July Library Checkouts

This post comes a little late, I know, but here goes.

I go through a lot of audiobooks, and this past month or two I’ve been going through some comfort reads, starting again on both the Maisie Dobbs series, by Jacqueline Winspear, and the Flavia de Luce series, by Alan Bradley.  So I checked out the first couple of each on overdrive again.

I also checked out Blackout and All Clear, by Connie Willis, completing my reading experience in the Oxford time travel world, having already read Doomsday Book and To Say Nothing of the Dog.


I also checked out a novella, The Dream-Quest of Velitt Boe, already reviewed here, and finally An Extraordinary Union, by Alyssa Cole, which was a great novel despite being more straight-up romance than I’m used to reading (nothing against romance, I’m just not attracted to it), and which I’m delighted to learn is soon going to have a sequel.


All around, a good month of library finds, to say nothing of the ARCs and other wonders I found at my local indie bookstore.


Library Checkouts, July Edition

What did I get at the library this week?

First, a sff Tor Novella called The Dream-Quest of Vellitt Boe, by Kij Johnson.  I’d seen her name here and there on book twitter, so when I spied this novella on my public library’s New shelves, I grabbed it.  The description says it’s Lovecraftian, which I’m not really into, but I read a Lovecraftian novella by Cassandra Khaw last month and really enjoyed it, so figured I’d give another reinterpretation a shot.


Second, I was surprised and pleased to see An Extraordinary Union, by Alyssa Cole on my library’s New shelves.  It’s a novel of the  U.S. Civil War, with a black woman protagonist, written by a black woman!  I’ve heard great things about this one in non-sff book circles, and I’m looking forward to seeing what it’s all about.

                            AN EXTRAORDINARY UNION by Alyssa Cole


I also checked out Connie Willis’ All Clear, companion novel to Blackout, in my quest to read everything she’s ever written.