Ultimate List of Library Hacks

This week is National Library Week, and I want to help you make the most of your library.

Every library and library system is different, so the most important tip is the first one – get to know YOUR library, and see what they have to offer.

(photo credit: Sarah Ronk)

    The Basics

  1. Dig deep into your library’s website and see what’s there – not all library systems have the same resources, and specifics will vary depending on where you live. Look for website pages like “using your library” or “services” to get the details.
  2. Know your limits – for reserves, checkouts, ILL requests.
  3. Provide your email address when you sign up for your library card – most systems will use it to send email reminders about due dates.
  4. Sign up for the library newsletters – it’s one of the best ways to stay informed as to events and programs they’re offering. Author talks, movie nights, special displays, craft programs, and language lessons have all been offered at my local library recently.
  5. Got questions? Ask the librarians – they love helping. If you don’t have time to go into the library, see if they offer phone, text, or chat support as well.
  6. Requesting Titles and Putting Materials on Hold

  7. If you don’t see something you want – ask for it! Most libraries have ways for you to suggest titles for purchase. Bonus: often you’ll be placed at the front of the line to borrow items you’ve suggested if they decide to purchase them.
  8. Place items on hold so they’re available for easy pick-up. This is especially helpful if they’re popular items you’ll never see on the shelf, but it also makes things easier if you’ve got small children who make library visits more challenging.
  9. Suspend your holds if you know you won’t be able to pick them up (say, you’re going on vacation), or if you need to balance out your requests (say, if you’ve gone on a reserving binge and don’t want ALL THE BOOKS to arrive at once). You may have options of suspending holds for anywhere from 1 to 180 days, and should be able to remove the suspension at any time.
  10. Looking for a popular title? Check into alternative formats, such as electronic copies, audio books (downloadable and CD copies), or even large print.
  11. Digital Advantages

  12. Adjust your dates – you may be able to modify checkout times for electronic items from anywhere between 3 and 21 days
  13. Your reading list is bigger than your check-out limit? Create a wishlist (or two) and make it easy to remember what you want to borrow next. Depending on the system, you may be able to have separate wishlists for digital and physical books, and may even be able to have more than one wishlist saved by the library system.
  14. Look into all the digital options offered. Possibilities include Hoopla for TV, movies, documentaries, instructional videos, or music; Freegal for music or music videos, and Flipster or Zinio for magazines. That’s in addition to options for books and audiobooks!
  15. Use the Google Chrome extension to quickly search for a book at your library. While you browse Amazon, GoodReads, or other book-focused sites, it’ll tell you immediately if a book is available at your library.
  16. More Than Just Books

  17. Think beyond books – libraries may loan physical items such as tools, kitchen equipment, board games, puzzles, toys, even art.
  18. Researching something specialized? See what databases are offered, and know that additional options may be available to use from the library itself. If you’re into genealogy, it’s common that libraries offer Heritage Quest access from your home computer, but Ancestry’s database can only be used while in the library. Other databases may have similar restrictions due to licensing agreements.
  19. Libraries often offer free or discounted rates on meeting space. Sometimes they have spaces that can be used but not reserved in advance, and other times they may have rooms you can book ahead of time, depending on your needs and their policies. Be sure to read library policies to know what’s permitted in the space and what isn’t.
  20. Most public libraries offer WiFi for free, and many also have computers to use, as well as printing capabilities (for a nominal fee).
  21. Looking to learn something? See if your library offers Mango, Lynda, Gale, or Rosetta Stone. They may also have free or low-cost tutoring, as well as classes on various topics. Tech help and tinker stations are also common if you’re considering an e-reader but need some assistance.
  22. Still Need More?

  23. Take advantage of Inter Library Loan – if your library doesn’t have a particular book and you need that specific title, see if you can get it from another library via ILL. These titles are sometimes loaned with more restriction, such as a shorter loan period and no possibility of renewing the loan, so be aware of that before you request. Libraries often have limits on how many ILL requests you can place in a time period, such as one per month. There may be a small fee for them as well (usually it’s under $5, and meant to cover postage).
  24. Want to add to your own library collection? Check out the library book sales. You can get great deals on used books and support your library at the same time.
  25. Look into getting access to other libraries in your area. You may already be a member of a library consortium, or you may be able to purchase membership to a larger library (and it may be worth it to you if they have significantly better offerings). You may also have access to local college or university libraries and their more specialized collections.

New on the Stack in November 2015

Welcome to New on the Stack, where you can share the latest books you’ve added to your reading pile. I’d love for you to join us and add a link to your own post or instagram picture sharing your books! It’s a fun way to see what others will soon be reading, and get even more ideas of books to add to my “I want to read that!” list.New on the Stack button

After last month‘s RIDICULOUS book haul, I was pretty proud of myself for my restraint in November. Nine books, and five of them are YA. One is just a reference to flip through a bit, and the other is a Bible Study. If it weren’t for that gigantic novel I’d be feeling pretty confident about my ability to get through them all in December. 😉

Nonfiction

The Mother of All BooklistsThe Mother of All Booklists: The 500 Most Recommended Nonfiction Reads for Ages 3 to 103The Mother of All Booklists: The 500 Most Recommended Nonfiction Reads for Ages 3 to 103 by William Patrick Martin by William Patrick Martin
How did I get it: Borrowed it from the library.
Why did I get it: I am a sucker for book lists.

