Library Loot (Feb. 24): 4 nonfiction, 10 fiction

Library Loot is a weekly event co-hosted by Claire from The Captive Reader and Sharlene from Real Life Reading that encourages bloggers to share the books they’ve checked out from the library.

I found that little Library Loot photo in my media library, upload date circa 2009. What a throwback! Love it!

This week I checked out 14 total books: 4 non-fiction, 10 fiction. Everything is adult reading level unless otherwise noted.

I deliberately tried to pick up different kinds of books than I’ve been reading for the last few years, so there’s no romance(!) or swords and sorcery fantasy(!).1 I also went for all PHYSICAL books e.g. no ebooks, again to shake me out of my current reading rut.

Unfinished Business: Notes of a Chronic Re-Reader by Vivian Gornick. Featured in my Sunday Salon post from yesterday; I’m about halfway through and expect to finish it soon. Goodreads.
The Dinosaur Artist by Paige Williams. I’m a sucker for social histories written like true crime books, and about dinosaur scientists to boot! Goodreads.
Waking the Witch: Reflections on Women, Magic, and Power by Pam Grossman. The subject line on the copyright page says: Witches | Women– Miscellaneous. Should be fun. Goodreads.

How I Killed Pluto and Why It Had It Coming by Mike Brown. Written by the scientist who discovered Eris; it’s 10 years old now, but I plan on filling in any missing info with some prudent Googling. Goodreads.
The Summer Book by Tove Jansson. Translated from Swedish by Thomas Teal. Author of the Moomin comic book series, this is about a girl and her grandmother, and their summer on an island. Goodreads.
The Charmed Children of Rookskill Castle by Janet Fox. A middle grade gothic fantasy novel with an excellently spooky cover (reminds me of Shirley Jackson). Goodreads.

A Path Begins by J.A. White. Middle grade fantasy book read and reviewed in less than a week. Yay!
Nowhere to Be Found by Bae Suah. Translated from Korean by Sora Kim-Russell. Chosen mostly because of its small size, tbh. Goodreads.
The Book of Hidden Things by Francesco Dimitri. A group of friends entangle themselves into something; not sure if it’s magical realism or just straight-up fantasy, but I love the cover. Goodreads.

The Hen Who Dreamed She Could Fly by Sun-Mi Hwang. Translated from Korean by Chi-Young Kim. It’s about a chicken named Sprout! Goodreads.
The Emerald Circus by Jane Yolen. A short story collection featuring famous and beloved fictional characters and fictionalized authors. I’ve enjoyed her children’s books before, and this one has an AMAZING cover, so I grabbed it. Goodreads.
The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery. Translated from French by Alison Anderson. A story about the tenants living in a Paris hotel. I’d been meaning to read this for, um, 10 years. Goodreads.

Hannah Green and her Unfeasibly Mundane Existence by Michael Marshall Smith. Cover looks like it should be young adult (and the title sounds terrible MG), but it’s not! Blurb on the back compares the setting to Stephen King’s books, so I’m expecting something magical and spooky (and/or horrible) at the very least. Goodreads.
The Garden of Small Beginnings by Abbi Waxman. A contemporary fiction story about an illustrator who visits a boutique vegetable gardening center and learns about life, I suppose. I haven’t read a contemporary fiction (non-romance) book for several years, so I’m excited to try this one. Goodreads.

Have you read any of these books?
Any recommendations on which I should read first?

  1. tbh, my library doesn’t have much that I’d enjoy in either of those genres, so I usually end up getting ebooks from another library instead.

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