New on the Stack in May 2016

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I realize this is an utterly RIDICULOUS library haul. Completely absurd that I would borrow this many books at once. Let me explain though: I went on vacation in May! And that means extra reading time, so I needed extra books. Plus I never know what sort of books I’ll be in the mood to read, so I need lots of options.

And that’s how I end up with this many books borrowed in one month. 🙂

Let’s not talk about how next month’s is already shaping up to be just as ridiculous, thanks to some ill-timed library holds. I shared the picture of my library haul on Instagram, but since I got those in June they won’t be listed until next time. 🙂

Nonfiction

What IfWhat If? Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions by Randall Munroe

How did I get it: Bought it during an Audible sale
Why did I get it: A friend loved it.

The Drunken BotanistThe Drunken Botanist: The Plants That Create the World’s Great Drinks by Amy Stewart

How did I get it: Bought it during an Audible sale
Why did I get it: It sounded interesting.

Only in NaplesOnly in Naples: Lessons in Food and Famiglia from My Italian Mother-in-Law by Katherine Wilson

How did I get it: Borrowed it electronically from the library
Why did I get it: I love food memoirs

Napoleon's ButtonsNapoleon’s Buttons: How 17 Molecules Changed History by Penny Le Couteur and Jay Burreson

How did I get it: Borrowed it electronically from the library
Why did I get it: I thought about getting it during the Audible sale, but decided to try it from the library first.

Forks Over Knives PlanThe Forks Over Knives Plan: How to Transition to the Life-Saving, Whole-Food, Plant-Based Diet by Alona Pulde and Matthew Lederman

How did I get it: Borrowed it electronically from the library
Why did I get it: I don’t remember why it was on my list.

PresencePresence: Bringing Your Boldest Self to Your Biggest Challenges by Amy Cuddy

How did I get it: Borrowed it electronically from the library
Why did I get it: Have heard many great things about it.

The Art of Eating InThe Art of Eating In: How I Learned to Stop Spending and Love the Stove by Cathy Erway

How did I get it: Borrowed it electronically from the library
Why did I get it: Sounds like my kind of nonfiction – part food memoir, part do-something-for-so-long.

You Are Not So SmartYou Are Not So Smart: Why You Have Too Many Friends on Facebook, Why Your Memory Is Mostly Fiction, and 46 Other Ways You’re Deluding Yourselfby David McRaney

How did I get it: Borrowed it electronically from the library
Why did I get it: It’s been on my TBR list for ages

FreakonomicsFreakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner

How did I get it: Borrowed it electronically from the library
Why did I get it: It’s been on my TBR list for even longer than You Are Not So Smart

Walking the AmazonWalking the Amazon: 860 Days. One Step at a Time. by Ed Stafford

How did I get it: Borrowed it electronically from the library
Why did I get it: I read his follow-up memoir, Naked and Marooned, which referenced this one quite regularly. Plus I am fascinated by this idea of walking the Amazon – in no universe does it sound appealing to me, but I’d like to read about it.

The Real Doctor Will See You ShortlyThe Real Doctor Will See You Shortly: A Physician’s First Year by Matt McCarthy

How did I get it: Borrowed it electronically from the library
Why did I get it: I love doctor-training memoirs.

The Dog Who Wouldn't BeThe Dog Who Wouldn’t Be by Farley Mowat

How did I get it: Borrowed it from the library
Why did I get it: I enjoyed his other book, Owls in the Family, so much I wanted to try another title of his.

Better Than BeforeBetter Than Before: What I Learned About Making and Breaking Habits–to Sleep More, Quit Sugar, Procrastinate Less, and Generally Build a Happier Life by Gretchen Rubin

How did I get it: Borrowed it electronically from the library
Why did I get it: It’s my book club’s pick for July and I want to reread it before then.

Fiction

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's StoneHarry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J. K. Rowling

How did I get it: Used an Audible credit.
Why did I get it: My book club is reading all of the Harry Potter books for our book club retreat. Instead of rereading them I’m planning (hoping?) to relisten to them. Plus, the Harry Potter Readathon is happening this summer!

Harry Potter and the Chamber of SecretsHarry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J. K. Rowling

How did I get it: Used an Audible credit.
Why did I get it: Reading the series!

Among the MadAmong the Mad by Jacqueline Winspear

How did I get it: Borrowed it electronically from the library
Why did I get it: Next in the Maisie Dobbs series.

Walk on Earth a StrangerWalk on Earth a Stranger by Rae Carson

How did I get it: Borrowed it electronically from the library
Why did I get it: Jessica raved about it, so I’ll give the author another try.

Big Little LiesBig Little Lies by Liane Moriarty

How did I get it: Borrowed it electronically from the library
Why did I get it: It’s my book club’s June selection.

Saving CeeCee HoneycuttSaving CeeCee Honeycutt by Beth Hoffman

How did I get it: Borrowed it electronically from the library
Why did I get it: Upcoming book for my in-person book club.

Grace at Bender SpringsGrace at Bender Springs by Vinita Hampton Wright

How did I get it: A friend loaned it to me.
Why did I get it: I loved her book Velma Still Cooks in Leeway.

An Uncertain ChoiceAn Uncertain Choice by Jody Hedlund

How did I get it: Borrowed it electronically from the library
Why did I get it: Her books are comfort reads, and this one has such a pretty cover.

The Tattooed Potato and Other CluesThe Tattooed Potato and Other Clues by Ellen Raskin

How did I get it: Borrowed it electronically from the library
Why did I get it: The cover. I fell for it. Plus it’s by the author of The Westing Game.

PathfinderPathfinder by Orson Scott Card

How did I get it: Borrowed it electronically from the library
Why did I get it: Trying to read another book of his, after not being crazy about Enders Game.

AirbornAirborn by Kenneth Oppel

How did I get it: Borrowed it electronically from the library
Why did I get it: It sounded intriguing.

As Chimney Sweepers Come to DustAs Chimney Sweepers Come to Dust by Alan Bradley

How did I get it: Borrowed it electronically from the library
Why did I get it: It was the next in the Flavia series.


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Comments

  1. OMG! That is a lot of books. How many did you get to read on vacation? I always end up taking a few books and then hardly reading.

  2. I’m traveling and it is too hard to use my phone to comment on everyone’s blog posts but will when I get back. The What If book sounds like a great one for road trip discussion or dinner table chat. The Drunken Botanist sounds really good. I read a book about the history of certain types of alcohol that was really fascinating. Thanks for the link up.

  3. I’ve brought home some impressive stacks from the library, but I think you’ve got me beat! Of course, what’s better than having stacks of books lying around your home?

    I’ve had Walking the Amazon on my TBR for awhile. I’m looking forward to hearing what you think of it.

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