Hey everyone, and welcome back to the blog! Since I moved home in October, I wasn’t sure whereabouts my new local library actually was in the village. I knew it was called a community library, but wasn’t sure if it was in the village centre or somewhere else. So after some errands, I mapped it out from their Facebook page, and was pleasantly surprised – it turns out it was very easy to find! It’s not a large library like I’ve been used to growing up, as it’s lottery funded, and looks more like a small church hall, but it’s so lovely. The staff were friendly, and gave me a new card there and then, so I would be able to check out books. There were cookies, sweets and drinks for sale, as well as books, and when I arrived, there was also an adult fitness class going on in another room. I’m definitely going back, especially as I have some books to return! I took out four books, so without further ado, let’s begin and fair warning, there may be spoilers.
The first book I picked up was The Year of the Flood by Margaret Atwood. I thought this was a standalone, but it turns out this is the second book in Margaret Atwood’s adult dystopian trilogy. In this world, a man-made plague, The Waterless Flood, was ended the world as we know it. This novel follows Ren, an exotic dancer who is trapped in a sex club, and Toby, a girl who watches the world from a rooftop garden. I’m intrigued by this, and have read a few of Margaret Atwood’s books before, so I’d like to see how this compares.
The second book I picked up was One With You by Sylvia Day, which is the fifth and final book in the Crossfire series. This is an adult romance series, and I read the first four last September. In this instalment, Eva and Gideon are married and now are looking to keep their romance alive, as people threaten to come between them. Eva and Gideon are committed to each other, and fighting to keep this love may be what breaks them. I’m curious to see if the pair will have a happy ending, and if any more secrets come tumbling out…
The penultimate book I picked up was Salvation of a Saint by Keigo Higashino. I’m not sure if this is a sequel to The Devotion of Suspect X, which I read a while ago, or if it could be read as a standalone. This is a translated adult crime novel, set in Japan. When a man is found dead by poisoning, his wife Ayane is under suspicion, however she was hundreds of miles away. When detective Kusanagi tries to solve the case, he finds himself falling for Ayane – is he about to be drawn into a web of deceit? I love Japan, so a crime thriller set in one of my favourite locations is amazing!
The final book I got was The Diviners by Libba Bray, which is the first book in the YA fantasy-supernatural series, The Diviners. Set in 1920’s New York, this follows Evie O’Neill with a mysterious power – a power that may be able to help catch a serial killer. As Evie investigates, other stories and players begin in unfurl, whilst something dark and evil has awakened. I’ve heard nothing but good things about this from BookTuber EmmmaBooks, and it sounds an intriguing, fun read!
So that completes my second library haul! What books have you hauled from the library lately? Do you use yours?