Love Comes NearLove Comes Near: An Advent Bible StudyLove Comes Near: An Advent Bible Study by Jenni Keller by Jenni Keller
How did I get it: Bought it.
Why did I get it: I was looking for an Advent study, and the timing of this one was right (as in, the timing of when I heard about it). Plus the author is an acquaintance of mine & we have mutual friends.

Fiction

The Count of Monte CristoThe Count of Monte CristoThe Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas by Alexandre Dumas
How did I get it: Bought it from Audible (this version).
Why did I get it: It’s January’s book for my book club – of course I need to get it and get reading! I originally borrowed it from the library but it is so. long. I knew I’d never get through it before it had to go back. I don’t want to count on being able to renew it, so the inexpensive Audible version it is!

WinterWinterWinter (The Lunar Chronicles) by Marissa Meyer by Marissa Meyer
How did I get it: Borrowed it electronically from the library.
Why did I get it: It’s the final book in the Lunar Chronicles series!

A Curious BeginningA Curious Beginning: A Veronica Speedwell Mystery by Deanna Raybourn
How did I get it: Borrowed it electronically from the library.
Why did I get it: It sounded interesting.

January Conspiracy 365Conspiracy 365 by Gabrielle Lord
How did I get it: Borrowed it from the library.
Why did I get it: It’s an Usborne title and I want to read it so I can recommend it (or not).

ArrivalArrival (Phoenix Files Book 1) by Chris Morphew
How did I get it: Borrowed it from the library.
Why did I get it: It’s an Usborne title and I want to read it so I can recommend it (or not).

Enna BurningEnna BurningEnna Burning (Books of Bayern) by Shannon Hale by Shannon Hale
How did I get it: Borrowed it from the library.
Why did I get it: It’s the sequel to Goose Girl, which I enjoyed enough to want to read more.

The Bloomswell DiariesThe Bloomswell Diaries by Louis L Buitendag
How did I get it: Purchased it.
Why did I get it: It was a customer special and I couldn’t resist the price. And it sounded like my sort of book.


“New on the Stack” Link-up Guidelines:

1. Share your posts or instagram pictures about the new-to-you books you added to your reading stack last month. They can be purchases, library books, ebooks, whatever it is you’ll be reading! Entries completely unrelated to this theme or linked to your homepage may be deleted.

2. Link back to this post – you can use the button below if you’d like, or just use a text link.

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3. The linkup will be open until the end of the month.

4. Please visit the person’s blog or Instagram who linked up directly before you and leave them a comment.

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Previously on The Deliberate Reader

One year ago: General Winston’s Daughter by Sharon Shinn
Two years ago: Book Review: Bringing Up Bébé by Pamela Druckerman
Three years ago: Announcing the 2013 Reading Challenge

New on the Stack in September 2015

Welcome to New on the Stack, where you can share the latest books you’ve added to your reading pile. I’d love for you to join us and add a link to your own post or instagram picture sharing your books! It’s a fun way to see what others will soon be reading, and get even more ideas of books to add to my “I want to read that!” list.New on the Stack button

Nonfiction

The Knowledge of the HolyThe Knowledge of the Holy: The Attributes of God: Their Meaning in the Christian LifeThe Knowledge of the Holy: The Attributes of God: Their Meaning in the Christian Life by A. W. Tozer by A. W. Tozer
How did I get it: Purchased it
Why did I get it: Using it for the Bible Study I’m attending this fall.

Knowing GodKnowing GodKnowing God by J. I. Packer by J. I. Packer
How did I get it: Purchased it
Why did I get it: Using it for the Bible Study I’m attending this fall.

Energy BusThe Energy Bus: 10 Rules to Fuel Your Life, Work, and Team with Positive EnergyThe Energy Bus: 10 Rules to Fuel Your Life, Work, and Team with Positive Energy by Jon Gordon by Jon Gordon
How did I get it: Borrowed it from the library.
Why did I get it: I was in a book group that read it in September.

The 10-Minute Energy SolutionThe 10-Minute Energy SolutionThe 10-Minute Energy Solution by Jon Gordon by Jon Gordon
How did I get it: Borrowed it from the library.
Why did I get it: It was referenced in The Energy Bus.

Village of SecretsVillage of Secrets: Defying the Nazis in Vichy FranceVillage of Secrets: Defying the Nazis in Vichy France (The Resistance Trilogy) by Caroline Moorehead by Caroline Moorehead
How did I get it: Borrowed it electronically from the library.
Why did I get it: Tuija mentioned it and it sounded appealing.

Fiction

Where the Mountain Meets the MoonWhere the Mountain Meets the MoonWhere the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin by Grace Lin
How did I get it: Borrowed it electronically from the library.
Why did I get it: Pre-reading it for possible inclusion in an upcoming project.

