Following my previous post about loving your local library, it seems appropriate to join my voice to Library Loot, a weekly event co-hosted by Claire from The Captive Reader and Linda from Silly Little Mischief that encourages bloggers to share the books they’ve checked out from the library.

After two weeks of reading short stories and murder mysteries, and anticipating my forthcoming four day weekend* I went to the library and brought home the following treasures. 

*(I love Easter for so many reasons, but a long weekend is pretty high up the list. Thanks Jesus!)

The Incredulity of Father Brown by GK Chesterton. Short stories with a mystery to solve sounded right up my street, especially with a priest as detective (that fits with the Brother Cadfael reviews, at least!). I’ve heard good things about Father Brown, but this is the first one I’ve read.

The Weather in Kansas by Crista Ermiya. Continuing my Read Regional series of reviews, this is a collection of short stories with characters ranging from teenage Turkish boys on a Newcastle housing estate falling in love with their neighbour to a woman running a cafe in post-apocalyptic Cumbria. Very different from Carys Davies, but looking forward to “a beguiling mix of the ordinary and the surreal” as it claims on the cover!

To Catch a Rabbit by Helen Cadbury. Had to read this one after I enjoyed Bones in the Nest so much (Helen’s Read Regional contribution). This is the first in the PC Sean Denton series and I had to reserve it because these have been so popular!

Black Mamba Boy by Nadifa Mohamed. For a more international feel, this is an award-winning book (Granta “Best Young British Novelist”, 2013) set in Eritrea, Sudan and Egypt during the Second World War. This is part of the war that few people seem to write about, other than Edith Pargeter who set one of her Jim Rennison series in North Africa (but I’d like to hear the voices of people who lived there before the war came along, not just those who went to fight). Also a possible candidate for my “Around the World in 80 Books” idea (coming soon!)

The Bees by Laline Paul. Most of the books above are set within our ordinary (ish) world, but this is billed as “an unusual and cunningly imagined thriller” telling the.story of a survivor bee, Flora 717, in a hive society ruled by the Queen and facing vicious attacks from outside (from wasps, because who else would bees be afraid of?) Sounds fascinating. And not cosy in the least! More sci fi reviews coming soon…

No doubt I’ll update you on my progress in the next few weeks, but in the meantime, what have you got out from the library at the moment and why?

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