I’m finally getting around to posting my second post for this feature! In the Checkout Check-In, I’ll be checking in with you guys about the items I’m checking back into the library. . . and everything I’m checking out. Consider it partially a TBR, partially an accountability post to myself to READ THESE BOOKS.
I have a LOT of new check-ins and check-outs, so bear with me, because it’s been like a month since my first post. Though you’ll notice I’ve checked a lot more books IN to the library than I’ve been checking out.
What’s going back to the library?
- We’ll Never Be Apart by Emiko Jean — I put this one aside after like 25 pages. I’ve read so many psychological thrillers & it just felt too cliche.
- Out of Darkness by Ashley Hope Perez — THIS BOOK! I’ve written a review for it, but this book is AMAZING. It’s very brutal and stark, with a lot of racism, sexism, and violence of various types, so I feel I need to be upfront about that. . . but if you’re okay with bleakness, this is a great book(& one I never want to read again).
- Conviction by Kelly Loy Gilbert — Oof, I read this right after Out of Darkness and talk about a gut punch. This book was great, though. It did a lot of things I hadn’t seen before, and I felt for the main character so much.
- Roses and Rot by Kat Howard — I didn’t read this one, but it’s on sale in ebook format right now so I bought that one and returned my library copy. I normally wouldn’t do that, but I’m pretty sure I’m gonna love this book, so. . .
- Lumberjanes vol 3 – YAY so glad I was finally able to read this one! I didn’t like it as much as volume 2, but it was still SUPER FUN and there are DINOSAURS in this volume, so.
- Jellaby the Lost Monster and Jellaby Monster in the City by Kean Soo — I adored these two children’s graphic novels. They’re adorable and also bittersweet.
- Roller Girl by Victoria Jamieson — loved this children’s graphic novel!
- Wink Poppy Midnight by April Genevieve Tucholke — I definitely liked this one more than Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea(which I actually really liked up to the end), but it was still pretty weird, and not in a way I super enjoyed. It was a quick read, though.
- The Weight of Feathers by Anna-Marie McLemore — SIGH. I want to read this one. I DO. But I had to realize when I renewed it for the seventh time it wasn’t gonna happen any time soon. I’ll pick it back up when I’m in the mood for it.
- Look Both Ways by Alison Cherry — I pretty much lost interest in this book when the critical reviews started coming in from people I trust. I might pick this up again in the future just so I can see for myself, but I’m not in any hurry.
- All-American Boys by Jayson Reynolds and Brendan Kiely — FINALLY picked this one up and it was just as great as I expected it to be!
- Descender vol 1 by Jeff Lemire — This was all right. It was entertaining, but I probably won’t continue with the series.
- Racing Savannah and Stealing Parker from Miranda Kenneally — Also returned to the library unread. I do want to read them, but again, I kept renewing them without actually picking them up.
- Blankets by Craig Thompson — I’m pretty sure I’m gonna have to read this again in like a month and a half for my graphic novel class, but I won’t mind because this was great. Very bittersweet and melancholic.
- The Great American Whatever by Tim Federle — this is another one that I checked in without reading because I bought the ebook. I’ve been trying not to do that, but much like Roses and Rot, I’m pretty sure I’m going to love this one.
So I keep my library check-outs in 2 stacks. One is the high priority stack, which sits in my room. There are items that are either a)due soon and I know I won’t be able to renew them(either because they have holds or because I’m out of renewals) or b) books I just REALLY REALLY REALLY want to read ASAP.
- Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys — Normally, historical fiction is a tough sell for me, but I loved Out of Darkness so much that I’ve been on a bit of a historical kick, and I’ve heard excellent things about this book.
- The War that Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley — Again on the historical fiction kick. I’ve heard great things about it.
- Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo — I really was not a fan of the Grisha trilogy, but I’ve heard that Six of Crows has a very different feel, and a lot of people who also didn’t like the Grisha trilogy have liked this one.
- And I Darken by Kiersten White — Yeah, I’ve been excited about this one for awhile because female Vlad the Impaler. Plus a lot of the early reviews from people I trust have been very positive.
- Almost Like Being in Love by Steve Kluger — I’m currently reading this one. It’s due in like a week and it’s an interlibrary loan, so I don’t have a whole lot of time to read it. It’s okay so far.
Holdovers from the last check-in:
- Summer Days and Summer Nights edited by Stephanie Perkins
Checkouts (Low(er) Priority Stack)
Parenthesis galore. I hate to call these books low priority because they’re not! If they were, I wouldn’t have checked them out in the first place. They just have a little more leeway in reading time.
- Saga vol 3 — I still am not in love with this series to the extent that everyone else is, but it IS good and I thought vol 2 was much better than vol 1. I feel a little more invested now.
- East of West vol 1 — I don’t know a whole lot about this comic series, but it sounded interesting so I grabbed it.
- The Complete Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi — because it’s a classic graphic novel.
- Scarlett Epstein Hates it Here by Anna Breslaw — this was one of my most anticipated releases of 2016! It took my library awhile to get it & I was kinda far down on the holds list, so I’m pretty excited to finally read this one because any book with a fanfiction-loving main character is an automatic draw for me.
- House of Shattered Wings by Aliette De Bodard — I saw this one on the new release shelf at my library & grabbed it. Total impulse grab.
- Three Moments of an Explosion by China Mieville — Another one I saw on the new release shelf & grabbed because I was curious.
Holdovers from the last check-in:
- American Girls by Alison Uminger
- The Only Thing Worse than Me is You by Lily Anderson