September at the Library

After a serious reading slump, September was finally, thankfully, a good reading month for me again. Furthermore, I now spend 90 minutes all by myself in the car every day, and I’ve turned to audiobooks to keep me entertained. I discovered that thanks to Open Borrowing, not only do I have access to my library’s 3M audiobook catalog, but I can also borrow from another library’s Hoopla account. The only thing I find highly annoying is that Amazon is making it so difficult to use other companies’ apps for e- and audiobooks. But who wants to spend ridiculous amounts of money on Audible?

Anyway, here is a summary of our library activity in September:

  • Radio Girls, Sarah-Jane Stratford. Very enjoyable historical fiction.
  • The Girls of Riyadh, Rajaa Alsanea. Saudi Arabia meets Sex in the City.
  • Saga graphic novels. Because I wanted something different from my usual fare. What, I have to wait until 2017 now for the next volume???
  • Good Night, Mr. Tom, Michelle Magorian. J Fic / YA about WWII in England.
  • The War That Saved My Life, Kimberly Brubaker Bradley. More J Fic / YA about WWII in England.

Currently checked out:

  • The Wonder, Emma Donoghue
  • All True, Not a Lie in It, Alix Hawley
  • Painter of Silence, Georgina Harding
  • Island of the Blue Dolphins, Scott O’Dell

In honor of Banned Book Week:

  • The Librarian of Basra, Jeanette Winter
  • Captain Underpants, Dav Pilkey
  • Drama, Raina Telgemeier

People, don’t you know yet that it’s fine to try to restrict your own reading (your loss!), but that it is absolutely NOT OK to tell others what they can and cannot read???

On hold:

  • Alias Grace, Margaret Atwood. For the October readalong hosted by CJ at ebookclassics.
  • The Underground Railroad, Colson Whitehead. Of course I didn’t put the Hold on it until after Oprah recommended it.
  • All the Missing Girls, Megan Miranda. I don’t even remember what this one is about, but Katie at Doing Dewey recommended it.
  • The Girl With All the Gifts, M. R. Carey. My lending period ended before I could finish listening to it, and now I have to wait 58 days until it becomes available again. Arrgh!

Thanks to Shannon for hosting Library Checkout.



  1. I DNF’d The Girls of Riyadh for the same reasons. Just too much drama and silliness. Looking forward to when you can join the Alias Grace discussion. I know it’s tough when you’re waiting for those library holds to come in. I think I’m #78 for The Wonder by Emma Donoghue, so I won’t be reading it until the spring.

  2. Oh, so many good books! Island of the Blue Dolphins was one of my favourite books when I was little. Have you read it before?
    I love all the WWII books! And All True Not A Lie In It is so good! And The Wonder is good – I loved the historical setting.
    At our house Captain Underpants is a big hero (well, I guess really it’s George and Harold who are the heros) – they’re so much fun. And I just found out that they’re making a movie!! (Really, I can’t tell you how much I have loved Captain Underpants over the years. What would we have done without him?)
    We also love Raina Telgemeier – we just got the newest one – Ghosts!
    Sorry for all the gushing. Your kids seem to be entering territory that we are beginning to leave behind, and I must be feeling emotional about it. Sigh.

    Happy to hear you’re joining the Alias Grace readalong! I signed up before I was asked to be on the Shadow Giller, so I’m feeling a bit overwhelmed, but I am determined to do it!

    • Island of the Blue Dolphins was one of my favorites as a kid. I’m happy that Kid #1 enjoyed it as well. I’m now rereading it, so that we can talk about it. I’m having so much fun picking out books for the kids that I’m afraid I am overwhelming them. I need to learn to step back and let them pick what they want to read. Your children might be ready to move on to new reading territory, but think of all the books you can read and discuss together. I’m sure there will be worthy replacements for Captain Underpants!

      • I have the same problem with overwhelming my kids with books. We went to check out the new library the other day, and I was strict with myself because I knew I didn’t need any books right now, so instead I ‘helped’ my kids pick out books. 😉

  3. I luckily put a hold on The Underground Railroad before the Oprah Book Club thing, so I was able to get a copy sooner than a lot of people! I just finished reading yesterday. I was going to wait a little longer to read it (it’s pretty heavy!), but I can’t renew it because of other people’s holds. Very good, but very tough to read in parts.

  4. Glad to hear you enjoyed Radio Girls since I have it to read. You did have a good month! The only thing I miss about a long commute is that I hardly listen to audiobooks any more. If I listen at home I tend to fall asleep – fortunately that didn’t happen when I was driving!

  5. I read my first Atwood last Christmas and Alias Grace is the next one on my list!

    And – I agree about Amazon. ebooks that aren’t Kindle format are so difficult and some from my library aren’t Kindle. I do use Audible, but can’t seem to figure out how to download audiobooks from my library to my phone. What app do you use for that? I use the Overdrive system, but don’t have the app…maybe that’s what I need?

    • My library uses 3M, so I am not completely sure how Overdrive works. I would start with getting the app. See if your library has a link to the app on its website, because then it might automatically link your library account to the app when you download it onto your phone.

    • I agree with your opinion of Girls of Riyadh. It was interesting to get a different perspective, but all that drama is not for me. Buying a shitload of shoes or flying to London for a few months to get over a guy… I can’t relate to either behavior.

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