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Library Checkout: August 2016

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I had some miraculous luck with the library this month: all of my holds didn’t come in at the same time. Amazing! Especially because my hold list has been pretty long lately. I suppose I’ve been more mindful with putting books on hold pretty well ahead of publication, so that helps space things out. And there’s a little more luck headed my way in the form of a university library—whee!! I’m pretty sure I’ll be using it for mostly academic stuff (unless something catches my eye and I just can’t turn away), but it just had an awesome renovation and I’m so excited about some of the nice, quiet spaces I’ll get to enjoy.

Library Books Read

Becoming Unbecoming by Una
One of Us by Asne Seierstad
Here Comes the Sun by Nicole Dennis-Benn

Checked Out, To Be Read

After the Fire, a Still Small Voice by Evie Wyld
The Fire This Time by Jesmyn Ward (publishes August 2nd)

Returned Unread

How to Set a Fire and Why by Jesse Ball
Grace by Natashia Deón
The Gene by Siddhartha Mukherjee

On Hold

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz
All the Ugly and Wonderful Things by Bryn Greenwood
Enough Said by Mark Thompson
The Hike by Drew Magary
Hamilton: The Revolution by Jeremy McCarter & Lin-Manuel Miranda
Blood in the Water by Heather Ann Thompson (publishes August 23rd)
Dear Mr. M by Herman Koch (publishes September 6th)
The Nix by Nathan Hill (publishes August 30th)
My Own Words by Ruth Bader Ginsburg (publishes October 4th)
You Will Not Have My Hate by Antoine Leiris (publishes October 25th)

  • Karen

    I have that problem with over enthusiasm for reserving books on,y to find they all arrive at once….why did you return some unread – just a scale of too much to read before they were due back or having looked at them again you changed your mind? I do that too because sometimes I use the library to,ft books I’m not sure of – that way I don’t waste my own money on dud purchases.

    • The unread ones usually end up having to go back before I get a chance to read them (they often have holds so I can’t renew). Every once in a while I’ll decide to opt out, but more often than not I just don’t get to them before they run their course :)

      • Karen

        I have this same challenges too. If I don’t think I will read it before the return date and it’s something there is a queue for, I will return it early.

  • My library lets you put something on hold but then do something called “suspend hold”, so you can delay to a later date, but you stay in the queue. I use it all the time, though I still end up with too much to read. :)

    • I use two different library systems and one of them has a hold suspend but the other doesn’t, so it’s really nice when I can use it!

  • Yay – glad you got some spacing with your holds! I’m hoping to get to All the Ugly and Wonderful Things as well and really loved Dear Mr. M.

    I didn’t have enough to report to do a library post this month (mostly b/c my library basically has zero new releases or opportunities for pre-release holds…GRR), but will be back for the Sept check-in. I think joining in bi-monthly feels right for my usage level at the moment.

    • Super bummer about the new release/pre-hold problem. Hopefully you’re able to grab them as soon as they get in!

  • Kailana

    Lots of good looking books coming out in the next couple months. I am looking forward to the reviews!

  • What a gorgeous library! Our town library is teeny tiny and I’m immediately missing the sprawling floors and hidden study corners from my college library…

  • Amanda

    oh you are smart for getting RBG on hold now. I’m going to try that. I returned nearly everything on unread which I felt very guilty over – even as I was overjoyed that I wouldn’t lose books in moving. I’m sure I’ll get slammed again in October when I start to request again

  • I’m sad you didn’t make it How to Set a Fire and Why- I really think it’s in your wheelhouse. Maybe another time!

    I’m just noticing- you had a serious fire theme going this month! Intentional or happenstance?

    Any idea yet how much time you’ll have left for reading with everything you have going on? The chairs in that library look amazing!

    • I’m not quite sure what everything will be like until I know the workload with my classes, which start Monday. I imagine there will be points where it’s pretty crazy and I don’t have time at all and times where it slows down a bit and I can squeeze in more reading.

  • Lauren @ Malcolm Avenue Review

    Love seeing you back on the Library Hold Train. :) There is some great stuff on that list! RBG, I can’t EVEN wait to get to that one and I haven’t read a library book for months. Sad sad story. I miss the library! Here’s to more reading for all. Can’t wait to hear what you think of those you get to.

  • Oooooooh some of those books that you have on hold sound good! I’m glad that they aren’t all coming in at the same time for you!

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  • I forgot about RGB’s book! That will be fabulous, I am sure. Aristotle and Dante is such a fun book, I hope you enjoy it.

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  • I read very little in the way of nonfiction, but I may need to check out the RBG. What a kick-ass lady.

    And I FINALLY got a new Library Checkout done! I’ve barely been blogging this summer, feels good to play a bit of catch up.

  • Awesome list! I haven’t read any of these, but I’ve heard of a few, and they all look amazing!

    I’m going to try to join in really soon here!
    -Amy

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