august library haul

I went to the library for the first time in months! Last year, I was obsessed with my local library and visited quite frequently. For some reason, I didn’t do that this year. I decided to change that last week, and my mom and I went for a quick browse of their shelves.

I was so surprised by some of the new additions to the English section (which isn’t very large) because there were quite a bit new-ish YA and diverse books! My library’s English section isn’t very big, because the majority of it is Dutch (fairly obvious, since I live in the Dutch-speaking part of Belgium). The English books we do usually get lean more towards adult contemporary fiction, adult mystery novels and classics. I was so excited when I found all these gems on the shelves!

American Panda by Gloria Chao // I’m so excited about this book, even though I’ve heard mixed reviews on it. It’s about a Taiwanese girl at MIT trying to navigate life. She might be falling for a guy who isn’t Taiwanese, which isn’t acceptable to her family at all. This sounds like an interesting read, and I can’t wait to get to it.

American Street by Ibi Zoboi // Another intriguing book. American Street is the story of Fabiola, a Haitian girl who immigrates to the U.S. Her mom gets detained by U.S. immigration while they’re moving, leaving Fabiola alone with her aunt and cousins in Detroit -a place she doesn’t know.

Eliza and her Monsters by Francesca Zappia // I’ve wanted to read this one for ages, and I have absolutely no idea why I hadn’t bought it yet. This novels centers around a girl who creates a popular webcomic. A new boy transfers to her school, and he’s one of the biggest fanfiction writers of her comic -a huge fan. She knows who he is, but he has no idea she is the creator of the comic. Sounds absolutely adorable.

History Is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera // I’ve never read any Adam Silvera books. For some reason, I’m afraid I won’t like his writing or be severely disappointed by his books after all the hype he’s been receiving? But I know that’s not fair of me! When I saw this book at the library, I knew it was the perfect time to try out his writing.

Mr. Mercedes by Stephen King // I have only ever read 1 Stephen King book. It’s one called The Eyes of the Dragon, which is more of a fantasy novel. I find his works so intimidating because there are so many of them and I have no idea where to start. So maybe I’ll start with this one!

On Such a Full Sea by Chang-rae Lee // I’ve wanted to read this for a while now. This is a science fiction novel by a Korean-American author. It sounds really interesting as it’s set in B-Mor, a worker colony long ago known as Baltimore and centers around this girl called Fan who is a giver in temperature-controlled fish tanks.

The Shadow Land by Elizabeth Kostova // I’ve never read an Elizabeth Kostova book, but she’s quite the famous author. I believe this book is about a woman travelling through Bulgaria when a luggage mishap accidentally leaves her with an urn of someone’s ashes instead of her own luggage. The book follows her as she tries to find the owners of the urn.

You’re Welcome, Universe by Whitney Gardner // One I’ve actually already read since getting it! You’re Welcome, Universe is about a deaf girl who gets expelled from her school when she covers up a slur about her best friend with graffiti. I liked it, especially because of the representation of deaf culture, the talk about art and her fabulous family (she has 2 moms and loves them endlessly -yay great family dynamics). What prevented me from truly enjoying or loving this book is the main character. I understand that not every character has to be likeable, but come on. She was so judgmental and rude!


Those were the books I got from the library. Pretty great haul, no?
Have you read any of these books? Which ones should I pick up first?

11 thoughts on “august library haul

  1. Yay for libraries! I’m glad you were surprised by the new books at your library, it’s always exciting to see books you want to read 😀

    I really hope you like History Is All You Left Me. It’s my favourite of Adam Silvera’s books that I’ve read. His debut is the only one I haven’t gotten to, actually! I know there is a lot of hype but if you try to read the book for what it is, it’s so beautiful.

    Eliza and Her Monsters looks so good! I loved the author’s first book, so I have no idea why I haven’t picked up this one yet. Especially since it’s about fandom!! I love books about fandom.

    I’m sorry you didn’t love the main character in You’re Welcome, Universe. I agree that not every character has to be likable, but it sure makes it easier to fall in love with a book, haha.

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  2. Oh wow, your library has quite an amazing selection! I didn’t use to go to the library because just like you, I live in the Dutch speaking part of Belgium. But my library has been expanding its English section, which is such a relief! I recently saw A Reaper at the Gates by Sabaa Tahir there and was shocked they had that book so shortly after it was released!

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  3. What a great library haul! I loved American Panda. I hope you do as well. Mr. Mercedes is also, and the second book is even better. I would be cautious about Eliza and her Monsters, though. I absolutely loved it up until a certain point, and then it took a very unhealthy turn. No one else seems to be talking about it?? But yeah, very bad news, especially for teens. So I would just keep that in mind when you read it. 🙊

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