October at the Library


Can I start by telling you how happy I was when the kids asked at the beginning of the month if we could go to the library and stay there for a while to read? My answer was a big, fat YES. All three sat quietly in the reading corner while I browsed the shelves. That was first for us, as Kid #3 usually runs around trying to climb up the bookshelves. As a reward for being good library patrons, each kid was allowed to check out as many books as s/he wanted, so we came home with loads of them.

The winners:

  • Sophie’s Squash, Pat Zietlow Miller (Thankfully, I roasted a whole bunch of butternut squash BEFORE reading this book about Sophie adopting a squash named Bernice.)
  • Yertle the Turtle and Other Stories, Dr. Seuss (Our Myrtle the Turtle has become great friends with Dr. Seuss’ Yertle the Turtle!)

I only read one grown-up library book:

Currently checked out:

  • The Secret River, Kate Grenville
  • On the Beach, Nevil Shute
  • Ronja, the Robber’s Daughter, Astrid Lindgren
  • Let the Right One In, John Ajvide Lindqvist

New on the Wishlist:

  • Gateway to Freedom: The Hidden History of the Underground Railroad, Eric Foner
  • A Few Good Women: America’s Military Women from World War II to the war in Iraq, Evelyn Monahan
  • Bastard Out of Carolina, Dorothy Allison
  • Sorry, Zoran Drvenkar
  • The Ministry of Pain, Dubravka Ugresic


  1. One grown-up library book is about all I ever make it through and I don’t even have kids! I think it’s awesome that your kids seem to share your love of reading 🙂

  2. I can’t wait until the library can become a fun family thing. I’ve recently started taking my son to their weekly Baby Rhyme Time, but we’re still a few years away from going there for him to browse and read on his own.

  3. Neville Shute’s books are a great read. ‘On the Beach’, ‘A Town Like Alice’, but ‘No Highway’ is my favourite..
    I bought ‘Let the Right One in’ after watching the Swedish film. I don’t usually go for vampires etc but this one is exceptional. And, oh, the book is so much better than the movie.

  4. Oh my gosh – I would LOVE it if my kids asked me to take them to the library to sit and read! Right now they ask to go to play on the train table and with the ipads…ha! Well, I guess they are only 2 and 4.
    And, Bastard Out of Carolina is on my TBR as well…

    • The library computers with all the games certainly hold appeal for my kids as well, but they were not allowed to play with them during this particular visit.
      Bastard Out of Carolina seems to be Southern Grit Lit, so I’d think it’s something you might enjoy.

  5. Ooh, I hope you enjoy Sorry! It’s dark but really original – I loved it. And his next book (at least the next that’s been translated), You, is sure to appear in my ‘Best of 2015’ roundup.

  6. I love that your kids are loving the library! You’re obviously raising them right!

    I haven’t read Let The Right Ones In (because I am a wimp) but my husband has and he was thoroughly creeped out by it!

    Happy reading!

      • It doesn’t pull any punches but I wouldn’t call it creepy. The rather unusual take on school bullying – a major theme – is handled with sympathy. In some ways it’s a rather sad novel.

  7. I just spent the last 10 minutes looking up and reading about all the books on your list. I can’t wait to hear about them! Especially The Secret River, Let the Right One In, Gateway to Freedom (that guy has a few other books that look good, too!), and A few Good Women.

    You just can’t go wrong with Dr. Seuss. I loved reading his books to the kids. 🙂

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