Honestly, it's a wonder that someone hasn't confiscated my library card already.
Things are getting, um ... how shall we say? A little out of control in the library books department.
As in, the number of library books I currently have checked out is EQUAL to the number of books TOTAL that I have read this year. As in, I can no longer see the surface of my coffee table. (Not like it was ever pristine to begin with, who am I kidding?) As in, we have hit the 99 book limit on two cards.
(I can't believe I am admitting this, but we're all friends here, right?)
It's getting bad, people. Take a look for yourselves. Here's this week's Loot, from last night:
Where they have a really great selection of books. (If you think my Library Loot is bad - and I admit, it is - Betty's is worse.)
Add to this that, for some reason, I have this insatiable craving to read. Nonstop. I can't figure it out. I want to read everything RIGHT. NOW.
Here's the total list, with the explanation of why I checked it out (as if there needs to be one). Have you read any of these?
1. The Early Stories of Louisa May Alcott 1852-1860
2. The Portable Louisa May Alcott
3. The Inheritance, by Louisa May Alcott
(I am reading - and loving - Louisa May Alcott: The Woman Behind Little Women by Harriet Reisen, which is also among my Loot but isn't pictured. This is making me want to read all of Louisa May Alcott's work. Betty checked out Eight Cousins and Jo's Boys, both of which she wants us to read together. Believe it or not, I've never read either of those.)
OK, continuing onward ...
4. Perfectly Normal, by Lee Woodruff (because I heard Lee speak at a conference this spring and loved her)
5. Not My Boy! A Father, a Son, and One Family's Journey with Autism, by Rodney Peete (because I follow Holly Robinson Peete on Twitter)
6. Visionaries in Our Midst: Ordinary People Who are Changing Our World, by Allison Silberberg (this was on display as I approached the check out line and I love books like this)
7. The Madness of Love, by Katharine Davies
8. Hush, Little Baby, by Katherine Davies
9. Help Me, Jacques Cousteau, by Gil Adamson
10. If Nobody Speaks of Remarkable Things, by Jon McGregor
(The ones above are all "just because." They are all new authors to me, the books look good and ... well, they were there.)
11. Lay Back the Darkness: Poems, by Edward Hirsch (because I just finished reading Hirsch's collection, The Living Fire, and he's now my new favorite poet)
12. The Best of It: New and Selected Poems, by Kay Ryan, U.S. Poet Laureate, 2008-2010 (because did you know she is our Poet Laureate? I didn't. So, I need to check this out and read what our Poet Laureate has to say in these fun times we live in.)
13. Imperial Bedrooms, by Bret Easton Ellis (because part of me has a thing for the bad boys of literature, and Mr. Bret Easton Ellis is kinda in that category. However, since this one checks in with the Less Than Zero crowd 25 years later, I might need to re-read that one first to refresh my memory.)
14. Now I See the Moon: A Mother, a Son, a Miracle, by Elaine Hall, with Elizabeth Kaye
Moving on to the pile that I had before last night:
16. If You Knew Suzy: A Mother, A Daughter, a Reporter's Notebook, by Katherine Rosman (because I am apparently powerless to resist any book with the subtitle A ____, A _____, and a ______)
17. The Things They Carried, by Tim O'Brien (because I signed up for Kim from Sophisticated Dorkiness' read-along. Which was July 26.)
18. Losing Charlotte, by Heather Clay (because I read a good review someplace and I liked the cover)
19. Linchpin: Are You Indispensable? by Seth Godin (because it is Seth Godin, who I love)
20. A Taste of Honey: Stories, by Jabari Asim
21. Unincorporated Persons in the Late Honda Dynasty: Poems, by Tony Hoagland (because Serena from Savvy Verse and Wit had one of his poems featured on the Virtual Poetry Circle recently and I liked it)
22. The Calligrapher's Daughter, by Eugenia Kim (because I do calligraphy ... and because it has been on my TBR list)
23. The Best Kind of Different: Our Family's Journey with Asperger's Syndrome, by Shonda Shilling
24. Walks with Men, by Ann Beattie (this is a novella set in Chelsea, in 1980s New York. Because at the time of check out I was going there for BlogHer and I wanted to read about that neighborhood in case I went there.)
25. Crossing Oceans, by Gina Holmes
26. Not For Profit: Why Democracy Needs the Humanities, by Martha C. Nussbaum
27. The Girl Who Chased the Moon, by Sarah Addison Allen (because I really liked Garden Spells and The Sugar Queen)
28. Something is Out There. Stories, by Richard Bausch
29. After the Workshop, by John McNally
30. Lullabies for Little Criminals, by Heather O' Neill (because tell me if you could have resisted a title like that)
31. Reasons for and Advantages of Breathing, Stories by Lydia Peelle
32. Carbine, Stories by Greg Mulcahy
33. News from Home, Stories by Sefi Atta
34. Where I Live: New and Selected Poems 1990-2010, by Maxine Kumin
35. Olive Kitteridge, by Elizabeth Stoudt (because so many bloggers have raved about this one)
36. Women Lead the Way: Your Guide to Stepping Up to Leadership and Changing the World, by Linda Tarr-Whelan (because it was on the BlogHer bookstore table and I didn't buy it, and also because Marie Wilson wrote the forward and I love her)
Yeah. I know. I know.
Have you read any of these? Which ones must I absolutely read before they are due back? (We get three renewals of three weeks each.) Which ones can I forget about?
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