Library Checkout: August 2016

I still have dozens of priority books to read from my own shelves , and I’ve been building up a stock of Booker-longlisted titles on my Kindle through NetGalley to try to get through before the shortlist announcement … BUT now that I live in a district where library reservations are free, I haven’t been able to resist placing holds on a bunch of books I’ve been wanting to read.

 

LIBRARY BOOKS READ

  • Raining Cats and Donkeys by Doreen Tovey: Thanks to Liz at Adventures in reading for the recommendation of Tovey’s cat books. I’ll save up a mini-review of this one for a future follow-up post on books about cats.

LIBRARY BOOKS CURRENTLY READING

  • How Snow Falls: Poems by Craig Raine
  • The Last Act of Love: The Story of My Brother and His Sister by Cathy Rentzenbrink [in advance of a September 20th event at Foyles, London I’ll be attending on grief in literature, featuring her and Michel Faber]

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CHECKED OUT, TO BE READ

  • The Malarkey (poems) by Helen Dunmore
  • The Reason I Jump: One Boy’s Voice from the Silence of Autism by Naoki Higashida
  • Kid Gloves: A Voyage round My Father by Adam Mars-Jones

 ON HOLD, TO BE PICKED UP

  • Late Fragments: Everything I Want to Tell You (about This Magnificent Life) by Kate Gross

IN THE RESERVATION QUEUE

  • The Crime Writer by Jill Dawson
  • Let Me Tell You about a Man I Knew by Susan Fletcher
  • Hot Milk by Deborah Levy [Booker longlist]
  • Thirteen Ways of Looking by Colum McCann
  • Winter by Christopher Nicholson
  • The House at the Edge of the World by Julia Rochester
  • Maus: A Survivor’s Tale by Art Spiegelman [graphic novel]
  • Golden Hill by Francis Spufford
  • Do Not Say We Have Nothing by Madeleine Thien [Booker longlist]
  • The Painted Bridge by Wendy Wallace

RETURNED UNFINISHED

Words in Air: The Complete Correspondence between Elizabeth Bishop and Robert Lowell, edited by Thomas Travisano: I paused at page 140. I was enjoying this very much but am setting it aside because it’s an enormous book that I’ve had out from the university library for months and months, and I was making very little visible progress. Like Airmail, the collection of Robert Bly and Tomas Tranströmer’s letters that I read last year, it’s a delightful mixture of the two poets’ reading, writing, travels, and relationships, including their own burgeoning friendship. I need to get hold of a secondhand copy so I can read it at my leisure, a few letters at a time.

(Thanks, as always, go to Shannon of River City Reading for the great blog idea and template!)

21 responses

  1. Wow, great TBR and great library!

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  2. Also wow. In awe of your enthusiasm and unquenchable appetite for words, words and more words.

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  3. Tease — Cats and Donkeys sounds intriguing.

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    1. She reminds me of Gerald Durrell with her humorous animal stories. I bet you’d like her writing. Probably pretty hard to get hold of these books in the States, though?

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  4. Ah, I always forget some places charge for holds! How exciting that you can do it for free now. I’d probably go on a big spree if I had that change, too 😉

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  5. Who in the world charges you for library reservations!? :-O I’d be completely screwed…..am tentatively discovering my local library nowadays since I finished work to start mat leave! They seem to have a good selection (that don’t get snatched up right away unlike in the centre of town) so I’m keeping my fingers crossed.
    Although I have so many unread bought books at home I feel I owe it to contribute so always take what I don’t have out of the library if poss…..excited to see what you think about the Eric Newby! My other half adores the Picador editions.

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    1. Congrats, lady! I wondered if that was on the cards 😉

      Both of my previous library systems charged — only 40p or 50p each, but still, if you’re interested in getting hold of all the interesting new books it really adds up! I had to limit myself to just the few books I was most keen on, and tried to get the rest as e-books through NetGalley, etc.

      It’ll be my first Newby; I’m trying to get more into classic travel books (currently reading the first Patrick Leigh Fermor, for instance).

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  6. This is making me ache for my library even more than I was already aching (still closed). I love seeing that long list of holds – I can’t wait to fill mine back up again! 🙂

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    1. Have you made your way through that huge stack you borrowed at the start of the closure?

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      1. Mostly! There are still a few left unread – the ones that don’t feel as urgent anymore. But I did get through most of them.

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  7. Glad you enjoyed the Tovey, and the Newby is a real treat, too, I love, love, love his writing!

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    1. My library has a few more of the Tovey books (though most in large print!), so I’ll sprinkle those in to my autumn and winter reading for the occasional treat.

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      1. It’s the same in the Toronto system. They’re all single copies and large print editions. When I was a girl, shopping for dresses, I remember my mom always used to say that I chose styles that were too old for me. Not because (as I think is more often true of my step-daughter!) they were too revealing or mature, but because they were too old-fashioned and verging on prim-and-proper rather than fun and youthful. Now perhaps the same could be said of my reading taste. (Hopefully my fashion sense has improved a little along the way, however. At least I am mostly reading in a solitary fashion!)

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  8. Maus is really good! Yay for your new library!

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    1. I’ve heard it’s a true classic of the graphic novel genre, so of course I must read it 🙂

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      1. It’s the first graphic novel I ever read–in a history course in college.

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    2. Did you know Art Spiegelman’s daughter has just released a memoir? Her name is Nadja and the book is called I’m Supposed to Protect You from All This.

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      1. I’ve heard of the book but I had no idea they were related.

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  9. Great post! I love this meme (I did it as well), because the library is just such a special thing and I simply think everyone should get a chance to experience it. 🙂
    -Amy

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    1. Absolutely! One thing that’s said about public libraries is “use them or lose them.” I’ve lived in many counties/systems where unfortunately that was true, with budget cuts and closures.

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      1. Yes, that’s true. I always think we should use them! I’m trying to temporarily take a break from the library, just so I can diminish my pile at home. 🙂

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