It’s not entirely the Coronavirus’s fault…I already broke my New Year’s resolution of not checking out too many library books. But the extended spring break and then the announcement that my grad school will be finishing the rest of the semester online made me want to leave my house—i.e. go to the library to get more germs. I mean, books.
Do I have a lot of books at home I could be reading? Yes. Problem is, I needed an excuse to get out of the house. Plus, I have been visiting my library’s account more often recently. There were books I had saved on lists for as long as I had that account (three years). Books I really wanted to read for years. I even checked out two books from my school’s library—great timing, right?
Naturally, there are a lot of books here, so let’s get right to it.
I Work at a Public Library by Gina Sheridan
This is one of the books I checked out from my school library, before the Coronavirus mania reached my school’s campus. I had heard of this book, even randomly saved it to my wish list on Amazon then deleted it. I Work at a Public Library seemed better to read from the library, as recounts the author’s experiences as a librarian in a public library. And I’ve already read it, so you will see it in a future reading wrap-up.
Coraline graphic novel adaption by Neil Gaiman and illustrated by P. Craig Russell
Coraline was on the same display as I Work in a Public Library. I had seen the Tim Burton movie adaption a couple of years ago. I have already read this book too and you will see my full thoughts in a wrap-up.
Doll Bones by Holly Black
The only book in this library haul that was actually for school, Doll Bones is for an assignment in my children’s literature class. At the time I am writing this, I’m currently reading Doll Bones and a little over 50 pages in. And the main character Zach’s dad is a dumbass jerk.
The Winter King and The Sea King by C.L. Wilson
A few weeks ago, I did a project on paranormal romance novels for my collection development and management class. This was a genre I had not read much of in the past few years, at least not of the more adult variety. I actually deleted a lot off Goodreads. However, The Winter King and The Sea King were ones I did not delete. They are a series of companion novels set in an elaborate fantasy world following sisters with elemental magic. I’m slowly working my way through The Winter King (both are over 500 pages). So far, it has some of the typical paranormal romance tropes that C.L. Wilson is doing her best to make less toxic.
One Night with the Valkyrie by Jane Godman
One Night with the Valkyrie was a book I borrowed before The Winter King, and the book I think really instigated the desire to read more adult paranormal romance, besides working on the project I just mentioned. I was drawn to this one primarily because the man is the human and his love interest is a Valkyrie that escorts souls back to Valhalla. She falls for him, but their relationship violates the laws of the gods. And we all know how well that goes.
Darkfever by Karen Marie Moning
The Darkfever series I’ve had saved on Goodreads and on my library account for ages. When I saw it on the list of “Best Paranormal Romance Novels” on Goodreads, I convinced myself to pick up the first book. In case you didn’t know, Darkfever follows Mac, a young woman who goes to Ireland to investigate her sister’s murder and discovers she has the ability to see fae. I’ve heard these books are very good books and has a great slow-burn romance.
Bloodlines series by Richelle Mead
This series was recently featured on my anti-haul a few days ago. I got Bloodlines from the library because, if I’m being honest, I fell a little out of love with the Vampire Academy series. I was not Team Adrian Ivashkov, though I know now Dimitri probably wasn’t much better. Still, I need something fluffy to read. Richelle Mead’s books fit the bill.
Fallen series by Lauren Kate
Another series from my anti-haul, the Fallen series is from an era of young adult literature where the heroine’s primary motivation is getting close to the dark, broody bad boy. All that I have ever heard about these books is that they are a cringe-fest. It was also another book I think was mentioned on the Goodreads “Best Paranormal Romance Books.” So, we shall see.
Dark Lover by J.R. Ward
A staple in adult paranormal romance, Dark Lover is the first book in the popular, ever-growing Black Dagger Brotherhood series. All I need to know is that it has vampires and sex.
Angels’ Blood by Nalini Singh
I’m pretty sure I had Angels’ Blood on my Goodreads TBR for a while, then I deleted it. After watching the TV show Evil on CBS, I was looking for stuff specifically with angels and demons. A vampire hunter named Elena is hired by the archangel Raphael for a dangerous mission and, as you’d expect, he’s ridiculously hot.
Stray by Rachel Vincent
Shapeshifters are some of my favorite supernaturals. Stray follows a young woman, a werecat, who is forced to go back home to her Pride after an attack reveals a string of disappearing female werecats like her.
Shiver trilogy by Maggie Stiefvater
One of the series I’ve had saved on Goodreads for the longest, I figured it was time I read the Shiver trilogy before reading The Raven Boys. I know I do not necessarily need to, but I’m way behind on Maggie Stiefvater’s backlist books.
Hush, Hush series by Becca Fitzpatrick
Besides being casually mentioned in a Polandbananasbooks YouTube video, I chose the Hush, Hush series primarily because my library recommended it for those who liked the Unearthly trilogy by Cynthia Hand. This might be another cringe-fest, though.
Trail of Lightning by Rebecca Roanhorse
The most recently published paranormal romance novel in this library book haul, Trail of Lightning is set in a post-apocalyptic world where Native American gods are alive and only those who lived on the reservations survived the end of the world.
The Night Before by Wendy Walker
I read Wendy Walker’s debut novel from the library, Emma in the Night, a few years ago and liked it, though it was not what I expected. Like that book, The Night Before also follows sisters. After getting dumped, Laura leaves her life in New York to live with her sister Rosie in Connecticut. When Laura doesn’t come home from a date with a man she met online, Rosie begins to fear the worst. Not that the man did something to Laura, but that Laura did something to him.
