Today’s Library Picks

My boyfriend and I just can’t get enough of the library. We go twice a week when we’re in the area, and pick up 4-5 books each. I’ve reviewed a couple books before, but I’ve never really done a “What I’m Reading Now” post. So, I wanted to just walk you through the books I chose on this outing, and explain why I chose them. If you’ve read any of these, please let me know in the comments!

Book 1: The first book I checked out was The Night Parade. It was up front in the “New Fiction” section of my library, and my eyes were immediately drawn to it.

Summary: “They call it Wanderer’s Folly–a disease of delusions, of daydreams and nightmares. A plague threatening to wipe out the human race.

After two years of creeping decay, David Arlen woke up one morning thinking that the worst was over. By midnight, he’s bleeding and terrified, his wife is dead, and he’s on the run in a stolen car with his eight-year-old daughter, who may be the key to a cure.

Ellie is a special girl. Deep. Insightful. And she knows David is lying to her. Lying about her mother. Lying about what they’re running from. And lying about what he sees when he takes his eyes off the road . . .”

When I read the back cover of the book, I immediately thought of the movie The Happening. A mysterious plague that affects the human psyche? Definitely some similarities. However, I think the concept is pretty cool so I’m giving it a chance. I’m hoping for something that will keep me on the edge of my seat while I read it!

Book 2: I have been wanting to read The Girl on the Train for quite a while, and my reserved copy finally arrived at the library! I was fifth in queue to read it, so it seems like quite a lot of people are eager to check out this book as well. I have heard nothing but praise for the book, and the trailers for it’s upcoming movie have definitely intrigued me.

Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning and night. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. She’s even started to feel like she knows them. Jess and Jason, she calls them. Their life—as she sees it—is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost.

And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough. Now everything’s changed. Unable to keep it to herself, Rachel goes to the police. But is she really as unreliable as they say? Soon she is deeply entangled not only in the investigation but in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good?”

I read a few chapters before class this morning, and I am already loving it. I’m probably going to pick it right back up when I’m finished with this post!

Book 3: Clockwork Angels was actually written before a book that I absolutely love – Clockwork Lives. In fact, I’ve written a gushing review on why everybody should read Clockwork Lives. (Check it out here!)

Summary: “In a young man’s quest to follow his dreams, he is caught between the grandiose forces of order and chaos. He travels through a lavish and colourful world of steampunk and alchemy, with lost cities, pirates, anarchists, exotic carnivals, and a rigid Watchmaker who imposes precision on every aspect of daily life.

For more than two centuries, the land of Albion has been ruled by the supposedly benevolent Watchmaker, who imposes precision on every aspect of life. Young Owen Hardy from the village of Barrel Arbor dreams of seeing the big city and the breathtaking Clockwork Angels that dispense wisdom to the people, maybe even catching a glimpse of the Watchmaker himself.

He watched the steamliners drift by, powered by alchemical energy, as they head towards the Crown City — never dreaming that he is already caught between the grandiose forces of order and chaos, between the Watchmaker and his nemesis, the Anarchist. Owen’s journeys begin at a fabulous carnival with clockwork wonders beyond his imagination, and take him aboard airships, far into the Redrock Desert to seek lost cities, through storms at sea to encounters with pirates … and give him a chance at love.”

Now, this book was actually meant to be an accompaniment to Rush’s album of the same title. My boyfriend and I listen to it all the time in the car. So, between that and loving the sequel Clockwork Lives, I have some pretty high hopes for this book.

Book 4: I have never heard of The Bestiary before, and I am not familiar with the author. My boyfriend picked it off a shelf because he thought I might like it, and I am so glad he did! It seems like it will be a wonderful tale of adventure and fantasy, and it has a heavy focus on mythological creatures – which I am quite fond of.

Summary: “Xeno Atlas grows up in the Bronx, his Sicilian grandmother’s strange stories of animal spirits his only escape from the legacy of his mother’s early death and his stern father’s long absences as a common seaman. Shunted off to an isolated boarding school, with his father’s activities abroad and the source of his newfound wealth grown increasingly mysterious, Xeno turns his early fascination with animals into a personal obsession: his search for the Caravan Bestiary. This medieval text, lost for eight hundred years, supposedly details the animals not granted passage on the Ark—griffins, hippogriffs, manticores, and basilisks—the vanished remnants of a lost world sometimes glimpsed in the shadowy recesses of our own.

Xeno’s quest takes him from the tenements of New York to the jungles of Vietnam to the ancient libraries of Europe—but it is only by riddling out his own family secrets that he can hope to find what he is looking for. A story of panoramic scope and intellectual suspense, The Bestiary is ultimately a tale of heartbreak and redemption.”

The description gives me goosebumps! I have a feeling that this will be one of those books that I just can’t put down. I’ll probably tackle this as soon as I’ve finished The Girl on the Train.

Well, that’s everything I have checked out from the library right now. What books are you currently reading?

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