At some point over the last couple months I discovered an amazing thing that I can do at my library, and which you can probably do at yours, which is to put books on hold but then suspend the holds so that I don’t end up with a million books in my house and my husband giving me looks and all the books sitting there sadly as I neglect to read them within six weeks.
On the downside, it doesn’t really allow for loot posts like I was doing, so we’ll have to settle for some internet-found covers and vague recollections of why I put things on hold.
I have a lot of stuff held over from last year, so I’ll split those up among the next few weeks’ posts in an attempt to keep everyone whelmed.
Onto this week!
Notes From an Accidental Band Geek, by Erin Dionne. Please. I was and am a less-than-accidental band geek, and the girl protagonist and I both play the horn. And I totally wore those shoes the first year I was drum major/field commander. I didn’t even catalog this — the cover just called to me from across the processing room and I said, oh, this is going on the list.
American Nations, by Colin Woodard. I am a transplant from, if I am looking at this cover map correctly, a Yankeedom/Midlands line-straddling city to the Deep South, which has for the most part been a pretty smooth transition but still sometimes leaves me baffled as to what the heck anyone around here is thinking. I am very intrigued to learn more about both of my regional cultures and see if we can’t, like, gang up against New France or something.
Girl Sleuth, by Melanie Rehak. Speaking of my Yankeedom/Midlands roots, did you know that some of the research for the early Nancy Drew books was done at the Cleveland Public Library? I mean, why wouldn’t you do research there, it’s awesome, but I did not know that the lovely ladies who wrote about lovely ladies solving mysteries even spent any time in Cleveland, so this makes me very happy. And maybe reading this book will make up for my utter failure at the Nancy Drew Challenge?
The Rook, by Daniel O’Malley. This one I didn’t see at the library, but instead over on Whatever as a Big Idea piece. I’m not always sold on these pieces, but I really liked The Rook‘s premise, which involves a woman who has lost all of her memories pretending to be… herself, with all her memories. What. I want this book to be all crazy Inception or Before I Go to Sleep shenanigans, but as long as it does a better job than Face/Off in being remotely plausible, I’ll consider it a success.