A Lockdown Library Haul

Hey, it’s Sabrina!  My area, Melbourne, is once again in lockdown (Stage 3 for now – we are allowed to leave for one of the four exceptions) so I have a tonne of books out from my library that I will be holding on to (and hopefully reading) for a little while and some more on the way.  I am awful at pacing myself with my library holds at the best of times – I get too much of a rush from finding out my books have arrived and I can go pick them up.  It’s like shopping, but it’s free.  Anyway, the last few months I have been particularly terrible and I now have 20+ books out from the library that I’m going to share here.  I’ve decided to not talk about books that I’ve got on hold from Libby because honestly this is already going to be a long post.  Let me know if you want to hear my thoughts on any of these books when I’ve read them!


by S.A. Chakraborty
Thoughts:  I have seen SO many people singing the praises of this series, and I have finally decided I can brave the page count (and small writing).  I haven’t read very many hefty fantasies this year even though they’re some of my favourite books, so it should be nice to get back to it!  I’m only a couple of chapters in at this point, but so far, so good – hopefully I keep enjoying it!

by Brigid Kemmerer
Thoughts:  I may have mentioned this before, but I am a sucker for Beauty and the Beast retellings, so of course I had to pick this one up.  I’m over halfway through this now, but I have been reading it for a really long time at this point, lol.  I am enjoying it a lot, but not as much as I enjoyed Letters to the Lost.  I am loving two of the main characters, but I will say the prince is falling a little flat for me.

by Amanda Leduc
Thoughts:  I really love reading about this specific topic and learning to see fairytales from a different perspective, and the author has so far done this in a very personal and engaging way.  A never thought I would connect to a nonfiction book this much.


by Charlotte Nicole Davis
Thoughts:  I have heard a mix of things about this book from reviewers, but it sounds so cool that I have to read it.  A historical fantasy that’s described as Westworld meets The Handmaid’s Tale??  I don’t know how that could be bad (though maybe I shouldn’t tempt fate by saying that).

by Angie Thomas
Thoughts:  I have heard various things about this book, but what’s really drawn me to it how the main character wants to be a rapper – and how the author was one herself.  I’ve definitely never read a book like this, so I’m excited to see how it goes.

by Cath Crowley
Thoughts:  I’m not actually sure what compelled me to put this book on hold!  I definitely saw one or two people mention it in some kind of context (I don’t remember the context, lol) and decided I wanted to read it.  It probably got bumped up my list because it’s by an Australian author too!

by Tahereh Mafi
Thoughts:  I read Shatter Me by the same author approximately one million years ago, and though I remember liking the writing style, I felt the plot was too slow.  Which was also what led to me DNFing Unravel Me and never continuing with the series.  So, that being said, I’m hoping I will really enjoy A Very Large Expanse of Sea because I think the pacing of this concept will suit me better, if that makes sense.

by Roshani Chokshi
Thoughts:  Even though it had its issues, The Star-Touched Queen remains one of my favourite books I’ve read this year.  I’ve heard from a few people that this companion book is even better, so I can’t wait to pick it up!  Fingers crossed that I love it.

by Anna-Marie McLemore
Thoughts: I originally was planning on putting a different book by this author on hold, but my library sadly doesn’t have it (if I like this one though, I may request it).  Still, this book showed up in its stead and the cover was too beautiful for me to pass it by.  I believe it’s magical realism too, and I am always looking for more of that (and fabulism as well).  I have pretty high hopes for this one!

by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
Thoughts:  As I’ve sort of already mentioned, I’ve been in the mood to read more fantasy, so I thought this would be a good book to try.  I’ve heard that it’s inspired by mythology too, which is something I’m always interested in!  Otherwise, I don’t really know anything about this book, but I’m excited to read it.

by Alice Pung
Thoughts:  I’m about 98% sure that I found this book through Wai Chim’s acknowledgements in The Surprising Power of a Good Dumpling.  This is a YA contemporary by an Australian author that’s been compared to Mean Girls, so I’m interested to see how I find it!


by Amy Rose Capetta & Cori McCarthy
Thoughts:  This looks awesome – because yes, I mostly decided I wanted to read this because of the cover and I am not ashamed.  Having said that, I then read the synopsis and that drew me in further because it sounds awesome too.  One character is the reincarnation of King Arthur?  I can’t wait to read this.

by Adalyn Grace
Thoughts: I don’t know how this ended up in my possession.  I know that I wasn’t going to read it, and then I noticed one detail at some point about it (pirates, maybe?) and added it to my TBR.  But.. When did I put it on hold?  I have no idea.  Anyway, now I get to read it.

by Nalini Singh
Thoughts:  As you probably know, Vera is a huge fan of this author – particularly the Psy-Changeling series – so I decided to give this book a go.  I finished reading Slave to Sensation early this month and I enjoyed that for the most part, so I’m interested to try another genre from the same author!


