Library Checkout – October 2018

I love this library usage meme that Bookish Beck hosts each month. Do check out her blog here.


Books Read: Because I’ve been reading my OWN BOOKS (yay!) – Lethal White, The Lottery and Other Stories, and Transcription – I’ve only read a few library books this month.

  • Barracoon: The Story of the Last “Black Cargo” by Zora Neal Hurston.       ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
  • Babymouse: Queen of the World by Jennifer Holm & Matthew Holm (juvenile graphic novel) ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
  • 34137106A Different Pond by Bao Phi (a semi-biographical picture book I read with my son – terribly moving, about an first-generation little Vietnamese boy and his immigrant father and beautifully illustrated.) ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

Currently Reading:

  • I Contain Multitudes:The Microbes Within Us and a Grander View of Life by Ed Yong (library digital audiobook – I’m at 63% and my loan expires today so I have to get it again – I may try to finish it in paper form. Very interesting!)
  • When Things Fall Apart: Heart Advice For Difficult Times by Pema Chödrön
  • Biblical Literacy: The Essential Bible Stories Everyone Needs to Know by Timothy Beal

Checked Out, To Be Read:

  • There There by Tommy Orange
  • The House at Sea’s End – Elly Griffith
  • The Death of Mrs. Westaway– Ruth Ware

In the Holds Queue: (Besides 7 books still on hold from my August list – I’ve been suspending the holds for a while!)

  • Unsheltered by Barbara Kingsolver41hE+t2wE-L._SX321_BO1,204,203,200_
  • Dark Sacred Night by Michael Connelly
  • Daring to Lead by Brene Brown

Cookbooks: (I’m adding this category because I don’t feel like they really fit in well with the other kinds of books I check out regularly – I don’t read them from cover to cover.)

  • Magnolia Table by Joanna Gaines (I made the Cinnamon Squares and they were AMAZING!)
  • Debbie Macomber’s Table by Debbie Macomber ( I made the Lemon Shortbread Streusel Bars – also delicious, picture below!)




Anything from my list appeal to you? What have you checked out recently from your library?


35 thoughts on “Library Checkout – October 2018

    1. That was a terrific read – I read it with my son (7 years) and he liked it too. It’s a quiet read about an immigrant family – and the illustrator is Thu Bui, who wrote the graphic novel The Best We Could Do that I read this summer.


    1. You know, I just started watching it, Ha ha! They run reruns all the time. 🙂 I know I’ll get tired of it soon, but it’s pretty entertaining and soothing somehow.

      Those cinnamon squares are to die for. They were like cinnamon rolls but longer and flatter to fit into a 9×13 pan.


  1. I’m glad you’ve been enjoying Ed Yong’s book. I read that from the Wellcome Prize shortlist (for medical books) a couple of years ago. You’ve reminded me I wanted to borrow Brene Brown’s new one and at least skim it.

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  2. I didn’t realize Ware came out with another book. I love that you’re doing cook books. It’s challenging for me to wade through them and find something worth using. I found a recipe online from some reputable site, but the dish was AWFUL. I learned that big sites have contributors; it’s not always the chef I thought it would be.

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    1. I almost always find something in a cook book that looks delicious – it’s the actual COOKING I can’t seem to do, ha ha! But baking is much easier for me, it doesn’t intimidate me like cooking does. I keep meaning to really try to cook, honestly… but other things keep taking priority, ha ha.

      Yes, online recipes can be awful. Do you remember what the dish was?


  3. I like the sounds of the memoir (I have that debut on my TBR too) and, like you, I enjoy browsing through cookbooks but they don’t feel like proper loans to me either. From your list, I have just lucked into a copy of the new Kingsolver and I am interested in reading through Brene Brown but have never actually started. When I am in the mood, the one I want is never there; when I fall out of that mood, I stumble on her now and again. Is she a favourite of yours? Is there a particular one you’d recommend?

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  4. The cinnamon squares look yummy! Glad you found some nice recipes to try out. I am keen to read The Death of Mrs. Westaway. It has wonderful reviews. I hope you will enjoy it. Happy reading Laila 🙂

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  5. Oooh. I appreciate a good cookbook check out from the library! This is the way I find my favorite cookbooks — I check them out, make a bunch of recipes, and determine if this needs to be added to my collection of cookbooks. I find that I use the internet more often than proper books if I don’t do this first. Otherwise, my cookbooks just gather dust! Those lemon shortbread bars look super good… Yum!

    I can relate to your consistent suspension of library holds. I am in a similar space. I have suspended… a dozen holds recently? Yes. A dozen. Oops! Perhaps I’ll read them eventually. XD

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    1. Cookbooks are just so beautiful to look at now, too, right? Even if I never make anything out of it I still have fun looking through it.

      That’s how I feel about my suspended holds. I’ll get around to them someday! And if I decide that I really don’t want to read the book, I’ll just let it go. It’s a great system.

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  6. What a fun post! I have a lot of my own books I need to read but I still visit my library at least once a week. The Hurston book is one I plan to get from the library in the future.

    I recently picked up on my hold list Washington Black, Patient H.M and few others.

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      1. I’m hoping to get to that one before the end of the year. Need to finish some of the current reads first. So many books I’m interested in, I just want to sit and read and drink tea for a whole week

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  7. You have some great holds ahead! I loved There There and Unsheltered.

    I had good luck with the library in October. If you like cookbooks you might want to try Cravings: Hungry for More. It’s the only cookbook that I read like a novel because Chrissy Teigen is so funny. I also really loved From the Corner of the Oval- even if made me sad to hear about working for a president who was a decent human being. Feels like that time was decades ago.

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    1. I finished There There and really liked it. I hope to get some time to put out a post about it in the next few days.

      I enjoyed Teigen’s first cookbook so I’ll definitely have to get her new one! And you are so right – the last two years have lasted about 12 years, I think.


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