What Do I Have Checked Out From the Library? (Spoiler: An Obscene Amount of Books)

Really. It’s true.

I am The Worst™ at resisting library books, and I’m fortunate enough to be one of those people who live near a well-stocked and well-updated library. (So I can support authors! For free!)

This is why I have almost 30 books checked out from the library, and also why I have to read all almost 30 in the order I checked them out in, or else they’ll need to be returned before I read them! *gasp*

Which is why it takes me ~5 weeks to actually read a book I checked out. BECAUSE I HAVE A QUEUE. All of my library books are lined up in stacks of when I borrowed them.

(In the end I usually only read half of what I check out, BUT at least I’m supporting the author by checking it out in the first place!)

Anyways, here’s a lengthy list with short-ish descriptions of why I picked them up from the library! Yes, some (most) of these reasons are shallow, but they do look like genuinely good books, and you might find an interesting new read on this list!

(Also, note that I didn’t mean for this rec post to be a response to that one author on Twitter that was like “Don’t ever tell me if you checked my book out from a library” but now I’m realizing how fitting this is & I didn’t even mean to do it!!! So enjoy some #librarylove, too.)

(Also ALSO, note that I didn’t mean for this rec post to be a response to that one publisher who was like “blog tours are dumb because they don’t help at all and bloggers all have no influence” since a majority of these are recommended by bloggers. But it just so happens that this is also fitting, and I honestly don’t know what to say other than coincidences are great.)


1. Definitions of Indefinable Things by Whitney Taylor

Short reason: The cover was cute.

Long reason: I like unlikeable main characters, want to read more books about mental health, and I’ve heard really good things about this from some people! So, I’m definitely going to try and read this before it is called back (which, not gonna lie, has a 99% chance of being called back This Saturday so fingers crossed)!

2. The Midnights by Sarah Nicole Smetana

Short reason: It’s a debut. I try and read as many debuts as possible.

Long reason: Not only have I heard so many great things about this (and I’m in love with the cover), I also love stories about music and grief and am very ready to read where this goes! Also, the debut thing. My debut challenge is off the charts and I’m hopefully going to get to a decent number more before the year ends! My debut count is in the 70s right now.

3. Not the Girls You’re Looking For by Aminah Mae Safi

Short reason: I heard a lot of buzz about this around its release, and wanted to grab a copy.

Long reason: Not only did I fall into the buzz, I also love the cover and the summary, and I usually do very well with most contemporaries, especially diverse ones, so I’m excited to pick up Safi’s debut. (Also, yes, it is a debut and that definitely factored into my decision).

4. Wild Blue Wonder by Carlie Sorosiak

Short reason: I won a giveaway for the author’s debut, and wanted to also support her by checking out her sophomore novel.

Long reason: This was definitely part of the reason why I picked this up, but I also adore the cover, heard great things about it, love YA contemporary, and I am always big fans of grief themes. Similarly, Maine is so atmospheric, I can’t imagine not getting sucked into the luscious setting!


5. Love and Other Train Wrecks by Leah Konen

Short reason: THAT COVER.

Long reason: Besides the fact that I obviously have a type of taste with regards to covers, contemporary romances are some of my fastest reads, especially when they’re 24 hour, and I’m always down for a sort of relaxing read that these stories bring, so I try to pick them up as much as I can!

Also, my grandma who lives up north likes to tell me about all the stories of why trains get delayed.

6. A Quiet Kind of Thunder by Sara Barnard

Short reason: The title. It just sounds like my kind of book.

Long reason: Not only have I heard great things about this from a lot of people, and I like the sort of sketch-y, illustrated US cover, I also love reading contemporary romances and mental health books! So this totally ticks both of those boxes. Something about this book really appeals to me, especially because I’m a strong believer in the idea that silence can be just as strong as speaking out loud.

7. The Traitor’s Kiss by Erin Beaty

Short reason: I read book 1 and liked it.

Long reason: I know there was some controversy over the first book, and not only do I want to know if these issues were rectified, I also admittedly did enjoy the magic-less romantic fantasy nature of this book. Something about the premise felt very Winner’s Curse, to me, and I adored that book series!

8. The History of Jane Doe by Michael Belanger

Short reason: It was a local Tampa book club pick.

Long reason: Even though there’s no chance of me actually making it to Tampa for the book club, I still do want to read this, even though I barely know what it’s about. I like cows. I like Jane Doe. I think this could be a good mixture of odd and funny and poignant that could potentially be a new favorite. Oh! Apparently it’s also a debut.


9. Wrong in All the Right Ways by Tiffany Brownlee

Short reason: It’s a debut.

