What’s That Smell?

I love the smell of books, old and new. The smell of new ink and fresh paper as I walk into a bookstore. The woodsy scent of old books that rolls over me as I step into my local library. There’s nothing better, y’all – nothing better. Below is a short infographic expounding upon the chemistry of the aroma books emanate. Take a look:

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Do you have an affinity for the aroma of books, too?

 

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Library Love: June 27, 2014

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Library Love is a recurring post in which I share each week’s bounty from my public libraries.

 

 

Another week without a trip to the local library, y’all – well, there was a quick in and out to pick up a reserved book, but that hardly counts. For shame, for shame. We’ve been busy with school and friends – lots of friends – and I’ve been getting a ton of reading in, too. I’ve read a lot of great books lately – keep your eyes peeled for the reviews. Here’s what I found at the online libraries this week:

Emily Giffin is one of my old Chick Lit faves so I’m indebted to read The One and Only. China Dolls, set just before and during WWII, looks ever so intriguing. I loved the two Ron Rash novels that I’ve read previously, so I’m looking forward to his short story collection in Nothing Gold Can Stay. I’ve heard so many great things about Simplicity Parenting and am interested to see what it has to offer. I hit up my ever-growing TBR list for Rescue and Little Wolves, so I don’t remember why I was so excited to read them, but we’ll see what they’re all about after I read them – it’s kind of like opening a present; you don’t know exactly what you’re getting, but you know you’re more than likely going to enjoy it. Time for me to get my read on, y’all and for now… Happy Reading to you all!

Do you have a long TBR list, or do you try to keep it short and to the point?

 

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Library Love: June 13, 2014

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Library Love is a recurring post in which I share the weekly bounty from my public libraries.

 

 

It was a light week at the online libraries, y’all, and the only books I checked out were ones that had already been on hold for me for quite a while. Not a lot has struck my fancy lately, I suppose, and I haven’t been able to take much time to browse at the local library, either. Therefore, it is a small haul that I bring to you all today:

I’ve been anxiously awaiting The One & Only for a while now – yes, I admit it, I’m a former chick lit fan and I still follow a couple of my old fave authors. I’ve been meaning to read The Signature of All Things for just about forever, so it’s high time I got started on it. The Farm looks quite tantalizing, if you ask me, and I’m looking forward to delving in and finding out what all the fuss has been about. Other than that, y’all, it’s been a slow week on the old homestead. Stick around and next week we’ll be back with Library Love, Junior Edition!

Are there any genres that you used to be a fan of but grew out of or no longer read for some other reason?

 

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Library Love: June 6, 2014

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Library Love is a recurring post in which I share each week’s bounty from my public libraries.

 

 

 

It was just in and out at the local library this week, y’all. Lazy, lazy, lazy  me. For the rest of my happy little haul I raided my online libraries – don’t know if you’ve noticed, but they are my go-to place to access reading materials, as I prefer to read on my Kindle. Gasp! Calm down, book purists, I used to be one of you, too, and I do still read books in print… just not as much anymore. I won’t even get started down that road of explanation or my OCD will kick in and then I’ll be back to boycotting the local library branches… Anyway, y’all, let’s take a look at this week’s selections:

I’ve had Ruby on hold since before it was released; I’m anxious to get started on it. Mother, Mother, is supposed to be pretty intense, about a controlling mother who borders on the psychotic side of things. In Casebook, apparently a boy chronicles the dysfunction and deterioration of his family – might be a little depressing, but could be good. Fourth of July Creek received a rave review from a friend of mine on Goodreads, so I am officially intrigued enough to check it out. I’ve got some great ARC’s on my Kindle waiting to be read, as well, so it’s going to be a great week of reading ahead. Happy Reading to you all!

Do your friends’ opinions have an effect on what books you choose to read?

 

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Library Love: May 30, 2014

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Library Love is a recurring post in which we share each week’s bounty from our public libraries.

 

 

It was just a quick trip in and out of the library this week, giving The Boy and me the chance to grab just one book each. Not much of a haul, there. Thank goodness for my online libraries! Let’s take a look at what we’ve got this week:

Pathologically Literate’s Books:

The Boy’s Books:

I’m super excited to read Super Sad True Love Story, after reading a review by a Goodreads friend. I’m always up for some Jane Green, so I’m also looking forward to Dune Road. I will tell you what – I have been on the waiting list for The Shining Girls for something like Four. Freaking. Months. Finally, finally it’s ready for me – about time, I’d say! The Boy has rebelled against all of my fiction selections for him lately and grabbed an awesome looking book about the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II. He is obsessed with World War II history, and he loooooves reading his non-fiction and trivia books. He already has several other books checked out from the library, but if I were to list them it would basically be one long page of Garfield comic book titles… he’s on a roll with those this summer. I think he’s almost all the way through them, so I won’t have to suffer through it much longer… I’m off to get my read on, y’all. Happy reading to you all!

If you have a child, does he/she prefer to read fiction or non-fiction? What about you?

 

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Library Love: Friday, May 23, 2014

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Library Love is a recurring post in which I share each week’s bounty from my public libraries.

 

 

Now, y’all, I must admit that I wasn’t too concerned about getting my bum to the library over the last week while I was participating in the Bout of Books 10 read-a-thon, but I did have a few books on hold that became available to be checked out. It all worked out very well, in that without even trying, I got some really great books sitting here just waiting to be read! Win-win, y’all, win-win. Let’s take a look at what I pulled in:

In addition to looking forward to reading all of the above books, I also got some other great news on the literary front this week: I was the winner of a Goodreads First Reads Giveaway! Even better, it’s a book I’ve just been dying to read: The End of Always by Randi Davenport. Even better than that, UPS already delivered it yesterday afternoon. Tres, tres excited, y’all! I’m off to get my read on now – Happy Reading to you all!

