Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Reading My Library

I've been working on my Library Quest for over five years now, a Quest to read a book from each shelf of the library. Things paused a while when they closed the library for a few years to bring it up to modern specs, but it looks like they put fewer books back in so maybe it will all balance out.

Current Sections
I'm currently working along the down river wall of the library, since the children's section is there and that is the section where I ended before the renovation. The first shelves are CDs (music), which I've officially skipped I don't count those slider things as shelves. Then comes audio CDs, which will take (took me) me years, and then Large Print. Now I'm in Fiction, which again will take me years.

Fiction: (A-C completed)
The Spider's War, Daniel Abraham. 6/27/16
The Darling Dahlias and the Eleven O'Clock Lady, Susan Wittig Albert. 6/28/16
First Frost, Sarah Addison Allen. 6/14/16
Magic Shifts, Ilona Andrews. 6/20/16
The Stolen McKenzie Bride, Jennifer Ashley 4/22/17

The Crocodile's Last Embrace, Suzanne Arruda 8/5/16
Lights Out, Donald Bain 8/24/16
Only Enchanting, Mary Balogh 7/25/16
Memory Man, David Balducci 10/31/16
Karen Memory, Elizabeth Bear 9/7/16

Nursing Homes Are Murder, Mike Belefer 10/14/16
A Shocking Delight, Jo Beverley 1/25/17
Ghost of a Potion, Heather Blake 5/25/17
Desperate Hearts, Rosanne Bittner 8/15/17 (they redid the shelves a bit!)
Remnants of Trust, Elizabeth Bonesteel 7/28/17

(new row)
Out of Range, C.J. Box 8/30/17
Vanishing Time, Katharine Britton 9/14/17
Murder on a Summer Day, Frances Brody 11/2/17
Geared for the Grave, Duffy Brown 11/1/17
The Divided Family, Wanda Brunstetter 10/20/17
Make Me Stay, Jaci Burton 12/3/17
Treasured by Thursday, Catherine Bybee 1/11/18
The Last Neanderthal, Clare Cameron 12/30/17
Benedict Hall, Cate Campbell 1/17/18
The Chocolate Bunny Brouhaha, Joanna Carl 1/13/18
Prudence, Gail Carriger 1/27/18
Potions and Pastries, Bailey Cates 2/19/18
Sarah's Orphans, Vannetta Chapman 2/28/18
Worth Dying For, Lee Child 3/10/18
All By Myself, Alone, Mary Higgins Clark 4/18/18
Glow of Death, Jane Cleland 4/22/18
Black Sands, Colleen Coble 5/21/18
Ancestral Machines, Michael Cobley 7/11/18
No Farm, No Foul, Meg Cochran 7/21/18
The Burning Page, Genevieve Cogman 7/31/18
Long Time Gone, Mary Connealy 8/22/18
Honor Among Thieves, James S. A. Corey 11/12/18
I Shot the Buddha, Colin Cotterill 1/30/19
Split Second, Catherine Coulter 4/8/19
Pines, Blake Crouch 5/21/19
Green and Pleasant Land, Judith Cutler 8/9/19
The Gentle Art of Murder, Jeanne Dams 9/23/19
Kill the Farm Boy, Delilah Dawson & Kevin Hearne 2/25/20
The Ballad of Huck & Miguel, Tim DeRoche 6/16/20
Forever Strong, Piper J. Drake 8/29/21


So, I asked the librarian if she would go to my shelf and grab me a book, but her boss said they had no time. Fair enough -- they look a bit shell-shocked with the start of Curbside Pickup. To tide me over, I got a bag of offerings and will be using those for my shelf stand-ins for the duration.

MYSTERY/THRILLER PICK: Wolf Rebel, Paige Tyler 12/03/20
ROMANCE PACK: Her Naughty Holiday, Tiffany Reisz 10/26/20,
FICTION PACK: Temporary, Hilary Leichter 5/1/2021
FANTASY PACK: Stars Abound 
Kidlit: Curses for Sale

Audio (Completed!): 
Dead Heat, Patricia Briggs
The High Druid's Blade, Terry Brooks
Lord of Scoundrels, Loretta Chase
Rendezvous, Nelson DeMille
The Heist, Janet Evanovich & Lee Goldberg
HildNicola Griffiths 4/13/16
Between Planets, Robert Heinlein 1/28/16
Unnatural Causes,  P. D. James 5/7/16
Left For Dead, J.A Jance 6/8/16
Flight Behavior, Barbara Kingsolver 9/8/16
Changes, Mercedes Lackey 8/23/16
Falling in Love, Donna Leon 9/19/16
The Corsican Caper, Peter Mayle 9/30/16
Once a Rancher, Linda Miller 11/2/16
League of Dragons, Naomi Novak 4/5/17
Boy, Snow, Bird, Helen Oyeyemi 5/24/17
The Late Scholar, Jill Paton Walsh 9/30/17 (long gap due to listening to Cybils books)
Little Fuzzy, H. Beam Piper 10/24/17
Wonderland in Death, J.D. Robb 11/2/17
First Impressions, Nora Roberts 12/3/17
Whose Body?, Dorothy Sayers 12/19/17
The Rosie Project, Graeme Simsion 2/7/18
Homesman, Glendon Swarthout 1/15/18
London Rain, Nicola Upson 4/20/18
Bruno and the Carol Singers, Martin Walker 4/25/18
Laughing Gas, P.G. Wodehouse 5/16/18

(nonfiction audio starts)
How We Learn, Benedict Carey 6/7/18
Grunt, Mary Roach 7/20/18
The Compleat Gentleman, Brad Minor 9/10/18
Stiff, Mary Roach 10/28/18
Save Room For Pie, Roy Blount 12/13/18

In Such Good Company, Carol Burnett 2/18/19
The Road to Little Dribbling, Bill Bryson 4/11/19
You Don't Have to Say You Love Me, Sherman Alexie 5/23/19
The Year of Magical Thinking, Joan Didion  6/10/19
Stories of My Life, Katherine Paterson 7/17/19

Large Print (completed):
Shelves R-Nonfiction:
Sisterland, Curtis Sittenfeld 5/14/16
A Spool of Blue Thread, Anne Tyler 4/30/16
Lafayette in the Somewhat United States, Sarah Vowell 5/10/16
Living With a Wild God, Barbara Ehrenreich 5/17/16
Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power, Jon Meacham  6/2/16
Shelves M - R
The Miracle at Speedy MotorsAlexander McCall Smith
God Help the Child, Toni Morrison 2/16/16
Miracle at Augusta, James Patterson & Peter de Jonge 2/29/16
The Secrets of Sir Richard Kenworthy, Julia Quinn 3/10/16
Airtight, David Rosenfelt 4/2/16
Shelves F - M
Songs From Willow Frost, Jamie Ford
Dick Francis's Refusal, Felix Francis
Stakeout, Parnell Hall
City of Saints, Andrew Hunt
Dreaming Spies, Laurie R. King
Shelves A- D
Stone Mattress, Margaret Atwood
Breaking Dawn, C.J. Box
Ming Tea Murder, Laura Childs
Almost Amish, Kathryn Cushman
The Blacksmith's Bravery, Susan Page Davis


Back in 2010 when I started this Quest, the Children's section was in the front of the library, just off the entrance. The children's section consisted of

  1. Picture Books
  2. Series Books
  3. Fiction Books
  4. Nonfiction
  5. Easy Readers

And then they closed the library and tore out the insides, so now I've moved into the rebuilt adult section. And there I've completed:
  1. Large Print
  2. Audio A-Z, 
  3. Fiction A-C.
  4. Audio 

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