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Library Checkout: April 2016

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Another month, another failed attempt at reading the books I have checked out from the library. I wish I was able to be a better shepherd with this link-up, but my reading is just all over the place lately. I think I can point toward an uptick in Spring ARC reading as the cause for my one book reading list here—this is just the time of year when so much is coming out and I want to read it all! The one plus is that my holds are taking some time to come in and I’ve been pretty reserved with adding more…I just need to keep it that way.

Library Books Read

Seven Brief Lessons on Physics by Carlo Rovelli

Checked Out, To Be Read

The Book of Memory by Petina Gappah

Returned Unread

The Heart by Maylis de Kerangal
My Name is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout
Headscarves and Hymens by Mona Eltahawy

On Hold

Agnostic by Lesley Hazleton
Why We Came to the City by Kristopher Jansma
Evicted by Matthew Desmond
One of Us by Asne Seierstad,
Are We Smart Enough to Know How Smart Animals Are? by Frans de Waal
Imagine Me Gone by Adam Haslett (publishes May 3rd)
Sweetbitter by Stephanie Danler (publishes May 24th)

How was your library reading in April?

  • Ohhhhh Seven Brief Lessons on Physics was a library read? I saw you were reading it but assumed it was an ARC. Yay!!

    I did a lot of library reading in April. Got a huge stack of books in preparation of readathon, and got through them all. Woohoo!

  • You have a lot of good ones on the way!
    Our library closes in May for the big move, so anything I take out now isn’t due until August 2nd! You can believe I’m stocking up!

  • Meaghan Walsh Gerard

    Totally dig the idea of a “library checkout” post. A great way to give props to your local branch, as well!

  • I hope you get to read Evicted soon. I’ve had My Name is Lucy Barton since release and STILL haven’t read it. For some reason, the anticipation wore off for me. I would love to read some of those on your holds list, too.

  • Amanda

    I totally blew off Lucy Barton too. I had a rough unread month from the library – yet have 3 waiting to pick up and a full hold list as usual. Sweetbitter looks good!

    • I really wanted to get to Lucy Barton, but I had been holding on to it for Readathon and then it was due like the next day – total bummer!

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  • I found out this month that Canadian libraries pay authors when their books are taken out, even when they are renewed. I can’t tell you how this has changed my feelings about the library. I suspect I will be spending more time there.
    I really want to read Lucy Barton but it’s still a speed read at the library and I never touch those.
    Hopefully your library reading picks up – there’s something about this time of year that makes me so restless!

    • What?! I didn’t know that! Oh, now I feel so good about all my library books. :)

  • Rebecca Foster

    You have some terrific ones on the On Hold list, so you’ll get some early summer treats :)

  • Darn it – I was hoping you’d get to Lucy Barton! I also have The Heart and Headscarves on my TBR.

    • I’m sure I’ll get back to Lucy Barton before the end of the year – it had to go back right after Readathon :(

  • Lauren @ Malcolm Avenue Review

    My library reading in April was horrible. I have no business even getting books from the library right now. I think about 8 came up on my hold list and I’ve read one. Two I renewed and I just returned those today unread. Horrible. I’ve also frozen many of my holds. I’m tired of the arc pressure and I think I’m giving them up. I have a copy of Smart Animals and need to get to it. Let me know when you get that one, maybe we can team read.

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  • I always forget that this is posted at the end of the month so miss participation. Ahhh!

    I currently have 30 items checked out right now. 30! Ridiculous. It was just another case of everything coming in at the exact same time. I’ve read 5 of them so don’t feel too horrible but it’s a little excessive. I just returned The Book of Memory and My Name is Lucy Barton after not reading because I knew I wasn’t going to get to them… should probably do the same with the rest. Good luck next month!

    • The link stays open until the middle of the next month, so you can totally hop in and share your library use!

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  • At least your library is getting credit for you checking out the books regardless if you read them at all!

    Also Evicted is wonderful (and terrible).

  • Rachel Rooney

    I love that you have a library link-up! I don’t get ARCs, so I rely on the library for most of my books. I used to be sad that everyone else got to read all the books before I did because I had to dutifully wait for release day and beyond, but I’ve gotten used to it and have come to rely on other bloggers previewing books for me and helping me to narrow down my reading choices. I currently have 54 items checked out and 126 on hold, mostly suspended holds. Plus ebooks and e-audiobooks.

    • I didn’t really use the library until about a year or two ago, but it’s been so great since I started being a regular! Now that I know what’s coming out, I can put things on hold early and don’t really have to use ARCs as often as I used to, which I really like. I wish both my libraries let us suspend holds! I think only one does, so I always forget about it – it would be so helpful.

  • Oh! How was Seven Brief Lessons on Physics? I saw it mentioned in the New York Times Book Review this week and added it to my TBR list, since I spent most of my physics class ignoring everything and trying to pretend I was somewhere else. And then I let my friend Janet copy my Latin homework if she let me copy her physics homework and that is how I passed that class. INTEGRITY. :p

    • It was really good! Physics makes me anxious whenever I try to learn about it (I just can’t handle thinking that big/small), but it was pretty digestible and written basic enough that I could understand and even enjoy.

  • I finally started reading more this month, but looking at my “currently out” and “on hold” lists, I think I’m being way too ambitious. But, Bout of Books is coming, so… we’ll see. (My post is going up tomorrow.)

  • Yuck! I didn’t post a Library Checkout in March, but will try to do one in the next couple of days!