I love using my library to read books that I’m on the fence about reading or if I’m not sure that I will like enough to add to my collection. Through my library, I’ve discovered so many books out of my comfort zone that I really enjoy. Here are some of my latest reads from the library:
- Olivia Twist by Lorie Langdon
Olivia Twist pleasantly surprised me. Even though I’m a fan of retellings, I’m not a huge classics person. As a result, this book is definitely different than the majority of books that I read. However, I ended up really enjoying this book. Olivia Twist is a “twist” on Oliver Twist where a girl pulled from the slums by a wealthy relative encounters a former friend and well-known con man from her past. While it took me awhile to get into the writing style of this book, which does have a more “classic” feel, I did really like the characters and the romance.
- In Case You Missed It by Sarah Darer Littman
I hadn’t heard about this book before, but I picked it up on a whim after reading the description. This book follows Sammy, a high school student, whose diary is released on the internet after someone hacks into her father’s company to expose her family’s secrets. I liked how the author has a background in internet safety, but sometimes, it came across like after school special to me. The main character wasn’t particularly likeable and the story dragged a bit at times for me. That being said, this book is extremely relevant to our current culture and could be beneficial for young people to read.
- The Belles by Dhonielle Clayton
Unfortunately, I DNF’ed this library book. I started reading The Belles despite not generally liking fantasy books or dystopian books that are tied primarily to beauty (for example, The Uglies series). I actually renewed this book because I wanted to push past the beginning and hopefully make it to a more interesting ending. I got about halfway through this book before I put it down. For me, I wasn’t particularly interested in the world and thought the book moved too slow for my liking.
- Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco
This is the second book on this list that I DNF’ed. However, unlike The Belles, I can see myself picking this book up in the future. I think I picked this book up at a bad time. I went on vacation just as I started reading and then turned it back into the library shortly after I returned. The story line still interests me and I liked the dynamic between the two main characters. Even though this isn’t the highest book on my TBR list, I could see myself checking it out from the library again.
- Shatter Me and Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi
I checked Shatter Me and Unravel Me out from the library because I saw so many people talking about the latest book in this series, Restore Me. I missed out on the hype of this book upon its initial release and drawn away from it after reading some negative reviews. However, I was motivated to look into it after seeing how well-loved this series is by many members of the bookish community. I flew threw both the first and second book, but I’m not sure I will pick up any more. This contains many tropes popular around the time of its release that I’m not a big fan of anymore. For me, the first two books didn’t really progress the plot too much and I didn’t quite have a good grasp on the world. Still, I’m glad that I was able to check these books out of the library to have a chance to finally read them.
What books have you recently checked out of the library?