New on My Bookcase (vol. 10)

Library Haul Volume 10I think I’ve missed one or two of these since October’s posting calendar was filled with nonfiction, but instead of trying to recreate those, I’m just going to pick up again with my latest library haul.

Nonfiction

Far from Home: Memories of World War II and AfterwardFar from Home: Memories of World War II and Afterward by Mary Herring Wright by Mary Herring Wright
{Not pictured, because I got it another day from a different library.}
My interlibrary loan finally arrived, so I can continue her amazing story. Now, the question is, do I reread her first book, Sounds Like Home, to refresh my memory on her story (it’s been over 10 years since I read it), or do I dive right in?

Walking on Water: Reflections on Faith and ArtWalking on Water: Reflections on Faith and Art by Madeleine L'Engle by Madeleine L’Engle
It’s only been on my TBR list for years. Way past time to finally read it. Plus, Catherine’s review was the final kick-in-the-pants to request it already.

Women Heroes of World War II: 26 Stories of Espionage, Sabotage, Resistance, and RescueWomen Heroes of World War II: 26 Stories of Espionage, Sabotage, Resistance, and Rescue (Women of Action) by Kathryn Atwood by Kathryn J. Atwood
I do love reading about World War II, and biographical accounts, and women’s history. Combining the three? Bliss.

The Secret Lives of Codebreakers: The Men and Women Who Cracked the Enigma Code at Bletchley ParkThe Secret Lives of Codebreakers: The Men and Women Who Cracked the Enigma Code at Bletchley Park by Sinclair McKay by Sinclair McKay
Blackout and All Clear mentioned Bletchley Park briefly, and I’ve been on the lookout for an accessible history of the work there. This one seems like it might be it.

In the Sanctuary of Outcasts: A MemoirIn the Sanctuary of Outcasts: A Memoir by Neil White by Neil White.
Mimi got me to bump this up to the top of my library list.

Happy Money: The Science of Smarter SpendingHappy Money: The Science of Smarter Spending by Elizabeth Dunn & Michael Norton by Elizabeth Dunn & Michael Norton.
Sounds very much like All the Money in the World, so I’m curious to see how it compares.

What Shamu Taught Me About Life, Love, and Marriage: Lessons for People from Animals and Their TrainersWhat Shamu Taught Me About Life, Love, and Marriage: Lessons for People from Animals and Their Trainers by Amy Sutherland by Amy Sutherland.
My own 31 Days series got me to request this one. Heh.

The Reading Lesson: Teach Your Child to Read in 20 Easy LessonsThe Reading Lesson: Teach Your Child to Read in 20 Easy Lessons by Michael Levin and Charan Langston by Michael Levin and Charan Langston.
My son is anxious to learn to read, so I’m trying several of the popular “teach your kid to read” books before committing to one (i.e., purchasing it for our own use).

The 5-Minute Face: The Quick & Easy Makeup Guide for Every WomanThe 5-Minute Face: The Quick & Easy Makeup Guide for Every Woman by Carmindy by Carmindy
Found it recommended somewhere, and figured it’d be worth a skim.

Scrivener For DummiesScrivener For Dummies by Gwen Hernandez by Gwen Hernandez
I’m using the free trial from Scrivener, and want to make the most of it as I decide if it’s something I’d use enough to buy the full version.

Fiction

The Island KeeperThe Island Keeper by Harry Mazer by Harry Mazer
Absolutely no memory of even requesting this one, so I definitely don’t remember why it’s on my list. The cover is pretty bad honestly, and the library binding means that the typical blurb on the back isn’t there to refresh my memory.

Rose Under FireRose Under Fire by Elizabeth Wein by Elizabeth Wein.
I somewhat hated her book Code Name Verity, but her writing was so engaging that I’m giving this one a try.

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New on My Bookcase (vol. 9)

library haul 9Not my usual gargantuan library haul, because this was a quick pre-traveling pickup and drop-off of expiring books. I didn’t even do the massive checkout of materials for traveling that I usually do, instead going for tons of borrowed books on the Kindle. So much lighter and easier to pack.

