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Library Checkout: January 2016

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Oh, you guys. I almost didn’t share this month because my library use was just abysmal, but I’m hoping some of you can link up with your awesome reading and make things better. I mentioned my slumpy situation yesterday, so I won’t drone on, but I returned almost everything unread this month. The one shining star was finally getting settled into the new house and picking up books from the new library’s drive-thru window—AHMAZING. Now, let’s hope I can actually read them.


Library Books Read

Nonsense by Jamie Holmes

Checked Out, To Be Read

Paradise Now by Chris Jennings
The Stargazer’s Sister by Carrie Brown
The Sellout by Paul Beatty

Returned Unread

Look Who’s Back by Timur Vermes
The Buried Giant by Kazuo Ishiguro
Green on Blue by Elliot Ackerman
Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow
Satin Island by Tom McCarthy

On Hold

While the City Slept by Eli Sanders (publishes February 2nd)
The Girl in the Red Coat by Kate Hamer (publishes February 16th)
Imbeciles by Adam Cohen (publishes March 1st)
A Manual for Cleaning Women by Lucia Berlin
Sweetgirl by Travis Mulhauser (publishes February 2nd)
Version Control by Dexter Palmer (publishes February 23rd)
Writing Our Way Out by David Coogan

How was your library reading this month?

  • I had a good trip to the library yesterday and found some interesting sounding books-all new to me authors, yay! I’ve already read one of them and I enjoyed it, so I’m off to a good start :)

  • I have the opposite problem. I was supposed to dramatically reduce my library use in order to read more of my own books, but this doesn’t seem to be happening… yet. Sigh. (But it’s still only January!)
    Yay for getting settled into your new house – I predict your reading groove will be back soon…

  • Moving really takes it out of a girl, so no shame in library reading… or otherwise reading… falling a bit by the wayside. Now that I’ll all bloggy again, I will link up later this week! Also, your library has a drive thru where you can PICK UP your books… that IS amazing… mine you can only drop them off, which I thought was exciting enough! :)

  • Elena

    I love these posts because I feel terrible – reaaaaally terrible – when I return books unread to my school library. I sometimes even feel the librarians know I just made them go for the books to the basement (talk about storing issues) and then left the book on my desk for a month before finally returning it. So, thanks for the relief! :D

    • It makes me feel pretty awful, too, but I try to keep telling myself that it’s good to have the books in circulation no matter what!

  • Amanda

    Ooh I really want to get A Manual for Cleaning Women. Moving is hell. At least you tried – and didn’t lose library books in the process. I maybe did that once. Maybe.

  • I checked out three library books in January, but only read one (The Kitchen House). I’ll have to give the others a try in the future, I just wasn’t in the mood by the time they were ready for me to pickup.

  • I took out four books this month, read two, DNF’d one, still have one to go. Probably. Definitely does not warrant a post. I have two books on hold still and I’m getting increasingly irritated with the strangers who have those books!

  • I’m not sure if it cheers you up if I tell you that I borrowed Hamilton from the library and returned it unread as well. It was such a wonderful big book, and I am itching to read it (with all the Hamilton-love out there), but I just couldn’t bring myself to open the book. Or any other book for that matter. Sigh! I’m hoping that February will pull me out of my slump.

    • I’m glad i’m not alone! I was loving it so much, but just knew I didn’t have it in me for the long haul at the time. I definitely hope both of us will get to it again :)

  • Well that is a huge shining star so totally worth the no library reading! I’m hoping to read Sweetgirl and Version Control this month as well! And A Manual for Cleaning Women sometime this year…
    I actually tried to sign up for my library’s online e-book system recently and it wouldn’t accept my library card for some reason…but am hoping to be able to join this link-up at some point soon :)

    • What a bummer about the e-book system! I’ve definitely found that some are easier to work with than others. I’m not sure if it’s the same where you are, but we can get library cards for nearby counties and that’s totally helped when it comes to working out things like that.

  • Kay

    I’m laughing about your library’s drive-thru window. We had one at the branch library where I worked last. Only one in the Austin Public Library system. And it sounds amazing and probably is for the patrons. It was a pain deluxe for the staff. Hope yours works better than ours always did. I had to make a schedule for times for staff to ‘work the window’ or they would all squabble and avoid it when possible. And I usually scheduled myself for double duty there. Part of the issue was the intercom thing didn’t work well at all and you ended up shouting and pantomiming what to do. Plus people would insist on trying to return all their books at the little drawer thing and broke it more than once. Sigh. I don’t mean to be negative. Here’s wishing luck to other library systems and figuring it out better than we did. LOL LOL

    • Gah, that sounds terrible!! I was actually thinking as I drove through that the job of window librarian is probably not in high demand :) Thankfully, this was set up just like a fast food drive-thru, no drop box or speaker, you just pull right up to the window and pass things through that way. I hope that makes it easier!

  • A drive through would be so great. I am having to plow through large drifts of snow to get to the curb right now (I am sure you can commiserate these days). Last time I moved all I did was watch 30 Rock for months.

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  • Yeah, I didn’t do so well with my library reading, either, Shannon; I haven’t decided if I can even muster a post – ha! I do love the link up, though! I SOOOO wish we had a drive through window; that is fantastic! I’m so jealous!

  • My library reading — I honestly might have a problem. I have been checking out so many books my librarians are commenting on it (“Do you need a bag?” “Nah, if I accept bags it’ll just encourage me to get more books.” “I’m not sure our system allows more books than you’re carrying in your arms right now.”). I am like Gus-Gus in the Disney Cinderella trying to carry more cheese than his tiny little arms can support. SEND HELP.

  • Ooh, I’m so excited to see that you’ve picked up The Stargazer’s Sister. I wasn’t sure I’d enjoy that one – I feel a little put off by how many books are about women who are important because of their relationship to a man – but it blew me away. I ended up really enjoying it :)

  • These all look so good, and I was just at the library yesterday checking on my holds. Of course, I mistakenly thought one was in to find that it probably won’t be ready for me for another three weeks or so. *sigh* I’m really trying to use my library more this year (if my patience for the wait time can hold out) like I did years ago before the convenience of 1-clicking. I think I have about 15 holds out there, now.

    • Last year was the first year I got back into library use (like you said, the one click thing makes it so easy not to wait!) and I think I finally have a system down now. Sadly, the system works a little too well and I can’t always get to what I hold ;)

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  • You have a drive-up window at your library?! That is crazy. I love it.

    Please oh please start The Stargazer’s Sister. I want someone else to read it!

  • I didn’t get a lot of library reading done in January…..maybe I’ll do better next month! I just put The Stargazer’s Sister on hold last week, so hopefully I’ll get to read it soon!

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  • Well, if nothing else you can say you’ve already been a good influence in 2016- I did more library reading than I have in a long time! Mostly because I found the new releases to be disappointing. Here’s hoping things look up in February!

  • I have 27 checked out right now. I really shouldn’t bring home so many because it really does affect other patrons, but I always think I can, or only check out a few and then every hold comes in at once. The struggle. Anyway. I’ve gotten to chapter 4 in Hamilton and I just can’t do it right now. It’s interesting but not enough to tempt me to pick it up when I have other options. I definitely think I’ll read it at some point, just not right now. :( I think you’re doing pretty good but we all have those months :/

    • I had the same issue with Hamilton. I totally want to read it at some point, it just wasn’t going to work right now (and I didn’t want to end up hating it for that reason!)