Is there a particular book you’ve been anxious to read lately? Share it with us!

 

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Library Love, Family Edition: Monday, May 12, 2014

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Library Love is a recurring post in which we share each week’s bounty from our public libraries.

 

 

We finally made it to the library this week, y’all – the real library, that is, not just our online libraries. It was nice spending some time there, browsing for books and reading together in those cushy chairs. While I pulled a fairly good haul, I’ll only actually be reading one of these books this week, as I’m participating in the Bout of Books 10 Read-a-thon and have chosen just one of the following books for my reading challenge. I tried to talk The Boy into participating with me, but that was a futile exercise in many, many ways… Let’s take a look at what we both found this week:

Pathologically Literate’s Books:

The Boy’s Books:

I’m most excited to read Shotgun Lovesongs and No Book but the World – I’ve heard great things about both of them, and can’t wait until next week to get started on them. I’ll be reading Still Life with Bread Crumbs as part of my reading challenge this week – I always love me some Anna Quindlen, so that should be a good one. I’m super excited to read Miss Spitfire with The Boy – I loved Helen Keller’s story when I was a child, and am quite interested in reading this fictional version. The Great Unexpected is written by the same author as Love That Dog, one of the sweetest middle grade books ever written – I’m hoping The Boy enjoys it as much as we enjoyed Love That Dog. The Boy always loves some Big Nate, of course, and hopefully he’ll enjoy the rest of the books I picked especially for him, as well. It’s going to be an exciting week as I get my read on in the BoB Read-a-thon – wish me luck, y’all!

What did you find at the library last time you were there?

 

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Library Love: May 3, 2014

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Library Love is a recurring post in which I share each week’s bounty from my public libraries.

 

 

Oh. My. Lord. Y’all, this week has been nuts! We didn’t make it to our local library, but I did manage to find some great reads at the online libraries:

The Secret of Magic is the June pick for my Literary Fiction by People of Color book group on Goodreads – I’m a month ahead, having already read our May pick (Boy, Snow, Bird by Helen Oyeyemi). Mercy Snow is written by the author of another book I’ve read, The Little Giant of Aberdeen County, so I’m looking forward to seeing if this one lives up to the other’s glory. I don’t know much about The Divorce Papers, other than a lot of people are reading it and whispering words of praise, so I thought I’d check it out. The Target is written by one of my “guilty pleasure” authors, David Baldacci. A Changed Man sounds soooo good – about a rehabilitated skinhead making his amends – I can’t wait to get started on that one. Seating Arrangements is another novel that I’m reading mostly just because I’ve heard a lot of good things about it – don’t know too much about the plot, though. I don’t actually do that very often anymore – I like to know what to expect from my reads. Not one for surprises, not me! How about you?

Do you ever pick books to read without knowing what they’re about?

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George Washington: Library Deadbeat

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A couple of weeks ago, I shared with you my debacle with the local library: fines and a lost book. Yikes! After doing a little reading this week, however, I don’t feel quite as loser-ish. Our first President has me beat:

Five months into his first term, George Washington borrowed two books from the historic New York Society Library. One of these was a legal manifesto, the “Law of Nations”, concerning international relations. The second tome was a volume of debates from Britain’s House of Commons.

The two books were due to be returned on November 2, 1789. Alas, they were not. Instead, they remained sequestered at Washington’s Virginia home. While library officials did not actively pursue locating the books, they did wonder if they would ever see them again.

Well, y’all, in 2010, after 221 years, the “Law of Nations” was returned to the New York Society Library by the Mount Vernon staff. Thankfully, late fees were waived. According to The Guardian, “At today’s prices, adjusted for inflation, he would face a late fine of $300,000.”

Suddenly I feel a little bit better about my lost book. Somehow I’m sure we’ll be returning The Diary of a Wimpy Kid in less than 221 years…

Have you ever returned a library book past its due date?

 

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Library Love, Family Edition: April 18, 2014

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Library Love is a recurring post in which we share each week’s bounty from our public libraries.

 

Oh, y’all, it happened again. I already had a fairly good-sized haul from the libraries, when wouldn’t you know it – all kinds of books I had on hold came up for check-out. I hate to pass them up, too, so I went ahead and checked them out. Thus, we’re looking at a couple of weeks of a mad reading frenzy in the Pathologically Literate household! The Boy had a couple of books on hold, too, that became available – but two books are much more manageable than six, wouldn’t you say? Yikes, y’all. I hope I can do this. Wish me luck! Here’s a look at what we brought in this week:

Pathologically Literate Haul:

The Boy’s Haul:

SO excited to read This Dark Road to Mercy! I loved Wiley Cash’s last book, A Land More Kind Than Home, and I’m hoping this one is just as great. Who Asked You? is Terry McMillan’s first book in quite a while – love me some Terry McMillan, y’all. She’s been a favorite of mine for years and years. No Rest for the Dead is going to be an interesting read: each chapter is written by a different bestselling author, featuring their corresponding famed “character” that they write about, yet each chapter is interrelated. Did I explain that well enough? I’m equally intrigued by The Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls – I don’t know much about it, but I’ve had it on my TBR list since before it was released, so I’ll finally get to cross it off. But you know what, y’all, I will tell you what – no matter how many books I cross off my TBR list, it just keeps getting longer. And longer. And longer. Is that a good thing or a bad thing? You tell me…

How long is your TBR list?

 

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