Full confession: I still brought a tote bag of books. Just because I neeeeeeded them.

Fiction

The Cuckoo’s CallingThe Cuckoo's Calling by Robert Galbraith by Robert Galbraith a.k.a. J.K. Rowling
I was some crazy high number on the holds list for this, so I wasn’t expecting to get a copy of it for months. Apparently people are reading it fast, and they bought a bunch more copies so my turn has arrived!

The Treason of Mary LouvestreThe Treason of Mary Louvestre by My Haley by My Haley.
Historical fiction set in the Civil War era? Yes please, although I admit to disliking the cover fairly intensely.

Shadows on the SeaShadows on the Sea by Joan Hiatt Harlow by Joan Hiatt Harlow
Another historical fiction tale, this one a young adult book set on the homefront during World War II.

Nonfiction

Beyond the Body FarmBill Bass & Jon Jefferson's Beyond the Body Farm by Bill Bass and Jon Jefferson. Liked the book Death’s Acre so much, of course I want to try this one.

Something for the Pain: Compassion and Burnout in the ERSomething for the Pain: Compassion and Burnout in the ER by Paul Austin by Paul Austin. I love medical memoirs. Hoping this is a good one!

Howards End Is on the Landing: A Year of Reading from HomeSusan Hill's Howards End Is on the Landing: A Year of Reading from Home by Susan Hill. A book about reading books. How meta.

I Will Plant You a Lilac Tree: A Memoir of a Schindler’s List SurvivorLaura Hillman's I Will Plant You a Lilac Tree: A Memoir of a Schindler's List Survivor by Laura Hillman. Love Holocaust memoirs, although I realize that sounds really weird.

Petite AnglaiseCatherine Sanderson's Petite Anglaise by Catherine Sanderson. Heard about this memoir through a really roundabout way, but it sounded so intriguing.

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New on My Bookcase (vol. 8)

Brief glimpses of the latest books that I brought home for myself from the library. Just like last time it’s heavy on the nonfiction, but this visit I only got one cookbook. Several homeschooling-related books this trip though, so I do still have some sort of theme going.

Fiction

library haul 8 fictionLife After Life: A NovelLife After Life: A Novel by Kate Atkinson by Kate Atkinson
Checked it out once before, but knew I’d never get to it before it had to be returned. My turn finally arrived again. Can I get it read this time? It’s doubtful – my next library visit will be in only two weeks this time instead of the usual three. That doesn’t give me much time, with all the other books clamoring for attention.

Never Fall DownNever Fall Down by Patricia McCormick by Patricia McCormick
Fiction based on real events – one of my favorites.

Ordinary Grace: A NovelOrdinary Grace: A Novel by William Kent Krueger by William Kent Krueger
Borrowed this one before and had to return it unread. I was hoping to get it back later this month, but I juggled my holds dates poorly. Not sure if I’ll get it finished before my next visit, and there are still lots of people waiting on the holds list so no renewals.

Witch ChildWitch Child by Celia Rees by Celia Rees
I find the witch hunts of the 1600s fascinating and horrifying. Plus it’s published by Candlewick Press and I generally think their books are well-written and engaging.

Destiny, RewrittenDestiny, Rewritten by Kathryn Kitzmaurice by Kathryn Fitzmaurice
Don’t remember how this book got on my TBR list, but it sounds fun.

And, not a library book, but it’s new on my bookcase: I received a review copy of Rebellious HeartRebellious Heart by Jody Hedlund by Jody Hedlund. Love her historical fiction, and this time she’s writing about pre-Revolutionary Boston.

Nonfiction

library haul 8 nonfictionThe Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin OlympicsThe Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics by Daniel James Brown by Daniel James Brown
Really liked his first book and loved his second, so I have high hopes for this third book.

Frozen in Time: An Epic Story of Survival and a Modern Quest for Lost Heroes of World War IIFrozen in Time: An Epic Story of Survival and a Modern Quest for Lost Heroes of World War II by Mitchell Zuckoff by Mitchell Zuckoff
Love WWII books, love survival stories. Sounds like a perfect fit for me.