Marlena by Julie Buntin
When Cat was fifteen, she became infatuated with her neighbor, an older girl named Marlena. Beautiful and manic, Marlena introduces Cat to the wilder side of life, until she is found drowned in six inches of water. Years later, as Cat looks back on those days, she is forced to face the guilt she feels and finally forgive herself.
The Last Equation of Isaac Severy by Nova Jacobs
After her adoptive grandfather, famed mathematician Isaac Severy, commits suicide, struggling bookseller Hazel receives a letter from him. She is sent on a scavenger hunt to find mathematical treasure, where she interacts with other mentally unstable members of the Severy family. But when things do not go according to plan, Hazel is forced to enlist the help of those whose motives are questionable.
The Philosopher’s Flight by Tom Miller
All I know about The Philosopher’s Flight is that a male scientist is sent to work with a crew with all female scientists and gender roles are flipped on their heads. I don’t need to know anything else besides that.
The Murderer’s Daughters by Randy Susan Meyers
I’ve had The Murderer’s Daughters saved on Goodreads since 2012. The story follows thirty years of two sisters’ lives after their father kills their mother right in front of them.
Pieces of Her by Karin Slaughter
Karin Slaughter was the author almost everyone was talking about a year or two ago. I’ve been cautious to read her books after I watched a review of how graphic her books are. Pieces of Her was her book I was most interested in, primarily because it focuses on a mother-daughter relationship. The mother has a secret past the daughter never knew about, and it is said to not be the most graphic of Karin Slaughter’s books.
What She Left Behind by Ellen Marie Wiseman
Another book I had saved on Goodreads since 2012, one a friend had actually recommended to me, What She Left Behind also follows a mother-daughter relationship. In this one, the daughter is trying to put together her family’s history after the death of her mentally ill mother. It begins after she discovers the diary of her ancestor, who reveals something deeply disturbing about the family.
The Girls by Emma Cline
The Girls is a book I heard about when it was released and kept it on my radar after a friend recommended it to me. It’s a retelling of the Manson Family cult. At least, that’s what I heard. And I think I girl has a crush on another girl.
The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh
The Language of Flowers has been on my TBR as long as The Murderer’s Daughters. It follows a young woman that grew up in the foster-care system and makes her living as a florist. When she meets a mysterious vendor, she questions what is truly missing from her life and confronts a painful secret from her past that has been holding her back from happiness.
The White Devil by Justin Evans
The White Devil is set in a British boarding school with a connection to the poet Lord Byron. Seventeen-year-old American Andrew Taylor is sent there by his wealthy father after some problems at home. As one would expect, the school is haunted. Andrew soon becomes fascinated with Lord Byron’s time there as a student, when the young poet uncovered a dark mystery about the school.
The Imposter Bride by Nancy Richler
I found The Imposter Bride completely on a whim. It was recommended on Goodreads for those who have read The Painted Girls by Cathy Marie Buchanan. Thing is, I didn’t necessarily like The Painted Girls…yet the idea of a daughter uncovering her late mother’s past and learning she stole someone else’s identity as a mail-order war bride was simply too intriguing. It seemed like fate when I saw that my local library had a copy.
The Lucky One by Lori Radar-Day
Alice, a survivor of a childhood kidnapping, never forgot how she was nabbed from her backyard in a small Indiana community and how her cop father found her 24 hours later. Despite her family moving to Chicago to forget it all, she never did and volunteers with the Doe Pages to find missing people. Then, she sees the face of the man who abducted her and teams up with a woman named Merrily Cruz to find him before he hurts someone else.
Without Merit by Colleen Hoover
I have never read a Colleen Hoover book and, seeing all her books saved on my library account, I made it a mission to leave the library with whatever book of hers they had on hand. Without Merit was the only one currently not checked out. This is one of her books I was most interested reading anyway. Without Merit is about a girl that blows the whistle on her family’s dirty laundry, thinking she has an escape plan. But when that escape plan falls through, she is forced to face the consequences of her actions.
The Marriage of Opposites by Alice Hoffman
Again, The Marriage of Opposites has been on my Goodreads TBR for too long. I have not read a book by Alice Hoffman since Aquamarine in sixth grade. After buying The Dovekeepers from a used bookstore and seeing the gorgeous cover of The World That We Knew everywhere when it came out, I was reminded of how far beyond I am in Alice Hoffman’s books. I had forgotten The Marriage of Opposites until I read the synopsis: the love story of painter Camille Pissarro’s parents.
Side note: I have no idea who this painter is.
Still Lives by Marie Hummel
Kim Lord is an artist that has an upcoming collection of self-portraits as famous dead women. Before the grand opening of her gala, she goes missing. Editor Maggie Richter gets drawn into the case by both her fascination with Kim’s art and that her ex-boyfriend is a suspect in Kim’s disappearance. To find answers, she goes deep into a world built on money and secrets against the backdrop of a society that normalizes violence against women (aka our modern society).
The Other Typist by Suzanne Rindell
In the 1920s, Rose Baker is a typist for the New York Police Department. She types up confessions of criminals during the day, and by night goes back to being a woman sticking to her Victorian values. She’s a proper lady, until enigmatic new arrival Odalie introduces her to jazz and speakeasies. Except an innocent fascination soon turns into an obsession that sends Rose down into a dangerous spiral.
Have you read any of these library books? Particularly, any Colleen Hoover or Karin Slaughter? What did you think of them?