Library Books 18 June 2022

It’s time for another Library Books post – here are my current library loans. From the bottom up they are:

The Women of Troy by Pat Barker – the continuation of the story of Troy following on from The Silence of the Girls (which I have, but have not read yet). It is a retelling of The Iliad from the perspective of the women of Troy who endured it. I hope I’ll be able to read both before I have to return it.

Hag-Seed by Margaret Atwood, a retelling of Shakespeare’s The Tempest, one of my favourites of his plays. I’ve seen it performed on stage twice, once at the Barbican in London and then at the Royal Shakespeare Company Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon. Margaret Atwood is one of my favourite authors, so I’m expecting this will be good.

Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens. Now, this is a book I’ve wondered about reading ever since I saw other book bloggers’ reviews. It seems to be a book that some people love and others don’t, varying from five to one star ratings. I started to listen to the audiobook, but had to return it unfinished. It’s described as ‘part murder-mystery, part coming-of-age novel’ set in the North Carolina marshlands.

Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie, a Poirot murder mystery. I have read this book, but I fancied reading it again, even though I do know who murdered Mr Ratchett, an American tycoon who was murdered in his compartment, stabbed a dozen times, his door locked from the inside. I really like the cover of this book!

What have you been reading from the library recently?

10 thoughts on “Library Books 18 June 2022

  1. That is a lovely cover, Margaret! And I think Murder other Orient Express is well worth a re-read. I’ve actually been wondering about the Owen’s, myself. As you say, opinion is quite divided on it. And I’ll be interested in what you think of the Atwood, too. She is a powerful writer, in my opinion.

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  2. HagSeed is superb. I don’t normally enjoy re-tellings/re-imaginations but this was brilliantly done.
    My library books might have to be returned unfinished – too many of the reserves came through at the same time

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  3. I enjoyed Where the Cwawdads Sing and The Women of Troy, I hope you do too. I borrowed them from the library too.

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  4. I liked Where the Crawdads Sing but as a North Carolinian, it irritated me to no end that the geography was wrong. Some towns that appear to be neighbors in the book are on completely opposite ends of the state in reality. *sigh* It just seems like something that someone, somewhere should have caught before publication.

    The Silence of the Girls is on my TBR but I didn’t know that there’s a sequel.


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    1. It is so annoying when the author gets the geography wrong! I don’t enjoy the book as much as I would otherwise, but as I know nothing about North Carolina it shouldn’t bother me, or at least not much.


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