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?



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?