Library Love: April 27, 2015


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




I just realized it’s been over a month since I’ve given y’all some Library Love, so here you go!


I just finished Michael Robotham’s newest novel, Life or Death, last week and it was so good! I’m hoping that his novel, The Suspect, will be, too. I’ve already finished Bret Lott’s The Hunt Club, and it was an OK read; Dead Low Tide is its sequel and I’m hoping it will be a little bit better. Cold Sassy Tree has been on my TBR list for a very long time, and I’m looking forward to getting into it. The Homecoming of Samuel Lake… what can I say, y’all? I’ve checked old Samuel out from the library multiple times and never finished the book before it was time to return it. This will be the fourth and final time I do so – it will be read, so help me God! I kept the check-outs to a minimum this week because I have quite a few ARC’s to get through for April and May; can’t wait until they’re taken care of, because I have my beloved, ever-growing TBR list to get back to work on! Until next time, y’all, Happy Reading!

Is there a book that you’ve been struggling to finish, too? Share in the comments!

The To-Be-Read Tag


Kelly at The Well-Read Redhead posted this fun little questionnaire the other day. Apparently bloggers are tagging other bloggers to answer the questions, but since no one has tagged poor, lonely moi, I’m just going to be a crazy SWF and answer them anyway…

1. How do you keep track of your TBR pile?

Your first mistake is assuming that there is just one TBR pile. I’ve got my official one on Goodreads, of course, but there’s also the one on my library’s website, the one on my library’s eBook website, and then there’s the one at The Free Library of Philadelphia’s eBook website, to which I hold a membership. It ‘s a sickness, really.

2. Is your TBR list mostly print or eBook?

I personally prefer reading on my Kindle Paperwhite and seek out eBooks as often as possible (haters don’t hate!). Almost all of the books I read are from either my online libraries or the local library, so I do read a few in print; just not many.

3. How do you determine which book from your TBR list to read next?

I really just play it by ear. It depends on what ARCs are due for review, or what’s available from the library, or what Kindle deals I might have come across on Amazon.

4. What book has been on your TBR the longest?

According to Goodreads, I added Lies My Teacher Told Me by James W. Loewen on August 23, 2012. There are others I’ve wanted to read for longer, but I don’t have a record of them, so we’ll go with the official record.

5. A book you recently added to your TBR?

Welcome to Braggsville by T. Geronimo Johnson

6. A book on your TBR strictly because of its beautiful cover.

I don’t have any currently on the TBR because of their cover; that’s not something that usually draws me to a novel. But the last time I read a book for its cover, it was Loteria by Mario Alberto Zambrano, and it happened to be just as amazing on the inside as well.

7. A book on your TBR that you never plan on reading.

First Frost by Sarah Addison Allen. I was supposed to review the ARC, but just couldn’t bring myself to read it. Not my sort of thing. Come to think of it, I should probably go remove it from my list…

8. An unpublished book on your TBR that you’re excited for.

God Help the Child by Toni Morrison. It’s gonna be a killer, I can feel it in my bones.

9. A book on your TBR that basically everyone has read but you.

Outlander by Diana Gabaldon – no question. I think I’m the last person on earth who hasn’t read it.

10. A book on your TBR that everyone recommends to you.

Outlander would be the winner of this one, as well. As we bibliophiles well know, when we find a novel we love, we want the whole world to love it, too.

11. A book on your TBR that you’re dying to read.

Above the Waterfall by Ron Rash. I adore him. So far he has not written a single word I have not worshipped.

12. How many books are on your Goodreads TBR shelf?

A measly total of 416. I recently went through it and weeded out most of the books that I knew I would never read. But trust me – this is just the puny little tip of the iceberg; see question #1 for more details.

Well, folks, that about does it for this particular Reader. Feel free to complete and share this little questionnaire yourself, if you haven’t already.

What about your TBR pile? share in the comments below!



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Library Love, Family Edition: April 18, 2014




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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