So…oops? I swear I only went in for 4 books! I don’t know what happened! It wouldn’t really be an issue, except my library’s checkout period is only 3 weeks. Ack! Wish me luck!
I guess it could be worse; I almost grabbed an 8th book on the way out because the cover caught my eye, but it turned out to be the 4th in a series and my library didn’t have the 1st one. So…yea for me? ::shrugs::
This is going to be a long one. Stick with me. 🙂
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society (Mary Ann Shaffer & Annie Barrows)
Description From Goodreads: January 1946: London is emerging from the shadow of the Second World War, and writer Juliet Ashton is looking for her next book subject. Who could imagine that she would find it in a letter from a man she’s never met, a native of the island of Guernsey, who has come across her name written inside a book by Charles Lamb….
As Juliet and her new correspondent exchange letters, Juliet is drawn into the world of this man and his friends—and what a wonderfully eccentric world it is. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society—born as a spur-of-the-moment alibi when its members were discovered breaking curfew by the Germans occupying their island—boasts a charming, funny, deeply human cast of characters, from pig farmers to phrenologists, literature lovers all.
Juliet begins a remarkable correspondence with the society’s members, learning about their island, their taste in books, and the impact the recent German occupation has had on their lives. Captivated by their stories, she sets sail for Guernsey, and what she finds will change her forever.
Why I Chose It: This one has been in my TBR list for a long time, but I recently saw an ad for the movie and it reminded me that “I really should read that book!” I double checked the description before I popped over the library and it still sounded good, though I’m a bit concerned it may turn into a “Mr. Pip” type book, so I’m going to have my tissues ready.
Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore (Matthew Sullivan)
Description From Goodreads: When a bookshop patron commits suicide, his favorite store clerk must unravel the puzzle he left behind. Lydia Smith lives her life hiding in plain sight. A clerk at the Bright Ideas bookstore, she keeps a meticulously crafted existence among her beloved books, eccentric colleagues, and the BookFrogs—the lost and lonely regulars who spend every day marauding the store’s overwhelmed shelves.
But when Joey Molina, a young, beguiling BookFrog, kills himself in the bookstore’s upper room, Lydia’s life comes unglued. Always Joey’s favorite bookseller, Lydia has been bequeathed his meager worldly possessions. Trinkets and books; the detritus of a lonely, uncared for man. But when Lydia flips through his books she finds them defaced in ways both disturbing and inexplicable. They reveal the psyche of a young man on the verge of an emotional reckoning. And they seem to contain a hidden message. What did Joey know? And what does it have to do with Lydia?
As Lydia untangles the mystery of Joey’s suicide, she unearths a long buried memory from her own violent childhood. Details from that one bloody night begin to circle back. Her distant father returns to the fold, along with an obsessive local cop, and the Hammerman, a murderer who came into Lydia’s life long ago and, as she soon discovers, never completely left.
Why I Chose It: Ya’ll know me and my penchant for mysteries. This one sounded right up my alley, though it definitely doesn’t seem to be of the ‘cozy variety’. 😉
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine (Gail Honeyman)
Description From Goodreads: Meet Eleanor Oliphant: She struggles with appropriate social skills and tends to say exactly what she’s thinking. Nothing is missing in her carefully timetabled life of avoiding social interactions, where weekends are punctuated by frozen pizza, vodka, and phone chats with Mummy. All this means that Eleanor has become a creature of habit (to say the least) and a bit of a loner.
But everything changes when Eleanor meets Raymond, the bumbling and deeply unhygienic IT guy from her office. When she and Raymond together save Sammy, an elderly gentleman who has fallen on the sidewalk, the three become the kinds of friends who rescue one another from the lives of isolation they have each been living. And it is Raymond’s big heart that will ultimately help Eleanor find the way to repair her own profoundly damaged one.
Why I Chose It: The story line for this one sounds cute, so I’m hoping it doesn’t turn into a huge romance or a “we can fix autism with friendship” type deal. It has pretty good ratings, so fingers crossed.
The Book of Speculation (Erika Swyler)
Description From Goodreads: Simon Watson, a young librarian, lives alone on the Long Island Sound in his family home, a house perched on the edge of a cliff that is slowly crumbling into the sea. His parents are long dead, his mother having drowned in the water his house overlooks.