The Girls of Atomic City: The Untold Story of the Women Who Helped Win World War IIThe Girls of Atomic City: The Untold Story of the Women Who Helped Win World War II by Denise Kiernan by Denise Kiernan
Trying again with this one, after I had to return it before. It sounds so fascinating!

18 Minutes: Find Your Focus, Master Distraction, and Get the Right Things Done18 Minutes: Find Your Focus, Master Distraction, and Get the Right Things Done by Peter Bregman by Peter Bregman
Maybe this time I’ll get it read before it has to be returned. 🙂

The America’s Test Kitchen Menu Cookbook: Your Guide to Hosting Stress-Free Dinner Parties and Holiday FeastsThe America's Test Kitchen Menu Cookbook: Your Guide to Hosting Stress-Free Dinner Parties and Holiday Feasts
Love their cookbooks, and like the premise of this one.

The Busy Mom’s Guide to Spiritual SurvivalThe Busy Mom's Guide to Spiritual Survival by Kelli Trujillo by Kelli Trujillo
Read this years ago and thought highly of it. At the time, I was a few months away from delivering my first child, so I’m thinking I might get some more out of it now that I’m in the trenches of motherhood.

Lit!: A Christian Guide to Reading BooksLit!: A Christian Guide to Reading Books by Tony Reinke by Tony Reinke
This one had been languishing on my TBR list for ages, but after Elizabeth’s compelling review I immediately bumped it up to the top of the list.

Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy LessonsTeach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons by Siegfried Engelmann by Siegfried Engelmann
Looking at a few different teaching reading books, to see if one looks like a better fit for us. My son really wants to learn to read.

The Three R’sThe Three R's by Ruth Beechick by Ruth Beechick
Don’t remember why I picked this one out of the several books of hers that I want to read. Probably because it’s the earliest one she published.

101 Top Picks for Homeschool Curriculum101 Top Picks for Homeschool Curriculum by Cathy Duffy by Cathy Duffy
Very curious to see what she says about some of the options I’ve looked at.

A Year of Writing Dangerously: 365 Days of Inspiration and EncouragementA Year of Writing Dangerously: 365 Days of Inspiration and Encouragement by Barbara Abercrombie by Barbara Abercrombie
Interested in this, in large part because another session of The Story Circle will be starting soon (registration begins September 16!).

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New on My Bookcase (vol. 7)

library haul 7, twitterature-styleSome brief glimpses of the latest books that I brought home for myself from the library.

Heavy on the nonfiction (especially cookbooks) this time!

Fiction

When Gods DieWhen Gods Die: A Sebastian St. Cyr Mystery by C.S. Harris
Book two in the Sebastian St. Cyr series. Book one, What Angels FearWhat Angels Fear: A Sebastian St. Cyr mystery by C. S. Harris, was good enough to make me want to continue the series, especially since I’m a complete sucker for historical mysteries.

The Crown of EmbersThe Crown of Embers by Rae Carson by Rae Carson
What else am I a sucker for? Fantasy sagas. Book one, The Girl of Fire and ThornsThe Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson, was quite good, and I can’t wait to see what happens in book two.

Eleanor & ParkEleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell by Rainbow Rowell
Love great young adult fiction, and Anne’s review has me anticipating it’s a great one.

Nonfiction

Fit to Burst : Abundance, Mayhem, and the Joys of MotherhoodFit to Burst : Abundance, Mayhem, and the Joys of Motherhood by Rachel Jankovic by Rachel Jankovic
Started this one, but had to return it unfinished. I was loving what I’d read before having to return it (and I absolutely adored her first book, Loving the Little Years: Motherhood in the TrenchesLoving the Little Years: Motherhood in the Trenches by Rachel Jankovic), so I fully expect to love the rest of it.

