Library Haul, Buying and TBR

Heyo girls! I’m back! Today is alllllll about books.

We’re going to start with a reading haul I got from the library. Here are the books I ordered and received:

  • Under Their Skin by Margaret Haddix
  • The Scourge by Jennifer Neilson
  • The Vanderbeekers of 141st Street by Karina Glaser
  • The Lady and the Lionheart by Joanne Bischof
  • The Golden Filly Collection by Lauraine Snelling
  • Hope Girl by Wendy Dunham
  • Forgotten Fortress and Infinity Base by Diane Peterfreund
  • A whole bunch of the Stranded series by Jeff Probst

So that’s a list. Under Their Skin was a rec on goodreads when I asked for clean adventure/sci-fi recommendations. It’s next on my reading list, like literally tonight when I sit down to read XD. (Since writing this I read the book and REALLY DID NOT LIKE IT. Here is my link to my review.)

The Scourge I just finished reading last night. It was good and I enjoyed it, however it’s probably not one of my favorites. I never fully loved books that have the girl-from-those-people-and-her-best-friend-who’s-a-boy tropes. Idk. I don’t usually connect with those girls who are too fisty and end up changing everything for her people and they lived happily ever after. Ok there are definitely some that I really have enjoyed for sure, but this particular style, along with Turtle in Paradise and another book I can’t exactly think of the name right now. My sort-of full review is on goodreads here.

The Vanderbeekers Is a book I haven’t read yet, but am going to within the next week. I feel like it’s going to be a combination of After Iris (I do not reccommend this book) and One of a Kind Family (Good if you enjoy this style of books). I’m excited to ready it, just because I know there is so much potential waiting, so we shall see what I think. 😀
(Since writing this I read it and enjoyed it, however it wasn’t my favorite. 3 stars)

The Lady and the Lionheart. Wow, guys. I didn’t even know the punch in this book until I read the back WHEN I PICKED IT UP FROM THE LIBRARY. We all know Joanne writes some of the best books and honestly this is the book I’m currently most excited to read that’s on my bookshelf. XD. I have NEVER been disappointed by Joanne’s work so I can’t even wait to read this one. It is a romance, so I most likely will not be adding it to my book suggestions page, however I will be posting a full review on Goodreads if you’re interested!
(Since writing this I read it, here is the link to my review. P.S. It was a romance but it was sooooooooo goooooodddddddd.)

The Golden Filly collection. I’m gonna be honest and say I’m most likely not going to read this book before it’s library due date, however it is going to stay on my TBR because it was recommended to my by Mariah (was this the right one Mariah?) and I do want to read it eventually.

Hope Girl. I read My Name Is River so long ago I don’t remember when it was, but I enjoyed it to the point of when I saw there was a sequel I did not hesitate to order the copy. This is how long it took to actually get it. XD. So I am curious to see what’s been going on in River’s life.

The Omega City trilogy was #1 recommended to me by Kate Willis and after I added it to my TBR Penny Wood bought the first book for me for Christmas and me and my sisters all had a blast reading through the trilogy together. These two books we ordered from the library because I don’t own them… yet…. But I have already read them and here’s the link to the review. Forbidden Fortress, Infinity Base.

To Buy

So since I love books obviously I’m going to buy more!

Like I mentioned above, I already own Omega City, so Forbidden Fortress and Infinity Base are both on my to-buy list. In addition we have:

  • Kristian’s War by Peter Wisan. Guys this book was so good when I first read it for the blog tour! I’m waiting to get my hands on a paper copy because I seriously need it on my bookshelf next to Pilgrims Progress. (Did I ever mention I don’t normally read re-tellings? This one was good!) (You can read the blog tour post here)
  • The Questions of War Trilogy by Jesseca Wheaton. Jesseca is one of my most favorite authors in the world, and this trilogy that she wrote is NOT an exception. Based in the World War II era (which btw guys ALL THE HEART EYES) and with the faith threaded tightly through all of it, combined with heart pounding plot lines and the most lovable characters ever make these SELLERS! Now my only dilemma is if I should wait until the newest book Questions of Loyalty is published, or if I should just buy the two that are currently available. I have read the first half of Questions of Loyalty because I was on the beta list, but since it’s an e-copy it’s really hard ti sit down and read it all the way through. I’m very excited to get a paper copy into my library (that’s how I read the other two) and curl up and read it all the way through!
  • Breathing Room by Marsha Hayles. I have this book up on my book recommendation page, and I can’t believe I don’t have it yet. But I don’t buy books as often as I get piles from the library so then again, that’s probably why.
  • Crossroads by Paul Willis. I mentioned this dystopia in my top books of 2018 recap, and guys it’s so good I need to have it on my bookshelf!!! (Also I’m so proud of the little growing pile I have!)


Tbr, to-be-read. This list on my goodreads has 105 books (I’m so proud of me for keeping it so low!) but there are a couple that I have at the TOP of my head.

Right now, that’s Hope Girl, and Taken by Brock D. Eastman. I didn’t realize there was aliens in Taken and probably will not finish it (dnf it) but for now I’m gonna give it a chance.

And then… then….

I’m re-reading The Circle by Ted Dekker. Guys this thing is so big and so packed full and so amazing and it’s been a year in February when I got it as a gift from good friends and I CANNOT wait to get back into it. So I’m catching up with all my library books, and not ordering any more. And then I am allowing myself to sit down and re-read it all the way through. That’s three books (since it’s a trilogy), 1,178 pages. I read it in THREE STRAIGHT DAYS the first time. I’m more than sure there are parts I missed, and that’s partially why I want to re-read, but at the same time I’m ecstatic just to get back into that world, to see Thomas again, to see Justin again, to see Elyon again, to read into the allegoric parts. I’m so excited I might cry. XD (Not really XD)

So That’s all my friends. I have to apologize for my absence over then ENTIRE MONTH OF FEBRUARY Oh my goodness I didn’t realize it was a whole month! I don’t really have a genuine excuse, I was just slacking. So forgive me and I hope you enjoyed this post and I will be posting next week about SALT.

Live, laugh, and love,

7 thoughts on “Library Haul, Buying and TBR”

  1. Anna says:

    Hooray for Omega City and Crossroads!! Sounds like a great haul, Libby. 🙂

    1. Libby May says:

      It was! And I’m really excited for the Circle

  2. Angie says:

    Just FYI, the “aliens” in Taken aren’t really aliens. It’s not fully explained in this book, but as the series goes on, it becomes clear that they are descendants of the original human population of Earth, just like the people on the other planets. (It’s not fully explained, but there seems to be something in the environment that gives them their unique coloring.) No problem if you end up DNFing, but I just wanted to give you a heads-up, since I’m not 100% comfortable with alien stories either. 😉

    1. Libby May says:

      Thank you Angie I really appreciate that!

  3. Mariah says:

    Hi Libby, I am just catching up on the past months posts after a very busy few weeks! Yes, it was me who recommended The Golden Filly Collection 😀 I’m enjoying your posts! Keep up the good work!

  4. Penny Wood says:

    Lovely list, Libby! I’m liking all of your reading choices! I want to read all of the books you mentioned…….
    Great haul and great choices! Definitely these are going on my TBR!

    1. Libby May says:

      Yay!!! Thank you! I’m reading The Circle right now an loving my heart out.

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