Library Loot #6: Iranian Historical Fiction & Sherlockian Mystery

Morning, mateys! Guess who went to the library last week to drop off a bunch of a books and then came home with a small stack of more goodies? *points to self with pride o’ plenty. * Oh, hell yes, I did. One of the books was on hold for me, but the others were lucky finds and I knew that fate had brought us together. I also like the variety of the novels that I picked up as they are all different from one another in many ways, which only fuels the excitement all the more.

I have four of them all together. Check them out and let me know in the comments if you’ve read any of these, or would like me to drop a review for it when I’m done reading them.


Erased Volume 4 by Kei Sanbe

This is the final volume in Sanbe’s seinen, psychological crime thriller manga series. In my First Impressions, all I could do was gush about how much I adored it and was looking forward to finishing it up. Now that I am damn near close to the end, I must say that this series had not disappointed me at all. A full review for the series will be up at the end of the week. If you’re interested in a synopsis or more information about the series, please check out my First Impressions as I cover it all in the post.

Not the Girls You’re Looking For by Aminah Mae Safi

I found this #OwnVoices Islamic young adult contemporary and decided to snag it because I have been enjoying all of the culturally diverse representation in YA lately, even if not all of them have been super hits for my personal reading tastes. I appreciate the inclusion, and as someone who was raised in an Islamic household as a child through adolescence, I simply couldn’t walk by it.

Not the Girls You’re Looking For is a coming of age story about a junior in high school named Lulu Saad, who’s headstrong and doesn’t need anyone’s advice or input when it comes to conquering life at her Texas prep school. However, after she makes a scene during Ramadan and alienates her closest friends with unwelcome advice of her own, the last straw in a string of errors causes her to evaluate herself and repair the damage done before she loses everyone that she loves.

Song of a Captive Bird by Jasmin Darznik

This novel has been on my radar for a while, but I’ve never picked it up because A) it’s been too expensive for me to buy B) didn’t occur to me to check the library (pre-library days for me), and C) it sounded somewhat intense and I wasn’t sure if I was ready for the emotionally evocativeness of it. But then I spied it and I took it as a sign.

Song of a Captive Bird is an #OwnVoices Iranian historical fiction novel about the famed poet named Forugh Farrokhzad. She was an immensely talented poet and filmmaker and had a powerful voice in raising awareness for feminism in Iran as well as being a pllar of strength and fortitude during the Iranian Revolution.

A Study in Scarlet Women by Sherry Thomas

I’m a sucker for Sherlockian stories; getting weak at the knees with glee whenever I eye one. This Victorian-era mystery series has been on my to-be-read list since I caught air of it a few months back, I think it was with the review of the second novel in the serial. Since then I have been meaning to look it up at the library or my used bookstores but hadn’t gotten around to it. Luckily, my library had it and in plain view!

A Study in Scarlet Women is the first novel in the Lady Sherlock series and follows a woman named Charlotte Holmes. She had never approved of the demure expectations of women in noble society. So when she’s marked a social pariah, she takes on the alias Sherlock Holmes to help solve London’s newest serial killings with the assistance from friends and a local investigator who has loved her long and true.


That does it for this round of Library Loot! If I had to choose one that I was anticipating the most, aside from Erased, I would have to pick Song of a Captive Bird. It legit sounds like everything that I adore in my fiction literature, and it’s about a brilliant feminist of the 1950s.

Once again, please let me know which of these you’ve read or sound most interesting to you! Also, drop me a line if you’d like to see an honest review for anything listed here.


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