Anything: The Prayer That Unlocked My God and My SoulAnything: The Prayer That Unlocked My God and My Soul by Jennie Allen by Jennie Allen
The other one that I started and had to return it unfinished, and impatiently wait until my turn came up again on the holds list. I’ve also read enough of it to know that I want to finish it.

The Story, NIV: The Bible as One Continuing Story of God and His PeopleThe Story, NIV: The Bible as One Continuing Story of God and His People
Curious to see how this is structured, and how it compares to a complete Bible.

Duel with the Devil: The True Story of How Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr Teamed Up to Take on America’s First Sensational Murder MysteryDuel with the Devil: The True Story of How Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr Teamed Up to Take on America's First Sensational Murder Mystery by Paul Collins by Paul Collins
Hoping this is a readable account of events. Love history, but don’t want to feel like it’s assigned reading for a class.

Spy Princess: The Life of Noor Inayat KhanSpy Princess: The Life of Noor Inayat Khan by Shrabani Basu by Shrabani Basu
World War II. Biography. Espionage. Seems like a book I’ll adore.

The Tiger: A True Story of Vengeance and SurvivalThe Tiger: A True Story of Vengeance and Survival by John Vaillant by John Vaillant
Found this on a list of books that will change your life, or something like that. Either way, it sounds like an incredible tale, and it’s nonfiction – of course I’m trying it.

The First Five Pages: A Writer’s Guide To Staying Out of the Rejection PileThe First Five Pages: A Writer's Guide To Staying Out of the Rejection Pile by Noah Lukeman by Noah Lukeman
I’d say something about needing to do less reading about writing and more actual writing, but this is how I do things – read read read about it first.

Cooking With Trader Joe’s Cookbook: Dinner’s Done!Cooking With Trader Joe's Cookbook: Dinner's Done! by Deana Gunn and Wona Miniati by Deana Gunn and Wona Miniati
Love The I Love Trader Joe’s Vegetarian Cookbook I recently borrowed, and am hoping I like this one as much!

Clean Eating for Busy FamiliesClean Eating for Busy Families: Get Meals on the Table in Minutes with Simple and Satisfying Whole-Foods Recipes You and Your Kids Will Love-Most Recipes Take Just 30 Minutes or Less by Michelle Dudash by Michelle Dudash
I’ve been hearing so much about clean eating, and I want to see and learn more about what that means.

Slow Cooker Revolution
Love my slow cooker, love cookbooks by America’s Test Kitchen. This one should hopefully be a winner for us.

Slow Cooking All Year ‘Round
Like the structure of this one: recipes targeted to the seasons, because I tend not to use my slow cooker much in the spring and summer. Hoping to change that if I get some inspired by some of their summer recipes!

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New on My Bookcase (vol. 6), the fiction

As I mentioned yesterday, last weekend was library day, and brought home a mountain of books. I’ve already shared the nonfiction titles that were waiting for me. Today it’s fiction’s turn:

library haul 6 fictionThe Great GatsbyThe Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald by F. Scott Fitzgerald.
Our book club pick for August. I read it in high school, but need to reread it if I’m to have any chance of discussing it beyond the broadest of outlines.

When Christ and His Saints SleptWhen Christ and His Saints Slept by Sharon Kay Penman by Sharon Kay Penman.
One of my favorite authors, and I’ve been waiting on hold for this book for ages. The first book in a series set in Plantagenet times, this one tells the story of Henry II and Eleanor of Aquitaine. So so so excited to read this.

A Change of FortuneA Change of Fortune by Jen Turano by Jen Turano.
Maybe too romancy for me, but I heard some good things about the author, and I do like reading super light fiction at times.

The Healer’s ApprenticeThe Healer's Apprentice by Melanie Dickerson by Melanie Dickerson.
A retelling of Sleeping Beauty. I’ve mentioned before how much I love fairy-tale retellings. 🙂

The WoodcutterThe Woodcutter by Kate Danley by Kate Danley.
Another fairy-tale retelling – this one using the Brothers Grimm as inspiration. It supposedly blends mystery and fantasy well too, and those are my favorite genres.