My library is back to shipping out books and I decided to choose “surprise me” when they asked what I wanted to be sent to me.  One of these books I did have on hold (Wakenhyrst), so I chose that one, but the others are ones I can only assume someone picked randomly and they’re mostly romance!  I don’t plan to read all – if any – of those, so if you have read and loved any of them, please tell me so I know to try it!!  (Also don’t be concerned that it was a waste of time and resources – my mum is a big romance fan so she will read these even if I don’t).


Have you read any of these books?  Are there any here that I should prioritise?  And, do you think I should read any of the romances being shipped to my house?  Let me know!

16 thoughts on “A Lockdown Library Haul

  1. I really want to read Wild Beauty. I’ve had my eye on it for a while, but I haven’t been able to get it yet. I’m curious to know what you will think!


  2. So many good books on here!
    I hoe you and up loving The city of brass and Gods of Jade and Shadow, they are some of my faves!



  3. i’m so excited to read city of brass, especially since the series is now concluded! i read its first few pages a while ago, and they were good—hopefully the whole trilogy ends up being as good as everyone says! on the come up is so good too! the rapping aspect is one of the most well-done and unique parts of the story imo—i suggest listening to the audiobook if you can since the narrator actually raps. also, i agree with you about rhen lmao. he’s not very interesting, and grey 100% stole the show


  4. On the Come Up is amazing and I really enjoyed it when I read it last year! I hope you’ll love it as well. I’ve heard good things about Gods of Jade and Shadow, along with All the Stars and Teeth, although I personally haven’t read it (and I don’t think they’re available at my library either since they’ve closed requests as of late…)


  5. This is such a great list!💛I’ve read and enjoyed both On the Come Up and A Very Large Expanse of Sea. I hope the pacing of AVLEOS works well for you, I definitely found myself unable to put it down! Happy reading xx


  6. What a great collection of library books! My local library is finally opening this week and I have to contain myself not to start putting holds on everything .. happy reading!


  7. That’s awesome that you got a copy of The City of Brass! I’ve been seeing it non-stop too and am curious of what you think of it 🙂. Also, On the Come Up was so so good! And I’m glad you enjoyed Nalini Singh’s book for the most part – Veronika’s posts really put her on my radar haha. It’s really cool how your library gives you a “surprise me” option! I really liked The War of the Worlds, although I do remember it being quite graphic at times (althoughh I may be getting the movie imagery mixed up with what I imagined while reading it 😂😅). I hope you enjoy the books you hauled 🙂!


  8. I have been seeing City of Brass everywhere as well! And finally added to my cart. Will look forward to your review though! 😍

    Wait WHAT? A Curse So Dark and Lovely is a BEAUTY AND BEAT RETELLING?!? HOW DID I NOT KNOW THAT BEFOREEE?!?! 😱😱😱

    And the cover of Words in Deep Blue is sooo gorgeous! LOVEEE IT!! 😍😍

    You have a LOT of awesome books on your list, Sabrina! I AM SURE YOU ARE GONNA HAVE A BLAST READING THROUGH EM ALLL!!😍😍😍😍🌻😇


  9. Happy to hear that you could check out some books from your library!! 🥰 I mostly borrow e-book nowadays as I moved a bit away from my library and I have to pace myself not to request too much 😅 I hope you enjoy A Curse so Dark and Lonely! I quite liked it, but have to agree that the prince was my least favorite character out of the main cast. I hope you enjoy On the Come Up, A Very Large Expanse of Sea and A Crown of Wishes, I loved all of them so much ❤


  10. Ahhh all the books! I loved Words in Deep Blue so much, I’m happy to see it on here and hope you will love it 🥰 I also really liked A Large Expanse of Sea, can’t wait to hear your thoughts on it 🙂 Happy reading!


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