Library Checkout, January 2020

It’s been a while since I’ve written a Library Checkout post, and I thought I’d go ahead and let y’all know what I’ve been borrowing and putting on hold at the library. If you also are a heavy library user, join in on Bookish Beck’s meme or please let me know below what you’ve been checking out!



A Good Man Is Hard to Find and Other Stories by Flannery O’Connor ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

Black and Blue (Inspector Rebus series #8) by Ian Rankin ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

Piecing Me Together by Renee Watson ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

With my son:

Jedi Academy #1 by Marc Brown (cute!)

My Life As A Meme by Janet Tashjian


Your House Will Pay by Steph Cha (currently very absorbing)

In Transit by Mavis Gallant (short stories, going slowly, I’ve kind of out this one aside a bit but it’s still good)

How to Eat Fried Worms by Thomas Rockwell (reading aloud with my son – loving it!)


Rules For Vanishing by Kate Alice Marshall (on Gin Jenny’s -Reading the End- recommendation )

Bitter Orange by Claire Fuller (Anne’s – I’ve Read This- recommendation)

Strangers at the Gate by Catronia MacPherson

Mac B Kid Spy #2: The Impossible Crime by Mac Barnett (my son read these and I read the first one and loved it.)


The Dutch House by Ann Patchett

Why We Can’t Sleep by Ada Calhoun


IN THE HOLDS QUEUE (among others):

How to Do Nothing: Resisting the Attention Economy by Jenny Odell

The Witches Are Coming by Lindy West

Red, White, and Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston

How We Fight For Our Lives by Saeed Jones

Have you read anything from my list?

23 thoughts on “Library Checkout, January 2020

    1. I know it was a bit early but I went ahead because I try to post once a week on Friday or Saturday depending on time. That’s about all I have time for lately! Thanks for hosting the meme. I”m glad you liked both of those!


  1. I’ve seen mixed reviews for The Dutch House but I do want to read it sometime. Bitter Orange was OK, but not a favourite read. But the most intriguing one on your list is the Fried Worms one – I hope you can find some in the garden to try it out… 😉

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Ha ha! It is a real hoot, FF. It was written in the 1970s when parents were a bit more “free range” with their kids and let them run around outside all the time on their own. These boys have made a bet that one of them can’t eat fifteen worms in fifteen days. If he does, one of the other boys has to pay him FIFTY DOLLARS. It’s really funny. My son and I are enjoying it immensely!

      Liked by 1 person

  2. Do you have a routine when it comes to reading with your son? Do you read to him, or does he read to you? I’m always interested in hearing more about how people read together, whether it’s sitting near each other or reading aloud to one another.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. I read to him before bed. Lately we’ve been reading together in my bed and then when I’ve read a few chapters it’s time for him to get in his bed and either read on his own or just go to sleep, depending on what time it is or how tired he is. It’s one of my favorite things ever and I will do it as long as he’ll let me!


      1. Oh, that sounds lovely! I know that Jackie @ Death by Tsundoku has written about book clubs where people actually get together to just sit and read silently. Afterward, they may socialize a bit, but for some folks, it’s hard to read alone, I guess. Personally, I would have loved for something like that when I was in grad school. I wanted to be around people, but I was so overwhelmed as an introvert that I didn’t have the mental capacity to talk to them. SO WEIRD.


  3. Oooh, I don’t know why I’ve never done this meme. It’s so fun! I do a lot of library checkouts, so perhaps the length of the post is intimidating. XD

    The only book I’ve read from this list is How To Eat Fried Worms and it’s been years since I’ve picked it up. I don’t recall much about it! I do have Red, White, and Royal Blue on my holds list and TBR– but my book club won’t be reading it until November. Thank goodness for date-specific suspension releases through the library system.

    How do you decide what to read? This list is so varied!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. This is a fun meme, Jackie – you should give it a try sometime!

      How do I decide… hmmmm… I don’t even know how I choose books! Okay, yes, I do… it’s based on a mixture of 1) what’s available for me at the library on hold 2) what I’ve just read – I’ll usually want to read something in a different genre next 3) checking my Goodreads TBR and seeing what I want to read off of it 4) what comes in at the library, 5) if there’s a Classics Club spin, etc etc. I’m a mood reader.

      Liked by 1 person

      1. I’m a mood reader, too. I just find so much more divserity in the books on this list than I would have picked up– I think I’m a less broad reader than you, though. I like that you consider bouncing from genre to genre between books. I do it only because my book clubs often require it. But, left to my own devices I’d probably just read fantasy, chick-lit, and historical fiction right now. It’s the mood I’ve been in lately. Last year at this time it was science fiction and memoir! My reading moods seem to be month-over-month.

        Liked by 1 person

  4. How I loved How to Eat Fried Worms when I was a girl – just LOVED it. Funny – I’d never thought of rereading it as an adult, but I’ve hung onto my copy loyally all these years. As you know, I’ve been reading O’Connor and Gallant too, and the only other one in your list that I’ve read is the Saeed Jones – he’s got a very engaging voice. I’ve not read that book on sleep but I’ve read a lot of similar titles – and it’s why I (and the girls, when they were young) have such dependable bedtime routines (and why I was a very unpopular person on countless evenings).

    Liked by 1 person

    1. I am looking forward to the Saeed Jones! I read one of his poetry collections and it was amazing.

      Sleep is SO IMPORTANT. I have prioritized my sleep this year and am trying to get 8 hours a night. It’s not easy, with so many tempting distractions, but I feel so much better for it.

      Liked by 1 person

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s