Orphan Train: A NovelOrphan Train: A Novel by Christina Baker Kline by Christina Baker Kline.
Love books that can weave together different story lines, especially past and present. Have high hopes for this.

The StorytellerThe Storyteller by Jodi Picoult by Jodi Picoult.
Not entirely sure I’ll read this one – it may be too emotionally wrenching for me.

Pretty Girl-13Pretty Girl-13 by Liz Coley by Liz Coley.
Also not entirely sure I’ll read this one – it may be too disturbing for my wimpy self.

The Runaway PrincessThe Runaway Princess by Hester Browne by Hester Browne.
And one final one I’m not sure I’ll read – this one doesn’t sound like my type of book, and I can’t remember why it made it onto my TBR list.

What’s new on your bookshelf?

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New on My Bookcase (vol. 6), the nonfiction

Last weekend was library day, and I had 23 books on hold, waiting for me. That’s enough books to fill up my own holds shelf!

That’s also so many books that I’m going to share the books I brought home in two posts. Today is all about nonfiction, while tomorrow I’ll share the fiction. (They won’t add up to 23 because some of the books were for my kids)

library haul 6 nonfictionA Little Salty to Cut the Sweet: Southern Stories of Faith, Family, and Fifteen Pounds of BaconA Little Salty to Cut the Sweet: Southern Stories of Faith, Family, and Fifteen Pounds of Bacon by BooMama Sophie Hudson by Sophie Hudson (a.k.a. BooMama)
I’ve been reading her blog for something like 6 or 7 years, so of course I’m excited to read her book. Love her story-telling. I grew up in the South (two years in Mississippi even) but to Yankee parents, so a lot of what she writes is familiar-yet-not.

The Indifferent Stars Above: The Harrowing Saga of a Donner Party BrideThe Indifferent Stars Above: The Harrowing Saga of a Donner Party Bride by Daniel James Brown by Daniel James Brown
One of the books I finished this month was Winter of EntrapmentWinter of Entrapment: A New Look at the Donner Party by Joseph A. King, which told the story of the Donner Party, but it was not well-written at all, and I had to force myself to finish it. I recently read a review of Brown’s nonfiction, and the reviewer praised his books so much that I was excited to perhaps read an account of those events that didn’t have me wanting to fling the book across the room. {on a side note, clearly I need to work on my “stop reading that book” skills.}

Under a Flaming Sky: The Great Hinckley Firestorm of 1894Under a Flaming Sky: The Great Hinckley Firestorm of 1894 by Daniel James Brown by Daniel James Brown.
Yup. Same author. Didn’t really mean to get two books by him out at once, but I obviously didn’t juggle holds dates well here.

The Girls of Atomic City: The Untold Story of the Women Who Helped Win World War IIThe Girls of Atomic City: The Untold Story of the Women Who Helped Win World War II by Denise Kiernan by Denise Kiernan.
World War II is one of my major reading interests, and I’ve read virtually nothing about the events around the building of the atomic bomb, so I jumped at the chance to rectify that.

The Partly Cloudy PatriotThe Partly Cloudy Patriot by Sarah Vowell by Sarah Vowell.
Love history, and have heard good things about Vowell’s books. I’ve never heard her on the radio, but I assume that’s an indicator that she knows how to tell a story well.

Glamping with MaryJane: Glamour + CampingGlamping with MaryJane: Glamour + Camping by MaryJane Butters by MaryJane Butters.
Read about this via the Pioneer Woman, and it sounded fun.

Two Views of Hell: A Biblical & Theological DialogueTwo Views of Hell: A Biblical & Theological Dialogue by Edward William Fudge and Robert A. Peterson by Edward William Fudge and Robert A. Peterson.
I read the recent interview with Fudge on Rachel Held Evan’s blog, and it got me curious enough to want to read the book.

