Library Checkout: September 2015


Library Checkout is a new feature hosted by Shannon at River City Reading. I love the idea of highlighting what we’ve been up to at the library. What books are we putting on hold? What ones are catching our eye as we browse? I don’t know about you, but I love hearing about what books other people want to read (even the ones we don’t get the chance to).

I forgot to keep track this month, but I’ve cobbled together most of them (I think).

Library books read:

  • The Age by Nancy Lee
  • Last Night in Montreal by Emily St. John Mandel
  • The Silent Wife by A.S.A. Harrison (for this month’s Literary Wives, October 5)
  • The Sixth Extinction by Elizabeth Kolbert
  • The Animals by Christian Kiefer (review to come, eventually)

Checked out, to be read:

  • Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff (reading this now)
  • The Winter Family by Cliff Jackman

Returned unread:Β 

  • The Once and Future World by J.B. MacKinnon
  • The Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling

On hold:

  • The Birthday Lunch by Joan Clark
  • The Heart Goes Last by Margaret Atwood
  • Girl Waits With Gun by Amy Stewart
  • The Illegal by Lawrence Hill
  • Every Blade of Grass by Thomas Wharton
  • The Girl With No Name: The True Story of a Girl Who Lived With Monkeys by Marina Chapman (for my RL book club)
  • Secret Chord by Geraldine Brooks

For the Kids:

  • The Healing Spell by Kimberly Griffiths Little
  • Tales From a Not-S0-Popular Party Girl by Rachel Renee Russell
  • Heaven Looks a Lot Like the Mall by Wendy Mass
  • Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
  • Chasing the Falconers by Gordon Korman
  • The Candy Makers by Wendy Mass

What are you reading from the library?


24 thoughts on “Library Checkout: September 2015

  1. The Paperback Princess says:

    You returned The Casual Vacancy unread?!
    What did you think of The Silent Wife?
    I’ve also managed to cobble something together for this – I went to the library yesterday to pick up ONE I had on hold and…well, you know the rest.

    • Naomi says:

      Oh, good, I love hearing about what you find at the library. It will never get old for me. πŸ™‚
      If it makes you feel better (I know it makes me feel better), the last time I was at our community workshop (which is like a thrift store and where I find most of my books at $1 each), I found The Casual Vacancy. So, now I own it and can read it whenever I want. Yay.

  2. Care says:

    I thought The Casual Vacancy rather powerful, actually. The Chasing the Falconers might work as a companion read to H is for Hawk? Which reminds me that H is for Hawk has info on the author of The Once and Future King which would loosely (title only?) connect with The Once and Future World. Ah, book connections. Can’t read just one, they just keep linking and linking to another in some way somehow.
    My library use is usually only to reserve online then go get. I don’t have the habit of getting lots and lots because I could never ever read them all.

    • Naomi says:

      I’m still hoping to read The Casual Vacancy – it just didn’t happen yet. I actually found a copy of it to buy at a local thrift store, so I’m all set now.
      Yes, the book connections never end – I want to read them all!

  3. Valorie Grace Hallinan says:

    I just read from the library a very old memoir, The Little Locksmith, recommended by Elizabeth Gilbert. It is a beautiful, stunning piece of writing, published in 1942. Am working my way through the magnificent, lush memoir, H is for Hawk (I bought the hard cover.)

    • Naomi says:

      I have heard great things about H is for Hawk. And, I love Elizabeth Gilbert, so it only stands to reason that I would love the books she recommends, right? πŸ˜‰
      Thanks for letting me know what you’re reading – I love to hear about it!

  4. TJ @ MyBookStrings says:

    I just had to put a hold on my holds for Fates and Furies and The Heart Goes Last. It hurt, but I don’t have the time for them at the moment. 😦 But to make up for it, I put Girl Waits With Gun and Secret Chord on my library TBR list.

    • Naomi says:

      Don’t feel too bad about it. It’s still worth a read, but I don’t think it’ll make it to the shortlist, so you can read it later. I could be wrong, though (very easily, actually)…

  5. River City Reading says:

    Oh, thanks for the reminder about Secret Chord – that needs to go on mine, too! The Casual Vacancy is one I’ve been sitting on for so long. I have a copy on the shelves and actually think I’d really love it, I just can’t bring myself to read it.

  6. Don Royster says:

    By the way, this is the American Library Association’s Annual Banned and Challenged Books Week. Suggestion for reading this week might be a banned book. The more banned the better.

  7. Lynn @ Smoke & MirrorsP says:

    Anxious to hear what you think of Fates and Furies. Definitely getting this one this month. I always love your reviews and lists, ’cause you introduce me to many authors/books I would otherwise not know about. Of course, it might be better not to know about so many…that might help keep my TBR list shorter! πŸ™‚

  8. melanielynngriffin says:

    I do a ten-hour road trip a few times a year and check out audio books (on free Overdrive app from the library) for the trek. Just listened to Margaret Atwood’s collection called Stone Mattress. For the return trip, it’ll be This Good Earth by Pearl Buck. Hard copies I checked out include Our Story Begins by Tobias Wolfe and The Question That Never Goes Away: Why? by Phillip Yancey. Also reading Joan Didion’s Year of Magical Thinking, though I picked it up at a used book sale. πŸ™‚ Glad to have found your site!

    • Naomi says:

      Hi Melanie! Thanks for stopping by! I always feel envious of people who can listen to books while they drive. 95% of my driving is with one or more of my kids, and it would never work. But, someday…
      Stone Mattress and The Good Earth are both so good. Enjoy the drive back! :).

  9. buriedinprint says:

    Oh my. I could never post specifics about my library usage. Particularly my hold list. *shudders* One of the holds that I am excited about, which is waiting for me now, is David Mitchell’s Ghostwritten. I want to read through his books and this was his first. But, then, I have too many reading projects, and I suspect this isn’t an easy task, so there is a chance that it will go the way of your Rowling and McKinnon (so often the books I intend to read are returned unloved *sigh*).

    • Naomi says:

      Hopefully you’ll get to read it! I hate having to send them back unloved (one of the reasons that I do try to restrain myself the best I can).

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