Library Checkout Reboot

The Library Checkout blog meme was created by Shannon of River City Reading and previously hosted by Charleen of It’s a Portable Magic. I’m taking over as the host as of this month. There’s nothing too complicated about this challenge; it’s just a way of celebrating the libraries that you frequent, whether that’s your local public library branch or another specialist library. Maybe keeping track of your borrowing habits will encourage you to make even more use of libraries. Use ’em or lose ’em, after all.

I usually post this on the last Monday of the month, but you can post whenever is convenient for you. I’ll look into a proper link-up service, but for now just paste a link to your own post in the comments. (Feel free to use the above image, too.) The basic categories are: Library Books Read; Currently Reading; Checked Out, To Be Read; On Hold; and Returned Unread. Others I sometimes add are Skimmed Only and Returned Unfinished. I generally add in star ratings and links to reviews of any books I’ve managed to read.


A couple of weeks ago I went nuts at the university library on my husband’s campus. As a staff member he can borrow 25 books pretty much indefinitely (unless they’re requested). One or both of us has been associated with the University of Reading for over 15 years now, so the library there is a nostalgic place I love visiting. It’s technically currently undergoing a major renovation, but the books are still available, so it doesn’t make much difference to me.



  • Interlibrary Loan Sharks and Seedy Roms: Cartoons from Libraryland by Benita L. Epstein (So dated, I’m afraid! A few good ones, though.)
  • Fall Down 7 Times, Get Up 8 by Naoki Higashida 
  • Autumn by Karl Ove Knausgaard 
  • A Sand County Almanac by Aldo Leopold [university library] 


  • Option B by Sheryl Sandberg and Adam Grant 


  • Slade House by David Mitchell
  • Halfway to Silence by May Sarton [poetry; university library]


A manageable selection from the public library:

Plus loads of books from lots of different genres from the university library; these will keep me going well past Christmas, I reckon!



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

33 thoughts on “Library Checkout Reboot

  1. Always good to see a Women’s Press book in there! I was quite sad when my husband stopped working at our university a few years after I’d finished there, as I used to use his library card. I know I can get an alumnus one but you have to pay for that … Looks like a great pile of reading that will, indeed, see you through!

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    1. For a time we both worked for the University of London and could use Senate House library as well as our respective college libraries — that was library heaven! I do feel lucky to still have access to one academic library. As a scientist my husband doesn’t use the library all that much, so I am happy to hog his library card instead 🙂

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      1. Sorry to rub it in, but I now work at the University of London and can borrow (or just read at lunchtime) from the Senate House Library and it’s utter, utter bliss. So I completely understand. I love the HUGE quantity you borrow. Do you really manage to finish them all?


  2. May Sarton and The Cat who Stayed for Christmas 🙂 I have just tried to get the second one but it’s not reservable. (Why, I wonder.) It did lead me to the first in the series though – now on its way to my local library 🙂 Another to add to the rapidly growing pile of festive reading material!

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    1. I read the first of the Amory books last Christmas and decided to hold the other one over for this year. I’ve got a small pile of holiday reads building up.

      I’m on quite the May Sarton kick at the moment. I bought secondhand copies of her biography and the first volume of her letters with a birthday voucher and have a few of her novels from the library and on my Kindle.

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  3. I need to join my local library! (I’ve just moved and struggling to sort out everything). I have access to my university library but not great for contemporary fiction. I loved First Love and We Should All Be Feminists. I struggled with Slade House, when I usually love both horror and David Mitchell – I’d be interested to know your thoughts. I found it became very repetitive and a bit too dream-like.


    1. Reading Uni library is surprisingly good on fiction, particularly from Commonwealth countries. I guess it ties in with some of their degree specialities. I’m very late in reading Adichie but fully expect to love her, fiction and non-, as she was wonderful in person at an event I attended some years ago. (First Love might be another matter; I’ve seen such conflicting reviews!) I haven’t been a Mitchell reader previously but I loved Slade House! My husband thought I’d find it silly, but it really sucked me in. See my mini Halloween special tomorrow 🙂


      1. I thought First Love was incredibly well-written, but I found it difficult to love it as much as others did because it was just so short! It’s certainly been divisive. Looking forward to the Halloween special 🙂

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  4. Always a delight to spot a May Sarton in anyone’s stack. She is someone whom one might expect to see in more stacks of books, given her long backlist and the fact that she’s written in so many forms. Her diaries are amongst my favourites, but I enjoy her work just generally. The Fur Person is a real favourite, as far as her cat stories go!


    1. I feel like she’s gone somewhat out of fashion, but you do see lots of her quotes turning up on Twitter and at least some of the journals are still well read. I have a late poetry collection and a novel on that stack. I haven’t been keen on her novels thus far, but I’m still willing to give them a go.


  5. I’m a huge fan of our libraries – no access to an academic one for me, but our own local library, where I volunteer as well, is pretty good. I often use it to try out books I wouldn’t normally choose. So on today’s shelf is Andrew Marr’s Head of State, and Karen Maitland’s The Plague Charmer.

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  6. This is the perfect event for you to host – your library checkout posts are always so great with lots of book pictures to look at. 🙂
    I haven’t done a post for this in a while. Unfortunately I’ve just barely been keeping up with my review posts and reading other blogs (but I’ve been saying that since the summer!). Sigh.
    I love that picture of your stack! Can’t wait to hear how all the books are!


    1. Thanks, Naomi! You’re always welcome to join in. 🙂 Do you have a big library stack out at the moment? I can’t promise to be very timely about reading many of these, but I imagine a few will turn up in various round-up posts.

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  7. Yay, so glad to see this meme continue! I kept meaning to come back and address it, or ask if someone was willing to take over, but I seem to have hit a blogging wall. Whenever I shake myself out of this funk, I’ll be sure to come back and participate.

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