The Vegetarian Slow Cooker: Over 200 Delicious RecipesThe Vegetarian Slow Cooker: Over 200 Delicious Recipes by Judith Finlayson by Judith Finlayson.
While slow cookers might seem like a fall and winter cooking device (all those soups and stews), I love using mine in the summer – anything to avoid turning on the oven! I’m also always looking for more vegetarian recipes, and have liked Finlayson’s recipes in the past. {I’m not a vegetarian, but I don’t really like meat that much, and get tired of it easily.}

What are your go-to summer recipes? Bonus points if they don’t require heating up my kitchen. Extra bonus points if they’re vegetarian or vegan. My eternal gratitude if they can be made from pantry/freezer ingredients a.k.a. they don’t require a trip to the store. That’s my biggest problem with salads – I don’t want to shop more than once a week, and lettuce tends to only last a few days.

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New on My Bookcase (vol. 5)

library haul 5Last weekend was my regular library trip to make sure that my bookshelves don’t get any breathing room. 🙂

What did I pick up this trip?

Nonfiction:

Fit to Burst : Abundance, Mayhem, and the Joys of MotherhoodFit to Burst : Abundance, Mayhem, and the Joys of Motherhood by Rachel Jankovic by Rachel Jankovic
I loved loved loved her first book, Loving the Little Years: Motherhood in the TrenchesLoving the Little Years: Motherhood in the Trenches by Rachel Jankovic. If this one is anything like that one, I’ll adore it too.

What Katie Ate: Recipes and Other Bits and PiecesWhat Katie Ate: Recipes and Other Bits and Pieces by Katie Quinn Davies by Katie Quinn Davies
This is just the sort of cookbook I like to read, plus this one has the added interest of being written by an Irish born-Australian, so a window on how a non-American eats? Bonus. Although I’ll admit to being quite disappointed that they changed the title slightly for the American market. Boo.

The World’s Strongest Librarian: A Memoir of Tourette’s, Faith, Strength, and the Power of FamilyThe World's Strongest Librarian: A Memoir of Tourette's, Faith, Strength, and the Power of Family by Josh Hanagarne by Josh Hanagarne
Please. It’s a memoir, and it’s by a librarian? Of course I have to try it.

Anything: The Prayer That Unlocked My God and My SoulAnything: The Prayer That Unlocked My God and My Soul by Jennie Allen by Jennie Allen
This one keeps popping up on my radar, and it’s time I take a look at it.

One Small Step Can Change Your Life: The Kaizen WayOne Small Step Can Change Your Life: The Kaizen Way by Robert Maurer by Robert Maurer
Wanting some kick-in-the-pants motivation, and this might help provide it.

Fiction:

Stepping Heavenward: One Woman’s Journey to GodlinessStepping Heavenward: One Woman's Journey to Godliness by Elizabeth Prentiss by Elizabeth Prentiss
Book club’s pick for July. Need to get cracking with it, if I’m going to have it read by the meeting.

What Angels FearWhat Angels Fear: A Sebastian St. Cyr Mystery by C.S. Harris by C. S. Harris
Jessica brought this series to my attention, and I’m such a fan of historical mysteries I jumped at the chance to discover a new author and setting.

Mrs. Lincoln’s DressmakerMrs. Lincoln's Dressmaker by jennifer Chiaverini by Jennifer Chiaverini
No idea if I’ll like this one, but it sounded interesting. My mother-in-law likes the author, but our taste in fiction doesn’t overlap much, so that’s not a super promising endorsement for me.

In the Shadow of the GlacierIn the Shadow of the Glacier (Constable Molly Smith series book 1) by Vicki Delany by Vicki Delany
One of the library-related email groups I still belong to had a discussion recently and this book was mentioned. I love Canadian settings, and I also love police procedurals with a female as the main character.

Young adult / Kid’s Fiction:

In the Shadow of BlackbirdsIn the Shadow of Blackbirds by Cat Winters by Cat Winters
This one might be a little too creepy for me, based on the cover image and premise. But I love the time period, and think I can at least start reading it and gauge the level of creepiness.

