I have this problem. It’s called Shiny Library Book Syndrome. Scientifically speaking, it means I am drawn to the new releases displayed so I can see their covers. Unless my handy-dandy Goodreads friends have read advanced reader copies of the new releases, I usually don’t have much to go on when I check the book out. And, although it’s a big bag of books I bring home (like last week’s), can be a pretty mixed bag. Some books will be treasures, others will be sent back unread because of their negative content.
Last year, I wrote a blog post that was sort of a mini guide to what’s cool at the library, sharing old and new favorites. Thanks to interlibrary loans and some libraries that will purchase books upon request (O.o. ❤ 😀 ), it’s pretty easy to get just about any book you want at the library, but if you’re a bit of a “find-what-finds-you” person like me… Maybe you’d like a guide? 😉
Here are some of the treasures I’ve found!
Beautiful Blue World by Suzanne LaFleur is a very hard book to describe. If there were such a genre as “historical fantasy”, this would be it. It had the same feel as some of my favorite World War II books (most notably, The Book Thief) with strands of empathy and art and friendship all twined together. But it also had some fantasy elements to it without magic or creatures, so… Just read it, and come back and tell me what genre it is. 😛 (Read my full review here.)
This book, Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library by Chris Grabenstein, was a quirky surprise! Basically, imagine if Mr. Wonka had a library with a ton of complicated, super cool games. Also, if you are a nerd like me, please be warned that there are a ton of literary references that might make your head explode with the happy. (Read my review here.)
If you are a writer or an aspiring one, Word After Word After Word by Patricia MacLachlan is a beautiful read. In a way, it was a book about how to write and what to write about, but more importantly, it was about many of the reasons why to write, all told through a heartwarming story. ❤ (I have a review here.)
Who else was obsessed with Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH as a kid? Well, this book is for us. 😉 Word of Mouse by James Patterson and Christ Grabenstein was a cute read, and the illustrations by one of my favorite artists were a cool treat too. 😉 (Read my review at this spot…)
It’s only August, and I’ve read The Vanderbeekers of 141st Street by Karina Yan Glaser twice this year. Okay, one time was a family read-aloud by my mom, but still–that’s a pretty good recommendation. 😉 It had us sighing happily over how relatable it was, crying over the family’s circumstances and squabbles, and laughing aloud over their quirks. We’re very much looking forward to the sequel! (Read my very enthusiastic review here.)
When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead, a book my younger sisters forced me to read. It was brilliant. Time-wimey (a.k.a. there were elements of time travel). Tearjerking. Thought-provoking. Nerdily written and titled, down to the chapter headings. I’m so glad I read it. 😉 (Read my review, complete with a content advisory, here.)
So, there you are! Those are some of my favorite library finds. 😉
Have you found any treasures at the library?