Library Checkout April 2019

In an earlier post I lamented never getting to backlist books because of all the holds coming in from the library on new titles. I did pause my holds but that doesn’t mean I’m not checking books out from the library! Here’s what I read, checked out, and have on hold for the month of April. Thanks to Rebecca at Bookish Beck for hosting this monthly meme – check her blog out!

library-checkout-feature-imageLIBRARY BOOKS READ:

Outer Order, Inner Calm – Gretchen Rubin ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

My Sister the Serial Killer – Oyinkan Braithwaite ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

Tooth and Nail – Ian Rankin ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

Karamo: My Story of Embracing Purpose, Healing, and Hope – Karamo Brown ⭐ ⭐ ⭐


Harriet the Spy – Louise Fitzhugh (a re-read; I haven’t read it since childhood and was inspired by Marcie at Buried in Print.)

Road Rage – Ruth Rendell (Inspector Wexford #17)

Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Start-up – John Carreyrou (digital audio book; about 75% finished)


The Folded Clock – Heidi Julavits (memoir)

The Rumor – Elin Hilderbrand (“light” fiction)

The Sky at Our Feet – Nadia Hashimi (middle grade)

The Story of Diva and Flea – Mo Willems (chapter book – not for my son, for me!)

The Psychopath Test – Jon Ronson (nonfiction)

A Dying Fall – Elly Griffiths (mystery)

Wade in the Water – Tracy K. Smith (poetry)

Bright Dead Things – Ada Limon (poetry)


We do NOT have time to list all of my holds. Currently I have 18 books on hold (for me) and some movies and music too. It’s utter insanity. I’m trying to manage them and not have them all come in at once. I still want to read some of my OWN books, plus I’ve got two classics in line for May reading. Some of the books I have on hold are:

Maid: Hard Work, Low Pay, and a Mother’s Will to Survive – Stephanie Land

The Care and Feeding of Ravenously Hungry Girls – Anissa Gray

An Anonymous Girl – Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen


I really should be better about keeping track of this! I’m sure I’ve returned things unread but I didn’t write that down. 🙂

So, anything spark your interest here? Have you read any of these? What’s your latest item checked out from your library?

32 thoughts on “Library Checkout April 2019

  1. I loved The Folded Clock, and recently finished my first Jon Ronson book, So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed, which was really good. I like the way he writes and will definitely pick up more of his stuff. I’m limited to 15 holds on my library account or I would surely have more 😉

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  2. The Folded Clock sounds really good! I hadn’t heard of it but I think I’m going to check it out. Interested to hear your thoughts on it!

    And I JUST posted my review of the Psychopath Test, oddly enough because I read it last year. It takes me awhile to figure out how to write about his books, I guess, even though I love them. I thought that one was particularly good.

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      1. I had all my notes and quotes already typed up, just had to put it together, plus it’s always fun to flip through them again and can help you remember what stood out the most 🙂 Can’t wait to hear what you think of it!

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  3. I enjoyed A Dying Fall a lot – it was from before I began to get tired of that series. It’s partly set in Blackpool – a place us Glaswegians used to go to for fun weekends back in the day, so it gave me a great sense of place… and nostalgia!

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  4. I enjoyed Anonymous Girl, I hope you will too when you get the chance. I like how your library has all the latest stuff. I wish we had that here but it does take time to get new books. Its a good thing in some way though since I’d be at the library trying to get my hand on every new release 🙂

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  5. Oh my gosh, this is reminding me that I need to get back to reading Ruth Rendell’s books! I had a plan that I was going to read all of her books chronologically as she published them to like, see how society was changing over the years. And the early ones were a little rough and I peaced out of the project a little bit. But I can go back to it!

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    1. I hadn’t read one in about 10 months. It has been really interesting to see how Britain changed from the beginning of the series in the 1960’s. I just like Inspector Wexford. He’s so intelligent and well-read.


  6. I hope you like “Maid” by Stephanie Land! It’s heartbreaking and uplifting all at the same time. I have read a few books of Elin Hilderbrand, and calling it ‘light’ fiction isn’t a term I’ve heard before, but it’s a perfect description. Her stuff is fun, and she’s got a large following for a reason; perfect summertime reading!

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  7. I read The Psychopath Test and thought it was interesting, but not surprising.

    My hold list is so tiny compared to yours right now! I have too many new release ARCs to read and none of my holds are coming in. Of course, this means I don’t want to read anything I own and just want to go to the library to see what catches my eye. Spoiled, I know.

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    1. Catherine, it’s so hard not to put those new books on hold! I’ve been doing a good job the past month or so with pausing them… as long as I don’t get too many at once I’ll be okay! Right now I’m reading one of my own books (yay!) but after that I’ve got to get to those library books.


  8. Oh, I know, right? Harriet is so much better as an adult. Although younger-me would have wanted to smack older-me for even hinting that Harriet wasn’t all that right from the start. But it was different, and I needed Harriet as an older reader, too, just as much, only differently. Her relationship with Ole Golly really got to me as an older reader. And also the details about how she responds to her friends, which I think I felt was much simpler when I was younger. This time, when and how she is (or isn’t) lying – super complicated. I’ve got 19 books out from the library right now and 51 books on hold which I am slowly working through, by requesting in threes, in an effort to clean up my list. There: feel better? *hides head in shame*

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  9. What a fun post! I just stopped by the library at the end of the week and picked up a hold, The Guest Book for a buddy read in June + At the Wolf’s Table, one I’ve been interested in reading. I am always juggling library holds and I’m afraid one on my audio shelf will have to go back even though there is a long wait list (The Last Romantics) because I am playing catch up with Monte.

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  10. I know I have some books on hold but they are not even in stock at the library yet so I have some breathing space. Trouble is I go looking through their on line catalogue and there are too many things that interest me so I start clicking away. But they all materialise at once and I can;t get to read them before the return date…

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