Last month I rejoiced that reservations would once again be free through my library system. On the very day the policy came into effect, what did I do? Went into the online catalogue and placed 15 reservations (the maximum). And then when some of those arrived for me, I placed more to get back up to 15. And then when some of those arrived… You get the picture. Why this compulsive placing of holds when I already have massive stacks of books to read? I have nothing to say in my defense. At least books are a benign addiction, right?
This month I also resumed using a library system I haven’t used in several years. I had a few hours to kill in Reading town center before a routine hospital appointment, so decided to take advantage of the library’s stock, which seems to be particularly good on memoirs by women.
So as not to overwhelm you, and because so many books are still hanging on from previous months, I’ll only feature the new to-be-read arrivals since last month’s Library Checkout post, and in photo form. As usual, I’ve added in star ratings and links to Goodreads reviews of books I haven’t already featured on the blog.
LIBRARY BOOKS READ
- Little Women by Louisa May Alcott (a re-read for me)
- Herzog by Saul Bellow
- Harmless Like You by Rowan Hisayo Buchanan
- Mean Time by Carol Ann Duffy [poetry]
- The Book of Forgotten Authors by Christopher Fowler
- Vita Nova by Louise Glück [poetry]
- Plot 29: A Memoir by Allan Jenkins
- This Is Going to Hurt: Secret Diaries of a Junior Doctor by Adam Kay
- There Is an Anger that Moves by Kei Miller [poetry]
- Somebody I Used to Know by Wendy Mitchell with Anna Wharton
- And When Did You Last See Your Father? by Blake Morrison
- Lots of Candles, Plenty of Cake by Anna Quindlen
- Spirals in Time: The Secret Life and Curious Afterlife of Seashells by Helen Scales
- Probably Nothing: A diary of not-your-average nine months by Matilda Tristram [graphic novel]
- With the End in Mind: Dying, Death and Wisdom in an Age of Denial by Kathryn Mannix – I now own a copy that I will revisit for the Wellcome Book Prize shadow panel.
- To the Is-Land: An Autobiography by Janet Frame
- Life in the Garden by Penelope Lively
- Never Mind by Edward St. Aubyn
- The Vaccine Race by Meredith Wadman
- Island Home: A Landscape Memoir by Tim Winton
CHECKED OUT, TO BE READ
(Cut off in middle photo: Cold Earth by Sarah Moss and The Mermaid and Mrs. Hancock by Imogen Hermes Gowar)
IN THE RESERVATION QUEUE
- The Grave’s a Fine and Private Place by Alan Bradley
- The Wonder Down Under: A User’s Guide to the Vagina by Dr. Nina Brochmann and Ellen Støkken Dahl
- Anecdotal Evidence by Wendy Cope
- The Lie of the Land by Amanda Craig
- Take Courage: Anne Brontë and the Art of Life by Samantha Ellis
- The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn
- Other Minds: The Octopus and the Evolution of Intelligent Life by Peter Godfrey-Smith
- Leap In: A Woman, Some Waves, and the Will to Swim by Alexandra Heminsley
- Morning: How to Make Time: A Manifesto by Allan Jenkins
- The Wood: The Life and Times of Cockshutt Wood by John Lewis-Stempel
- The Executor by Blake Morrison
- To Be a Machine: Adventures among Cyborgs, Utopians, Hackers, and the Futurists Solving the Modest Problem of Death by Mark O’Connell
- Brainstorm: Detective Stories from the World of Neurology by Suzanne O’Sullivan
- Into the Gray Zone: A Neuroscientist Explores the Border between Life and Death by Adrian Owen
- Home Fire by Kamila Shamsie
- Tin Man by Sarah Winman
- Not that Kind of Love by Clare Wise and Greg Wise
- Testosterone Rex: Myths of Sex, Science, and Society by Cordelia Fine – I lost interest and have plenty of other medical-themed reads on the pile thanks to the Wellcome Book Prize shortlist.
- The Secret Life of Cows by Rosamund Young – I read the first 33 pages out of 137. I had two problems with the book: the twee anthropomorphism (“almost every day, we see daughters consulting their mothers about impending confinements, or maybe just discussing the weather”), and the fact that the author, a family farmer, can be compassionate enough to call intensive animal-rearing “iniquitous criminality” yet raises animals and lovingly observes their behavior only to see them killed.