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Library Checkout: October 2015

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I’m so terrible at following my own rules. You know, last month‘s rule that I should stop putting books on hold and add them to a wishlist instead? That didn’t happen. Not at all. I got all hyped on the upcoming Nonfiction November event and went wild, just throwing everything I might want to read on my holds list…but now I have so many choices!


Unfinished Business: Equality for Women and Men, Work and Family by Anne-Marie Slaughter
Accidental Saints: Finding God in All the Wrong People by Nadai Bolz-Weber
$2.00 a Day: Living on Almost Nothing in America by Kathryn J. Edin
Neurotribes: The Legacy of Autism and the Future of Neurodiversity by Steve Silberman (currently reading)

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Voices from Chernobyl: The Oral History of a Nuclear Disaster by Svetlana Alexievich
Furiously Happy by Jenny Lawson
Ravensbrück: Life and Death in Hitler’s Concentration Camp for Women by Sarah Helm
Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan


Undermajordomo Minor by Patrick deWitt
A Cure for Suicide by Jesse Ball


Nonsense: The Power of Not Knowing by Jamie Holmes (waiting to be picked up)
Mothers, Tell Your Daughters by Bonnie Jo Campbell (waiting to be picked up)
Being Mortal by Atul Gawande (waiting to be picked up)
Lafayette in the Somewhat United States by Sarah Vowell
Battling the Gods: The Struggle Against Religion in Ancient Greece by Tim Whitmarsh (pub date November 10th)
SPQR: A History of Ancient Rome by Mary Beard (pub date November 9th)
Refund by Karen E. Bender
A Manual for Cleaning Women by Lucia Berlin
Science of the Magical: From the Holy Grail to Love Potions to Superpowers by Matt Kaplan
Strangers Drowning: Living by Drastic Choices and Extreme Ethical Commitment
by Larissa MacFarquhar

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  • Karen

    I’m rather envious you got hold pf the Svetlana book. Ever since she was announced as the Nobel winner I’ve been looking for a copy at a reasonable price. Our library system does t have it. The Mary Beard one sounds fascinating based on an article I just read about it

    • I hopped on the library system the day the Nobel was announced and managed to get in the front of the list for one of the old editions, but I noticed the library was ordering several of the new ones, too. Can’t wait to read it!

      • Karen

        Maybe our library system has woken up by now – i should take another look to see if its on order

  • I’m #9 on the list for Lafayette. I want it to hurry up.

  • Diane D

    I am addicted to the library, although mostly for audio downloads these days. I just can’t seen to justify bringing physical book inside my house with so many bookcases on unread books :)

  • Ha – love that you’re overshooting on Nonfiction November! I am too – by starting my NN books in early October. I’ve also got Mothers, Tell Your Daughters on my “must at least try before the end of the year” list.

  • I purchased a copy of Ravensbruck 2 months ago. I don’t think I will get to it in time for NFN, but every time I look at the book I am itching to start reading it. And you got Voices from Chernobyl! I’m envious! I would have to do an ILL for it. I have to start working on my Library post…

    • I’ve heard so many great things about Ravensbruck and caught part of a radio interview with the author that made it sound fantastic.

  • I would love to read Ravensbruck – I hope you get to that one. Also, Lafayette and A Manuel for Cleaning Women are on my radar. It looks like you’re all set for NFN. Happy Reading!

  • I’ve been putting off reading A Train in Winter ALL YEAR but obviously that’s because I was *saving* it for Nonfiction November! Not sure I could read that AND Ravensbruck but I will admit that my curiousity has been piqued.
    Rules are meant to be broken anyway. Put ALL the books on hold – it makes you happy!

  • Kay

    I do the same thing. Vowing to not put more on hold and then pretty much immediately going ahead and filling up my hold quota. What’s wrong with us? LOL

    By the way, Being Mortal is very worthwhile. At least I thought so. Oh and I want to read Crazy Rich Asians. I keep meaning to look for it or put it on hold or something. Will go do that now. ;-)

  • Amanda

    Oh this list makes me happy! Crazy Rich Asians! I really need to add Ravensbruck as well.

  • Yay, I finally get to link up! Never mind the fact that I may substantially curb my library hauls in the near future… sigh.

    Ooh, you’ve got so much tasty history in your holds. This post reminds me that I have an ARC of Science of the Magical that I ought to get to reading!

  • You have a lot of fun books on your hold list. Fall/Winter is a great time for juicy history books! I can’t wait to get my hands on Witches.

  • Ahahaha, I can’t do a post about this because it would be too shameful. Last time I went to the library, the librarian had to warn me that I’m close to my limit. I wanted to say “NO YOU ARE!” but that would have been rude.

  • This is why I steer clear of the library. I have enough books waiting for me at home; I do not need to be adding to them through library selections.

    There are some great books on your list. I hope you enjoy them all!

    • I can see that! I’ve been purging books from my house quite a bit and try not to let things stay if they aren’t read, so the library does some good fill in for me.

  • I pick up a couple of books at the library each visit but that’s not the problem. No! It’s that I add books to my hold list, expecting them to come in way later because there are always a million people ahead of me, and then get a notification that ALL are ready for pickup! I. just. can’t. Btw, I just listened to Furiously Happy on audio and laughed until I cried. I also photographed her event here in Chicago and it was equally amazing. If you can see her, please do so!! I’ll be back to add my link tomorrow as I’m just getting around to writing it. I love that you’re doing this!

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  • Ti Reed

    These days, I check lots out but only as ebooks. I can’t seem to get to the physical books before having to return them. My ebooks stay on there forevah!

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  • This month, I checked out some more books for read-alongs – The Bees for my real life book club and I Am Malala for Nonfiction November. Hopefully I’ll be able to report I read both of them next month! :)

  • I don’t have a link ready but I did do more library reading this month than I have all year! And it was ALL fabulous: The Library at Mount Char, The Royal We, and Infinite Home. So different but all hit that sweet reading spot.

    I can’t believe you already got Furiously Happy! I’m #173 on my library’s list. I think I’ll end up buying it. I will be very interested in seeing what you think of Crazy Rich Asians- I loved it and his sequel, but you know I love light fluffy reading.

    I just got Dryland so am looking forward to that.

    • I added Furiously Happy to my holds AGES ago, otherwise I think I’d be waiting way back in line! And I’m super excited for Crazy Rich Asians – I think it will be good to break up some of the nonfiction next month.

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  • I saw the Furiously Happy cover in person for the first time this weekend – AHHH THE CONFETTI GLITTER! Have you read her first book? I’m wondering if I should start with that, or dive right into this one (like I want to).

    • I think you could probably read them in either order, just depending on what you’re interested in. The first one is memoir-ish and this one seems to focus specifically on her depression.

  • Glad you joined in!

  • Furiously Happy! I’ve got this one out on audio right now. Really need to start that because I know I won’t be able to renew it.

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