My Library Checkout June 2018

Have you been using your library over the past month? What did you read? What didn’t you read? What are you waiting on? These are the questions of a meme called Library Checkout, led by Rebecca Foster of the blog Bookish Beck.


  • Jar City by Arnaldur Indriðason
  • American by Day by Derek B. Miller

The best of the pair was American by Day, a sequel of sorts to Miller’s Norwegian by Night. I say, of sorts, because I don’t think it’s necessary to read the first one to understand this one. But I would recommend reading the first one anyway, if you haven’t, because it’s just that good. This second one might be one of my favorites of the year. Of course, I’ve only read 15 books this year, so not too hard to say that.

Returned Unread

  1. Ramp Hollow: The Ordeal of Appalachia by Steven Soll
  2. Hallelujah Anyway: Rediscovering Mercy by Anne Lamott
  3. Essential Retirement Planning for Solo Agers: A retirement and aging roadmap for single adults and childless adults by Sarah Geber
  4. Bluebird, Bluebird by Attica Locke
  5. Wonder Valley by Ivy Pochoda

I actually did start Ramp Hollow and Wonder Valley, with the former not catching my interest and the latter catching my interest but not holding my interest at this time. I’ll have to try it another time. It looks like a good one, but one that requires more attention than I had this past week.

For next month, I’ve decided to start with a clean slate. I emptied out my holds shelves and don’t have anything on them yet. I’ll have to see here in the next few days or next week what catches my eye. Once I do, I’ll let you know.

What did you check out from the library this past month, put on hold, return unread, did not finish? Or if you don’t use the library, what was the best book you read from this past month? Share in the comments.

5 thoughts on “My Library Checkout June 2018

  1. We have had such library issues in our city. We were part of the County system for years and then a private company bought them out. My book club is library based so we had a huge transition and then problem getting books but the private company rallied for us and after 5 years managed to build quite a collection AND support us as a group. But now our City has taken over the private system. We pretty much lost all of our collection because the city is building from scratch. They are closed for the next two weeks but next week is our meeting and already they booked over us AND our book selection was never ordered.

    But, I belong to three library systems so between the other two I have picked up ebooks of The Sun Does Shine which is Oprah’s latest pick about the prison system. I also picked up Women in Sunlight although now I can’t remember why I placed that one on hold.


  2. I’ve read Norwegian by Night but was unaware (or had forgotten) that there was a sequel. I’m glad to hear it was worthwhile. I have been curious about trying Attica Locke’s and Ivy Pochoda’s books. The Lamott title you list is not one of her best, but she is well worth reading in general.


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