Long reason: It’s a debut by a black author, and I really wanted to support that! Also, apparently it’s a Wuthering Heights retelling and I also adore the sort of collage look of the cover. Shallow, but true. And more contemporary. Lots of contemporary.

10. #MurderTrending by Gretchen McNeil

Short reason: The hype got to me.

Long reason: I’m increasingly enjoying mystery and thriller novels, and I definitely want to find an addictive mystery that feels modern, and this is hopefully going to satisfy that craving! I’ve heard a lot of great things about its bingeability, and so I have high high hopes for this!

11. A Touch of Gold by Annie Sullivan

Short reason: It’s a debut.

Long reason: I actually requested it on Edelweiss, but it’s from Blink, one of the only Harper Collins imprints that doesn’t approve me, so I didn’t get the chance to read. No worries, because I’m still excited for the King Midas retelling, and can’t wait to pick this up!

12. Nine by Zach Hines

Short reason: I saw this on Jenn‘s Instagram.

Long reason: I still don’t really know anything about this, but it looks cool and it’s a sci-fi dystopia, and that’s enough for me to want to pick this up! Also, I may have picked it up to spite anyone who has ever said book bloggers aren’t important for books, because I picked this up solely from seeing it on a book blogger’s stories, and have literally never seen it before or after, except at the library.


13. Contagion by Erin Bowman

Short reason: The buzz.

Long reason: The fact that it’s sci-fi is enough to make me want to read this, but even more than that, I got hooked on the buzz and all the good things being said about it, and I am hands down so ready for more sci-fi murder mystery contagious disease circumstances! It sounds so chilling, I can’t wait!

14. We Regret to Inform You by Ariel Kaplan

Short reason: I saw a post about this on BN Buzz.

Longer reason: Not only did I read a post about this, I also really related to the concept as I am applying to college. I’m saving this until after decisions come out, though, because I feel like it’s taboo to read about this before I am (hopefully) accepted. So, haha, it’s another one of those OMG COLLEGE books I’m excited for (along with 500 Words or Less).

(Also, I find it ironic that the author’s last name is Kaplan when Kaplan is a huge SAT-prep company.)

15. The Smell of Other People’s Houses by Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock

Short reason: Elise @ The Bookish Actress. (That’s it. That’s the tweet.)

Long reason: Yes, Elise was a HUGE factor in why I picked this up, seeing her rave review of this, but I also love starry space covers and the title is really intriguing. Because, what do other people’s houses smell like? How are they important? I just want to know so many things, just from the title alone.

16. Dance of Thieves by Mary E. Pearson

Short reason: Hype.

Long reason: My mom pointed this out at the bookstore and she usually has good cover instinct, so that was an extra push for me to check this out. (Also, because I knew she wouldn’t be like “more books?” when she saw a book she pointed out.) And the hype was a huge factor! A lot of people posted about this, so I thought I’d check it out.


17. Monday’s Not Coming by Tiffany D. Jackson

Short reason: Honestly I have no idea.

Long reason: I wanted to request this on Edelweiss, but I knew I wouldn’t have time to, so I waited till it released to check it out from the library! I know I definitely want to support POC creators, so that was a big part of why I picked it up, and also just because the cover is cool and I love the movement of the font!

18. Given to the Earth by Mindy McGinnis

Short reason: I need to finish this book.

Long reason: This is the third time I’m checking this out (first time it was called back, second time I had to go on vacation) and I swear I’m finishing this before it’s called back. I really enjoyed book one, and definitely can’t wait to see how the duology ends!

19. Autoboyography by Christina Lauren

Short reason: Simon vs. x Fangirl comps!

Long reason: Not only do I think we need more queer rep, I’ve also heard amazing things about this book from bloggers and am definitely excited to read and see what the hype is about! Plus, I’m hoping this turns out to be an adorable romance that I will fall in love with!

20. The Towering Sky by Katharine McGee

Short reason: I read the first two books.

Long reason: This is another series that has its controversy, but in the end, I want to see how it wraps up. I can’t help but enjoy the sort of trashy, Gossip Girl drama in this series, and I want more of the murder mystery and glamorous life for a few hours!


21. Ruin of Stars by Linsey Miller

Short reason: I enjoyed the first book and want to see how it ends!

Long reason: I enjoyed the first book and want to see how it ends! Also, because I love Sal and I think they’re a great character. I definitely can’t wait to finish this series and pick this up, because Linsey is an awesome writer!

22. Beyond a Darkened Shore by Jessica Leake

Short reason: It’s a debut.

Long reason: I like the cover? I think it has potential? I’m honestly a little iffy as it feels like one of the systematically white fantasies I haven’t enjoyed in the past, but I want to give this a chance (and count it towards my debut count) so here we go!

