ARC Spoiler-Free Review: THE LIBRARY OF LOST THINGS by Laura Taylor Namey

#MediaGalReads’ spoiler-free review of THE LIBRARY OF LOST THINGS by Laura Taylor Namey

THE LIBRARY OF LOST THINGS by Laura Taylor Namey is a heartfelt contemporary that discusses the idea of family, mental health, and all things literary. This post DOES NOT CONTAIN SPOILERS.

I graciously obtained this ARC from HarperCollins Publishers who kindly sent it to me for an honest review. Here is the summary and shortened review.


From the moment she first learned to read, literary genius Darcy Wells has spent most of her time living in the worlds of her books. There, she can avoid the crushing reality of her mother’s hoarding and pretend her life is simply ordinary. But when a new property manager becomes more active in the upkeep of their apartment complex, the only home Darcy has ever known outside of her books suddenly hangs in the balance.

While Darcy is struggling to survive beneath the weight of her mother’s compulsive shopping, Asher Fleet, a former teen pilot with an unexpectedly shattered future, walks into the bookstore where she works…and straight into her heart. For the first time in her life, Darcy can’t seem to find the right words. Fairy tales are one thing, but real love makes her want to hide inside her carefully constructed ink-and-paper bomb shelter.

Still, after spending her whole life keeping people out, something about Asher makes Darcy want to open up. But securing her own happily-ever-after will mean she’ll need to stop hiding and start living her own truth—even if it’s messy.

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Why I was interested: I don’t read contemporary often, but when HarperCollins Publishers reached out to me, I was too intrigued to say “no.” And how could I? LIBRARY talks about mental health while also discussing books. It seemed like a great combo to pour over.

Judge a book by it’s cover: Blue is my favorite color and I adore all of the books that cover this book. 

What to expect: It’s a fairly quick read but it contains a lot of heart. Discussions of family and mental health are central to this story but it also has a sweet romance and a cast of great, unique characters. 

Why you should pick this book up: This contemporary is going to become a classic — I know it. This debut is one your should pick up if you love contemporary stories. And if you don’t read them that often, like myself, you should still pick it up as it really does focus on the idea of living books.

Want more?: This book will be published on Tuesday, Oct. 8. 

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