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Saturday, October 6, 2018

Is it a book haul or do I have too many books checked out, again?

Feast or famine (though famine is fairly rare)---I currently have way too many books checked out from the library in the print or audio format! Why do I always seem to do this to myself?

Here's the pile. Where should I start?

  • Rebound by Kwame Alexander---potential Printz or Newbery award book written in verse. I am about 20% into the book. I hope to finish this one by tomorrow.
  • She Love You Yeah Yeah Yeah by Ann Hood---I thought this was a narrative nonfiction about the Beatles, but I see it is really fiction. Target audience are middle grade students. I may skip it but want to at least read a bit to get the flavor.
  • And the Ocean Was Our Sky by Patrick Ness---a friend told me she wouldn't read any books I recommended until I read this one. It was on my radar since it is also a potential Printz award book. Ness went to high school around here and my friend is friends with him.
  • Goodbye, Brecken: A Story About the Death of a Pet by David Lupton---a children's book that I impulsively checked out of the library when I was there getting books off hold. It is super short so I imagine I can read it in a few minutes after I'm done with this post.
  • Sea Prayer by Khaled Hosseini--- this book was on some "best of" book lists I perused this past month. It is also short and illustrated.
  • Voices from the Second World War: Stories of War as Told to Children of Today---this book is on my list of JH/HS nonfiction books to read as a first round Cybils Judge. It is big and heavy. I may not read the whole thing, but enough to decide about the quality and appropriateness of the pick.
  • Hope Nation: YA Authors Share Personal Moments of Inspiration edited by Rose Brock---another Cybils contender in the JH/SH nonfiction department.
  • Proud: Living my American Dream by Olympic Medalist Ibtihaj Muhammad---Another Cybils contender, I've read about 10% of this one so far.
  • Votes for Women! American Suffragists and the Battle for the Ballot by Winifred Conkling---another Cybils contender.
  • Uncommon Reader by Alan Bennett---a book club selection. I am 80% finished and the book is short. I should finish this one by the end of the weekend.
  • An American Marriage by Tayari Jones---another book club selection for later this month. I am about 80% complete and hope to finish this book by Tuesday.
  • Dear Madam President by Jennifer Palmieri---the author is often of a news show I like to watch. It is written as a message to a future female president. It is short. I hope to get to it before it is due back at the library.
  • The Wisdom of Sundays by Oprah Winfrey---Timing. I've been in line for this audiobook for months and it arrives the same week as everything else, of course.
  • Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate---for a future (January) book club. I thought I was much further back in line so I am shocked but not surprised that this one also showed up on an already busy reading week! I may turn it back in and hope I get a second chance later.
  • Chesil Beach by Ian McEwan---I have the CD set checked out but have no purpose in reading the book other than I saw the movie and want to see how it compares to the book. This is my last priority.
  • Fear by Bob Woodward. I own the copy of this highly controversial book but I am having a hard time making time for it. 10% complete.
The usual due date for my library is three weeks. Many of the books I placed on hold because they were NOT readily available when I ordered them. Those books will become my highest priority because I won't be able to renew them. I have until the end of December of Cybils books and my book club books need to be read before club meetings, which vary by groups. If I get started right this moment I should be able to make a big dent in this list before the due dates. Wish me luck!

Update October 17th: It's eleven days after I wrote this post and I am happy to report that I have actually finished eight of the fifteen books and have a good start on two others.
Completed print:
  • Rebound by Kwame Alexander
  • Goodbye, Brecken: A Story About the Death of a Pet by David Lupton
  • Sea Prayer by Khaled Hosseini
  • Voices from the Second World War: Stories of War as Told to Children of Today
  • Proud: Living my American Dream by Olympic Medalist Ibtihaj Muhammad
  • Uncommon Reader by Alan Bennett
Completed audio:
  • An American Marriage by Tayari Jones
  • Dear Madam President by Jennifer Palmieri
Currently reading:
  • Hope Nation: YA Authors Share Personal Moments of Inspiration edited by Rose Brock
  • The Wisdom of Sundays by Oprah Winfrey


  1. I will definitely finish my copy of "Before we were yours" before we need it in January. I've started it, and bought the book, so don't stress about that one!

  2. How overwhelming to have all those books in front of you and know that you have to get them back to the library in the next couple of weeks! I also have When We Were Yours on my TBR shelf. She Loves you Yeah, Yeah, Yeah is ok. Skim it then return it. Kwame Alexander is always good and Fear will be super interesting.

  3. Why does do our holds from the library come all at the same time?! My reading has slowed as my work load has kicked into full gear. I am trying to finish the last few books from my summer list while reading a few recent releases. I'm always lagging behind. Good luck on your reading goals!


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