“New on the Stack” Link-up Guidelines:

1. Share your posts or instagram pictures about the new-to-you books you added to your reading stack last month. They can be purchases, library books, ebooks, whatever it is you’ll be reading! Entries completely unrelated to this theme or linked to your homepage may be deleted.

2. Link back to this post – you can use the button below if you’d like, or just use a text link.

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3. The linkup will be open until the end of the month.

4. Please visit the person’s blog or Instagram who linked up directly before you and leave them a comment.

5. By linking up, you’re granting me permission to use and/or repost photographs from your linked post or Instagram. (Because on social media or in next month’s post, I hope to feature some of the books that catch my attention from this month.)

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Previously on The Deliberate Reader

Two years ago: Reading Challenge Progress: October

New on the Stack in May 2015

Welcome to New on the Stack, where you can share the latest books you’ve added to your reading pile. I’d love for you to join us and add a link to your own post or instagram picture sharing your books! It’s a fun way to see what others will soon be reading, and get even more ideas of books to add to my “I want to read that!” list.New on the Stack button

I’d feel kind of bad about just how many books I added to my reading stack this month, except last month I actually did a pretty good job of getting through my new ones. We’ll see if that trend continues in June.

Nonfiction

The Story of ScienceThe Story of Science: From the Writings of Aristotle to the Big Bang TheoryThe Story of Science: From the Writings of Aristotle to the Big Bang Theory by Susan Wise Bauer by Susan Wise Bauer
How did I get it: I bought it
Why did I get it: It’s a Susan Wise Bauer book, and it was on my “Looking Forward to Reading in 2015” list.

Shakespeare Basics for Grown-UpsShakespeare Basics for Grown-Ups: Everything You Need to Know About the BardShakespeare Basics for Grown-Ups: Everything You Need to Know About the Bard by E. Foley & B. Coates by E. Foley & B. Coates
How did I get it: Received a review copy from the publisher
Why did I get it: It sounds like one I’ll enjoy, and like a good fit to share about here.

Art Before BreakfastArt Before Breakfast: A Zillion Ways to be More Creative No Matter How Busy You AreArt Before Breakfast: A Zillion Ways to be More Creative No Matter How Busy You Are by Danny Gregory by Danny Gregory.
How did I get it: Borrowed it electronically from the library.
Why did I get it: Tuija included it in her post and it sounded intriguing.

SeabiscuitSeabiscuit: An American LegendSeabiscuit: An American Legend by Laura Hillenbrand by Laura Hillenbrand
How did I get it: Borrowed it electronically from the library.
Why did I get it: It’s June’s book club pick – I need to get cracking if I’m going to get it read before the meeting!

Make It HappenMake it Happen: Surrender Your Fear. Take the Leap. Live On Purpose.Make it Happen: Surrender Your Fear. Take the Leap. Live On Purpose. by Lara Casey by Lara Casey
How did I get it: Borrowed it from the library
Why did I get it: Heard good things about it.

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying UpThe Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and OrganizingThe Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing by Marie Kondo by Marie Kondo
How did I get it: Borrowed it from the library
Why did I get it: Hearing about it from what seems like everyone.

Fiction

The Truth According to UsThe Truth According to Us: A Novelhe Truth According to Us: A Novel by Annie Barrows by Annie Barrows
How did I get it: Received a review copy from NetGalley
Why did I get it: It’s a book by Annie Barrows.

The Big FourThe Big FourThe Big Four: A Hercule Poirot Mystery (Hercule Poirot Mysteries) by Agatha Christie by Agatha Christie
How did I get it: Borrowed it electronically from the library.
Why did I get it: It’s the next one in the Hercule Poirot series.

First LightFirst LightFirst Light by Rebecca Stead by Rebecca Stead
How did I get it: Borrowed it electronically from the library.
Why did I get it: I’ve read all of her other books.

Listen SlowlyListen, SlowlyListen, Slowly by Thanhha Lai by Thanhha Lai
How did I get it: Borrowed it electronically from the library.
Why did I get it: Her earlier book Inside Out and Back Again was fantastic.

A Snicker of MagicA Snicker of MagicA Snicker of Magic by Natalie Lloyd by Natalie Lloyd
How did I get it: Borrowed it electronically from the library.
Why did I get it: Great cover, and it popped up as a “you looked at this, you might like that” recommendation.

The Great TroubleThe Great Trouble: A Mystery of London, the Blue Death, and a Boy Called EelThe Great Trouble: A Mystery of London, the Blue Death, and a Boy Called Eel by Deborah Hopkinson by Deborah Hopkinson
How did I get it: Borrowed it electronically from the library.
Why did I get it: Interesting story line, especially the connection to Ghost Map which I recently finished.

No Quest for the WickedNo Quest for the WickedNo Quest for the Wicked by Shanna Swendson and Kiss and SpellKiss and Spell (Enchanted, Inc.) (Volume 7) by Shanna Swendson by Shanna Swendson
How did I get it: Borrowed it electronically from the library.
Why did I get it: Finishing off the series, unless I decide not to bother.


