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Library Checkout: February 2016

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Well, my library reading train is still pretty slow-moving, but at least I managed to put a little cap on my requests this month and didn’t end up returning too much unread. That doesn’t mean anything for the books I still have on hold, which are just as numerous. I’m hoping my recent upswing in reading (finally!) means that I’ll get to most of them when they arrive!

Library Books Read

While the City Slept by Eli Sanders
Oreo by Fran Ross

Returned Unread

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

On Hold

Agnostic by Lesley Hazleton
The Association of Small Bombs by Karan Mahajan
Shelter by Jung Yun
The Year of the Runaways by Sunjeev Sahota
What Belongs to You by Garth Greenwell
The Girl in the Red Coat by Kate Hamer
Imbeciles by Adam Cohen
Version Control by Dexter Palmer

How was your library reading this month?

  • I so wish Chennai had a good library. There are just about four libraries in Chennai, and they mostly lend mainstream books. So, I end up buying all my books. The biggest library in the city, which is one of the largest libraries in Asia, doesn’t allow us take the books home. So, I will have to camp there for a day to finish a book. I am planning to do that sometime soon. :)

    • Library camp at least sounds like fun! ;)

      Do you have an ereader of any kind? There are some good digital library resources that might be worth checking (Overdrive, etc.). It is entirely possible they don’t serve Chennai, though. :(

    • That must be so frustrating! It does sound like it would be a little relaxing and nice to sit and finish a book in a day, though.

  • The thing i love about the library is that i can impulse grab so many books, never read them and return them 3 weeks later (unread). But there is always the possibility that i’ll read them, that I’ll find the time. I love the optimism i feel in the library.

    • I’m with you here! We can get so many and experiment with new things without dropping a dime. I do feel guilty about returning too many unread, though – I strive more for realism about how much I’ll read. ;)

    • It’s such a great feeling! I can’t believe I didn’t use mine for so long – so many missed opportunities!

  • Ooh, that’s an exciting mix of things you have on hold! As always, I’m sure those riches will all come in at once. ;)

  • I’m looking forward to Runaways and Small Bombs too! And – you’ve gotten While the City Slept back on my radar…maybe for Nonfiction November!

  • I’m always so impressed by the amount of books you have on hold. Don’t ask me why. It must have something to do with the fact that I only JUST started to put books on hold recently and I think the most at any one time has been 4. I haven’t heard of any of these books which means I’m about to go on a google tear!

    • Well, I do use two different library systems, so sometimes I forget how much I have held at the *other* library and go a little crazy ;)

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  • I also had to return The Stargazer’s Sister unread this month. I still want to read it, though, so I put it back on my list. I’ve been hearing a lot about The Girl In The Read Coat. Hope it’s good!

    • I’ve heard great things about The Girl in the Red Coat, too! It’s a little outside my usual read, but sounds like one that can grab you really quick.

  • I really frequented my library in February. I checked out ten books, DNF’d three of them, three were audio, and the rest were hardcover. I finally joined another library in another county that tends to stock much more and sooner than my own library. Of course, I have several on hold…again. lol The Girl in the Red Coat has me interested, but I haven’t put a hold on it, yet. I have a hold on While the City Slept and hope it meets the hype I’ve built in my head.

    • I use two library systems, too! I love my city library, but they don’t let you put books on hold until after they have them on the shelves…I needed a work around ;)

  • How was Oreo for you? If you liked it, I might need to give it a re-visit….

  • While the City Slept sounds so intense and yet I went ahead and added it to by TBR list. It is something I believe we as a society are loathe to address. (Thank you Reagan for shutting down institutions for the mentally/emotionally ill…)

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  • So far so good! I’m returning a few books unfinished, but it’s a good thing — I gave myself permission to admit that I wasn’t enjoying them enough from what I’d read so far to want to finish them right this instant. Still leaving the door open to giving them another try later!

  • There are a few new-to-me titles for me on your lists. My library list is getting longer. . . .

  • Kailana

    I have so many unread books on my TBR that I hardly visit the library anymore… I know I should, but stuff happens…

  • Amanda

    I drowning in library books! and in life so I didn’t link up. But I definitely just put while the city slept on my list to put on hold – I have an issue with too many holds even!

  • Well, I haven’t checked anything out from the library lately; too much going on with switching jobs and trying to do some research into my previous field (that I’ll be going back into) to get as much recreational reading done as I would like. I did post a not-so-great view of Version Control on the blog today; I think I want you to read it, selfishly, to see what your take is – ha!

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