I haven’t done a library list in a while, but of course, I am always taking advantage of the reservation system at the library, to reserve books that I want to read and hope that they don’t all come in at the same time!
The Color Purple by Alice Walker
This is on my list because it’s one of the Guardian’s Top 10 epistolary novels that I am going to try and read as part of my 36 Before 36 challenge. It was on the reading list at university, but it was one of those that I didn’t get round to reading in full (there were a few of them!). This book is actually available to pick up now, I just have to get to the library!
Lullaby by Leila Slimani
I have no idea where I heard about this, but I suspect it was on one of those ‘Books to be excited about in 2018’ lists that I have to be really restrained around. It’s about a nanny who works for a Parisian couple looking after their two children, and it sounds like a terrific thriller, so I’m excited to read it.
Maisie Dobbs by Jacqueline Winspear
I spotted this on an Instagram account that I follow and love (@topshelftext); Madeline posted about it at the end of last year, and liked it so much that she edited her top ten of the year list to include it! That was enough for me; I almost downloaded the audiobook of it, but changed my mind at the last minute and added to my library list. It’s the first in a series as well, so I’m hoping it’s going to yield lots of good reading.
Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow by Jessica Townsend
I’ve had this reserved since the middle of November, and it still hasn’t arrived, which speaks to its popularity! It was one of the big children’s books of 2017, and was everywhere for a while, so I’m hoping it will arrive soon.
The Pearl Thief by Elizabeth Wein
Part of another challenge – I asked Janet from Someone Somewhere to recommend a book (one of my 36 Before 36 is to get recommendations from 20 people and read them all), and this is what she came up with. It went straight onto the library list, and I’m looking forward to getting into it.
The Watcher by Charles MacLean
When I put this post together, I assumed that another one that was on one of my challenge lists, but it’s not. It turns out that this has been on reserve since October, which means that it is more than likely one that I wanted to read for Halloween, as it is a horror. Now that I’m looking at it, in all honesty I probably won’t get around to reading it, and I will probably end up taking it off my list!
A Mercy by Toni Morrison
This one is on the Guardian’s top ten list of novels on rural America. I’ve not read much Toni Morrison before, which is a travesty considering that I studied American literature for three years. I believe that this book is already at the library, waiting for me to pick it up.
The Woman in the Window by AJ Finn
Another one that appeared on a load of ‘Best of 2018’ lists at the start of the year, and it’s not actually out until next week. It’s clearly influenced by Rear Window, as it’s about a woman who is housebound, and while looking out of her window, witnesses something in a neighbour’s flat. It certainly sounds like another exciting addition to the psychological thriller that doesn’t show any signs of going anywhere.