Library Checkout: March 2016

I went a little overboard on library books this month because we visited a great branch we don’t often get to. Luckily I get four renewals! April will finally be the month when I try Elena Ferrante, after being on the waiting list for the first of the Neapolitan novels for ages.


  • The Remains by Annie Freud (poetry)
  • History of a Suicide: My Sister’s Unfinished Life by Jill Bialosky
  • Look We Have Coming to Dover! by Daljit Nagra (poetry)
  • The Blind Roadmaker by Ian Duhig (poetry)
  • Rising Ground: A Search for the Spirit of Place by Philip Marsden

Skimmed only:

  • Daring Greatly by Brené Brown (mostly repeats what I’d already read in her latest book, Rising Strong)


  • The Human Age: The World Shaped by Us by Diane Ackerman
  • The Towers of Trebizond by Rose Macaulay
  • One of Us: The Story of a Massacre and Its Aftermath, by Åsne Seierstad
  • Golden Age by Jane Smiley
  • Words in Air: The Complete Correspondence between Elizabeth Bishop and Robert Lowell, edited by Thomas Travisano



  • The Land Ballot by Fleur Adcock (poetry)
  • In the Unlikely Event by Judy Blume
  • The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving by Jonathan Evison
  • My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante
  • The Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert
  • To the River by Olivia Laing
  • Song of the Sea Maid by Rebecca Mascull
  • The Observances by Kate Miller (poetry)
  • Dream Work by Mary Oliver (poetry)
  • The Great Soul of Siberia by Sooyong Park (about tigers)



  • Of Love and Desire by Louis de Bernières (unfinished)
  • A Lesson in Love by Gervase Phinn
  • The Book of Aron by Jim Shepard (unfinished)

(Thanks to Shannon at River City Reading for the great blog idea and template! Check out her blog for other link-ups.)

9 responses

  1. Carolyn Anthony | Reply

    Why did you return Gervase Phinn? I notice most of your authors are female.

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    1. You’re right: there happen to be quite a lot of female authors on the pile this time round. I got a little bored with Phinn’s Little Village School novels. I thought I’d read this one just to be completist, but then let it go to make more space on my library card.


  2. So many great books here! Looking forward to your reviews. 🙂

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    1. Thanks! I can’t promise to review them all…but some, certainly.

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  3. Look at The Signature of Al Things.. it just looks so big and beautiful sitting there in that pile. I hope you love it! 🙂


    1. I’m looking forward to it — I know it’s one of your favorites! I’d been hoping to clear the decks a bit before starting such a lengthy novel, but I’ve had it sitting around for a while and I think I’m on my last library renewal, so I may have to pick it up soon.

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  4. So glad to see The Signature of All Things and Revised Fundamentals in your pile, they’re favorites. Wise choice in waiting for Ferrante to do all four at once!

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  5. Hooray for someone else who gets carried away with borrowing library books. Me too. I love forward to seeing what you think of Towers of Trebizond. Her novel The World my Wilderness is one of my favourite books.


    1. Ah, I’ll have to disappoint you there. I have to confess I’ve gotten a bit bored with it and resorted to skimming. I like the theology bits…the travel bits not as much.


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