Library Haul: August 2013

We visit the library a lot during the month, but one trip per month constitutes as the monthly haul. All the other weekly (or multiple times weekly) trips happen with the intent of trading out books that don’t strike our fancy or to pick up books we’ve requested from inter-library loan. Yesterday was our haul day.

First off, I have a (giant!) new library bag. It’s the BlogHer ’13 official swag bag!

Thank you, BlogHer!

It’s roomy for library haul day, wears very well as a cross-body bag and is a lovely shade of blue. Hooray, and thank you, BlogHer!

We left the library with a number of books.

Library Haul, August 2013


I’ll tell you what we each picked, but first, a story.

I helped the boys each pick both age appropriate books and let them spend time looking for and picking whatever they so desired. They sat down at tables in the children’s section while I set off to search for books I might like, or, you know, books I was judging by cover since none of my holds made it to the library for haul day. I hit the new releases section, the religion section, the poetry area, the “so you think you’re a writer” shelves, and a few other shelves here and there. I made my way back to the boys, reached for my wallet in the library bag, and came up empty handed.

“Boys, I left my wallet in the car. Sit here and I’ll be right back.”

The clouds hung low and heavy as I walked out to the car. I reached into my purse as a flash of a memory of the morning passed through my brain. I sighed as I remembered that my wallet sat safely inside my laptop bag. At home. I grabbed the umbrella — just in case — and walked back into the library. I knew the answer, but I made my way to the front desk all the same.

“I’m sorry, but we’ve left our library cards at home in my wallet. Can we still check out our books?” I asked in my most sincere, please-have-pity-on-me voice.

“Not unless you want to buy new cards.”

I know that dealing with the local community day in and day out in the only place for free Internet access probably means that you don’t want to help people, so I didn’t hold her answer against her — even though I just told her that I had left my wallet at home. “Can you hold our books then? I’ll be back as quickly as possible.” She agreed, and I delivered the bad news to the boys. We handed over our picks to the librarian and walked outside — to a torrential downpour.


I opened my giant umbrella and we walked back to the car, no books in the new library bag — a sad scene indeed. By the time we made it home, FireDad greeted us at the door.

“Can we stay home with Daddy?” I nodded, grabbed my wallet, and headed back out in the bad weather. In a maxi dress. That was too long for my short stature, so every step from my car back into the library meant that my dress hem got wetter and wetter. All the same, we left with quite the haul this month.

Here’s what we each picked.

LittleBrother’s August Library Picks

LittleBrother's August Library Picks

Obviously, LittleBrother fell in love with The Puppy Place series by Ellen Miles. Really, he loves any books about dogs, but he desperately wants to be reading chapter books right now. So, these are his default love right now.

BigBrother’s August Library Picks

BigBrother's Library Picks

BigBrother forgot to use his Library Voice when I pointed at the Origami Yoda series. Really, this prompted today’s whole library visit as I looked on the website and saw that both were sitting on the shelf. He read the The Secret of the Fortune Wookie when we purchased it at the library’s Book Fair earlier this summer, and wants to read them all. What a happy boy today!

My Library Haul

Jenna's Library Haul

I don’t want to talk about any of the books that happen to be about writing in any way. Only one of those books (Note to Self) is fiction, and that makes me sad… but my holds should come in by next week, so I didn’t want to get too many at the same time. I do like to get a poetry book with every large library haul, and it’s been a long, long time since Plath slipped into my bag.

Note: FireDad couldn’t make the trip for the big haul today, so he’ll likely go on a random trip during the month to get some books.

We’ll take some books back over the month, get some new ones, and read as much as we can before our next big haul in September. Do you have any suggestions for us?

13 replies on “Library Haul: August 2013”

I feel like that should be his Back to School book. Thanks for letting me know!

Having just learned about renewing books, he asked if we could just renew the Yoda and Darth Paper books for the rest of our lives. I told him we would buy one Origami book at a time from book orders if they happen to be in there. He said that was a good idea.

You are queen of the cute dresses Jenna! (where do you shop?)

I love library day and we do the same – my boys and I come home with a huge haul. I think I’ll have to go and find a copy of the Writer’s Market Your choices all look really interesting. Thanks for the recommendations!

Oh, I shop everywhere. I do share where my finds are from in my What I Wore Sunday series. This particular dress is… from… 2011 and I bought it at Maurices.

You’re welcome for the recommendations. I’m turning the Library Haul post into a monthly series, so look for new books in September around this time as well!

It’s really good. It changed the way I fight with myself about writing. I need to read it again. I only own 3 real in life books. Catcher in the Rye (because obviously), Bird by Bird, and War of Art. I’m not sure why I have Bird by Bird, though, since I’ve never finished it. But I really liked the first two chapters.

I’ve been working my way through Journaling as a Spiritual Practice- some interesting prompts. I keep picking it up and putting it down!

[…] Fans sit in main living areas even though the air conditioner clicks on and off throughout the day, even though the ceiling fans find themselves left in the on position, all day and all night. The box fan and the oscillating fan move the air that warms up as we live our daily life, as we make chicken noodle soup in August, as we chase each other around the house on stormy afternoons, as we cuddle closely on the couch and read all of the books. […]

Have they read any of the Ms. Nelson books? I’m not sure of the author and am being “phone lazy”. I just really remember loving the humor. I tried to get my pre-k and 1st grade girl charges interested but it wasn’t their thing.

Thank you for sharing your haul with us! I had not heard of the Ariel Gore book, and I’m super excited to read it. That, and the other books about writing that you brought home.

I second Casey’s recommendation of the War of Art, btw. I’m not too fond of the war analogy, but Pressfield’s insights are tremendously useful.

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