ParallelParallel by Lauren Miller by Lauren Miller
I’m the most skeptical about this one. The premise is intriguing – parallel universes, and alternate versions of your life? Could be great. Could be awful. I shall see…

Al Capone Does My ShirtsAl Capone Does My Shirts by Gennifer Choldenko by Gennifer Choldenko
Newbery Honor book, and I try to read all of them. I’m kind of excited about reading this one!

What’s new on your bookshelf?

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New on My Bookcase (vol. 4)

library haul vol 4Last library visit I ended up with a ton of young adult fiction. This visit I have all nonfiction, except for one fiction title.

What did I pick up this trip? Three memoirs: Answering 911: Life in the Hot SeatAnswering 911: Life in the Hot Seat by Caroline Burau by Caroline Burau, In StitchesIn Stitches by Anthony Youn by Anthony Youn, and Orange Is the New Black: My Year in a Women’s PrisonOrange Is the New Black: My Year in a Women's Prison by Piper Kerman by Piper Kerman. So, I’ve got a rookie 911 operator, a plastic surgeon, and a Smith graduate sentenced to a year for drug smuggling and money laundering. Hopefully at least one of them is a winner, and it’d be great if they all were. I’m most excited by the 911 dispatcher book. I also have Carry On, Warrior: Thoughts on Life UnarmedCarry On, Warrior: Thoughts on Life Unarmed by Glennon Melton by Glennon Melton, but I’m not entirely sure if this is a true memoir, or more a collection of essays that are memoir-like. So I possibly have four memoirs.

I’ve also got two cookbooks: Weelicious: 140 Fast, Fresh, and Easy RecipesWeelicious: 140 Fast, Fresh, and Easy Recipes by Catherine McCord by Catherine McCord, and The I Love Trader Joe’s Vegetarian CookbookThe I Love Trader Joe's Vegetarian Cookbook: 150 Delicious and Healthy Recipes Using Foods from the World's Greatest Grocery Store by Kris Holechek Peters by Kris Holechek Peters. I had the Weelicious book out before, but had to return it when I’d barely done anything beyond glancing at the table of contents. And I am always looking for new vegetarian dinner ideas.

My final nonfiction book is Give and Take: A Revolutionary Approach to SuccessGive and Take: A Revolutionary Approach to Success by Adam Grant by Adam Grant. I wish I remembered how it made it onto my list, because I have no idea. It doesn’t even sound familiar, but I had it on hold, and it finally arrived.

And my solitary fiction book is BitterblueBitterblue by Kristin Cashore by Kristin Cashore. It’s the final book in the Graceling trilogy, and I’m curious to see how she resolves various plot lines.

Have you added anything new to your bookshelves lately? You know I love to hear about new books, so please share!

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New on My Bookcase (vol. 3)

Nonfiction library haul vol 3I went on a bit of a binge about putting books on hold, and a number of my longer-term holds came in, so my stack on the holds shelf was ENORMOUS. Ridiculously so in fact – one entire library shelf was all my books, except for one lone CD waiting for someone else.

It’s kind of funny to me the mix of books I end up getting at times. I’m not always intentional about checking holds dates and trying to come up with a good assortment for any particular visit. This trip I’ve got a lot of young adult fiction – that was definitely not on purpose, just how it worked out!

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New On My Bookcase (Vol. 2)

library books 2Nope, you’re not imagining things. It was only last week that I posted about the new books I’d brought home from the library. I go every three weeks, because that’s how long the checkout period is. I try very hard to coordinate my holds so that things are ready for me on my library day.

Except last week I messed up and ended up having a book arrive right after I’d picked up all my holds. If I didn’t get back within a week to pick up that book, I’d have to pay a fine. Hmmm – what is worse, having to make an extra trip to the library, or pay the $2.00 fine? Once I realized I’d also been mixed up on my schedule as far as making sure I had some primo reading material waiting for me for my birthday, an extra library trip was the obvious choice. And I put a few other books on hold as well so I could hopefully guarantee myself a great read for my birthday next week.

So, what did I bring home from the library on this extra trip? Not that many, because I had just been, but I’ve got:

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