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Library Checkout: September 2015

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Welcome to the first Library Checkout, which will cover the month of September. Of course, we’re starting with a month that pretty much destroyed me in terms of reading, and I ended up returning over half of what I checked out this month unread. I also just had three new books come in at the same time, when I still have a few checked out to read and several ARCs I’d like to get to. I think I need to get better at marking things “Wishlist” instead of “Hold”, no? I suppose the good news is, most of the books I did read this month came from the library, so…thanks for saving the day.

Library Books Read

The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander
Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff
Give Us the Ballot: The Modern Struggle for Voting Rights in America by Ari Berman
A Hanging at Cinder Bottom by Glenn Taylor

Checked Out, to Be Read

$2.00 a Day: Living on Almost Nothing in America by Kathryn J. Edin
The War Between the Tates by Alison Lurie

Returned Unread

The Daughters by Adrienne Celt
Make Your Home Among Strangers by Jennine Capó Crucet
Nagasaki: Life After Nuclear War by Susan Southard
Purity by Jonathan Franzen

On Hold

After the Parade by Lori Ostlund (waiting to be picked up)
Undermajordomo Minor by Patrick deWitt (waiting to be picked up)
Furiously Happy by Jenny Lawson (waiting to be picked up)
A Cure for Suicide by Jesse Ball
Neurotribes: The Legacy of Autism and the Future of Neurodiversity by Steve Silberman
Unfinished Business: Equality for Women and Men, Work and Family by Anne-Marie Slaughter (pub date September 29th)
Battling the Gods: The Struggle Against Religion in Ancient Greece by Tim Whitmarsh (pub date November 10th)
Lafayette in the Somewhat United States by Sarah Vowell (pub date October 20th)
Nonsense: The Power of Not Knowing by Jamie Holmes (pub date October 13th)

Now it’s your turn! There aren’t many rules for this link-up, other than putting a lid on our library reading for the month. Feel free to grab the image, share photos, more detailed statistics, or whatever suits your fancy and link-up down below!


  • Elena

    I’m a bit late to this post, but I find it really inspiring. I am Spanish, I live in Spain, but I write and read in English, which basically means my library has no books for me. I wish I could borrow more books, because I looooove the idea of a bookish community. So, let me live that dream through posts like this for now :P

  • I recently heard my local library got e-book lending up and running, so I might be joining you for this link-up at some point after all! Looks like you got some good library usage despite having such a crazy month!

  • I admit I took back to the library Sarah Hall’s The Wolf Border unread but I still want to read it later. I just have too much at home right now. Look forward to hearing about Fates and Furies.

    • It can be such a bummer to take back books unread – I usually hope to get back to the books I return, but sometimes it takes much longer than I’d like.

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  • I jockey around my library lists so much, putting things on hold and then suspending the hold when my list gets too long. I still end up with at least 5 library books at home at any given time and then I end up sending a bunch back without reading them. I always feel bad when I return books without reading, like I am making more work for the librarians. They don’t seem to mind or at least they wait to complain about me until after I leave.

    • I always feel bad about returning the books, too, but I do remember someone saying that keeping them in circulation actually helps libraries…or maybe I’m just telling myself that ;)

  • Before, I would be putting everything On Hold and then everything would come in all at once, sometimes they were hot ticket items so they would be allowed out for 7 days only. My “Wish List” or books that I have put on the “For Later” shelf is now sitting at 997. ☺ Oops. *shrugs* But…it does show how wonderful the library is in bringing in the books I want to read. ☺ I’m trying to read what’s on my shelf and not be tempted by the library right now. It’s hard.

  • Amanda

    I too need to get better at the Wish List rather than hold. I feel like I have so many book lists though, I don’t know if I want to manage one more list. I need to just learn some self control too. That’ll happen right?

  • Everyone else’s comments about their huge hold lists and having to send books back without reading them is making me feel so normal. :)
    I am forever trying to ignore the new books and the library to concentrate on the ones I have that I haven’t read yet, but it is an uphill battle. Mostly, I try to just enjoy it.

  • Your list shows why I love the library so much – such a mixed list. Plus, if you don’t get round to reading it, there is less guilt – at least that’s how I feel! Had planned on writing a post for this but might be a bit late.

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  • Um, we have the wish list option on my library’s site but all I can think is “why don’t I just put a hold on it and see how long it takes?” HA! I have no control, either!!

    • That’s totally how my thinking goes, too!

    • LOL! I add them to my reserve, then freeze them so they move up the list but don’t get checked out to me until I unfreeze them when I have time to read. I think my library caught on to me though….I got an email last month saying they will automatically transfer them to my wishlist if they’ve been on reserve for a year!

  • Rhonda Lomazow

    If you can renew The Daughters. It is a beautifully written book,

    • I definitely still want to read it (and Make Your Home Among Strangers). It had to go back because there were other holds, and now the hold line is much longer, but I’m going to try to work my way in there!

  • Ha! How about I don’t have enough time to take the time to create a post about my library activities during September! I must read…and create blog posts…and…read…and…create blog posts… :) I do want you to know that I have begun using our local library and it does feel good! However, like you, I have WAY too many checked out and WAY too many holds! This working full-time to support myself definitely cuts into my reading/blogging time! ;) I actually think this is a great idea, Shannon!

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  • I finally read a library book this month! The Sixth Extinction won the poll for the nonfiction read-along I hosted last month and I didn’t own, so I picked it up and had motivation to actually read it before it was due back!

  • Jennine G.

    So cool! I will have to join this link up for October! I like to get ebooks from the library through my Overdrive app cause it’s easier to lug around with all my school stuff.

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