Library Checkout, November 2018


Library Checkout is a monthly library-use meme hosted by Rebecca at Bookish Beck. Please do visit her blog, she always reads so diversely (and in massive quantities, too!) Here is a snapshot of my library usage in November:


There There – Tommy Orange ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

The Death of Mrs. Westaway – Ruth Ware ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

The House at Sea’s End – Elly Griffiths (Ruth Galloway mystery #3)                 ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ I am LOVING this series!

Dark Sacred Night – Michael Connelly (Harry Bosch mystery #31/Renée Ballard #2) ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ I don’t know how Connelly does it. He’s a MASTER of compelling, propulsive writing. I still care about Bosch 31 books later. I’m excited to see the new direction he’s taking now that he’s partnering with Ballard.9780062368607_p0_v3_s550x406

I Contain Multitudes: The Microbes Within Us and a Grander View of Life – Ed Yong ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

Unsheltered – Barbara Kingsolver ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ (Review to come)

When Things Fall Apart: Heart Advice For Difficult Times – Pema Chödrön ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐


51LSDwIJIUL._SX327_BO1,204,203,200_The Sun Does Shine: How I Found Life and Freedom on Death Row – Anthony Ray Hinton

A Room Full of Bones (Ruth Galloway #4) – Elly Griffiths


Dare to Lead – Brené Brown

Spy School – Stuart Gibbs (middle-grade fiction – I’ve been meaning to get back into reading MG fiction for a while now)


The Library Book – Susan Orlean

Becoming – Michelle Obama

Fox 8  – George Saunders

Gmorning, Gnight!:Little Pep Talks For Me and You – Lin-Manuel Miranda40854717

Go Tell it On the Mountain – James Baldwin (My Classics Club spin book!)

Plus, 6 more books on hold that I’ve had on hold for a while now and keep pushing back using my library system’s “suspend” function. I’m starting to wonder if I really want to read these after all! It might be time to let some of these go.

Anything from my selections look interesting to you? What have you checked out from your local library lately?








31 thoughts on “Library Checkout, November 2018

  1. That’s great that you had all 4 and 5 star reads! Some nice overlap on our lists this month 🙂 I am reading Michelle Obama’s memoir now, and I have Fox 8 on hold. I had forgotten about The Sun Does Shine: though it was among my holds earlier in the summer, I canceled it before I went to America. I’ll wait to see what you think.

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    1. Yes, I am thrilled to have experienced such good reading lately. So far I’m reading The Sun Does Shine and just shaking my head in disbelief about his case, how unfair it all was. And I’m only about three chapters in. He seems like a remarkable person.


  2. Gish, it’s been ages since I read a series back to back like that – glad you’re enjoying it so much! I do think Elly Griffiths is one of the most talented writers out there at the moment, and so versatile!

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  3. Such great reading you had this month! I need to join this meme- especially this time of year when most of what I read is from the library! December, for sure.

    I’m glad to see you loved Unsheltered! I know too many people who got bogged down and didn’t like it, but I thought it was marvelous.

    I just finished Anne Lamott’s lovely book of essays- Almost Everything. She is so funny and wise. And The Wife Between Us, which was a good, but not great thriller.

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  4. I read Fox 8 when it was published online a few years ago. I found it fascinating though heartbreaking. I hope you enjoy it when you pick it up. It’s not often I see solo short stories published; they are often in a collection or anthology. Why do you think Saunders published this solo?

    I’ve been awful about reading the books I’ve been checking out from the library lately. Nothing seems to engage me! I’ve returned many books unread. 😦 That said, I’m currently listening to The Good Neighbor: The Life of Fred Rogers and reading Ptolemy’s Gate. At least I’m reading something! XD

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    1. The way I look at it, even if the books go unread, you’re still supporting your public library! All we care about is the circulation, ha ha!

      I know NOTHING about Fox 8. I didn’t even know it was being published until I saw it on another blog. I didn’t know it was already online! I don’t read stuff online much, because I sit at a computer all day and don’t want my fun reading to me on a screen. I just love George Saunders so much. Fascinating and heartbreaking sounds pretty much status quo for his stuff.

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      1. I didn’t realize circulation matters so much! Can you explain how that empowers the library a bit for me? I want to be the best advocate I can be for my library system!

        This is the only thing by Saunders I’ve read. I really enjoyed Fox 8, but it required a lot of mental energy to process due to how to Foxes speak. You’ll get it once you pick it up. I want to read more Saunders, but I feel like I’ll need to be in the right brain space, you know? I am not often in the mood for heartbreak.

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      2. Door counts and circulation are critical statistics for libraries that they use to justify their existence (i.e. taxpayer funding.) The more items checked out, the better! We see monthly stats on usage for all our branches in the system.

        Yes! I have to be in the right mood for Saunders as well. I get it. If I’m feeling fragile in any way he’s probably not a good pick.


  5. There There & The Death of Mrs. Westaway have both caught my eye, so I am happy to see you’ve enjoyed them.

    Right now I have Seven Days of Us, Rebecca, & The Stone Sky checked out from the library. I’m hoping to get to all of them this month.

    In my library hold list, I have Once Upon A River, Ogre Enchanted, and Seafire.

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  6. I’m impressed with your reads. December is busy! The Ruth Ware book looks good. I just finished Washington Black and The Kinship of Secrets which I still need to review. Baldwin is still so popular these days — and I need to get back to him.

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    1. I have Washington Black on my TBR list. I’ve heard so many good things. I was on a tear in November, apparently. December is slower so far, but I’m still reading good things. I am thrilled that Baldwin is popular – he deserves it!


  7. You’ve had a good run of 4 and 5 star reads!
    Every time I hear you gush about Michael Connolly I think I should try one of his books. They are so popular at the library. His and some of the other “regulars” are books I could put away with my eyes closed.
    I’ve been having lots of fun with library books lately, but haven’t been keeping track at all – I wish I had been now that I have a little of my time back!


    1. I have! I mean, I don’t tend to finish books I hate, so my ratings do tend to be a little skewed, but this has been a great run lately.

      Connolly – If you do try him from the beginning of the series, the first few books were solid three stars for me. It took about 4 or 5 books for me to get a 4-star, but there was something about the character that kept me coming back. Also, they’re just page-turners. I need page-turners sometimes!

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