As cheesy as it may sound, however poor you might be, with a library card in hand you are always rich. Rich in books as you can see here! The week started out with a mere two books on the library holdshelf (and both were books that had previously been returned for lack of time to read them . . . I thought I might be able to squeeze them in easier now . . . ), but when I looked yesterday afternoon the two books had grown by an additional eight which you see here. I swear I didn't request them all at once, but Murphy's Law states that they will all arrive together en masse. So, when it rains it pours, and I am swimming now in library books.
I'm not complaining of course, but I do wish I could grow my free time, too, in which to read them all. So now I must skim, peruse, dip into, study and generally agonize over which I want to read (sooner than later) pick up first to read. From top to bottom I have to choose from:
The Affairs of Others by Amy Grace Loyd -- "A mesmerizing debut novel about a young woman, haunted by loss, who rediscovers passion when she's drawn into the tangled lives of her neighbors."
Burial Rites by Hannah Kent -- "Hannah Kent brings to life the saga of this young woman (Agnes Magnusdottir), the last to be publicly beheaded in Iceland, in the early twentieth century." **Am leaning heavily towards this one, and it might even fit into my RIP reading, too, what do you think?
The Thicket by Joe R. Lansdale -- " . . . a rip-roaring adventure equal parts True Grit and Stand By Me -- the perfect introduction to an acclaimed writer whose work has been called 'as funny as anything that could have been dreamed up by the Brothers Grimm--or Mark Twain'. " **But this one sounds pretty tempting, too.
The Edge of Normal by Carla Norton -- " . . . a novel that combines rare insight and unrelenting suspense. With a fiercely original heroine and an ending that is a masterpiece of deception, Carla Norton's The Edge of Normal is a stunning debut thriller about a survivor who learns to fight back."
Murder in Thrall: An Acton and Doyle Scotland Yard Mystery by Anne Cleeland -- " . . . the first in a captivating new mystery series, following the perilous exploits of two Scotland Yard detectives as they track down London's most elusive killer . . . " By the way Doyle is a first-year detective and Acton is a Chief Detective Inspector who also happens to be a Lord.
Songs of Willow Frost by Jamie Ford -- "Set against the backdrop of Depression-era Seattle, Songs of Willow Frost is a powerful tale of two souls--a boy with dreams for his future and a woman escaping her haunted past--both seeking love, hope, and forgiveness."
The Windsor Faction by D.J. Taylor -- "In London, crowds gather at the funeral of Wallis Simpson in an alternate history where Edward VIII sits on the throne . . . "
The Bones of Paris by Laurie King -- " . . . in this thrilling new book, King leads readers into the vibrant and sensual Paris of the Jazz Age--and reveals the darkest secrets of its denizens." Sounds great, but I think I should probably read Touchstone first?
So, has anyone read any of these? Any I should especially not miss? Dilemmas, dilemmas. How does one choose?