Library Checkout – August 2018

Library Checkout is a fun meme celebrating library usage coordinated by Bookish Beck – check out her blog! This month, as usual, I’ve been checking things out and putting things on hold like a boss. My library system (the one at which I work) just recently upped the checkout limit to 50 items! In addition to the books listed below, I’ve been checking out mad quantities of books for my kiddo, since he has to read at least 20 minutes a day for school. And I’ve also been trying to watch all the Marvel superhero movies (I basically missed everything after Iron Man and before Black Panther, LOL) so I’ve also been getting those from the library. Yay, libraries!





  • Brother – David Chariandy
  • Clearing Emotional Clutter: Mindfulness Practices for Letting Go of What’s Blocking Your Fulfillment and Transformation – Donald Altman


  • The House at Sea’s End – Elly Griffiths (Ruth Galloway #3)
  • The Lying Game – Ruth Ware
  • The First Bad Man – Miranda July
  • The Art of Living – Thich Nhat Hahn
  • The Diary of a Bookseller – Shaun Bythell
  • Smitten Kitchen Every Day – Deb Perelman
  • Perfect Plates in 5 Ingredients – John Whaite


  • Barracoon – Zora Neale Hurston (this is waiting for me at the library now!)
  • There There – Tommy Orange
  • Yes We (Still) Can – Dan Pfeiffer
  • The Sun Does Shine – Anthony Ray Hinton
  • The Word is Murder – Anthony Horowitz
  • The Death of Mrs. Westaway – Ruth Ware
  • Dear Mrs. Bird – A.J. Pearce
  • Reader, Come Home: The Reading Brain in a Digital World – Maryanne Wolf
  • Transcription – Kate Atkinson (although I will almost certainly buy this one before I get it from the library. I should just take myself off the holds list.)
  • On The Other Side of Freedom: The Case For Hope – Deray McKesson
  • Our House – Louise Candlish
  • French Exit – Patrick deWitt


  • The Cooking Gene – Michael Twitty (This is still on my TBR list; it had a hold on it.)
  • Shadowhouse Fall (Shadowshaper #2) – Daniel José Older (I intend to get this again – I just wasn’t in the mood.)

So once again I have a gazillion things checked out and on hold and realistically I don’t think I’ll get them all read but even if I don’t it STILL benefits my library to check them out! Circulation is key. Did you make use of your public library is August? Have you read any of these titles?








34 thoughts on “Library Checkout – August 2018

  1. Oh my gosh! 😮 You have loads of catching up to do on the movie front.
    The Diary of a Bookseller is so good!! I plan to share my thoughts on it soon – well, as soon as I get a moment to sit and write them down. I thought I’d be bored by it, but then I got caught up in it. I felt as if I visited his bookshop everytime I picked up the book and when I was done I kept thinking about it as if I’m planning a visit to his bookshop.

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    1. I’m so glad to hear about Diaryof a Bookseller. I need to get to it soon because it’s going to be due soon and it goes to another library system!

      Yes, in my defense, I had a child right as all those marvel movies started coming out – so I didn’t see a movie in the theater for a few years due to time/babysitting, etc. But just this year I’ve started going back to the theater and Black Panther BLEW MY MIND so I decided to go back and fill in. I’ve seen Iron Man 2, the first two Thor films, and Dr. Strange. I’m on hold for the first Captain America next, but it’s taking a while to get to me!


  2. Barracoon is really good! It made me want to read more of Zora Neale Hurston’s actual writing since there’s not so much of it in the narrative, but what’s there was gorgeous. I found that she had a memoir I’d never heard of and I got it, I can’t wait to read it. I’ve heard Diary of a Bookseller is amazing and The Sun Does Shine is also on my list, I really want to get to it soon…so looking forward to hearing your thoughts on these!

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      1. The autobiographical writings – Dust Tracks on the Road – are really interesting. There’s also a great documentary (I watched it via Kanopy – not sure if your libraries have memberships to that serivce) called Jump at the Sun as well.

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      2. I read Their Eyes Were Watching God in college but can hardly remember anything about it! It probably deserves a reread. Her memoir’s called Dust Tracks on a Road and from what I’ve read just paging through, it’s exceptional. I love her writing voice.

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  3. I’ll be interested to see what you think about lots of these, especially Brother and Diary of a Bookseller. I’ve been rereading the latter after my trip to his shop in April so that now I can picture the scenes and some of the people. I envy you that 50-item limit! I once managed to borrow 30 books (though I think technically the limit is 15, the self-service machines don’t cut you off…).

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  4. I hated The First Bad Man so much. It was just so crazy nonsensical, but it was supposed to be set in real life. It really push the boundaries of how much I’m able to suspend my disbelief and still take a story seriously. I think I even skipped reviewing it because it was so ridiculous. But people really do love Miranda July, so maybe you will too! She’s known for both her artwork and her writing, and I’m not sure which people tend to like more.

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      1. It’s one of the first books I ever reviewed on my blog. The publisher sent it to me out of the blue; I never would have read it otherwise. It is very strange! I kind of liked aspects of it, though.

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  5. Brother is one of this year’s nominees for the Toronto Book Award and it’s the only book on the shortlist which I’ve read, so of course I went straight to the library for the other four (one of them hasn’t been published yet though). But it’s fine because it’s not like I have 20 other library books sitting here waiting for some attention to be paid to them. So it’ll be no problem at all. Eazy breezy. Brother is a quick read, eh?

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    1. I’m taking my time with it because the writing is so good and even though I know what’s going to happen (sort of) I am still dreading the central event coming. If I’d had time I could have read it in an afternoon. But I’m reading just a little but at a time. It’s so good.


      1. That’s smart. There are so many echoes in the story. And the relationships (especially surrounding the mother) so touching. And, complicated.

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  6. Great selection! Good to see Dead Woman Walking got 5 stars, and I can’t wait to hear what you think of Brother. You should definitely read The Death of Mrs Westaway when you get it! I don’t use the library because I feel it would just make my TBR even worse… and I think you’re the proof of that! 😉

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  7. I made TOO much use of my public library in August, and it is causing me some problems, in that I have way more books checked out than time to read them. A lot of it is YA, and a fair few are comics, and I think I should at least be able to tear through those fairly quickly. I don’t know what’s to be done about the full-length novels though. :p

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  8. What a great list! I love Library Checkout and used to participate regularly. I don’t know what’s happened… I can never seem to keep up!

    I was really excited when I saw (on GR) you were reading Brother – you’re probably done by now. I recently read “I’ve Been Meaning to Tell You”, which is also SO well written. I loved them both.

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  9. I looooove my library I actually had some friends over for dinner a few weeks ago and one of them commented, “I expected to see more piles of books laying around…” I probably would have more piles if I didn’t use my library so often. XD

    I might or might not have 42 items checked out right now. Oops! Barracoon is one of them! I just started listening to the audiobook yesterday. I’m enjoying it, but it’s not what I expected. Did you read Melanie’s review @ Grab the Lapels? I feel like she nailed it explaining the introduction. I completely agree with her.

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  10. I have been utilizing my local library a lot this year, as apposed to the previous few years where I’ve been buying most of the books I was reading. I must say, my wallet appreciates it lol

    Interested in what you think of The Lying Game! I read Fractured, and I know TLG is a companion book.


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