Library List 001

As I have mentioned many times before, I love the library. I’ve always been a big fan, ever since I was little, and as an adult, I use it very regularly. I make very good use of the reservation service; the library in my village isn’t very big at all, and as such they hardly ever have the books I want to read. So I reserve a lot of books, and try to wait patiently while they make their way to me.

In my on-going quest to make my blog even more bookish, I thought I’d make a regular feature of sharing what’s on my reservation list. At the very least it might provide a book recommendation for you!


The Second Summer of the Sisterhood by Ann Brashares
I read the first book of this Young Adult series last year, having watched and loved the film (in a totally non-ironic way), and I was eager to read the next in the series. The fact that this book has been on the list since December without moving up suggests that both the library copies have been lost, and I’ll probably never get it.

A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
I have heard nothing but good things about all the books of Patrick Ness, and this one in particular, so I thought it was about time I tried him out. Luckily enough, having been waiting for this one since the start of January, it’s finally arrived so I’ll be going to pick it up tomorrow morning.

Case Histories by Kate Atkinson
I recently watched the television adaptation of Case Histories, and enjoyed it so much that I thought I’d read the books. I really like the character of Jackson Brodie (and not just because he’s played by Jason Isaacs), so I hope a lot of his characterisation comes directly from the books. I’m number one on the list, so I shouldn’t have too long to wait for this.


A Death in the Family by Karl Ove Knausgaard
Someone I like tweeted about about this book, saying how wonderful it was. If someone whose opinion I value likes a book, that’s enough for it to go onto my To Read list. This seems to be a memoir written in the form of a novel by a Norwegian writer. I’m looking forward to reading it. I’m number one on the list for this one too.

Itch Rocks by Simon Mayo
I finished the first Itch book last night, and I really enjoyed it, so I’m glad that I had the foresight to reserve the second book, Itch Rocks, a couple of weeks ago. It has already arrived, so I’ll be starting on this as soon as I go and pick it up.

Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood
Somehow I’ve still never read any Atwood, despite having borrowed A Handmaid’s Tale from the library some months ago (I had to take it back before I had a chance to read it). I was looking through the long list of the Bailey Prize the other day, and Madd Adam is on it. I want to read that, but it’s part of a trilogy, so I decided to reserve Oryx and Crake, the first in the trilogy. This one has already arrived too.


Burial Rites by Hannah Kent
I heard Hannah Kent talking about Burial Rites on the radio ages ago, and I really fancied reading it. I added it to my Goodreads list, but for some reason didn’t get around to reserving it at the library. Then I read the Bailey Prize long list and saw it on there, which reminded me to reserve it. Set in Iceland, it tells the story of a young woman who is found guilty of murder and sentenced to death. It sounds bleak and stark, and utterly wonderful. I’m number ten on the list, and I can’t wait to read it.

Wool by Hugh Howey
Eagle eyed followers may recall that I have already had this one from the library, but I didn’t get around to reading it and had to return it! So I promptly re-reserved it, and it’s arrived already! Another book that I hear fabulous things about, it’s the first in a science fiction trilogy and I’m going to make sure I read it this time!

Shiverton Hall by Emerald Fennell
I actually added this book while I was writing this post, because I was catching up with Call the Midwife, and I wanted to check the name of the actress playing the new midwife Patsy. Turns out Emerald Fennell is also an author, and she has written Shiverton Hall, a child’s ghost story. I’m not always a fan of a ghost story, but I’m willing to give this one a go. Probably because, as a children’s story, it might not be too scary. I’m number one on the list.

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  • Reply Janet

    I loved Burial Rites so much, it’s beautifully written and it made me want to go back to Iceland! Hope you do enjoy it when your turn comes.

    March 14, 2014 at 4:43 pm
    • Reply Janey

      It has just come into the library, so I’ll be going to get it tomorrow!

      April 2, 2014 at 5:27 pm
  • Reply Daire

    I love the library too! I went and spent an hour there last night, but had to whittle down my selection after realising there was no way I’d be able to carry them home! Blog post on the topic pending! x

    March 14, 2014 at 6:09 pm
    • Reply Janey

      I think my librarian thinks I’m crazy – I regularly get ten or so books out! I think I’m their best customer!

      April 2, 2014 at 5:28 pm
  • Reply sarah stevens

    as a bokworm i too love the library!! these books look ace!! im currently reading the catching fire bookset 😀

    March 14, 2014 at 11:56 pm
    • Reply Janey

      Ah, The Hunger Games trilogy is ace! I hope you’re enjoying it! 🙂

      April 2, 2014 at 5:28 pm
  • Reply Lorna Mai (@TheColourQueen)

    I have to admit, I’m not much of a book reader, not fiction anyway. I do like the sound though of Burial Rites and Death in the Family. I think because they’re set in Europe, there’s something about a story, book or film when its set abroad. I hope you get to read all on your library list.

    March 15, 2014 at 12:25 am
    • Reply Janey

      Thanks for your comment! I am trying to read more non-fiction, but I always end up back with the novels!

      April 2, 2014 at 5:28 pm

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