One day, Simon receives a mysterious book from an antiquarian bookseller; it has been sent to him because it is inscribed with the name Verona Bonn, Simon’s grandmother. Simon must unlock the mysteries of the book, and decode his family history, before fate deals its next deadly hand.
Why I Chose It: Oddly, this was not one that I was planning to get today, but I saw the cover and went “Why do I know that cover?”, opened the book, “Oh yeah! The mermaid one!” I’ve been meaning to snag this for a while, so I went ahead and picked it up. Let’s hope it’s as good as it sounds! — I just noticed that this description doesn’t mention the mermaids. I guess you’ll just have to grab the book yourself to find out what I mean. 😉
The Book That Matters Most (Ann Hood)
Description From Goodreads: Ava’s twenty-five-year marriage has fallen apart, and her two grown children are pursuing their own lives outside of the country. Ava joins a book group, not only for her love of reading but also out of sheer desperation for companionship. The group’s goal throughout the year is for each member to present the book that matters most to them. Ava rediscovers a mysterious book from her childhood—one that helped her through the traumas of the untimely deaths of her sister and mother. Alternating with Ava’s story is that of her troubled daughter Maggie, who, living in Paris, descends into a destructive relationship with an older man. Ava’s mission to find that book and its enigmatic author takes her on a quest that unravels the secrets of her past and offers her and Maggie the chance to remake their lives.
Why I Chose It: Well, this one was sitting next to Eleanor Oliphant and I was intrigued by the title, so I read the description on the flap. It sounds really good, right?
The Ladies of Garrison Gardens (Louise Shaffer)
Description From Goodreads: Charles Valley’s legendary dowagers, the three Miss Margarets, have lost one of their own: Peggy Garrison, who married into a huge fortune but was constantly overshadowed by the legacy her husband’s first wife, the great Myrtis Garrison. When Peggy’s will is read, the news of who will take over the Garrison fortune shakes the town to its core. To everyone’s shock, Peggy has left all of the Garrison holdings–the world-famous botanical gardens, the massive resort, and the lovely Garrison “Cottage,” where FDR once visited–to the town’s down-and-out wild child, Laurel Selene McCready.
Laurel was like a daughter to Miss Peggy, but the last thing she wants to do is step into Miss Peggy’s shoes as the wealthiest, most powerful person in town, especially since the Garrison fortune never bought Peggy any happiness. On top of that, when Laurel reluctantly explores her hew home, the storied Garrison Cottage, she discovers that mysteries abound when it comes to the great Miss Myrtis. What clues are hidden in an old suitcase containing a child’s dress and sheet music dating back to the Southern Vaudeville circuit? Who is the elderly woman outside Atlanta who has been keeping track of the Garrison estate’s every development via the Charles Valley Gazette? And how will Laurel avoid the fate of her two predecessors whose secrets have far greater implications than Laurel could ever have imagined? Culminating in an unforgettable sleight of hand, proving that behind every great fortune there is a great crime, The Ladies of Garrison Gardens is as page-turning and irresistible as its predecessor.
Why I Chose It: Oh no! This is a sequel?! I totally missed that when I read the description on the flap. 😦 I hope I can read them out of order. It sounds really interesting!
The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making (Catherynne Valente)
Description From Goodreads: Twelve-year-old September lives in Omaha, and used to have an ordinary life, until her father went to war and her mother went to work. One day, September is met at her kitchen window by a Green Wind (taking the form of a gentleman in a green jacket), who invites her on an adventure, implying that her help is needed in Fairyland. The new Marquess is unpredictable and fickle, and also not much older than September. Only September can retrieve a talisman the Marquess wants from the enchanted woods, and if she doesn’t . . . then the Marquess will make life impossible for the inhabitants of Fairyland. September is already making new friends, including a book-loving Wyvern and a mysterious boy named Saturday.
Why I Chose It: This is the only non-adult book that I picked up today! I’m super proud of myself. Not that there’s anything wrong with reading Children’s or YA books, but I was kind of getting in a rut. But I’ve had this one on my TBR list for quite a while now, and it’ll make a nice pick me up in between the other, heavier books. 🙂
So what are you guys reading right now? Anyone else do a Library Haul recently?