“New on the Stack” Link-up Guidelines:

1. Share your posts or instagram pictures about the new-to-you books you added to your reading stack last month. They can be purchases, library books, ebooks, whatever it is you’ll be reading! Entries completely unrelated to this theme or linked to your homepage may be deleted.

2. Link back to this post – you can use the button below if you’d like, or just use a text link.

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3. The linkup will be open until the end of the month.

4. Please visit the person’s blog or Instagram who linked up directly before you and leave them a comment.

5. By linking up, you’re granting me permission to use and/or repost photographs from your linked post or Instagram. (Because on social media or in next month’s post, I hope to feature some of the books that catch my attention from this month.)

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New on the Stack in April, 2015

Welcome to New on the Stack, where you can share the latest books you’ve added to your reading pile. I’d love for you to join us and add a link to your own post or instagram picture sharing your books! It’s a fun way to see what others will soon be reading, and get even more ideas of books to add to my “I want to read that!” list.New on the Stack button

Once again I’ve added a ridiculous number of books to my reading stack, especially considering my current reading pace. Lots of library holds came in (including three ebooks on the same day!) which doesn’t help my situation. Regular library books I can put on hold, and then suspend the hold (so I stay in the queue, but don’t get the book until I cancel the suspension. It’s fantastic, but it isn’t available for ebooks.)

Nonfiction

The Lady and the Panda by Vicki Constantine CrokeThe Lady and the Panda: The True Adventures of the First American Explorer to Bring Back China’s Most Exotic AnimalThe Lady and the Panda: The True Adventures of the First American Explorer to Bring Back China's Most Exotic Animal by Vicki Constantine Croke by Vicki Constantine Croke
How did I get it: Borrowed it electronically from the library.
Why did I get it: It’s been on my TBR list for.ev.er. I’m not doing that well lately at reading nonfiction, but this one seemed doable for me.

Lives of the MusiciansLives of the Musicians: Good Times, Bad Times (and What the Neighbors Thought)Lives of the Musicians: Good Times, Bad Times (and What the Neighbors Thought) by Kathleen Krull by Kathleen Krull
How did I get it: Purchased it.
Why did I get it: It’s a reference text for the music appreciation program I’m doing with the kids.

Women of the WordWomen of the Word: How to Study the Bible with Both Our Hearts and Our MindsWomen of the Word: How to Study the Bible with Both Our Hearts and Our Minds by Jen Wilkin by Jen Wilkin
How did I get it: Borrowed it electronically from the library.
Why did I get it: I heard great things about it from somewhere. Where that was I now have no idea.

Rock Your Network Marketing BusinessRock Your Network Marketing BusinessRock Your Network Marketing Business by Sarah Robbins by Sarah Robbins
How did I get it: My Young Living upline sent it to me. Because she’s awesome like that.

Revolution in World MissionsRevolution in World Missions: One Man’s Journey to Change a GenerationRevolution in World Missions: One Man's Journey to Change a Generation by K. P. Yohannan by K. P. Yohannan
How did I get it: Gospel for Asia sent it to me
Why did I get it: I kept seeing the ads for it and finally requested it.

Elephant CompanyElephant Company: The Inspiring Story of an Unlikely Hero and the Animals Who Helped Him Save Lives in World War IIElephant Company: The Inspiring Story of an Unlikely Hero and the Animals Who Helped Him Save Lives in World War II by Vicki Constantine Croke by Vicki Constantine Croke
How did I get it: Borrowed it electronically from the library
Why did I get it: It sounded interesting.

Life from ScratchLife From Scratch: A Memoir of Food, Family, and ForgivenessLife From Scratch: A Memoir of Food, Family, and Forgiveness by Sasha Martin by Sasha Martin
How did I get it: Borrowed it electronically from the library
Why did I get it: I love food memoirs.

Paddle Your Own CanoePaddle Your Own Canoe: One Man’s Fundamentals for Delicious LivingPaddle Your Own Canoe: One Man's Fundamentals for Delicious Living by Nick Offerman by Nick Offerman
How did I get it: Borrowed it electronically from the library
Why did I get it: I don’t remember why it made it on my list.

Better Than BeforeBetter Than Before: Mastering the Habits of Our Everyday LivesBetter Than Before: Mastering the Habits of Our Everyday Lives by Gretchen Rubin by Gretchen Rubin
How did I get it: Borrowed it electronically from the library
Why did I get it: Because if I’d remembered that it was being released this year, it’d have been on my list of titles I was looking forward to reading.

The Fringe HoursThe Fringe Hours: Making Time for YouThe Fringe Hours: Making Time for You by Jessica N. Turner by Jessica N. Turner
How did I get it: Borrowed it electronically from the library
Why did I get it: I’ve heard great things about it.

The Best YesThe Best Yes: Making Wise Decisions in the Midst of Endless DemandsThe Best Yes: Making Wise Decisions in the Midst of Endless Demands by Lysa TerKeurst by Lysa TerKeurst
How did I get it: Borrowed it electronically from the library
Why did I get it: I’ve heard great things about it.

Fiction

Earth GirlEarth GirlEarth Girl by Janet Edwards by Janet Edwards
How did I get it: Borrowed it electronically from the library.
Why did I get it: It sounded enjoyable.

