Library Checkout: February 2016

Hosted by Shannon at River City Reading.

I wasn’t planning to do any of these this year, because I was going to cut way down on library use and read my own damn books. But…


My excuses? I blame KayCarolyn and TJ for Our Souls at Night, and Susan for Elephant Winter, both of which are still unread. Canada Reads gets the blame for Birdie (my review) and Sitting Practice (still unread). Terry Fallis gets the blame for All Inclusive (review to come). And, I’m holding Cathy responsible for Instructions For A Heatwave (currently reading).

Sadly, Pillow and This Cake is For the Party had to go back unread (this time).

I also picked up a lot of books for the kids, hoping that it would help deter me from going into the adult end of the library. This tactic did work a couple of times, and I will be using it again. Unfortunately, though, there are a couple of books that I got for my daughter that I also want to read while they’re here (We Are All Made of Molecules and A Monster Calls). She also loved Library of Souls. They won’t take long, right?

Last, but not least, I took out a few books by poet Rita Joe (yes, I am even going to try to read them!).

Still on hold:

  • The Motorcyclist by George Elliott Clarke (my own fault, for Reading Atlantic Canada)
  • The Piano Maker by Kurt Palka (same)
  • Ballroom by Anna Hope (I’ll blame this one on the many wonderful book bloggers who live across the Atlantic ocean.)
  • Chrysalis: Maria Sibylla Merian and the Secrets of Metamorphosis by Kim Todd (the blame for this one goes to Katie at Doing Dewey)
  • Minister Without Portfolio by Michael Winter (Canada Reads)
  • Fallen Land by Taylor Brown (I think I put this on hold after reading Kerry’s review at Entomology of a Bookworm, but I’ve already forgotten what it’s about.)

58 thoughts on “Library Checkout: February 2016

  1. Read Diverse Books says:

    What a lovely haul!
    Unfortunately, I’m not familiar with many of the books you checked out. But I am excited for Library of Souls. I thoroughly enjoyed the first two books in the series, so I’m glad your daughter did too.

  2. TJ @ MyBookStrings says:

    I think you’ll love Our Souls at Night. Such a beautiful, quiet book! And I wish my library had Anna Hope. (BTW, I do the same thing… go to the kids’ section to get my library fix but not check anything out. The kids’ section and the cookbook aisle.)

  3. realthog says:

    You think you got it bad? Our local library’s moving premises soonish, and in preparation for that they’re having a fairly rigorous discard program. So every time I go in the place — which is approximately daily at the moment, for work reasons — I’m confronted by not just all the usual borrowing temptation but shelves of yummy books that they’re selling off at 25c a pop. It’s almost impossible to come out of there without at least one or two purchases to add to the piles at home . . .

  4. Sarah Emsley says:

    I’ll take some of the blame for encouraging you to read Rita Joe and George Elliott Clarke sooner rather than later! And I’ll happily add some encouragement, if any is needed, to go back to the library to check out This Cake again. I have a special fondness for that book because a friend invited me to the Halifax launch — and I couldn’t go because I had to bake a cake and take it to my brother’s engagement party. (I liked the stories a lot, too, when I later bought a copy of the book. Still sorry to have missed the launch, though.)

    • Naomi says:

      I will go back and get that one again! It hung around for about 8 weeks before I finally gave up on it.
      Yes, you are to blame for the Rita Joe books for sure! And, have you read The Motorcyclist yet? I’m hoping I’ll like it as much as George and Rue. Good thing I’m not judging it by its cover!

  5. Alex says:

    Walking into a library is even more dangerous then walking into a bookshop because they let you take the books out without having to pay for them. I am every bit as culpable and sometimes think that I have more of their books on my shelves than they have on theirs. It encourages me to know that there are others like me out there.

    • Naomi says:

      Exactly. The worst that could happen is that they won’t get read. But I hate it when that happens!
      Doesn’t it feel good to walk out with an armload of books? The possibilities…

  6. Deepika Ramesh says:

    This is so awesome, Naomi. Firstly, I have to find a good library in Chennai. Looks like there isn’t one. So, I am going to keep myself happy by seeing lovely posts like this. 🙂

    • Naomi says:

      True! And, really, it goes against everything I believe to resist the library. But, I have to figure out some way to read my own books… Maybe if I donated them all to the library, I would read them!

  7. Jenny @ Reading the End says:

    I am so weak when it comes to the library. Even when I think I’m being strong, I know that I’m really actually being weak — like I resisted making an extra library trip this Saturday, and I felt all virtuous, as if I don’t have like 35 books checked out of there and sitting in piles next to my bed. :p

  8. Claire 'Word by Word' says:

    I just bought Our Souls at Night for my Dad, I hope he brings it with him when he visits in April! I have 4 books from the library and find that hard enough to get through, your stack is so impressive!! What a joy!

  9. River City Reading says:

    I LOVE seeing your huge book stacks!! So glad you had a few people to blame 😉 I have a copy of Instructions for a Heatwave I’ve been meaning to read for a long time – can’t wait to hear what you think.

  10. Karen says:

    Ohhhh Naomi, you should definitely read We Are All Made of Molecules and A Monster Calls! Both five-star reads in my book (and both made me cry). I’d love to hear what you think of them!

  11. Bookrock says:

    I’m interested to see your thoughts on Minister Without Portfolio. I feel like it’s getting the LEAST amount of Canada Reads buzz but it’s my favourite so far – a little bit of a dark horse, maybe.

    • Naomi says:

      So happy to hear it’s a favourite! I’ve heard a lot of people saying the opposite, so I’ve been nervous about it. I’m really hoping it comes soon!

  12. Kim@Time2Read says:

    Ha! A library can be a dangerous place! I walked in to pick up a reserve yesterday….and walked out with a bagful of books. Good think I keep the carry-all bag folded up in my purse! Or maybe not….
    Enjoy your books!

  13. Catherine says:

    That is quite a haul! I love the library, though. It is a great place to bust out of a book slump- wandering the aisles just waiting for something to jump out.

    Have you read Our Souls at Night yet? Haruf writes such beautiful prose. His novel Benediction is one of my all-time favorites.

  14. Cecilia says:

    Hahaha, I loved your photo after photo after photo…;-) I have to head to the library tomorrow too, to return an unread book (Far from the Tree, which Emily J had recommended some time back…I love it but it’s very long, I may need to renew it 2 or 3x to finish ;-)). I will probably walk out with a few more books anyway 🙂

    • Naomi says:

      I got that book for Christmas, but haven’t read it yet. It is long, but I heard it was very good! I’d love to know what else you picked up. 🙂

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