Love Your Library, November 2022

Eleanor got loads of her R.I.P. reads from the library last month. Several of my novellas for this month have come from the public library, and before long it’ll be time to gather up a few holiday-appropriate reads.

I cut down my library volunteering from four hours a week to two, to claw back a little more time for work and for myself – between adjusting my meal times and walking there and back, it felt like I lost the whole of my Thursday afternoons, and already I enjoy having them free.

Early next month the library will close for two days for a complete stock take. I’ll go in on my usual Tuesday morning to help out with that for a few hours. I know to expect a lot of standing and repetitive work, but we’ve been promised tea and cake at break time!

Since last month:


  • Strangers on a Pier: Portrait of a Family by Tash Aw
  • Fair Play by Tove Jansson
  • The Magic Pudding by Norman Lindsay


  • Standard Deviation by Katherine Heiny
  • Pages & Co.: The Treehouse Library (Pages & Co. #5) by Anna James
  • Heat and Dust by Ruth Prawer Jhabvala
  • Everything the Light Touches by Janice Pariat
  • Leap Year by Helen Russell
  • The Family Retreat by Bev Thomas
  • Another Brooklyn by Jacqueline Woodson
  • Crying in H Mart by Michelle Zauner


What have you been reading or reviewing from the library recently?

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9 responses

  1. Glad to hear you’re enjoying a little freedom! And I hope you’re enjoying the Woodson.

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    1. I actually finished it this morning (after scheduling the post last night). Yes, I enjoyed it, but I think I liked Brown Girls — which must be indebted to this — better.

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  2. I haven’t joined in lately, but the library has been my main source of books lately. Some will appear on Six Degrees!

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    1. You’re a library stalwart!

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  3. Good for you for getting back some time for yourself. It’s important. The library is lucky to have you!

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    1. It’s never good to resent an activity like volunteering. One morning a week feels like the right balance for me as a working person. It also makes me feel like I might be able to take up a new active hobby or a different volunteer role.

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  4. I don’t know if this counts but I bought Emma Donoghue’s Frog Music from the library for 50p. Enjoying it so far! I’m intrigued by the way it almost feels like creative non fiction (I skipped ahead to read the author’s note).

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    1. That’s a bargain! I remember Frog Music being mostly enjoyable, but with a few niggles for me (also, too long).

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