PrintSoulless (The Parasol Protectorate)Soulless (The Parasol Protectorate) by Gail Carriger by Gail Carriger
How did I get it: Borrowed it electronically from the library.
Why did I get it: I love Carriger’s spin-off series, time to read the original.

Winter SiegeThe Siege Winter: A NovelThe Siege Winter: A Novel by Ariana Franklin by Ariana Franklin
(a.k.a. Winter Siege – I think the one title is the American version and one title the British. I like the Winter Siege cover more, so that’s the one I’m showing, but the library copy is titled The Siege Winter.)
How did I get it: Borrowed it from the library
Why did I get it: Someone wrote about it – Jessica maybe? And it sounded like a book I’d like.

The Witch Hunter’s TaleThe Witch Hunter’s Tale: A Midwife MysteryThe Witch Hunter's Tale: A Midwife Mystery (The Midwife's Tale) by Sam Thomas by Sam Thomas
How did I get it: Borrowed it from the library
Why did I get it: It’s on my list of books I’m looking forward to reading this year.

Sunday the Rabbi Stayed HomeSunday the Rabbi Stayed HomeSunday the Rabbi Stayed Home (Rabbi Small series #3) by Harry Kemelman by Harry Kemelman
How did I get it: Borrowed it from the library
Why did I get it: I liked the previous two in the series.

The Other DaughterThe Other Daughter: A NovelThe Other Daughter by Lauren Willig by Lauren Willig
How did I get it: Received a review copy from NetGalley.
Why did I get it: I fell for the cover.

The Book of SpeculationThe Book of SpeculationThe Book of Speculation: A Novel by Erika Swyler by Erika Swyler
How did I get it: Received a review copy from NetGalley.
Why did I get it: Because it looked so intriguing when Alisa shared about it.

Brown Girl DreamingBrown Girl DreamingBrown Girl Dreaming (Newbery Honor Book) by Jacqueline Woodson by Jacqueline Woodson
How did I get it: Borrowed it electronically from the library
Why did I get it: It’s gotten tremendously great reviews.

Shadow ScaleShadow ScaleShadow Scale (Seraphina) by Rachel Hartman by Rachel Hartman
How did I get it: Borrowed it electronically from the library
Why did I get it: I read the first one, and want to find out what happens next.

Murder at the BrightwellMurder at the Brightwell: A MysteryMurder at the Brightwell: A Mystery by Ashley Weaver by Ashley Weaver
How did I get it: Borrowed it electronically from the library
Why did I get it: That cover! The setting! It called to me. 😉

The Well of Lost PlotsThe Well of Lost PlotsThe Well of Lost Plots (Thursday Next Series #3) by Jasper Fforde by Jasper Fforde
How did I get it: Borrowed it electronically from the library
Why did I get it: To continue the series.


“New on the Stack” Link-up Guidelines:

1. Share your posts or instagram pictures about the new-to-you books you added to your reading stack last month. They can be purchases, library books, ebooks, whatever it is you’ll be reading! Entries completely unrelated to this theme or linked to your homepage may be deleted.

2. Link back to this post – you can use the button below if you’d like, or just use a text link.

The Deliberate Reader

3. The linkup will be open until the end of the month.

4. Please visit the person’s blog or Instagram who linked up directly before you and leave them a comment.

5. By linking up, you’re granting me permission to use and/or repost photographs from your linked post or Instagram. (Because on social media or in next month’s post, I hope to feature some of the books that catch my attention from this month.)

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New On Your Stack (Volume 3)

It’s not too late to add your new books to this month’s link up (it closes on the 30th), or join us for next month’s link up next week!


All the Light We Cannot SeeTuija from Read Go Adventure had two books on her stack that I recently added as well – Shakespeare Saved My Life: Ten Years in Solitary with the BardShakespeare Saved My Life: Ten Years in Solitary with the Bard by Laura Bates (which I just finished), and All the Light We Cannot See: A NovelAll the Light We Cannot See: A Novel by Anthony Doerr. Doerr’s book just won the Pulitzer prize, that’s all the more reason for me to bump it to the top of my Read This Now list. (Which totally exists, if only in my head.)


A Sparrow in TerezinErika at Pray Species might win for the “most intriguing cover” in the linkup – A Sparrow in TerezinA Sparrow in Terezin (A Hidden Masterpiece Novel) by Kristy Cambron is beautiful, and made me very curious to read the description. So far I haven’t tried any by Cambron, but I may not be able to resist any longer. Erika also has a parenting book on her list I’ve been meaning to read for ages. Someday?


A Dangerous PlaceJessica from Quirky Bookworm has three books that caught my eye, and two of them were entirely new to me. The latest Maisie Dobbs A Dangerous PlaceA Dangerous Place: A Maisie Dobbs Novel by Jacqueline Winspear is out (I am so behind on that series), but then there’s another mystery by Anne Emery, and an interesting nonfiction book by Kate Summersale that will probably get ignored in favor of higher priorty books. That makes me kind of sad, as it’s the kind of nonfiction I would have been devouring pre-children.


