01 May, 2011

The Hold List

Well, it's May and I didn't finish 2 of the 3 projects I had anticipated finishing this month. I'm close to being done with the Hera Mountain Ridge Shawl, and have 1/2 of the seaming done for my Sacred Tempest Sweater. I've sewn on the right sleeve, and the sleeve cap is kinda tight, so I'm going to have to regroup a little and figure out some sleeve vents that will match the stripe pattern. Argh.

So instead of knitting, I will distract you with the contents of my Library Hold Shelf! Raych posted today about how strangely gratifying it is to watch your hold number creeeeeeeeeep up the list. I totally agree, so here's what I anticipate reading soon(ish):

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins: 104 of 167 holds. I tried the audiobook of this and it was AWful, so I'm in the queue for the text version like the rest of the world. I'm also doing a hold time dance with books 2 and 3 of the trilogy; neither is as requested as book 1 - which seems strange, doesn't it? - so I'm waiting until I'm closer to reading the first book before I request the other 2.

Lincoln's Dreams by Connie Willis: 1 of 3 holds. Connie Willis currently owns my soul. Blackout/All Clear are up for the Hugo Award this year, and I am desperately rooting for them.

Percy Jackson - Sea of Monsters and The Titan's Curse by Rick Riordan: 2 of 2 and 1 of 1 holds, respectively. I enjoyed the first Percy Jackson novel more than I thought I would, so I figured I'd give the rest of them a shot.

Palimpsest by Catherynne Valente: 3 of 3 holds. The parts of my soul not owned by Connie Willis are in thrall to Valente even though it bugs the CRAP out of me that she's younger than I am and is a successful writer. Do I want to be a writer? No. My brain, it is a mysterious place.

Deathless by Catherynne M. Valente: 2 of 2 holds. For whatever reason, I forget about authors from time to time. This has a secret benefit when I re-discover them because they have often turned out books in the meantime. Hooray!

The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making by Catherynne M. Valente: 1 of 1 holds. Thanks for reminding me about this author, Raych! I will now overdose on her work, if such a thing is possible.

Bossypants by Tina Fey: 176 of 176 holds. I also sometimes forget that I can borrow books relatively close to when they come out from the library by putting them on hold! And while I generally shy away from non-fiction, I've heard such good things about this book from People Whose Opinions I Value that I'm actually excited to read it.

13 Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson: 1 of 1 holds. The second book just came out, but my library doesn't have it yet. I love Johnson's blog but haven't ever read any of her writing.

Sweet Valley Confidential: Ten Years Later by "Francine Pascal": 29 of 29 holds. I'm willing to bet that all 28 holds before me are women around my own age who are DYING to know whether Elizabeth ended up with some lame-ass Perfect Husband and Jessica failed out of college and became a stripper.

You may notice that much of my list matches Raych's. This is because I was looking at her list when I went a bit crazy at my own library's website. What books have you read lately that you really like? What's on your Hold List?


  1. HAHAHAHA! I WAS noticing that your list looked a lot like my list. Good books, hopefully. Let me know how Lincoln Dreams is, btw. CONNIE WILLIS I WANT TO BE YOUR BFF!

  2. I may have to check some of these out. My hold list is strictly sewing books and epic high fantasy. No big shockers there :)

  3. Ha, wow. If you look at my list it is made up of romance novels (with red covers) that have the most embarrassing titles EVER. I need a Tika-vention, where you make me select good books again.