the 10 books I'm waiting to check out from the library

Thursday, January 19, 2017
I just got back to Charlotte this week, and I am so thrilled for a couple of different reasons –  living full-time with Patrick, of course, but also working in an office setting again, being in such close proximity to an IKEA and having access to an amazing library system. I LOVE the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Public Library and signing up for a library card the minute I moved here in May was probably the best thing I did all summer.

There was a time during the summer where I was checking out five to six books a week (probably more) and because I had access to so many amazing reads, I didn't feel pressured to finish a book if I wasn't into it. I just returned it and checked out another one. It was GREAT. I also checked out eBooks and audiobooks, which I was so grateful for when I was away from Charlotte – I drive a lot, so the audiobooks are a game changer.

Another reason why the CMPL is great? Their catalogue is so easy to peruse online, and I can get on the waiting list for any book they have. When it's ready, they'll bring it to my branch of choice and I just drop by and pick it up. I can put a max of 10 books on hold at once, and let me be clear: I try to keep that list very full.

Here's what I'm waiting on right now:

1. The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo by Amy Schumer | I do not read a lot of nonfiction, hardly any at all in fact. I already read Lauren Graham's memoir so maybe I'll really get out of my box and enjoy two memoirs in one year.

2. The Star-touched Queen by Roshani Choksi | I really loved The Wrath and The Dawn. It was one of the best books I read the year before last, and when you search for that one on Goodreads, this is recommended as another read. I didn't hear much about it last year when it came out, but the plot sounds interesting and I don't have much interest in contemporary YA these days.

3. A Torch Against the Night by Sabaa Tahir | Another fantasy YA novel that I hope I enjoy more than I did the first in this series. I didn't hate An Ember in the Ashes, but it definitely wasn't my favorite the year it was released.

4. Caraval by Stephanie Garber | This fantastical novel isn't out until the end of January, but the summary pulled me in. I found it on the Goodreads January YA releases list and I was super interested.

5. The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondō | OK, listen. I give Gilmore Girls way too much power over my life. And since Rory didn't read a single book in the revival, I am taking my book recommendations from Emily Gilmore. I don't think I need to do a purge of my belongings – although my parents, who recently helped me pack my car full of half of everything I own, would probably disagree – but I never turn down organization advice.

6. Carve the Mark by Veronica Roth | Don't let me down like Allegiant did, Veronica. I will not forgive you for it.

7. All the Ugly and Wonderful Things by Bryn Greenwood | I trust my friend Kelsey's five-star reviews, and she just added this one to her read shelf on Goodreads today. This seems like a book that will stick with me for a long time, and I can't wait to read it.

8. Today Will Be Different by Maria Semple | Another five-star review from my friend Kelsey. I loved Where'd You Go, Bernadette? and loved Maria Semple's style, so I am really excited for this one.

9. The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead | Even though I will likely have to wait a while to read this one because the waitlist is so long, it is one of the most recommended books. I know a long waitlist means it will be worth it.
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