Whose Baby Am IStacie from Stacie Makes Cents added lots of books to her stack last month, and she added one to my list to get for my baby’s first birthday. Whose Baby Am I?Whose Baby Am I? by John Butler looks like a fun board book, and we can use a few that haven’t been so well-loved as all of ours have been!


The Book of SpeculationAlisa from Papercutts lets Erika know she won’t win that cover challenge quite so easily. Check out The Book of SpeculationThe Book of Speculation: A Novel by Erika Swyler – what a great cover! And my library doesn’t have it (not surprising, it doesn’t release until June) but NetGalley has it. So I went over to NetGalley and requested it. And another title I discovered while on there. Thanks so much Alisa, for making me forget my self-imposed NetGalley moratorium.


Want to join in? The next New on the Stack linkup will actually post next Monday, the 4th. (Not the 3rd, like every other month when the 3rd isn’t on a Sunday. Just FYI: Linkup on the 3rd, unless the 3rd is a Sunday in which case it shifts to the 4th. Because I’m trying to make sure I take one day away from the blog world entirely. And I feel like that is the most convoluted explanation ever, so hopefully it makes sense.)

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New on the Stack in February 2015

Welcome to New on the Stack, where you can share the latest books you’ve added to your reading pile. I’d love for you to join us and add a link to your own post or instagram picture sharing your books! It’s a fun way to see what others will soon be reading, and get even more ideas of books to add to my “I want to read that!” list.New on the Stack February 2015

Nonfiction

One PotOne Pot: 120+ Easy Meals from Your Skillet, Slow Cooker, Stockpot, and MoreOne Pot: 120+ Easy Meals from Your Skillet, Slow Cooker, Stockpot, and More

How did I get it: Borrowed it from the library.
Why did I get it: This is a perfect time of year for one pot dishes.

Five in a Row Volume 1Five in a Row: Volume 1Five in a Row: Volume 1 by Jane Claire Lambert by Jane Claire Lambert

How did I get it: Borrowed it from the library.
Why did I get it: Looking for more ideas for my kids.

As You WishAs You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of The Princess BrideAs You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of The Princess Bride by Cary Elwes by Cary Elwes

How did I get it: Borrowed it electronically from the library.
Why did I get it: It was on my list of books I’m looking forward to reading in 2015.

Every Bitter Thing Is SweetEvery Bitter Thing Is Sweet: Tasting the Goodness of God in All ThingsEvery Bitter Thing Is Sweet: Tasting the Goodness of God in All Things by Sara Hagerty by Sara Hagerty

How did I get it: Borrowed it electronically from the library.
Why did I get it: Heard some good things about it, and my library had it ready to borrow immediately.

Belles on Their ToesBelles on Their ToesBelles on Their Toes by Frank B. Gilbreth Jr and Ernestine Gilbreth Carey by Frank B. Gilbreth Jr and Ernestine Gilbreth Carey

How did I get it: Borrowed it electronically from the library.
Why did I get it: Recently posted a review of the prequel to this, Cheaper By the Dozen, and was reminded that I wanted to read the follow up.

Fluent ForeverFluent Forever: How to Learn Any Language Fast and Never Forget ItFluent Forever: How to Learn Any Language Fast and Never Forget It by Gabriel Wyner by Gabriel Wyner

How did I get it: Borrowed it electronically from the library.
Why did I get it: I love languages, and learning about languages, and I’d love to actually learn to speak another language fluently. And, Catherine recommends it.

The Antelope in the Living RoomThe Antelope in the Living Room: The Real Story of Two People Sharing One LifeThe Antelope in the Living Room: The Real Story of Two People Sharing One Life by Melanie Shankle by Melanie Shankle

How did I get it: Amazon freebie, perhaps because she’s got book #3 (Nobody’s Cuter than YouNobody's Cuter than You: A Memoir about the Beauty of Friendship by Melanie Shankle) releasing this Spring?
Why did I get it: I’ve heard good things about her first book, Sparkly Green EarringsSparkly Green Earrings: Catching the Light at Every Turn by Melanie Shankle.

Fiction

All the Light We Cannot SeeAll the Light We Cannot See: A NovelAll the Light We Cannot See: A Novel by Anthony Doerr by Anthony Doerr

How did I get it: Borrowed it electronically from the library.
Why did I get it: I’m hearing great things about it.

I Am Half-Sick of ShadowsI Am Half-Sick of ShadowsI Am Half-Sick of Shadows (Flavia de Luce Mystery, Book 4) by Alan Bradley by Alan Bradley

How did I get it: Borrowed it electronically from the library.
Why did I get it: I love the series, and I tried to get through the audio book last month without success. I do better with text right now.

Turtle in ParadiseTurtle in ParadiseTurtle in Paradise by Jennifer L. Holm by Jennifer L. Holm

How did I get it: Borrowed it electronically from the library.
Why did I get it: I love the author..

The Green EmberThe Green EmberThe Green Ember by S. D. Smith, illustrated by Zach Franzen by S. D. Smith, illustrated by Zach Franzen

How did I get it: Amazon freebie.
Why did I get it: Johanna recommended it. Or suggested it at least – I can’t remember now if she’d said she’d read it or just was going to.


