Library Checkout: October 2015


Hosted by Shannon at River City Reads.

Almost all my reading this month was from the library.

Library books read:

Checked out, to be read:

  • Fallsy Downsies by Stephanie Domet
  • Outline by Rachel Cusk (half read)
  • Alone at Sea: the Adventures of Joshua Slocum by Ann Spencer (partly read)
  • In the Heart of the Sea: the Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex by Nathaniel Philbrick

Returned unread:

  • The Winter Family by Cliff Jackman
  • The Lost Salt Gift of Blood by Alistair MacLeod

On hold:

  • The Kitchen God’s Wife by Amy Tan (ready to be picked up) – for Literary Wives
  • The Birthday Lunch by Joan Clark (still)
  • The Secret Chord by Geraldine Brooks (still)
  • Lavinia by Ursula le Guin (for RL book club)
  • Twenty-One Cardinals by Jocelyn Saucier
  • The Stranger by Albert Camus (for Novellas in November)

For the kids:

  • Chickenhare by Chris Grine
  • The Candymakers by Wendy Mass
  • Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins
  • Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins
  • The Healing Spell by Kimberly Griffiths Little

What are you reading from the library?

46 thoughts on “Library Checkout: October 2015

  1. River City Reading says:

    I’ve been very curious about Outline (I think I even checked it out at one point), but feel like I need more of a push to actually read it. I feel like I’ve seen so many awards and raves for it, but very few opinions, so I’m looking forward to hearing what you think.

    • Elle says:

      *butts in* I thought it was a really fascinating exploration of how and why we talk, and what gets revealed about us when we do, and how men and women are both perceived differently and behave differently in terms of how much they speak and when. I also felt a little cheated of plot, of which there isn’t much. So, worth reading, I reckon, but unlikely to find its way to your heart. *butts out*

    • Naomi says:

      I’ll tell you what I think so far, because I might not finish it. It is beautifully written, full of great quotes and wisdom. But, for me, the writing isn’t enough. I don’t really care about what is happening, or what is going to happen. However, I know some people have really loved it.

    • Naomi says:

      I’m trying to keep the librarians on their toes. πŸ™‚
      My thoughts on Outline are in my response to Shannon’s comment. Elle also explained it in more detail.

  2. whatmeread says:

    I have The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz and RASL, which is a graphic novel. Do you not renew the books you didn’t get read instead of returning them unread, or do you decide you don’t want to read them after all?

    • Naomi says:

      I renew some of them, but others are on hold for other people. A few I just decide I’m not in the mood for anymore.
      How is The Brief Wondrous Life? That’s one some people love and others feel it doesn’t live up to its hype.

  3. Sarah Emsley says:

    I return unread books to the library all the time, because I always request more than I can possibly read, and then I end up placing requests all over again. Probably I could streamline this process! But there are so many books I find tempting.

    If I were you, I’d go back to the library for The Lost Salt Gift of Blood, though, and put it on the top of the TBR pile, or start reading right away. Or buy a copy, because it’s just so good. Looking forward to hearing what you think of Fallsy Downsies. I enjoyed that one a lot.

    • Naomi says:

      Oh, good to hear you liked Fallsy Downsies – I don’t really know anyone else who has read it. I’ve already renewed it once, so I hope I’ll be able to get to it soon. This month is looking full right now. And, I will go get The Lost Salt Gift of Blood back next time I see it!
      I am the same way about putting too many books on hold, because I’m so tempted by them all. Oh, well, there could be worse things… πŸ™‚

      • buriedinprint says:

        “Almost all my reading this month was from the library”.
        This is so often true for me as well. *sigh* I’m echoing Sarah’s enthusiasm for these stories, but I just read them over the end of the summer and they felt just so beautifully perfect for that time of year, with the transiion into fall, winter still some distance away. Somehow he manages to twine melancholy with beauty in a way which is now rooted in Septembers for me, thanks to these tales. Whenever you do get back to them, I hope you find it’s the perfect time for you.

  4. Amanda says:

    Oh the Kitchen God’s Wife is my favorite Amy Tan for sure. Loved that. I might be giving up on the Secret Chord I’m ashamed to say. Its beautifully written it just not flowing for me.

    • Naomi says:

      I think I’ll be reading the Amy Tan next, so that’s good to hear!
      So far, the reviews for Secret Chord have mostly been good, so it’ll be interesting to hear your thoughts on it (if you end up writing about it at all). I wouldn’t mind having one less book on my list! πŸ™‚

  5. sharkell says:

    I have The Secret Chord out from my library and I’m due to read it next. I have also borrowed Unbowed: A Memoir by Wangari Maathai.

  6. Heather says:

    I just finished reading ‘The Natural Way of Things’ by Charlotte Wood. I was going to buy a copy for myself but thought I’d try my luck with the library. It’s a new release and I thought I’d have to wait a while to get it but I was first cab off the rank! Such a great book and an important one too. I hope you get ‘The Secret Chord’ soon!

      • Heather says:

        Yes. Especially when they’re ones that you’ve been wanting to read for a long time. If I hadn’t been able to get it from the library so quickly I probably would have gone and bought a copy. I’m impatient like that.

  7. Geoff W says:

    I love this theme or meme or whatever! I just finished (and returned because the hold list was epic and I hate being on there long!) Rowling/Galbraith’s new book Career of Evil.

  8. BookerTalk says:

    Hooray for a loyal library user!! Im heading to my local branch tomorrow to try and get a few books in translation that I’ve been recommended but I can’t get at a reasonable price. I’m hoping the inter-library loan system will prove the answer

    • Naomi says:

      I also used to feel guilty. Sometimes I still do, but it’s getting easier. Even though I know I can just take it out again, it’s still hard!

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