Love Your Library, October 2022

Naomi has been reading an interesting selection of books from the library. I’ve recently returned a couple of giant piles of library books unread or part-read so that I can focus on novellas next month; I can always borrow those particular books again another time, or maybe the fact that none ever made it onto one of my reading stacks tells me I wasn’t excited enough about them.

A lot of other reading challenges are coming up in November: Australia Reading Month, German Literature Month, Margaret Atwood Reading Month, and Nonfiction November. If you don’t already have plans, your local library is a great source of options. And of course we would be delighted to have you join us in reading one or more short books for Novellas in November (#NovNov22), which launches tomorrow. I’ve been reading ahead for it, as you can see.

Since last month (links where I haven’t already reviewed a book or plan to soon):


  • The Improbable Cat by Allan Ahlberg
  • Treacle Walker by Alan Garner
  • Jungle Nama by Amitav Ghosh
  • The Fear Index by Robert Harris
  • Hare House by Sally Hinchcliffe
  • We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson
  • Undoctored by Adam Kay
  • Up at the Villa by W. Somerset Maugham
  • Metronome by Tom Watson
  • Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow by Gabrielle Zevin



  • Strangers on a Pier: Portrait of a Family by Tash Aw
  • Heat and Dust by Ruth Prawer Jhabvala
  • The Magic Pudding by Norman Lindsay
  • Leap Year by Helen Russell


Then I have various new releases on hold for me, including the new Maggie O’Farrell novel (which I’m on the fence about actually reading) and this pleasingly colourful pair.

What have you been reading or reviewing from the library recently?

Share a link to your own post in the comments. Feel free to use the above image. The hashtag is #LoveYourLibrary.

15 responses

  1. Shocked you only give Treacle Walker 1star, although I can understand it isn’t your kind of book!

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    1. I think I would have to put in a lot more work to understand it than I was willing to!

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  2. I just finished This Time Tomorrow from the library, I enjoyed it, thanks for the rec! 🙂

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  3. I enjoyed The Unfolding although it’s a wee bit long and one for politics obsessives (which I wish I wasn’t!), I suspect.

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    1. I won’t have time for it this month after all, but maybe another time.

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    1. Yay! Thanks so much for taking part.

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      1. I’m so enjoying it every month!

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  4. SO many reading challenges in November!

    Kudos (again) for highlighting public libraries!

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    1. No problem, they can never get too much attention if you ask me 🙂

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  5. As a writer, public libraries are an essential tool for everything from ordering books from remote places about odd things I ask for, to librarian’s encouragement to push on. Absolutely the life blood of my writing. Thanks for promoting them on your site. Good luck with The Magic Pudding. Scary stuff for me as a child!

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    1. It is such a bizarre book! I downloaded it at random from Project Gutenberg just based on the title, then saw that my library had a reprint copy.


  6. Thanks for linking to my post! 🙂
    My library use in October has sky-rocketed due to all the prize list books I’m trying to read (along with everything else). I can’t imagine what we’d do without the library!

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  7. I love those two colourful covers!

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