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Library Checkout: December 2015

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I returned a sad number of books unread this month after requesting far too many for Nonfiction November and just not having enough time to fit everything in before my holds ran out (and some really break my heart, especially A Manual for Cleaning Women). Does that mean I learned my lesson? Of course not. The Tournament of Books long list came out early this month, so I went on a request spree and have more books checked out than I can possibly read. Plus, we’re moving close to a fancy new library (with a drive up window!!), so I had to place some future holds there. You can find me over here in the shame corner.

Library Books Read

Being Mortal by Atul Gawande
Ravensbruck by Sarah Helm
Challenger Deep by Neal Shusterman
You Too Can Have a Body Like Mine by Alexandra Kleeman
Honor Girl by Maggie Thrash

Checked Out, To Be Read

Nonsense by Jamie Holmes
Satin Island by Tom McCarthy
Look Who’s Back by Timur Vermes
The Buried Giant by Kazuo Ishiguro

Returned Unread

Burning Down the House by Nell Bernstein
Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan
The Hunt for Vulcan by Thomas Levenson
SPQR by Mary Beard
Aquarium by David Vann
A Manual for Cleaning Women by Lucia Berlin

On Hold

She Came From Beyond! by Nadine Darling
Green on Blue by Elliot Ackerman
Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow
The Longest Night by Andria Williams (publishes January 12th)
Paradise Now by Chris Jennings (publishes January 12th)
The Stargazer’s Sister by Carrie Brown (publishes January 19th)
While the City Slept by Eli Sanders (publishes February 2nd)

How was your library reading in December?

  • I had a very slow library month. All my holds from last month still haven’t come in yet. The up side is that I got a few of my own books read. :)

  • I’m like 7th on the list for A Manual for Cleaning Woman, and can hardly wait to get my greedy hands on it… esp after the rave reviews from the Literary Disco crew. I’m waiting for the short list, and then will go on a library spree as well, and join you with cocktails (virgin for me) over in shame corner.

  • I know you hated giving up A Manual for Cleaning Woman, Shannon; you have to cut yourself some slack, though…you had to move!! :) The ones you were able to read sound really good, though, especially Being Mortal and Honor Girl; excited to see what you have next! I’m currently reading The Longest Night and I love it; glad it’s on your list.

  • Girl, you sill didn’t read Crazy Rich Asians?! You are killing me.
    I really can’t say much more than that though – I shamefully returned a few books unread and don’t even have anything out at the moment. I have stacks and stacks of books to get through and then maybe I will return.

    • I knowwww, I’m terrible. There were other holds on it (of course), and it had to go back. I’m so bad at priorities.

      • Amanda

        I won’t call you terrible but I hope it went back on your hold list! I won’t even talk about my library list.

  • I have vowed to myself that when I’m doing #ReadMyOwnDamnBooks in 2016, I’ll also give my local library another shot. It’s $20/year since we’re outside the city limits, and my husband recently re-upped his card. Crossing fingers that I can get some good stuff to fill in the gaps.

  • I love my library (even though it does not have an amazing drive thru window), and I’m the same way. I am always checking out far more books than I’ll possibly get to! I’ve heard good things about Crazy Rich Asians and I’m hoping to check it out soon!

  • I did the same thing when the ToB longlist came out. When I got to the point when it would not let me add anymore books, I new I got a bit carried away . . .

  • I’m pretty sure you’re forgiven for your non-read returns, what with the business of moving. I was a bad girl and only had two library checkouts this month. My bank account has thoroughly scolded me for it, too. haha

  • I’ve been spying the Chernow biography everywhere these days. I am listening to his Washington biography right now. I am tempted to add the Hamilton one to my queue as well because I do love a good biography.

    • I still haven’t read any of Chernow’s books, so I’m pretty excited to get to this (though it’s a little intimidating – I’m not sure I’m ready to tackle a book that long right now).

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  • Wow! A library with a drive-up window! How cool!
    Actually, ours has drive-up….but I’ve never used it. I’m not sure how it works. I know there is a designated parking spot and you can drop off or pick up books, but I don’t know how they know to come out. I guess you call ahead? Anyway, I like to actually walk in and browse the books. I wonder if it’s like a dressing room where I can ‘try on’ and then say ‘it’s not quite right’ and ‘could you bring me something like it, but happier?’ LOL!

  • I would love it if my library had a drive-up window! So convenient for the times when I can only pop in and out really quick.

  • My library reading in December was Not Nearly Enough. But then, I always feel that way. I went to the library last night to pick up my Alexander Hamilton biography, and I came home with a REASONABLE NUMBER OF BOOKS DAMMIT (she said, not at all defensively). (Except, yes, very defensively.) I have probably something like forty books out from the library right now and I don’t want to talk about it. :p

  • I feel as if I’m almost caught up with my library reading! Okay, I have 3 books awaiting my attention…but honestly, I don’t think that’s too bad…for me! :) I will be placing some holds, I’m sure. And there are so many I’m anxiously awaiting the release of in the very near future! :) And I am also trying to #ReadMyOwnDamnBooks! :)

    • Drive-up window sounds amazing!! Though it would prevent browsing…though that would help alleviate checking out way more than I should…but… :)

  • Just stopping by this post to say DRIVE-THRU LIBRARY? Sign me up!