Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Stack Attack!

When it rains, it pours.  That cliche certainly applies to library holds, but in a way that has nothing to do with getting soaking wet or bombarded with ill fortune.  My local public library is amazing, and I regularly put tempting new releases on hold and receive them within weeks or even days.  In the past ten days, the holds have all rolled in.  Plus, I found some great finds on the new release shelf.

I am trying to attack the stack!

Here's a stack status update ... from top to bottom.

13 Ways of Looking at a Fat Girl by Mona Awad is fairly short.  I am reading it as a potential book club choice.  Status:  on deck.

The Great American Whatever by Tim Federle.  Read and really enjoyed it.  As a former high school teacher, I always consider suitability for the classroom when I read YA.  Unfortunately, books in which teenagers drink and/or have sex usually fall outside of that category, even when they are well written and would prompt good writing and rich discussion.  Teens struggling with grief or sexuality will hopefully find their way to this novel and Federle's skillful weaving of truth, pain, and humor.  Status: read and recommend.

Three Martini Lunch by Suzanne Rindell.  It's a fat one and according to my research on Audible.com is a sixteen-hour audiobook.  I like to maximize listening hours when I spend my monthly Audible credits so I may return this one to the library and listen instead.  Just waiting for some audiobook reviews to pop up.  Rebecca Lowman is one of the narrators though so it will likely be a great listen.  Status:  likely to listen instead.

Multiple Listings by Tracy McMillan.  I started this one last night.  So far, so good.  I placed the hold after a friend/reader I trust awarded it four stars on Goodreads.  But, should it give me pause that there are only two blurbs on the back of the book and one is from Eva Longoria?  Status: cautiously optimistic

Ways to Disappear by Idra Novey.  I read about Ways to Disappear in BookPage, a publication you know I adore.  I found it on the new release shelf and will renew it once and see if I'm in the mood.  Status: eventually, probably

I'm Glad About You by Teresa Rebeck.  I heard about this book months ago on Twitter and was so excited because a novel partially set in Cincinnati and involving at least one character who went to Notre Dame sounds so like my jam.  Bad news is that my friend, also a voracious reader, predicts I am going to be disappointed and maybe angry.  I'll still read it (can't resist a Cincy setting) but her review is the reason I went the library route instead of potentially buying it.  Status: bubble burst and not buying, but will read.  I owe it to the Nati.

What's in your stack these days?