Great Finds at the Library in 2022 {Part 2} || Book Lists

Last year I really tried to make the most of my local library and saved money on finding books there that I otherwise would’ve have had to buy.

Fair enough, I’ll still go buy a book that I really liked to add to my own bookshelf but that doesn’t happen all that often anyway. Although I do have a list of a few of such books to share at a later point in time.

I wanted to share some of the best reads I found at the library last year and show you that even though some people think that libraries are outdated and won’t have many recent releases, you’re still likely to find books that are good even if they are a few years old! I’ll share the best finds for in 2022 in a few separate posts which I’ll link together as I publish them.

Afterwards I’ll post about the best finds I found per month for this year and so forth. So before you make the assumption there is nothing good to find at your local library, with a little extra time and attention spent, you’re bound to find good reads if you really look for them!

The shorts under all the books are taken from all the original posts that have been published on the blog.

DISCLAIMER: This review could contain possible spoilers based on my opinions. All opinions and views are my own.

Dark Traces by Martyn Steyn

I actually found a South African author who wrote a crime/mystery book that I didn’t feel like chucking aside!

This is also translated from Afrikaans and that was done very well. It’s a slow burn book, some character focus but overall it was a gripping read with a deranged serial killer that needed to be caught – ASAP!

(Click to read the full review)

Animal Farm by George Orwell

I’m not a huge fan of satire books, and that’s probably because I’ve had a few bad experiences with some books and just never tried to get into them.

Animal Farm is an exception. I made that exception.

It is a beast fable, in form of satirical allegorical novella and it’s really not that hard to understand what the message is in the book.

(Click to read the full review)

Plus One by Vanessa Raphaely

I grabbed this book off the showcase display at the library, mainly because I want to read more books by South African authors.

What I like about this author is that she was in the industry that she set the book’s plot in and looking at the content in that context shows you that this was someone that was truly on the inside.

Some of the situations made me think of The Devil Wears Prada – just on serious steroids.

(Click to read the full review)

The Taking of Annie Thorne by C.J. Tudor

I can’t say what drew me to the book originally, it may have been the cover (I mean, it’s pretty awesome) or it may have been the title (again, it’s pretty awesome) or it could’ve been the perfect combination of the two.

I’m so glad I decided to read it because I damn well LOVED it! I was hooked from the first chapter and I almost couldn’t put the book down until I got to the end.

*Note – The book also goes by the name of The Hiding Place.*

(Click to read the full review)

Annelies: A Novel by David Gillham

Alternate history books are a whole genre I’d like to get into. Those ‘what if’s‘ are intriguing, aren’t they?

Some takes an event from the past and completely reimagines it to show what it could have been like had events turned out differently. How one small action, word or gesture can change a whole life for someone.

This novel is an alternate history take on Anne Frank, and what her life could’ve been like had she survived the camp and went on with life after the war. 

You might want a box of tissues handy when reading this book.

While I haven’t read Anne’s diary yet, I knew enough to follow on the story in the book to make sense of what is going on.

(Click to read the full review)

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Have you read any of these books? What are some of your great library finds?

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