Library haul

Did you know that #libraryhaul is a hashtag on Twitter and Instagram? I just discovered it… Photos of stacks of books abound, some artfully placed, some just on a shelf. It’s a fun way to discover a new book or two.

I’m so grateful for my library. Here’s my current haul:

First, I had These Truths: A History of the United States by Jill Lepore, but it’s over 900 pages. Nine hundred pages! I just can’t right now. I know it’s going to be good, but I can’t. Took it back.

The Lost Words: A Spell Book by Robert MacFarlane and Jackie Morris is an oversized, beautifully illustrated, charmingly written, children’s book. The lost words are all related to nature and are apparently going extinct: Banished from the Oxford Junior Dictionary, this book brings them back with drawings, poems and charm.

Beautiful Boards: 50 Amazing Snack Boards for Any Occasion by Maegan Brown is a cookbook, of sorts. Brown takes the charcuterie board concept to the next level with boards for all palates and occasions. The photography is stunning and if you like looking at pretty pictures of meticulously arranged platters this mouth-watering book is for you.

Confessions on the 7:45 by Lisa Unger. It’s a thriller / mystery. While I’ve heard of Unger I’ve never read her. I saw this on a list somewhere and it sounded a little intense.

Shelter in Place by David Leavitt. Am I in the mood for a timely book during these trying times? We shall see.

Tiny Habits: The Small Changes That Change Everything by BJ Fogg was recommended by a friend and I like the idea of starting very, very small.

Unapologetically Ambitious by Shellye Archambeau. I heard Ms. Archambeau speak a few years ago at a women’s leadership conference. She was impressive, articulate and inspiring. She was an executive at IBM – at a time when there were few Black female executives anywhere – when she decided that she wanted to be a CEO. Eventually she became one. I liked her a lot and can’t wait to see what else she has to say.

The Wednesday Wars by Gary D. Schmidt is an award winning YA novel. The author won a Newberry Award for it which is about as good as it gets for a children’s book. I started it and was immediately hooked.

Weather by Jenny Offill was on the new book shelf at the university library. Picked it up, flipped through it and grabbed it. Don’t know what it’s about, ha.

Do you use your local library? What do you have checked out right now?

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