I made the mistake this week of walking past the front desk into the main library, so my haul is a bit bigger than I intended. Believe me, I’m not complaining.
LIBRARIES ROCKING IT THIS WEEK
- When the newspaper closed, this town library started one
- I’m Not a Superhero: The Stress of Library Work
I really enjoyed reading this article from fellow Rioter Katie Mclain this week–it’s a good reminder that libraries are run by librarians, who, despite their general awesomeness, are humans, not superheroes. Librarians speaking openly and honesty about the the reality of their jobs–the good and the bad–counts as libraries rocking it in my book.
- The Girl Who Fell Beneath Fairyland and Let the Revels There by Catherynne M. Valente
- American Born Chinese by Gene Yang
- The Tiger’s Daughter by K Arsenault Rivera
- Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie
- Radical Hope: Letters of Love and Dissent in Dangerous Times edited by Carolina De Robertis
- Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys
What a great haul this week! I absolutely loved the first book in Catherynne M. Valente’s Fairyland series, so I greedily collected the next one right away, even though it’s likely I won’t get to it for a week or two. A couple of these–American Born Chinese, Ancillary Justice and Wide Sargasso Sea–fulfill Read Harder tasks, and they’ve also been on my TBR for a while, so that’s a double win.
The book I’m most excited about is Radical Hope. It’s an anthology of essays in letter form, written by a staggering array of incredible writers in the wake of Trump’s election. I saw someone post about it on Instagram and then put it on hold immediately. Sometimes it’s those surprise books that are the best ones. Not the books that have been sitting on our TBRs forever, or the buzziest new releases, or the books that fulfill challenge tasks–but the ones that speak to us in a moment and pull us inexorably in.
THE VIRTUAL HAUL
Killers of the Flower Moon by David Grann
Luckily only one digital hold came in this week, because I’m still working through a backlog of audiobooks…
So many public libraries send their books over to my little island for me (and many others) to enjoy. Thanks this week go to:
- Town of Dennis Public Libraries
- Falmouth Public Library
- Nantucket Atheneum