Library Haul – November 2015

November 16, 2015


I think that our library check-out history is a little snapshot of our curiosities, where our mind is at, at any given time. This month my mind is on fiction, not just because of the darker days, but because of the magic of the season, wanting to escape a bit more and needing to relax deeply.

I picked these books up while H’s parents were in town. September’s pile was a few days overdue so I suggested we all walk to the library. This is not normally an outing H would accompany me on – both walking and the library are not very entertaining for him, but his parents like to walk and were up for the errand.

I read We Are Called To Rise first. It is a simple, engaging and quick read, telling an overlapping story of 4 character groups. Loved the details, the narration, and the feel that Las Vegas itself served as a 5th character. A solid little novel.

Currently, I’m knee deep in State of Wonder and enjoying it immensely. Patchett is such a deep storyteller. Since I read Bel Canto earlier this year I’m joking that 2015 is the year of Ann Patchett (she also makes an appearance in Big Magic). Maybe I’ll bang out This Is A Story Of A Happy Marriage before the Times Square ball drops to make it 2015 official.

Curious about the John Irving novel. Irving is one of my favorite novelist – I love that he follows characters through their entire biographical timeline (and usually adds family information from prior to their birth), plus has a raunchy, New England sensibility around his stories. He’s probably the author I’ve read the most books by – maybe 5?

Have you read any of these? Would love to know what you think. And feel free to share what you’re currently reading, I’m always looking for more books to add to my list!

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  • Reply Rita November 16, 2015 at 9:42 pm

    I love Patchett’s essays and non-fiction; Truth & Beauty is one of my favorite reads. I just finished Kent Haruf’s Our Souls at Night. A brief, quiet, interesting little book. His style is quite spare; he leaves a reader lots of space in which to think. Really enjoy your library haul posts.

    • Reply jtao21 November 17, 2015 at 11:53 am

      I read Truth and Beauty a while ago, maybe 8 years. Loved Bel Canto and enjoying State of Wonder. I will add Haruf’s book to my list. Glad you like the library posts – and thanks for sharing your reading 🙂

  • Reply Renee November 19, 2015 at 10:21 am

    Another fan of the library hauls! Each time you post one it makes me want to run down to my closest branch and just pick out some random things that look interesting, and then I get lazy and use the Kindle lending library. Tangible books are still my favorite, though I love my Kindle for convenience. There’s an absolutely gorgeous old library in Pasadena (I think it’s the central/main branch, off Colorado) and I’ve been there twice to check it out – first time they were closed, second time they closed five minutes after we arrived for a private party. HA. Yeesh. Hopefully third time’s the charm, because that place is magic. I’m still reading Big Magic, in small inspirational slices every day. I’m also enjoying Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty, a solid piece of page-turning fiction. Ann Patchett is definitely on my list. Enjoy! xo

    • Reply jtao21 November 26, 2015 at 2:22 pm

      Oh I love visiting libraries! The Santa Monica main branch one on 7th is the best. I would love to check out the Pasadena one with you sometime. (Field trip?) Big Magic is a great book to read in slices. Never read Moriarty – I’m nervous it’s too “popular” for me to enjoy. Is the writing good? I have a Kindle and I love it, but I have yet to figure out the digital lending library on it for SMPL or LAPL and I am just CRAVING paper books in my hand right now xo

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