I've not shared my library finds for a while. It's not that I've not been checking them out (though I've shown considerable restraint of late when it comes to book borrowing), but I seem to run out of time and space here before I get a chance to show them off. Since this has been a busy week and my energy is zapped (I think it's the season change and having to not only go to work in the dark but return home in the dark as well), let me show you what I brought home from the library last night. A couple of these are books I had briefly and then had to get back in line for (do you re-check out library books multiple times, too?), so I'm hoping that I have better luck with them now.
How many weeks until another week of holiday vacation? (Three and a half...not that I'm counting or anything). And then I have to keep in mind the Winter Reading Program at my public library that is just around the corner. I've not participated for the last few years, but I think I just might this year (well, this winter to be specific). Since I just finished a library book (and returned it late last night...oops), I get to choose a new book from the library pile to read.
Some Girls, Some Hats and Hitler: A True Love Story Rediscovered by Trudi Kanter -- "In prose that cuts straight to the bones, Some Girls tells the true story of Trudi's astonishing journey from Vienna to Prague to blitzed London seeking safety for her and Walter (a businessman she fell in love with in Vienna) amid the horror engulfing Europe."
The Stockholm Octavo by Karen Engelmann -- "The Stockholm Octavo brings together a collection of characters, both fictional and historical, whose lives tangle in political conspiracy, love, and magic in a breathtaking debut that will leave you spellbound."
Tigers in Red Weather by Liza Klaussmann -- "Brilliantly told, with the tempestuous elegance of F. Scott Fitzgerald and the suspenseful dark longing of Patricia Highsmith, Tigers in Red Weather is an almost unbearably compelling story of liars, lust, and secrets."
The Sandcastle Girls by Chris Bohjalian -- "This spellbinding tale travels between Aleppo, Syria, in 1915 and Bronxville, New York, in 2012--a sweeping historical love story steeped in the author's Armenian heritage, making it his most personal novel to date."
Books to Die For: The World's Greatest Mystery Writers on the World's Greatest Mystery Novels edited by John Connelly and Declan Burke -- Love the sound of this and can't wait to dip into it! "In the most ambitious anthology of its kind yet attempted, the world's leading mystery writers have come together to champion the greatest mystery novels ever written." This is a book of essays by 119 authors from 20 countries. I'll be reading the essays with a pencil and paper in hand ready to note potential reads!
After the Fire by Karen Campbell -- I read Campbell's first mystery featuring Anna Cameron set in contemporary Glasgow and as I am in a 'Scottish-setting' mode at the moment thought it was time to pick up her second book. "Newly qualified as a firearms officer, Jamie Worth is called to a domestic disturbance. Events get out of hand, and he shoots and kills a teenaged girl who appears to have been unarmed. Already wracked with guilt, he is horrified when, with the media baying for blood, he is accused of murder."
Ah, the joys of picking a new book to read. Now that I think I do have energy for. Which will it be?