Library Haul: September 2013

Last month’s library haul resulted in a few renewals (meaning BIG WINS) by the boys, a couple misses for the boys, a couple misses for me, and no real “out of the park” books for me. I’m hoping I have a little more luck this time around, though the boys are definitely already pleased with a few of their picks.

BigBrother’s September Library Picks

Big Brother's September Library Haul

LittleBrother’s September Library Picks

LittleBrother's September Library Haul

  • Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs by Mo Willems. This book just got to our library, so it was sitting atop the new books in the kids section. LittleBrother saw this gem and laughed out loud. “DINOSAURS?!” Then he grabbed it and continued on his way.

  • We Are in a Book by Mo Willems. Elephant & Piggie remain a favorite. He usually heads to the Mo Willems section after hitting the new books shelves, and he did this time as well.

  • Garfield Gets in a Pickle by Jim Davis. Even more so than our Calvin & Hobbes anthologies, Garfield makes for some great early reading comic book fun. LittleBrother enjoys reading this one to me right now.

  • Kitty Corner: Callie and Puppy Place: Muttley and Flash. LittleBrother adores this series. Callie is the first Kitty Corner he picked up, which he grabbed solely because our dog’s name is Callie. One of the puppy books is a renewal from last month as he didn’t finish all of the ones he borrowed.

My September Library Picks

My September Library Haul

Oops! I had one of those months in which all of my requests and holds came through at once, resulting in an impossibility to read everything. I’m trying to read through the newer books that have 14 day borrowing times first, and then reading the older books later in the month with possibility of a heavy renewal ratio.

All the Books

  • Running with the Mind of Meditation: Lessons for Training Body and Mind by Sakyong Mipham. I’m obviously in the panic part of half marathon training where I resort to doing what I do when I don’t know if I can do something: reading books about doing what I don’t know if I can do.

  • Creative Lettering by Jenny Doh. I requested this one because Denise piqued my interest.

  • The Returned by Jason Mott. I reserve the right to stop reading this one if it gives me nightmares.

  • The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty. My goal for the weekend is to finish this book, mainly because if I don’t figure out what happens, I may explode. I love Moriarty’s writing. I recommended it on Instagram shortly after I started reading it, and I’m recommending it here before I finish it.

  • Still: Notes on a Mid-Faith Crisis by Lauren F Winner. From the blurb:

    Dr. Rowan Williams, the Archbishop of Canterbury, says “it is a relief to find a book on the life of faith that is honest about the pain of emptiness and the fear of losing all that orients your life. Nothing glib here and nothing superhuman: just putting one foot in front of the other with whatever trust you can manage, because there is no other way to go.”

  • A Grace Revealed: How God Redeems the Story of Your Life by Jerry Sittser. Someone recommended this book to me, though it makes me raise my eyebrow.

More Books!

I also had grand dreams of using extra time while the boys are away at school all day of sitting and reading calmly and quietly during my lunchbreak. I have yet to do so, as I mostly wolf down my lunch or run on my lunchbreak. Someday I’ll find the balance between reading and everyday life again. For now, I get reading time in whenever I can, wherever I can — just like those boys of mine.

What are you reading this month? What are your kids reading?


6 replies on “Library Haul: September 2013”

I’m not really enjoying any of the books I have out from the library right now. I’m going to return most of them tomorrow, pick up my holds and hope that something speaks to me. If not, it’s not like I don’t have PLENTY of books around the house waiting for me to read them. ;)

I suggested the Origami series to Charlie tonight at Barnes & Noble but he has no interest in it despite login Star Wars. Currently Charlie and I are reading through “The Mouse and the Motorcycle” by Beverly Cleary. His current library books are mainly Lego Star Wars books level 4.

I am reading some books on ADHD. I have a huge To Be Read (TBR) on my Nook and some holds at the library I need to pick up.

I have one book left in the Dresden Files series. My husband started getting me to read those … about 3 years ago? It’s taken awhile. I have a bunch of nonfiction on my nightstand as well. Then, my friend Shaina wants me to read another YA series.

I wish Jackson were more into reading. He’s got the Magic Treehouse books, and we’ve read the first 13 or 14 over the past year or two. I hope he’ll read the last Underworlds book, which we just got him. He’s been heavily into the DC Universe encyclopedia that we got him for Christmas. We’ve caught him reading it at night by his nightlight.

Cassie won’t sit still for a book. Any book. She brings me The Princess and the Frog and I can page through it, maybe. She’ll let me read a page or two of Chicka Chicka Boom Boom. But she won’t sit for a whole book, even if it’s a 5 page board book.

I’m currently reading Life of Pi, but what I’m enjoying most is reading the series 39 Clues to Liam! I’m also listening to Through the Ever Night by Veronica Rossi on my Ipod. I think I prefer teen fiction over adult fiction now!

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