True story: I got to work the other day and was summoned to the branch next door, where the books I check out wait for me. Apparently there’s a list of things that have been on hold for more than 60 days without being filled and my name was on it several times. The circulation supervisor was like, “Are you having problems getting your books?” and I was like, “No, I just like to put things on hold and then suspend them,” and she was like, “That’s fair; also this book you have on hold sounds interesting so I put a hold on it, too!” Darn tootin’.
Anyway, I haven’t put a lot of stuff on hold since the last time I did this post like a month and change ago, because I am trying to if not succeeding in reading all these dang books I have checked out. But here are a few things I found of interest:
No One Is Here Except All of Us, by Ramona Ausubel. This is one that I cataloged; I was intrigued by the cover and title but turned off by the World War II subject heading because there are just so many of those books and I’ve read a lot of them. But then I read the description, which told me that the story takes place in remote Romania and features an eleven-year-old girl and a “mysterious stranger” and I was like, okay book, you win.
Blueprints of the Afterlife, by Ryan Boudinot. I heard about this book on a recent Bookrageous podcast, and as soon as I heard “senient glacier” I was sold. There’s also apparently an Olympic champion of dishwashing and a dead clone or two and it’s post-apocalyptic and aside from the fact that I don’t have it in front of me I’m not sure why I’m not reading it right now.
Lifespan of a Fact, by John D’Agata and Jim Fingal. I have seen this book almost literally everywhere because it’s so insane — it’s the story of a guy who wrote an ostensibly non-fiction article for The Believer and the other guy assigned to fact check it. Normally not an exciting thing, I’d imagine, but in this case the non-fiction article was more of an essay very loosely based upon a possibly true story, and so the fact checking took a while. Like, years. I’ve heard mixed things about this book, but I’m definitely interested in checking it out.