I’ll freely admit I have a problem with the library. I love it may be a bit too much, and it enables me to get my grubby little hands on books that I would otherwise have to buy. Who doesn’t love a library? Though mine is definitely lacking on the Fantasy/Sci-fi front they do a great job of stocking non-fiction (which I’m terrified of buying for myself) and almost everything else. So that means I’m almost constantly at max for my checkout limit (bad Sarah). So I thought today I’d look at the books I have checked out of the library!
A disclaimer on these. Generally with library books I am more likely to DNF them than books I own. Because I can obtain them again at a later date if I’m not feeling it at the time or they need to go back I’ll try a chapter or two and send it back. I’m also fully believe in DNF’ing things if I’m not feeling them in general or if I don’t have time. It’s just how I read. As for returning books unread, I generally avoid this. If I do I will try to obtain it again in a few weeks and read it. With that said, here is what I have checked out!
We’ll start with the two I’ve finished but haven’t taken back!
- Acceptance by Jeff Vandermeer – I read this whole series from the library, strangely enough they had it! I was super impressed!
- Maisie Dobbs by Jacqueline Winspear – One of my forays into mystery novels, trying to see if I can break into that genre. I’m doing pretty good! This was a really fun read!
Now onto what I haven’t read!
- Stiletto by Daniel O’Malley – I’ve been meaning to buy this series for ages but with my buying ban it keeps getting pushed back. This one may bet returned unread and checked back out though. It’s coming up for check in and I haven’t even started it. It is a chunker.
- Gender Medicine : The Groundbreaking New Science of Gender and Sex related Diagnosis and Treatment by M. Glezerman – Just a random non-fiction I picked up off the shelves! I thought it had an fascinating premise and the first couple pages pulled me.
- The Whole Art of Deduction : Lost Mysteries of Sherlock Holmes by Lindsey Faye – Well, I feel like this is obvious. It’s a Sherlock Holmes story collection. It gets double marks for being by Lindsey Faye who wrote Jane Steele which I really enjoyed.
- The Last Neanderthal: A Novel by Claire Cameron – This one I don’t know a lot about besides it’s told in two parts, one about (obviously) Neanderthals in their time and a current era study of them and how those stories overlap. I heard about it on Book Riot, and as usual those ladies made it sound awesome.
- Inherit the Bones by Emily Littlejohn – This was just a random pickup off the new books shelf. It takes place, I believe in a park and that caught my eye as my sister and brother-in-law are both park rangers. I could be remembering that wrong, but I’m going to give it a shot anyway!
- Raptor: A Journey Through Birds with a New Preface by James MacDonald Lockhart – A non-fiction about birds! I used to birdwatch as a kid and I keep our local bird population nice and plump with four different bird feeders throughout the yard.
- Iris Grace : How Thula the Cat Saved a Little Girl and Her Family by Arabella Carter-Johnson – This is another non-fiction about a service cat to a child with autism. You don’t usually see service cats so I was definitely interested in this one.
- The Trouble with Goats and Sheep by Joanna Cannon – I’ve heard nothing but buzz about this mystery set from the eyes of a child. I thought I’d give it a whirl.
- Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders – Yet another buzzy book. I heard about this one on Book Riot first and since then it’s been popping up all over the place. I may be reading this one sooner rather than later, I was on the wait list for this for over a month so I’m sure I won’t be able to renew it.
- Why did the Chicken Cross the World? : The Epic Saga of the Bird That Powers Civilization by Andrew Lawler – Another non-fiction bird book. To explain that, I wanted nonfiction one day and just went to the birds and small animals section of the nonfiction shelf. And here we are.
- All Creatures Great and Small by James Herriot – See above book explanation. I’ll also note, I read this as a kid and loved it so I thought it might be fun to reread it.
- The Lace Reader : A Novel by Brunonia Barry – I’m pretty sure this author just put out a sequel to this that sounds fascinating so I grabbed this off the shelf when I passed it. I think it’s a literary urban fantasy-ish novel? I haven’t heard a lot about it, but I’m willing to give it go!
- Jam on the Vine by LaShonda K. Barnett – This I heard about on a channel somewhere, and the cover just stuck out to me. I do believe it’s about a queer WoC working for or starting her own magazine? Sounds promising!
- The Impossible Fortress by Jason Rekulak – Another super buzzy books (see why I love the library, I don’t have to commit!). I really, really disliked Ready Player One which was a ‘nostalgia’ book like this one so I’m going out on a limb with it. I’m slightly worried honestly but it was free so what have I got to loose?
- Confessions by Kanae Minato – One I heard about on both Book Riot and Booktube. I want to bust more into Japanese fiction, crime or otherwise, and this one was available through interlibrary loan. It’s also very short so I may read it soon
- Borne by Jeff Vandermeer – The premise on this one sounds great. Post apocalyptic, weird creature, foraging lifestyle – not to mention the giant sentient bear that pretty much destroyed the world. Yes please, that checks all my boxes.
- Spirals in Time: The Secret Life and Curious Afterlife of Seashells by Helen Scales – The fact that this exists is enough to make me want to read it. Seashells are so unassuming, so normal and everywhere but I know nothing about them! It seems a crime!
- The Story of Life in 25 Fossils : Tales of Intrepid Fossil Hunters and the Wonders of Evolution by Donald R. Prothero – I love dinosaurs, who doesn’t. This popped up when I was reading about the book above and I thought ‘why not!’
- Planet of Bugs : Evolution and the Rise of Insects by Scott R. Shaw – Again, I love bugs and I would like to know more. All the knowledge! I want to learn about all the strange creatures of the world!
- Crouching Buzzard, Leaping Loon by Donna Andrews – Hard left turn there huh? This is the fourth Meg Langslow book. I’m hoping this one will knock my socks off, if not I may not read any more of these for a while. These come through interlibrary loans and I almost feel guilty about making people go to the work of sending them to me.
- Himself by Jess Kidd – This is a magical realism literary fiction type book from what I gathered. I read the first chapter in the library and really liked it. Then a few days after checkout started to see some buzz about it so I have high hopes!
- Stars End by Cassandra Rose Clarke – My lonely sci-fi out of this pile. Like I said, my local chain isn’t great on sci-fi fantasy. This is the new family drama/sci-fi that has an unfortunate cover but has gotten some good reviews!
- Aunty Lee’s Delights by Ovidia Yu – Book Riot will be the death of me. I heard about this one as a cozy type of mystery series but set in Singapore! That sounded unique and I haven’t read anything set in Singapore in a long time, or maybe never, so this went on the list.
That’s it. It’s a lot. I have a problem but I love it. Has anyone read these or planning to? I’d love to know!