23. The Wicker King by K. Ancrum

Short reason: So many good reviews from friends.

Long reason: Besides the fact that basically all my friends have given this 5 stars, I also am seriously attracted to that cover and I enjoy seeing K. Ancrum on Twitter and the premise sounds amazing. So yeah, I’m definitely picking this up.

24. The Forest Queen by Betsy Cornwell

Short reason: I liked reading Mechanica!

Long reason: I actually picked this up to move to my other library that was closer, but never did so. I might read it, but there’s a good chance this will be part of the half that is returned, especially because I want to read Venturess before I read this!


25. Sea Witch by Sarah Henning

Short reason: Buzzity buzz buzz.

Long reason: Not only did I see a lot of hype for this around when it released, I also like retellings and think this could be a cool villain retelling! Plus, the cover is gorgeous, so that’s definitely an added bonus!

26. And the Ocean Was Our Sky by Patrick Ness

Short reason: I’ve been reading a lot of Melville lately and wanted to read all about Moby Dick from the whale’s perspective.

Long reason: I have been reading Melville’s short stories lately for AP Lit and I want to read Moby Dick eventually, so I thought this would be a nice introduction! Plus, illustrated novels are so cool and that’s definitely something I wanted to try out, along with the whole whale’s perspective.

much love, vicky

What books do you have checked out from the library? Or, if there’s not one near you, what books do you wish you could check out & try?

45 thoughts on “What Do I Have Checked Out From the Library? (Spoiler: An Obscene Amount of Books)

  1. I have The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco checked out. I have a few others but they can be checked out at any time, I have the physical book format. I just like to have both formats just in case since I love ebooks and regular books. (There’s probably publishers that hate that I check out one format when I have the other, but I have bought books when I owned the ebook already too.)


    1. I totally get that! I find I read faster (since I have more time to read this format) on ebook, but I prefer hardcover, so having both is definitely convenient.

      and the bone witch is great! I hope you love it!

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    1. ahhhh this is awesome! I hope you find a lot of awesome books there! and yes, they’re all so eyecatching, but those definitely caught my eye with their covers!

      I feel so shallow sometimes for my reasons ahahah

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  2. I love love LOVE this post and hope it’s gonna be a series! I’ve posted on my blog about the importance of libraries and this has really validated it all for me (if you’d like to check it out my blog is https://allthingsalexx.wordpress.com/ but no pressure to) I love taking books out of the library because it means I can check as many different authors out as possible without breaking my [non existent] bank account! Can’t wait to see more posts from you! Alex x

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    1. awww, omg I will try! it’ll probably be a while bc I don’t want to show repeats, but yes! libraries are so important when they’re available near you, and they can definitely help authors so yay!

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  3. I have the same “problem” with my library. I often get so many books at once, mostly because I request a ton and then they all come in at the same time. What is up with that? *lol*

    There are a ton of great books on this list, some on my own as well. I definitely want to read Sea Witch and The Wicker King.

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  4. I’m very fortunate to have a library with a good e-book system. Much as I prefer hardcopy books to electronic, it saves me from having to dash over the library when a book is ready or when I need to return it. Downside – I’m frequently on waitlists of doom! Example: I’ve placed War Storm on hold nearly two months ago and I’m currently #22 in line (though there are 29 ebook copies). I usually save my library books for something I know I can get through quick since the wait lists mean that once my three weeks are up, I have no shot at renewal.

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    1. yes! waitlists are sooo unfortunately because you have to read FAST when you are on them. I hate not being able to renew because then it means I have to read quickly, gah!


  5. You have made me feel tremendously better; I average about 8~ books borrowed from the library at a time and I thought that was a lot!!! Also I just borrowed A Quiet Kind of Thunder from my library and absolutely loved it!! You will definitely need tissues.

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    1. oh ahahaha yeah! I check out wayyy too many books. (I used to be nearing the 40s, but then I started going to the library every other week to avoid that). and ooh, I’m glad you enjoyed! i’m really excited to read that one!

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  6. A bunch of these are on my TBR. I completely agree with what you said about The Towering Sky! I read the first two books and I need to know how the trilogy ends. I also can’t help but love all the trashy drama in these novels. I hope you enjoy all of these books!! ❤

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  7. Great post! ☺️ I used to check out a lot of books from the library too (up to 30 as well 😂) but now that I don’t have as much time to read as I used to (back in middle school), I only check out 10 books at most, and most of the time, I don’t even get to read all of them before I have to return them, whoops. Anyway, I really hope you enjoy Autoboyography! It’s one of my favorite books; it made me feel so much. 💖

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    1. ahhh thank you so much! and yeah, I totally get that. I can’t read most of these, but I check them out anyways so the numbers get sent to the pubs, haha! and oooh, that’s good to hear, I’m excited!


