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Meanwhile Back at the Library

Since my last library post I’ve been online again and lined up another five books on reserve. I seem to be getting my library groove on again. Might as well I guess.

And here they are….

I do want to read all of these.  They have been in my plan for reading, I was going to buy or listen to them but now the library is up and running so I couldn’t resist.  I will be endeavouring not to put any more reserves on at the library for awhile as I have the previous five from a couple of weeks ago.  They are all hard back or paperback. I don’t get ebooks from the library because mine doesn’t support Kindle. Anyway I have heaps to read on my Kindle!


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May Books I Want to Have Read Already!

Ah I love this time of the year when so many good books begin to publish, the kind of books I enjoy. These are five I have my eye on for certain. Fortunately or unfortunately – whatever may be the case for me they weren’t accessible to me on NetGalley because of my living location  down at the lower end of the world! On the great side a) I can support the author by buying the book and b) I can read them at my leisure.

I’d prefer them all in paperback but may have to go with Kindle in this Covid19 world. UK Book Depository say they are shipping, so no doubt they are, but are books leaving and arriving from and to ports. Hmm. I don’t know! Our bookshops are now selling online but would be very unlikely to have any of these, but I will check first of course.

I’ll let the covers and authors just stand for themselves with no comment!


Have you read or intend to read any of these?


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The Precious One Marisa de los Santos

The Precious One
Marisa de los Santos
Published: March 2015
Date: Harper Audio
Format: Audiobook
Narrators: Abby Craden. Arielle DeLisle
Length: 12 hours 33 min
Source: Own it.
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I very much enjoyed the audiobook of The Precious One by Marisa de los Santos. Told in alternating voices of Taisy and her younger half sister Willow by two different narrators, it was well worth the credit spent at Audible.

It’s about a messed up family, with an uncompromising and odd father – Wilson, who has cast out his first family – his wife, Marcus his son and Taisy his daughter. He is now married to Caroline and is the father of Willow, whom he loves very much.

Willow is seventeen, young and naive, gifted and somewhat snobbish with a definite dislike of Taisy. She has been home schooled up to this and as the story begins she is finding it a struggle to find her place at a local high school. Left alone by others, she welcomes the interest of her English teacher.  She also strikes up a friendship with Luca, a boy in her class.  I really enjoyed their work on Middlemarch – so much so that I might almost be persuaded to read it – I did fail to do so once. I followed Willow with interest and loved seeing the development of her character.

Taisy, asked by her father to come write his biography of his work accepts and faces into the place she was sent. I loved her, she was strong, independent and persistent. She is able to deal with the young Willow and her mother Caro, and I really liked her interactions with them all the way through the story.

Family dysfunction, creepiness, youth, secrets, love and forgiveness, second chances – all abound.

I only came to enjoy this book because of two bloggers who shared their enjoyment of this book. Go read their reviews and be convinced as I was.

Review of The Precious One by Sheree @The Eclectic Reader
Review of The Precious One  Pat @Posting For Now

4.5 stars