for reading.

Jess.

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