Library Haul – Reporting In!

Hi all! šŸ™‚

Well, it’s been ages since I actually posted. Life finds a way…in this case, to interfere.Ā So to ease back into posting, I thought I’d start with a good ol’ Library Haul.

The Blessing Way (Tony Hillerman)

theblessingwayDescription from Goodreads:Ā Homicide is always an abomination, but there is something exceptionally disturbing about the victim discovered in a high lonely place, a corpse with a mouth full of sand, abandoned at a crime scene seemingly devoid of tracks or useful clues. Though it goes against his better judgment, Navajo Tribal Police Lieutenant Joe Leaphorn cannot help but suspect the hand of a supernatural killer. There is palpable evil in the air, and Leaphorn’s pursuit of a Wolf-Witch is leading him where even the bravest men fear, on a chilling trail that winds perilously between mysticism and murder.

Why I Chose It: This one popped up in my Goodreads feed because my friend Felicia rated a later book in the series. She seems to enjoy this series and we have similar taste in mysteries, so I thought I’d give it a try.

Station Eleven (Emily St. John Mandel)

station11Description from Goodreads:Ā One snowy night a famous Hollywood actor slumps over and dies onstage during a production ofĀ King Lear. Hours later, the world as we know it begins to dissolve. Moving back and forth in timeā€”from the actor’s early days as a film star to fifteen years in the future, when a theater troupe known as the Traveling Symphony roams the wasteland of what remainsā€”this suspenseful, elegiac, spellbinding novel charts the strange twists of fate that connect five people: the actor, the man who tried to save him, the actor’s first wife, his oldest friend, and a young actress with the Traveling Symphony, caught in the crosshairs of a dangerous self-proclaimed prophet.

Why I Chose It: This one’s been on my list for a while, I was just waiting for my library to get a copy. I’m not usually one for dystopians, but this one sounded interesting.

The Radleys (Matt Haig)

theradleysDescription from Goodreads:Ā The Radleys are an everyday family who juggle dysfunctional lives. Except, as Peter and Helen Radley know, but their children have yet to find out, the Radleys happen to be a family of abstaining vampires. When one night Clara finds herself driven to commit a bloodthirsty act, her parents decide to explain a few things.

Why I Chose It: I was reading the reviews for another book by this author, How To Stop Time, and one of the posts raved about another one of his works, The Humans. That one sounded good, but my library doesn’t have it. Boo. So I settled on this one instead. It also looks interesting and it has vampires! šŸ˜‰

DNFs Headed Back to the Library:

How The Irish SavedĀ CivilizationĀ (Thomas Cahill)

irishDescription from Goodreads:Ā From the fall of Rome to the rise of Charlemagne – the “dark ages” – learning, scholarship, and culture disappeared from the European continent. The great heritage of western civilization – from the Greek and Roman classics to Jewish and Christian works – would have been utterly lost were it not for the holy men and women of unconquered Ireland.

Why I Didn’t Finish It: Something about this one just dragged; I couldn’t make it 10 pages without falling asleep. Which is a shame because it sounds really interesting. šŸ˜¦

The Professor and The Madman: A Tale of Murder, Insanity, and Making of the Oxford English Dictionary (Simon Winchester)

oxforddictionaryDescription from Goodreads:Ā The compilation of theĀ OED, begun in 1857, was one of the most ambitious projects ever undertaken. As definitions were collected, the overseeing committee, led by Professor James Murray, discovered that one man, Dr. W. C. Minor, had submitted more than ten thousand. When the committee insisted on honoring him, a shocking truth came to light: Dr. Minor, an American Civil War veteran, was also an inmate at an asylum for the criminally insane.

Why I Didn’t Finish It: This author must have felt that, since he was writing about a dictionary, he needed to use EVERY WORD IN IT. This was kind of charming…for the first few pages. Then it started sounding pompous. Another shame, because I was actually really curious about the story.

So catch me up? What are YOU reading right now?