  8. I have twelve books checked out and one ebook checked out (three are on hold). Some of them are Down Among the Sticks and Bones by Seanan McGuire and Death of the Necromancer by Martha Wells. That’s just two of them…. I, too, live very close to a well stocked library. D:

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  9. Oh my, there are SO many books here, you’ve got some excellent reads coming up! I’m so happy to see A Quiet Kind of Thunder on here, as I loved this book so, so very much. I hope you will, too! 🙂 And I’ll be looking forward to your thoughts on Monday’s Not Coming, The Wicker King, Wild Blue Wonder and Not The Girl You’re Looking For especially, because I’m curious about all of these 🙂 Happy reading! 😀

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  10. sdlkjfs The Wicker King and Autoboyography!!!!!! TWO OF MY FAVES, OMG I AM SO HAPPY ❤ also I love how this post is in response to the jerks who dragged blog tours and libraries. oh god I'll never understand what they were thinking???????
    so many of these books sound so great omggg *rushes to GR*

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    1. AHHH OMG YES so many people love those I am so ready to pick them up.

      and yeah ugh there are so many gross people on twitter sometimes I *deep sigh*

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  11. I can’t check any book because italian libraries don’t have this kind of book, but luckily I can buy some (without exceeding).
    I read The Wicker King and i liked it but also not that much. But I will really going to read the other book written by the author! I’m curious.

    I’ve the first book of the Given series. I love McGinnis The Female of the Species and I’m so interested to see how she managed to work with a fantasy. I’ve the first book still unread, sadly XD

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    1. awww, no! i’m sorry to hear that, but yes! buying books is still awesome!

      sad to hear about the wicker king, but I am very excited to hear what you think of the Given series! it’s definitely weird and out there and a lot of people don’t like it very much, but it made me think a lot about colonialism and racism and the concept of savagery, and I just really loved the nuance and subtext.

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  12. I love my local library! I’m the worst at checking out books I know I won’t be able to read though. Usually it’s because I’m going in to pick up a book I had on hold, and then my library has these featured shelves and I see books that are really popular but somehow not on hold? So I want to take advantage of the opportunity while they’re there. Also the YA section is SUPER CLOSE to the doors and I just automatically kind of gravitate towards it. It’s a constant struggle. On another note, I totally have The Traitor’s Ruin checked out right now too!

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    1. Yes!!! i’m excited to dive in! and honestly I’ve accepted that I can’t read most of these but I check them out anyways because it’s supporting the authors and that’s good enough for me, haha!


  13. ugh i wish i had the time to go to the library. but the only times i ever do are when they have sales (which is every two months) because the walk back and forth is sooo much and also the deadlines lowkey intimidate me. maybe one day, though. when i am in access of easy transport. (i added a lot of these to my goodreads list, though.)

    fun factoid: i’ve never had a library card

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    1. BIG MOOD. my library usually has books on sale, but they very rarely get new ones :///

      and PATTY WHAT NO YOU NEED A LIBRARY CARD. one day, though. (the deadlines do suck but it’s like 5 weeks so as long as you don’t dally like I do you’d be okay)


  14. I just find it amazing that your library lets you check out that many books at once omg what libraries do you people live near?? I used to be a library reader but then I just wanted to hold my books and reread and just have them whenever I wanted without fearing for my life (my librarian was very scary) but I miss library reading because books were free lol. I also heard the same thing about The Towering Sky and I’ve been shying away from it because I have a love hate relationship with drama like that (its annoying but also the TEA you know?) Do you think you could do a mini non spoiler review once you finish it (I totally get if you don’t want to) Anyway, adding some of these to my tbr list (rip tbr list) ♡

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    1. AHAHAHA omg it’s true

      I don’t even think there’s a limit, but I renew the books each week and return them before I get fined.

      and omg that’s so true! and I can definitely do a mini non spoiler review for The Towering Sky–i’m still gonna read it because I need that tea hahhaa!


  15. I love this post too much. I used to be the worst ever about checking out a crap load of library books every time I went, and I still can’t step foot in a library without grabbing at least 5 things (which is bad, since I’m in school for my MLIS, which leads to me visiting the library a LOT to work on projects related to the branch). I always try to read mine in order of when they were checked out, too, but I feel like I almost never ever finish them all before they’re due back.

    So many of these look SO GOOD. The only ones I’ve read were A Quiet Kind of Thunder, Contagion, Autoboyography, and The Wicker King, all of which I gave 4+ stars. ♥

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    1. ahahah omg yes thank you!!! I almost never finish all (or even half) of them, but I still love checking them out to help the author! and those are all ones I’ve heard marvelous things about, that’s great to hear!

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