January 2019 Check-Outs

Every month, I make a list of the things I checked out from the library. It’s my little protest against those who think libraries don’t matter anymore.


You’re Never Weird on the Internet (Almost) by Felicia Day

I love memoirs that are read by the author. I picked this book up last year and then got extremely busy. I looked for the audiobook so I could listen to it while driving, but to no avail. I stumbled upon it in Libby in the newly added section and immediately devoured it. When I finished, I checked the book out again to look at the pictures. Totally worth it.

Sleep No More: Six Murderous Tales by P.D. James

My hold list for audiobooks is ever growing. I was waiting for one to become available and needed something to listen to in the meantime, so I checked out this short 4-hour audiobook. I expected this to be a mystery, but it was more thriller-like, much to my delight.

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows

I lovelovelovelovelovelove lovelovelovelovelovelovelove love this book. I love the writing style. I love that the letters are read by different narrators depending on the character. I love the story. I love everything about this book. I watched the Netflix movie before and after reading this. It captures the feeling of the story while not being bogged down by trying to copy the book verbatim.

Elevation by Stephen King

I try to read books by popular authors occasionally, and I have been meaning to pick up a Stephen King novel. This was new and available and short. I liked it, but I don’t think it is an accurate representation of Stephen King’s style. The audiobook has a never-published-in-print short story at the end called Laurie, which I enjoyed. Both stories are read by the author.

Future Home of the Living God by Louise Erdrich

This book was on a display I made last year of The Handmaid’s Tale readalikes. I think that association is on point. It takes place in Minnesota, which adds to its appeal for me. I have a signed copy of this, so I feel a little guilty checking out the audiobook, but I can’t pass up books read by the author. Louise Erdrich’s narration is breathtaking. I can’t wait to see how it ends.


Reincarnation Blues by  Michael Poore

I found this book in my Readers Advisory class. I had to identify readalikes to books I read, and this was one I found that was similar to Jasper Fforde’s Shades of Grey. I have yet to be sucked into this, but I enjoy the writing. The main character is approaching his 10,000th life, at which point he has to achieve perfection or disappear from existence.

Liar Liar by James Patterson and Candice Fox

This is the third installment of the Detective Harriet Blue series. I loved Never Never, I was okay with Fifty Fifty and Black & Blue. I’m really just attached to the characters at this point and want to see it through to the end.


Everything You Wanted to Know About Indians But Were Afraid to Ask by Anton Treuer

Highly recommended to me. I picked it up for light browsing and got sucked in. Now, I’m reading every single page.

Weber’s Time to Grill by James Purviance

This book has one of my favorite recipes in it that I cannot find online. It’s for Buttermilk-Brined Pork and Whiskey-Braised Cabbage. YUM.

Eat Your Way Healthy at  Trader Joe’s by Bonnie  Matthews

I swear by Trader Joe’s and was really excited to find there are cookbooks just for ingredients found at Trader Joe’s. I was hoping for a cookbook that was cost-conscious. This was not it.

Eye Spy: Wild Ways Animals See the World by Guillaume Duprat

It’s a kid’s picture book, but it’s really freaking cool. It has pictures in it that show you how animals see the world. I learned my dogs are near-sighted and can see fast-moving objects better than I can.

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