books, Essays, Graphic Novel, LGBTQ, Memoir, Reading, Science Fiction, Women Writers, Works in Translation

A Month at the Library…

It’s July, officially summer – at least in my part of the world. My garden is finally abloom, the vegetables are starting to sprout, and my To Be Read list grows with each summer storm. With the days of heat-inspired laze ahead, I’ve decided to embark on a mini-project: I will spend this month reading books I’ve borrowed through my local library system. I have always been a faithful library patron and am eternally grateful for the existence of public libraries. Why not celebrate that dedication, in my own bookish way, by featuring the variety of gems at my disposal?

I combed through my Goodreads hopefuls, fired off a bevy of requests, and found that my eyes may be bigger than my proverbial stomach, but I am very excited at the menu ahead. Here is my tax-supported, publicly available, library book haul:


I’ve gathered a nice variety of genres and topics, lengths and formats. There are graphic novels, memoirs, essays, literary fiction, sci-fi, works in translation. There are brief novels and weighty tomes. I know, too, that there are missing elements – better representation of people of color, immigration, historical fiction, poetry. These are areas I try to cover with decent regularity, so I will acknowledge the lack and commit to addressing it again in the months ahead. And who knows? Perhaps I’ll have a highly prolific reading month and can add better representation to this month’s project. Whatever comes, I hope to give my library card and my creaky brain a good July workout. Hope you’ll enjoy the journey with me!