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New on the Stack in January 2015

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Nonfiction

Cold TangerinesCold Tangerines: Celebrating the Extraordinary Nature of Everyday LifeCold Tangerines: Celebrating the Extraordinary Nature of Everyday Life by Shauna Niequist by Shauna Niequist
How did I get it: Borrowed it from the library.
Why did I get it: I love her other books.

Smoke Gets in Your EyesSmoke Gets in Your Eyes: And Other Lessons from the CrematorySmoke Gets in Your Eyes: And Other Lessons from the Crematory by Caitlin Doughty by Caitlin Doughty
How did I get it: Borrowed it from the library.
Why did I get it: It’s been lingering on my TBR list, so time to give it a try.

No-Drama DisciplineNo-Drama Discipline: The Whole-Brain Way to Calm the Chaos and Nurture Your Child’s Developing MindNo-Drama Discipline: The Whole-Brain Way to Calm the Chaos and Nurture Your Child's Developing Mind by Daniel J. Siegel and Tina Payne Bryson by Daniel J. Siegel and Tina Payne Bryson
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.

100 Days of Real Food100 Days of Real Food: How We Did It, What We Learned, and 100 Easy, Wholesome Recipes Your Family Will Love100 Days of Real Food: How We Did It, What We Learned, and 100 Easy, Wholesome Recipes Your Family Will Love by Lisa Leake by Lisa Leake
How did I get it: Borrowed it from the library.
Why did I get it: It’s been on a lot of lists of recommended titles, so I wanted to take a peek.

The Wonder of His NameThe Wonder of His Name: 32 Life-Changing Names of JesusThe Wonder of His Name: 32 Life-Changing Names of Jesus by Nancy Leigh DeMoss, artwork by Timothy Botts by Nancy Leigh DeMoss, artwork by Timothy Botts
How did I get it: It was a gift.

Fiction

Friday the Rabbi Slept LateFriday the Rabbi Slept LateFriday the Rabbi Slept Late by Harry Kemelman by Harry Kemelman
How did I get it: Borrowed it from the library.
Why did I get it: It’s one of book club’s picks for the year. I’m trying to not wait to the last minute to read the books this year.

The Flames of RomeFlames of Rome: A NovelFlames of Rome: A Novel by Paul L. Maier by Paul L. Maier
How did I get it: Borrowed it from the library.
Why did I get it: Elizabeth recommended it to me.

Palace of DarknessPalace of Darkness: A Novel of PetraPalace of Darkness: A Novel of Petra by Tracy L. Higley by Tracy L. Higley
How did I get it: Borrowed it from the library.
Why did I get it: I don’t remember why it was on my TBR.

SeraphinaSeraphinaSeraphina by Rachel Hartman by Rachel Hartman
How did I get it: Borrowed it electronically from the library.
Why did I get it: Saw an ad for it on my own blog (!) and loved the cover. The description sounds like one I’ll like so it quickly went to the top of my TBR list.

On the Edge of the Dark Sea of DarknessOn the Edge of the Dark Sea of DarknessOn the Edge of the Dark Sea of Darkness (The Wingfeather Saga) by Andrew Paterson by Andrew Paterson
How did I get it: Borrowed it electronically from the library.
Why did I get it: Jessica recommends it, and our reading tastes match up enough that that’s reason to try it.

Book of a Thousand DaysBook of a Thousand DaysBook of a Thousand Days by Shannon Hale by Shannon Hale
How did I get it: Borrowed it electronically from the library.
Why did I get it: I love fairy tale retellings, and I liked Hale’s Princess Academy quite a bit.


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New on My Bookcase (vol. 27)

library haul 27If I’d been thinking I’d have listed the new Christmas books I acquired as well, but I’ve already packed them up for next year. So this list is not as complete as it should be, and I felt like honesty compelled me to admit that. 🙂

Nonfiction

CookWise: The Hows & Whys of Successful Cooking, The Secrets of Cooking RevealedCookWise: The Hows & Whys of Successful Cooking, The Secrets of Cooking Revealed by Shirley O. Corriher by Shirley O. Corriher
How did I get it: Purchased used
Why did I get it: It’s been on my wishlist forever, and I found it used for a great price. Yay!

Chronological Life Application Study Bible NLTChronological Life Application Study Bible NLT
How did I get it: Purchased from Amazon
Why did I get it: It was on my wishlist, and I took advantage of one of those 25 or 30% off specials Amazon ran before Christmas

All Through the Ages: History through Literature GuideAll Through the Ages: History through Literature Guide by Christine Miller by Christine Miller
How did I get it: Purchased from Rainbow Resource Center
Why did I get it: I love book lists.

Quiet Times for CouplesQuiet Times for Couples by H. Norman Wright by H. Horman Wright
How did I get it: Gift from the leader of my Bible Study

Everything I Need To Know I Learned From a Little Golden BookEverything I Need To Know I Learned From a Little Golden Book by Diane Muldrow by Diane Muldrow
How did I get it: Gift from my book club leader and friend Sarah.

