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Library Checkout: March 2016

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It seems like I’m on a steady mission to increase my library reading by one book each month this year, which isn’t so bad. Pretty sure I’ll be hard pressed to read twelve library books come December, though, so don’t get your hopes up. Even though I can’t get through everything I’m checking out, you may notice a small problem in the hold department and the problem is that I AM UNCONTROLLABLE. They’ll all come in at the same time and I’ll need your help in choosing. I’m really splitting my library use between two systems now, so it kind of feels like I’m cheating all the time. Just waiting for the day I return a book to the wrong place—it’s bound to happen!

Library Books Read

What Belongs to You by Garth Greenwell
The Song Machine by John Seabrook
Dear Committee Members by Julie Schumacher

Checked Out, To Be Read

High Dive by Jonathan Lee

Returned Unread

The Girl in the Red Coat by Kate Hamer
Imbeciles by Adam Cohen
Version Control by Dexter Palmer

On Hold

Agnostic by Lesley Hazleton
Why We Came to the City by Kristopher Jansma
The Book of Memory by Petina Gappah
The Heart by Maylis de Kerangal
My Name is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout
Seven Brief Lessons on Physics by Carlo Rovelli
Headscarves and Hymens by Mona Eltahawy
Evicted by Matthew Desmond
Are We Smart Enough to Know How Smart Animals Are? by Frans de Waal (publishes April 25th)
Imagine Me Gone by Adam Haslett (publishes May 3rd)
The Gene by Siddhartha Mukherjee (publishes May 17th)
Happy Family by Tracy Barone (publishes May 24th)

How was your library reading in March?

  • I heard an interview with the author of Seven Brief Lessons on Physics on the Science Friday podcast. It sounded interesting and I plan to check it out too. I’d love to know what you think when you get the chance to read it!

    • That’s where I first heard about it, too! I actually have it planned for Readathon at the end of April since it’s so short, so it may be a while, but I will keep you updated!

  • I see you have some books on your hold list that aren’t released yet. I do that too; as soon as I see my library has a book I want to read on order, I add it to my list. It’s kind of fun to the ‘the first’ in reading a brand new book once in awhile!

    • I try and do this all the time! I love being the first to crack open a library book – and there are no strange stains in the book to worry and wonder over! :-)

      The library books on hold right now are all on order:
      Do Not Say We Have Nothing, Madeleine Thien (Canlit)
      Fever at Dawn, Peter Gardos
      Heat and Light, Jennifer Haigh
      Principles to Live By, David Adams Richards (Canlit)
      The Translation of Love, Lynne Kutsukake (Canlit)
      There are So Many on order right now – want to read all of them, but have only put these 5 on hold for now.

    • That’s actually the reason I use two library systems! The city system won’t let you hold books ahead of publication, so I have to outsource ;)

  • Lucky for me, my library is slowly shutting down for a big move this spring. I know, it doesn’t sound lucky, and will likely drive me crazy, but I’m hoping it will force me to get some of my own books read. On the other hand, it might just push me to the book store…

  • Rebecca Foster

    Thanks for the reminder that I need to start compiling my March Library Checkout post :) You have an awesome list of holds there, including several I’m eager to read. I’ll be interested to hear what you think of High Dive. I read Lee’s previous novel, Joy (not published in the U.S.), and thought it was just okay.

    • I wasn’t in love with the last of Lee’s novels I read, either, but I’ve heard so many great things about this one I had to give it a shot – we’ll see!

  • My library reading was EXCellent in March, considering how much travel I ended up doing. Still not as much as I’d have liked, but I did a relatively okayish job of reading and returning the books that I couldn’t renew any more times.

    ALSO I have a new library plan! There are so many movies that I haven’t seen and people go “GASP!” when I admit I haven’t seen them? So my new plan is that every time I go to the library, I will get ONE movie recommendation from someone I care about, and I will check out and watch that movie. Eventually I will have seen everything.

    • That’s a GREAT idea with the movies. I always seem to forget that you can rent movies from the library, too – totally looking forward to hearing about what you end up watching!

  • I’d love to hear your thoughts on High Dive…I sampled it and couldn’t really get into the sample, but a sample is so so short. So, I’m not fully turned off yet. I’m also planning to get to the Jansma at some point and just added The Heart to my TBR the other day!
    Recommendation: I really loved Lucy Barton….may be good for Readathon…it’s about 200 pages!

    • Readathon is actually the exact reason I added Lucy Barton to the list! That and all the raves I heard about it :)

  • I read Garth Greenwell’s book (also from the library) too! I have a mini review scheduled for sometime next month, I think. Also read The Violet Hour (about the deaths of writers), which I loved, and The Serpent King, which may end up being my lone YA read for the year. My Name is Lucy Barton and The Heart are great, btw.

    • The Heart was your recommendation, I believe, and I’m so glad my library had it!!

      • I hope you’ll like it–it’s gutting, but totally worth it.

  • I see that Sarah has already commented on Lucy Barton; I haven’t read it, but she makes a great point about Readathon coming up – eek!! :) I read 47% of High Dive and then put it down in favor of All the Single Ladies; to be fair, I was in the middle of changing jobs and that probably had some impact on my discontent. I really enjoyed parts of it, but wasn’t able to stick with it and felt like my level of enjoyment kind of plateaued. I’ll be curious to see what you think; I may go back to it, at some point. I’m REALLY interested in Evicted and Are We Smart Enough; I would also like to live in a world where the library intuits whether I can read all of these books at one time and makes a decision to hold off on sending ALL of my holds together.

    • Lucy Barton is definitely in the hold list just for Readathon :)
      I’m hoping High Dive will stick…I’m SO desperate for a good novel, it’s driving me bananas.

  • I am lucky that I can only have 15 holds at a time, otherwise my hold list would be endless! Two Libraries! I am jealous!!

  • Oh, the link will be up until about the middle of April, so no worries!

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  • I focused on my own books for the first three months of the year, but I expect my library usage to increase exponentially come April. :) I use two library systems, Kid #3 goes to a third one with his pre-school class, and Kids #1 and 2 use the school library. I am terrified of one day returning a book to the wrong library! My system of having a different dining room chair for each library and its books is not working out very well. Hahaha.

    • It’s wise of you to at least try to have a system! I keep relying on the stickers inside, but I’m bound to mix them up someday :)

  • I must get back to the library. They’re something the Conservatives are trying to cut funding to in the UK, so it’s essential we use them, or we’ll lose them.

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  • Better reading for me from the library in March! Fun chick-lit books and then BAM- Boys in the Boat which I loved. Non-fiction, go figure. ;)

    I want to know what you thought about Committee Members. I thought it was hilarious and touching.