Library Checkout: May 2017

Are we halfway through the year now? Is that how this works? Mind blowing when you stop and think about it for it a second…

ANYWAY. All that old lady rambling about the speed of time means that it’s time to look at another month’s library reading! Library Checkout is hosted by Charleen @ It’s a Portable Magic.



I feel like I spent a lot of time at the library and reading library books but I don’t think my actual numbers are that impressive. I know that I only read 10 books in May and I’m definitely used to more robust numbers. It was another gut punch of a month and I’m still working on getting my reading focus back.

Still, 10 books is 10 books!

So let’s look at the library then shall we?

The Roanoke Girls by Amy Engel (wow, that’s some kind of book eh??)
Call the Midwife: A True Story of the East End of London in the 1950s by Jennifer Worth (love the show, the book was also wonderful)
Bette and Joan: The Divine Feud by Shaun Considine (this was such good fun – these women were incredible)

Returned Unread
American Wife by Curtis Sittenfield (I took this book out a second time, read around 200 pages and realized I did not care about it AT ALL. So I stopped and moved on)
The Invasion of the Tearling by Erika Johansen (I had to – someone was waiting for it and I couldn’t renew – I will get it out again and actually read it!)

Currently Out
The Girl Who Walked Home Alone: Bette Davis, a Personal Biography by Charlotte Chandler
In Cold Blood by Truman Capote

On Hold
Nothing right now. But I think I’m going to try and get my hands on Anne Rule’s The Stranger Beside Me...

What about you? What did you find at the library? Link up with It’s a Portable Magic!

18 thoughts on “Library Checkout: May 2017

  1. Roanoke Girls is some kind of F’d up, right?! And Stranger Beside Me is super creepy! I had trouble sleeping while I was reading it.

    • I mean, you knew right away what was going on. But still, it was…yikes. What does it say about all of us that we read it like “yeah but I liked it”?
      I keep hearing about this book because of the My Favorite Murder podcast! I’m totally scared to read it but still want to.

  2. Reading is at backseat status until school is out. I’m about 10 books behind my reading goal. I average about 8 a month. Your scoffing at only reading 10! How many do you usually read? Do you skip things like sleeping and eating😉

    • Between 13 and 17! I’m well behind on my reading at this point in the year – this is what happens when you start tracking your reading. I kind of miss the days when I just read.
      I mean, I’m not in school! That’s a big help. And usually I have about 2 hours of transit time 5 days a week and lunch hour reading on most of those days. You can get a lot read in that time – but I’ve been driving more AND can’t focus as well.

      • Long commutes do help. My drive is only 10 minutes. Not even enough for an audio book. I am hoping with school over next week I can pack in some reading time. I have a long flight coming up, so maybe I’ll get back in the groove of reading!

    • And I always feel really bad keeping library books because what if someone is dying to read that book? Sometimes I will renew but I’m getting better at just returning them unread. I can always go back!

  3. I have Roanoke Girls and now I’m very curious. At this point I remember nothing about why I requested it. Should I go in blind?

    I was honestly thinking as I was walking into my office that I need to read In Cold Blood. I am debating making it a book club pick. I look forward to your thoughts. I am also curious about Bette and Joan, I will have to look for that one I think.

    • Just read Roanoke Girls. Don’t think about it, just read it.

      Ohh get In Cold Blood and we can read it “together”! And yeah, you need to read the Bette and Joan book. It was wonderful. So much shade! I loved it.

  4. Heheh I can totally see having that reaction to American Wife: there is a LOT of detail in there. (But I love her take on the world, this book included.) My copy was from the library as well. As for other library copies, I have enough books on the library shelf right now to take me through until the end of the summer – I need to take a breath! I’m most excited by Eden Robinson’s latest, which I’ve only just begun.

      • I just came back from picking up both my holds (a week of restraint) and there are two others with me now, too, from the stacks. Oops. This is how it happens. And, yes, Son of a Trickster indeed! Are you planning to read it as well?

      • I did the same thing yesterday. Once you’re inside the library, it’s impossible not to quickly take a look around. Just in case!
        I meant to read it and then kind of forgot about it. But I’ve heard good things so I maybe need to revisit that.

  5. You should probably check the new shelves next time you’re in. *laughs* Cuz even if it’s not there (and it probably won’t be) there might be something else good there which calls to you, which you must have right that minute! Sigh,.

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