Dr. Wright’s Kitchen Table Math: Book 1Dr. Wright's Kitchen Table Math: Book 1 by Chris Wright by Chris Wright
How did I get it: Purchased from Amazon
Why did I get it: It was recommended, and I took advantage of one of those 25 or 30% off specials Amazon ran before Christmas.

Make It Ahead: A Barefoot Contessa CookbookMake It Ahead: A Barefoot Contessa Cookbook by Ina Garten by Ina Garten
How did I get it: Borrowed it from the library
Why did I get it: I like her cookbooks, and I love the concept.

The Best Homemade Kids’ Lunches on the Planet: Make Lunches Your Kids Will Love with More Than 200 Deliciously Nutritious Meal IdeasThe Best Homemade Kids' Lunches on the Planet: Make Lunches Your Kids Will Love with More Than 200 Deliciously Nutritious Meal Ideas by Laura Fuentes
How did I get it: Borrowed it from the library
Why did I get it: Hoping to get out of our lunch rut.

Don’t Look Behind You!: A Safari Guide’s Encounters With Ravenous Lions, Stampeding Elephants, And Lovesick RhinosDon't Look Behind You!: A Safari Guide's Encounters With Ravenous Lions, Stampeding Elephants, And Lovesick Rhinos by Peter Allison by Peter Allison
How did I get it: Borrowed it from the library
Why did I get it: I liked his first memoir, Whatever You Do, Don’t Run: True Tales Of A Botswana Safari GuideWhatever You Do, Don't Run: True Tales Of A Botswana Safari Guide by Peter Allison.

Raising God-First Kids in a Me-First WorldRaising God-First Kids in a Me-First World by Barbara Curtis by Barbara Curtis
How did I get it: Borrowed it from the library
Why did I get it: I’ve been meaning to read it since hearing about it before it was even published. And then I forgot about it until recently.

Fiction

Flames of Rome: A NovelFlames of Rome: A Novel by Paul L. Maier by Paul L. Maier
How did I get it: Borrowed it from the library
Why did I get it: My friend Elizabeth recommended it.

I Am Half-Sick of ShadowsI Am Half-Sick of Shadows (Flavia de Luce Mystery, Book 4) by Alan Bradley by Alan Bradley
How did I get it: Borrowed audio book from the library
Why did I get it: I love the series

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New on My Bookcase (vol. 26)

November 2014 new booksHere’s what I added to my bookcase in November:

Nonfiction

Tasting the Seasons: Inspired, In-Season Cuisine Thats Easy, Healthy, Fresh and FunTasting the Seasons: Inspired, In-Season Cuisine Thats Easy, Healthy, Fresh and Fun by Kerry Dunnington by Kerry Dunnington
How did I get it: Sent to me by the author for review
Why did I get it: I love cookbooks. 🙂

Honey for a Child’s HeartHoney for a Child's Heart by Gladys Hunt by Gladys Hunt
How did I get it: Amazon purchase
Why did I get it: It’s going to be a Christmas present.

Honey for a Teen’s HeartHoney for a Teen's Heart by Gladys Hunt and Barbara Hampton by Gladys Hunt and Barbara Hampton
How did I get it: Amazon purchase
Why did I get it: It’s going to be a Christmas present.

Slow Cooker Revolution Volume 2Slow Cooker Revolution Volume 2
How did I get it: Borrowed from the library.
Why did I get it: It’s a slow cooker time of year.

Real Learning: Education in the Heart of the HomeReal Learning: Education in the Heart of the Home by Elizabeth Foss by Elizabeth Foss
How did I get it: Borrowed from the library.
Why did I get it: Catherine recommended it.

Elephant Company: The Inspiring Story of an Unlikely Hero and the Animals Who Helped Him Save Lives in World War IIElephant Company: The Inspiring Story of an Unlikely Hero and the Animals Who Helped Him Save Lives in World War II by Vicki Constantine Croke by Vicki Croke
How did I get it: Borrowed electronically from the library.
Why did I get it: It sounds fascinating.

Fiction

The Castle Behind ThornsThe Castle Behind Thorns by Merrie Haskell by Merrie Haskell
How did I get it: Borrowed from the library.
Why did I get it: It’s been on my TBR list.

The Fourteenth GoldfishThe Fourteenth Goldfish by Jennifer L. Holm by Jennifer Holm
How did I get it: Borrowed from the library.
Why did I get it: I love Holm’s books.

PossessionPossession by A. S. Byatt by A. S. Byatt
How did I get it: Borrowed electronically from the library.
Why did I get it: It was considered as a book club pick for next year, and it’s highly recommended.

A Red Herring Without Mustard: A Flavia de Luce NovelA Red Herring Without Mustard: A Flavia de Luce Novel by Alan Bradley by Alan Bradley, narrated by Jayne Entwhistle
How did I get it: Borrowed audio version electronically from the library.
Why did I get it: I love Flavia, and I love this narrator.

Waistcoats & WeaponryWaistcoats & Weaponry (Finishing School #3) by Gail Carriger by Gail Carriger
How did I get it: Borrowed electronically from the library.
Why did I get it: I love this series.

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