Library Checkout: February 2017

I managed to get through six library reads in February. I’ve added in ratings and links to any reviews for books I haven’t already featured on the blog in some way. Currently I have a lovely quartet of books on the go; given that I got a bit carried away with the free reservations, it looks like I’ll be reading a whole bunch of library books in March.


LIBRARY BOOKS READ

The current library reads. I hadn't noticed until I took the photo that they all feature black, white and red on their covers...
The current library reads. I hadn’t noticed until I took the photo that they all feature black, white and red on their covers…

CURRENTLY READING

  • Pondlife: A Swimmer’s Journal by Al Alvarez
  • The Unexpected Professor: An Oxford Life in Books by John Carey
  • Bad Dreams and Other Stories by Tessa Hadley
  • Let Them Eat Chaos [poetry] by Kate Tempest

CHECKED OUT, TO BE READ

  • Ashland & Vine by John Burnside
  • Outline by Rachel Cusk
  • Swimming Lessons by Claire Fuller
  • Still Alice by Lisa Genova
  • A Smell of Burning: The Story of Epilepsy by Colin Grant
  • Finn Family Moomintroll & Sculptor’s Daughter by Tove Jansson
  • Human Acts by Han Kang
  • The No Spend Year: How I Spent Less and Lived More by Michelle McGagh [to skim only, I think]
  • Reading Allowed: True Stories and Curious Incidents from a Provincial Library by Chris Paling
  • Nonsense by Christopher Reid [poetry]

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ON HOLD, TO BE CHECKED OUT

  • The Good People by Hannah Kent
  • The Best of Adam Sharp by Graeme Simsion

IN THE RESERVATION QUEUE

  • Go Lean Vegan: The Revolutionary 30-Day Diet Plan to Lose Weight and Feel Great by Christine Bailey
  • Days Without End by Sebastian Barry
  • The Owl at the Window: A Memoir of Loss and Hope by Carl Gorham
  • Where Poppies Blow: The British Soldier, Nature, the Great War by John Lewis-Stempel
  • Augustown by Kei Miller
  • A Beginner’s Guide to Losing Your Mind: Survival Techniques for Staying Sane by Emily Reynolds
  • Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders

Have you been taking advantage of your local libraries? What appeals from my lists?

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17 thoughts on “Library Checkout: February 2017

  1. Our library is one of those in severe danger of being ‘chopped’ thanks to this government’s cuts, so I have become one of the team of volunteers about to be trained to take on some of the roles there (there will still be a few professionals around). So I imagine that actually spending significant periods there will have me wandering home with further big piles of reading matter…….

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    1. The same is happening here in West Berkshire with the smaller branch libraries, which I think will be staffed by volunteers only. I considered signing up but then realized it would involve all the worst aspects of my old library work: health and safety training, etc. Plus they require three references — just to be a volunteer!

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  2. Im trying hard not to get carried away with library holds so I can make more inroads into the hundreds of books I have in what I call my ‘personal library’ – in other words the bookshelves at home. But I did go and put The God of Small Things on reserve today….

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  3. Moomins! Surely the perfect escapist reading to be found. I love that you have the moomins next to Han Kang in your library TBR – now that is eclectic! 🙂

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    1. That hadn’t even occurred to me 🙂 I recently read Moominland Midwinter, so I’ll have a break before going on to another one. It will be very interesting to read Jansson’s autobiography in conjunction with another Moomin book.

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  4. Lovely eclectic reading as always! I am not using the library as much as I should be these days as between my own books,gifts and NetGalley my supply is kept constant. I am taking a pile of hardbacks up there to donate soon, though. I want to hear about the Simon Armitage book!

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  5. I have more books than I would like from the library right now. I’m going to have to make some tough decisions, especially because many are ILL books. I might do up a quick post if I have time!
    Happy to see 4.5 stars for Hoomegoing. 🙂

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    1. I really enjoyed the movie, so I hope the book will be at least as good. Sorry I didn’t realize you were the new host of Library Checkout; I only found out via Naomi of Consumed by Ink. I’ll be sure to link to you next month 🙂

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