Library Checkout: July 2017

I’m flying out to America later today on a short trip for my sister’s wedding, so I’ve been focusing on finishing most of the books I have out from the library, including some that have hung around for a number of months already. I’ll have just one or two awaiting me on my return.

(Ratings and links to any books that I haven’t already featured here in some way or don’t plan to soon.)



  • Hidden Nature: A Voyage of Discovery by Alys Fowler 
  • Bee Quest: In Search of Rare Bees by Dave Goulson 
  • A Horse Walks into a Bar by David Grossman 
  • Signs for Lost Children by Sarah Moss 


  • The Power by Naomi Alderman


  • The Argonauts by Maggie Nelson – I’ll either take this with me or put it on hold until I come back; I haven’t decided as of the time of scheduling this post. In any case, it’s the sort of fragmentary narrative that doesn’t have to be read all at once.


  • White Tears by Hari Kunzru


  • Human Acts by Han Kang – I read the first 115 pages and then set this aside, not because it was too harrowing or challenging, but simply because I’d been bored for at least 45 pages and didn’t have the patience to see how the various chapters, each from a different perspective (2nd person, then 1st, then 3rd) might fit together.


  • Tiny Giants by Nate Powell – I glanced at the first few pages of this graphic novel but didn’t like the drawing style or the narration.

(Hosted by Charleen of It’s a Portable Magic.)

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

10 responses

  1. High endorsement for Signs for Lost Children! When I read it, I knew I wanted to read everything else by this author.


    1. It’s my favourite from her. I’ve now read all but Cold Earth. I might do a little special on her later in the year — I’ve read three of her books since March.


  2. I’m interested to read that you skimmed The Power – although it should probably appeal to me, it really doesn’t!


    1. It was a case of interesting ideas but slightly tedious execution. You can see why such a “Girl Power” book won the Bailey’s Prize, but I weary of speculative fiction.

      Liked by 1 person

  3. We obviously do have different tastes, as you have suggested before. Human Acts was my personal book of the year last year. Have a wonderful family time at your sister’s wedding.


    1. I so wanted to like it, but that long middle section with the slaps just sort of drifted off into nothing for me. I preferred The Vegetarian on balance.

      Liked by 1 person

  4. Carolyn Anthony | Reply

    For you to give 5 stars to Signs for Lost Children makes me want to read it.

    Sent from my iPhone


    Liked by 1 person

    1. I don’t think the style would draw you in.


  5. I’m always making use of my library! 🙂 White Tears is on my TBR, I’ll be looking forward to seeing what you make of it. I’ve heard wildly different reactions.


    1. Yeah, I’m not quite sure what to expect. I’ve never read anything by him. We shall see — hopefully on August’s Library Checkout!

      Liked by 1 person

Leave a Comment

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

You are commenting using your 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

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

%d bloggers like this: