Library Checkout: April 2016

You’ll notice a lot of familiar titles: some I’ve reviewed here recently; others have been hanging around since last month. It’s high time I actually read some of these – especially the Elizabeth Gilbert, for which I have high hopes. It’s a long Bank Holiday weekend coming up here in the UK, so maybe I’ll use that as the excuse to sink into a nice long library book…


  • The Human Age: The World Shaped by Us by Diane Ackerman
  • The Zimzum of Love: A New Way of Understanding Marriage by Rob and Kristen Bell
  • To the River by Olivia Laing
  • The Observances by Kate Miller (poetry)
  • Dream Work by Mary Oliver (poetry)
  • One of Us: The Story of a Massacre and Its Aftermath by Åsne Seierstad
  • Golden Age by Jane Smiley

Skimmed only:


  • Words in Air: The Complete Correspondence between Elizabeth Bishop and Robert Lowell, edited by Thomas Travisano [It’s over 800 pages, so I’ll probably be reading it all year!]

signature of allCHECKED OUT, TO BE READ

  • In the Unlikely Event by Judy Blume
  • The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving by Jonathan Evison
  • The Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert
  • The Great Soul of Siberia by Sooyong Park (about tigers)


  • The Land Ballot by Fleur Adcock
  • Song of the Sea Maid by Rebecca Mascull

(Thanks, as always, to Shannon of River City Reading for the great blog idea and template!)

10 responses

  1. I’ve never seen that cover for The Signature of All Things before!


    1. It must be UK-only. The hardback also has a built-in ribbon bookmark — *swoon*! I have high expectations for this one.

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      1. It’s so good!!


    2. I’m about a quarter of the way through so far — enjoying it! The voice feels so natural.

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  2. I just bough the Bishop/Lowell correspondence a few months ago! I keep waiting to dip into it, but maybe I should this weekend. . .


    1. I’ve been reading about 10 pages at a time and have gradually gotten to page 100 (just 1/8 of the way through!). I’m liking it even though I know hardly anything by or about the two poets. It’s a nice window onto their time period and circle.

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  3. That really is a gorgeous cover of The Signature of All Things…and a long weekend would be the PERFECT time to sit down and read it. Such a good book!


    1. I got through nearly half of it this weekend!


  4. Judy Blume! Blast from the past there!


    1. Definitely. I probably haven’t read one of her books in over 20 years, and I’ve never tried any of her adult novels. I’ve heard favourable things about this one.


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