It’s been a year since I relaunched the Library Checkout meme. I want to say a big thank you to the handful of bloggers who have joined in since then. It’s such a quick, fun and easy post to put together by the final Monday of each month. Why not take part?!
In the past month I’ve been reading from the Booker Prize longlist. Although I also read within my comfort zones of historical fiction and memoirs, I’ve dabbled in genres I don’t read as often, like graphic novels and middle-grade fiction.
For November’s challenges I’m stockpiling novella-length books, one of them for Margaret Atwood Reading Month. At some point I’ll have to get real about how many more 2018 releases I can read before I fly to America for Christmas, which may mean canceling some reservations. I’m holding out for at least the Murakami and Obama titles to arrive in time!
(As usual, I’ve added in star ratings and links to Goodreads reviews where I haven’t already featured the books on the blog in some way.)
LIBRARY BOOKS READ
- Another Year of Plumdog by Emma Chichester Clark [graphic novel]
- French Exit by Patrick deWitt
- Sabrina by Nick Drnaso [graphic novel]
- Washington Black by Esi Edugyan
- All Among the Barley by Melissa Harrison
- Tilly & the Bookwanderers (Pages & Co., #1) by Anna James
- The Seabird’s Cry: The Lives and Loves of Puffins, Gannets and Other Ocean Voyagers by Adam Nicolson
- Rosie: Scenes from a Vanished Life by Rose Tremain
- My Father and Myself by J.R. Ackerley
- Noonday by Pat Barker
- The Gracekeepers by Kirsty Logan [Read in 2015; re-skimmed for book club.]
- Wilding by Isabella Tree
- Everything Under by Daisy Johnson
- The Overstory by Richard Powers
CURRENTLY READING-ish (set aside temporarily)
- The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
CHECKED OUT, TO BE READ
- Surfacing by Margaret Atwood
- The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway
- Ghost Wall by Sarah Moss
- The Man Who Came Uptown by George Pelecanos
- The Long Take by Robin Robertson
- The Mussel Feast by Birgit Vanderbeke
ON HOLD, TO BE PICKED UP
- Varina by Charles Frazier
IN THE RESERVATION QUEUE
- The Bus on Thursday by Shirley Barrett
- Boy Erased: A Memoir of Identity, Faith, and Family by Garrard Conley
- West by Carys Davies
- Sincerity by Carol Ann Duffy [poetry]
- House of Glass by Susan Fletcher
- In Miniature: How Small Things Illuminate the World by Simon Garfield
- The Glorious Life of the Oak by John Lewis-Stempel
- Holloway by Robert Macfarlane et al.
- Killing Commendatore by Haruki Murakami
- Becoming by Michelle Obama
- Fox 8 by George Saunders
- Cassandra Darke by Posy Simmonds [graphic novel]
- Swan Song by Kelleigh Greenberg-Jephcott
- A Man in Love by Karl Ove Knausgaard – Too dang long! Tiny print and over 500 pages. I don’t think I’ll be completing the My Struggle series.
- Now We Shall Be Entirely Free by Andrew Miller – This was requested after me, and I knew I wouldn’t have time for it. Also, I think I’ve lost interest for now.
What have you been reading from your local libraries? Does anything appeal from my stacks?
I don’t have an official link-up system, so please just pop a link to your blog in the comments if you’ve taken part in Library Checkout this month. (Feel free to use the image in your post.)