Monday at the Library

I’m not sure how consistent I will be, but I’m going to try to post my library check-outs every Monday. I’m a very heavy library user, and I am lucky enough to have access to two really great library systems. One of them belongs to the large library system adjacent to my home county  – I primarily use this system for ebooks, because their catalog is so much bigger than my home system. There is also a branch about 20 minutes from my home, so I do from time to time check out print books from that system as well, if my home system doesn’t have them. I use my home library system for almost exclusively print books because the wait times for ebooks tend to be double or triple the wait times for the other system.

I manage my library activity on-line, placing holds on the books I want to check out. This transports them to my selected branch, so I can pick them up easily.

Having said all of that, let’s get started. For some reason, right now, I have a completely excessive number of books checked out. I meant to go through them over the weekend and drop a bunch of them in the return bin, but I didn’t get to it. I actually have two that are overdue as of yesterday, and I can’t renew them because they have holds. I’ll get to the library tomorrow & return them, so I haven’t included them in the list.


  1. Demon Copperhead by Barbara Kingsolver (due in 21 days)
  2. Small Angels by Lauren Owen (due in 21 days)
  3. A Libertarian Walks into a Bear by Matthew Hongoltz-Hetling (due in 20 days)
  4. The Nightingale Before Christmas by Donna Andrews (due in 13 days)
  5. Death and the Dancing Footman by Ngaio Marsh (due in 12 days) (currently reading)
  6. Clariel by Garth Nix (due in 21 days)
  7. An Instance of the Fingerpost by Iain Pears(due in 17 days)
  8. Desolation Mountain by William Kent Krueger (due in 15 days)

Print books:

  1. Maigret and the Judge by Georges Simenon (due 12.3)
  2. Maigret and the Ghost by Georges Simenon (due 12.3) (on deck)
  3. Maigret and the Killer by Georges Simenon (due 12.3)
  4. Maigret and the Reluctant Witness by Georges Simenon (due 12.3)
  5. Maigret Enjoys Himself by Georges Simenon (due 12.3)
  6. Murder After Christmas by Rupert Latimer (due 12.3)

Home library print books:

  1. Cassandra at the Wedding by Dorothy Baker (due 12.2) (on deck)
  2. Checkmate to Murder by E.C.R. Lorac (due 12.2)
  3. Miss Pinkerton by Mary Roberts Rinehart (due 12.13)
  4. The Mad Hatter Mystery by John Dickson Carr (due 12.13)
  5. The Unsuspected by Charlotte Armstrong (due 12.13)
  6. Murder’s a Swine by Nap Lombard (due 12.13)
  7. Upright Women Wanted by Sarah Gailey (due 12.16)
  8. Housekeeping by Marilynne Robinson (due 12.16)
  9. All the Horses of Iceland by Sarah Tolmie (due 12.16)
  10. The Death of the Heart by Elizabeth Bowen (due 12.16)
  11. National Provincial by Lettice Cooper (due 12.19)
  12. Pietr the Latvian by Georges Simenon (due 12.19)

I have 26 books checked out (of which, I have read 3), all of which are books that I would like to read, but it is really unlikely that I will get to them all. I am currently reading Wuthering Heights, a copy from my personal library – this is a reread, and Death and the Dancing Footman by Ngaio Marsh. I do plan to get to all of the Maigrets and Murder after Christmas by Rupert Latimer finished before I have to return them.

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