Library Loot – Help Needed!

Library Loot BadgeLibrary Loot is a weekly event co-hosted by Claire from The Captive Reader and Linda from Silly Little Mischief that encourages bloggers to share the books they’ve checked out from the library. If you’d like to participate, just write up your post-feel free to steal the button-and link it using the Mr. Linky any time during the week. And of course check out what other participants are getting from their libraries.

Fellow readers, I need help. I should really stop pretending this isn’t a usual occurrence… but I have once again mismanaged my Library holds and so have all the books at once. And by all the books… I mean 23. I am definitely not going to be able to read them all so please tell me which I definitely can’t miss!

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  • The Strays by Emily Bitto
  • Nostalgia by M. G. Vassanji
  • The Feminist Bookstore Movement: Lesbian Antiracism and Feminist Accountability (I started this one and it is incredible, but also dense. If I don’t finish it I will definitely re-request or buy it.)
  • Wise Children by Angela Carter
  • At the Dark End of the Street: Black Women, Rape, and Resistance – A New History of the Civil Rights Movement from Rosa Parks to the Rise of Black Power by Danielle L. McGuire (Recommended by Cass, this one is a definite must read.)
  • Island of the Mad by Laurie Sheck
  • The Red Car by Marcy Dermansky
  • It’s OK to Laugh (Crying is Cool, Too) by Nora McInerny Purmort
  • Harmless Like You by Rowan Hisayo Buchanan
  • Revolutionary Mothering: Love on the Front Lines edited by Alexis Pauline Gumbs, China Martens, and Mai’a Williams (Read a really great review of this one.)
  • The Other Slavery: The Uncovered Story of Indian Enslavement in America by Andrés Reséndez
  • Pond by Claire-Louise Bennett
  • Women in the Qur’an: An Emancipatory Reading by Asma Lamrabet
  • Blood at the Root: A Racial Cleansing in America by Patrick Phillips (Sounds interesting, but not own voices… is it worth the read?)
  • Invisible Man, Got the Whole World Watching: A Young Black Man’s Education by Mychal Denzel Smith (This is a definite must read, I’ve seen too many great reviews to miss it.)
  • What We Do Now: Standing Up for Your Values in Trump’s America edited by Dennis Johnson and Valerie Merians (I finished this one yesterday.)
  • Culture as Weapon: Art and Marketing in the Age of Total Communication by Nato Thompson
  • Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis by J. D. Vance (I’ve heard conflicting things about this one, indicating it could be much better and isn’t as fantastic as I want – and that it could be frustratingly limited.)
  • The Wangs vs. The World by Jade Chang
  • Asking For It: The Alarming Rise of Rape Culture – And What We Can Do About It by Kate Harding
  • The Women Who Read Too Much by Bahiyyih Nakhjavani (Recommended by Cass so I’ll definitely read this one.)
  • White Trash: The 400-Year Untold History of Class in America by Nancy Isenberg (I’ve heard this is terrible and so I intend to return it unread unless convinced otherwise.)
  • The Muslims are Coming: Islamophobia, Extremism, and the Domestic War on Terror by Arun Kundnani  (I’m currently reading this one. Even though I picked it up most recently so I have it for the longest…)

So, what do you think? Any that are a definite must read or a definite skip? I would love to hear your thoughts!

16 thoughts on “Library Loot – Help Needed!

  1. bermudaonion (Kathy)

    That’s kind of why I quit putting books on hold at the library. I’m listening to Hillbilly Elegy right now and I’m enjoying it. It’s making me understand my sister-in-law and her family. Someone who doesn’t have a connection like that might not enjoy it as much as I am.

    1. amckiereads Post author

      Good call Kathy… it ends up just being where I keep track of what catches my eye sometimes which results in too many books and a lot that are more meh. Good to know re Hillbilly Elegy!

  2. Jenny @ Reading the End

    At the Dark End of the Street looks super good, that’s one that I really REALLY want to read. From my own reading experience, I’d strongly recommend The Other Slavery. So much good material there, and I didn’t know *anything* in it before reading this book. (Except, you know, I knew that the colonizing powers were horrible to the indigenous people. As always.)

    1. amckiereads Post author

      Hah as always, yes indeed Jenny! Those two are high on my list though I admit I haven’t started either yet. I find when I end up with too many I start trying to read a few easy ones to make the pile smaller… and the fantastic non-fiction gets ignored. But I must make an effort to read both of these!

  3. Cass

    I’d love to hear about Culture as Weapon: Art and Marketing in the Age of Total Communication by Nato Thompson to know if I should pick it up or not. Hadn’t heard of that one before! It’s OK to Laugh (Crying is Cool, Too) by Nora McInerny Purmort also sounds like it could be reassuring and helpful for these difficult times.

    I couldn’t make it through White Trash. Maybe because I listened to the audio and hearing the insults like “garbage people” over and over and over just wasn’t working out for me. The author didn’t have any empathy and, since I grew up as a “garbage person,” I felt like I didn’t need her to explain white poverty to me. Have you read Dorothy Allison’s Skin: Talking about Sex, Class and Literature??

    I read Pond last year but I don’t really remember anything about it, and I started reading The Red Car which was written really well, unique narrator voice, but I just wasn’t in the mood for it.

    I’m currently listening to Christodora…it’s like a novel companion to The Gentrification of the Mind.

    PS I love that my recs get a “definite must read.” BEAMS

    1. amckiereads Post author

      Yeah White Trash, even as soon as I picked it up, I thought hmmmmm maybe not – I recalled seeing some reviews mention those problems. I haven’t read that Dorothy Allison but I’ll look it up.

      And obviously your suggestions are must reads, Cass! You read great books, have an idea of how our likes overlap, push me to learn more. All great things.

  4. Linda

    LOL! 23. I don’t want to know how many I have. I always have more library books than I can read. I don’t think I’ve run out of library books in 4 or 5 years.
    I currently have 73 checked out from the library. If I don’t read them I can check them out again later.
    I always read what’s due first or what I want to read the most.

  5. Kailana

    That is an awesome haul! I used to do that. Now I only request 5 books at a time. It is a bit slower, but much more likely to get to the books. lol

    1. amckiereads Post author

      I don’t know how you manage that Kailana! I mean, I always intend to put my holds on inactive and request a few at a time, but it just never seems to actually happen that way.

  6. Marilyn Brady

    Start with The Dark End of the Road and Invisible Man
    And do write something about all of them that read or even taste to keep the rest of us from being overwhelmed by all the possibilities out there

    1. amckiereads Post author

      Thanks Marilyn – I read and really enjoyed Invisible Man, The Dark End of the Street I rerequested and it’s back on my shelf to read 🙂 I’ll try to write something about all of them!

  7. Cecelia

    I know I’m far too late to help out – but I had to laugh and respond because I have the EXACT SAME PROBLEM with library hold management. My cycle goes something like this:

    1) Racks up a fine for items out past their due dates
    2) Library privileges suspended because of too many fines
    Weeks/months later…
    3) Pays fines
    4) Gets really excited about the ability to place holds on books again, and places ALL of the holds!
    5) Can’t read all of the books in the time allotted, so keeps the books past their due date
    [repeat forever and ever amen]

    Good luck!

    1. amckiereads Post author

      LOL Cecelia that is unfortunate. I tend to end up returning a lot unread and simply re-requesting them, which at least saves me too much in fines… It seems impossible NOT to get too many at the same time though!


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