Library Reads: July 2021

The Library Checkout blog meme was created by Shannon of River City Reading and previously hosted by Charleen of It’s a Portable Magic. It has been hosted by Bookish Beck since 2017.

I love libraries. I still can’t believe that they just let you have the books, you know, with no actual collateral and only a vague promise that you will bring them back.

It wasn’t always like this for me. I used to avoid the library because I was so bad at actually bringing back the books that at one point I caught the attention of a local sheriff for my larceny. After that, I resigned myself to just buying what I wanted, which was a super-expensive habit.

But Kindle library borrowing changed all that, and I find myself the current holder of something like thirteen library cards, in five different states.

I know. That’s insane.

But, I saw this monthly recap over at Bookish Beck, and I thought that it would be an interesting exercise.

Library Books I Read in July

Currently Reading

Invisible Girl, Lisa Jewell

Checked Out, Reading Soon

  • A Time for Mercy, John Grisham
  • Tuesday Moony Talks to Ghosts, Kate Racculia
  • Truly Devious, Maureen Johnson
  • Hail Mary, Andy Weir

Returned Unread

  • Shatter Me, Tahereh Mafi,
  • Freefall, Jessica Berry.

Currently On Hold

  • Last Summer at the Golden Hotel, Elyssa Friedland
  • The Lions of Fifth Avenue, Fiona Davis
  • Sooley, John Grisham
  • How to Stop Time, Matt Haig
  • The Bounty, Janet Evanovich and Steve Hamilton
  • The Plot, Jean Hanff Korelitz
  • Hummingbird Salamander, Jeff Vandermeer
  • The Guest List, Lucy Foley
  • The Troop, Nick Cutter
  • Mother May I, Joshilyn Jackson
  • The Drowning Kind, Jennifer McMahon
  • Us, Elle Kennedy

So, that’s the current state of my virtual library pile. What do you have out from the library now?

4 thoughts on “Library Reads: July 2021

  1. The even crazier thing is that not only will they let you take their books with just that vague promise of returning them but, if you ask, they’ll arrange for other library systems to send their book for you to borrow; still for free! Interlibrary loan is an amazing thing.

    At the start of the month I was reading a book that the local library had gotten for me from over 2,000 miles away, sent by the Edwards Air Force Base Library!


    1. Wow! You are right, that is insane. I do contribute monthly to my local library, and vote enthusiastically for any ballot referendum that throws money their way…but it still seems inadequate for the service that they provide.


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