Holding Pattern

Inspired by organizational books, including Read, Remember, Recommend, I’ve finally gotten serious about keeping track of intriguing books I discover while online*.  Instead of just dashing down titles on random scraps of paper, I now stay logged onto my library’s homepage while perusing book blogs.  When something catches my eye, I request it immediately.  Farewell to forgetting titles of books that received rave reviews from fellow bloggers.

I know this isn’t an earth-shattering concept that I’ve hit upon, but it has improved my overall quality of life by 2%.  It doesn’t take much to make me happy!

Here’s what I have on hold at my local library right now:

Remembering Smell: A Memoir of Losing–and Discovering–The Primal Sense by Bonnie Blodgett

In November 2005, Bonnie Blodgett was whacked with a nasty cold. After a quick shot of a popular nasal  spray up each nostril, the back of her nose was on fire. With that, Blodgett–a professional garden writer devoted to the sensual pleasures of garden and kitchen–was launched on a journey through the senses, the psyche, and the sciences. Her olfactory nerve was destroyed, perhaps forever. She had lost her sense of smell. –Amazon Product Review

The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake by Aimee Bender

Bender’s second novel careens splendidly through an obstacle course of pathological, fantastical neuroses. Bender’s narrator is young, needy Rose Edelstein, who can literally taste the emotions of whoever prepares her food, giving her unwanted insight into other people’s secret emotional lives—including her mother’s, whose lemon cake betrays a deep dissatisfaction. Though Rose’s gift can seem superfluous at times, and Bender’s gustative insights don’t have the sensual potency readers might crave, this coming-of-age story makes a bittersweet dish, brimming with a zesty, beguiling talent. — synopsis excerpted from Publishers Weekly

If You Could See Me Now AND There’s No Place Like Here by Cecelia Ahern (recommended by Lex of Belching Words)

If You Could See Me Now: Ahern employs an imaginary best friend to breathe distinctiveness into an otherwise stereotypical Irish tale. Living in her own house in a small, posh Irish town, 35-year-old Elizabeth Egan is an uptight interior designer and adoptive mother to her six-year-old nephew, Luke, whose mother, Elizabeth’s 23-year-old sister, Saoirse, prefers boozing to parenting. Ahern tempers heartbreak with hope and playfulness in this uplifting, sentimental tale. –excerpted from Publishers Weekly

There’s No Place Like Here:  Ahern tells the fantastical story of Sandy Shortt, a smalltown Irish girl who, at 10 years old, becomes obsessed with finding lost things after a neighborhood girl disappears. Sandy’s parents fret for years about her fixation, eventually finding her help in the form of hunky high school psychologist Gregory Burton. He’s not much older than Sandy, and soon enough they’re both smitten, though neither moves to pursue a romantic relationship until later, after Sandy graduates and moves to Dublin, where she tracks missing persons for a living. Ahern jumps around in time and space, which adds as much confusion as suspense, but the underlying message about cherishing what you have comes through loudly by the end. –excerpted from Publishers Weekly

Red Hook Road by Ayelet Waldman

Waldman delivers a dense story of irreparable loss that tracks two families across four summers. After John Tetherly and Becca Copaken die in a freak car accident an hour after their wedding, their families are left to bridge stark class and cultural divides, and eventually forge deep-rooted bonds thanks to the twin deities of love and music. –excerpted from Publishers Weekly

The Wrecker by Clive Cussler and Justin Scott (Audio book–I enjoyed the first book immensely!)

Set in 1907, the rousing second thriller to feature detective Isaac Bell (after The Chase) from bestseller Cussler and Scott pits Bell against the Wrecker, who’s been destroying trains and railroad facilities around the country for no apparent reason. While the Wrecker’s identity is revealed early on and there’s never any doubt that Isaac will get his man, readers will find many thrills and much diabolical cleverness along the way.

Do you keep a running list at your local library?  What titles are on it?

*I still keep a small notebook in my bag to jot down titles when I’m out and about!


  • At 2010.06.21 02:04, IntrovertedJen said:

    This is a great idea, but my library won’t let me put holds on more than three books at a time. Three! Instead, I add books to my to-read shelf on GoodReads and also look to see if it’s available at my library and if so, add it to that shelf as well. The problem is that they disappear onto my gigantic to-read list, never to be seen again! Oh well. I’m happy with what I do read and the system works well enough.

    I’m really interested in the Lemon Cake book. It sounds so good!

    • At 2010.06.21 19:26, nat @book, line, and sinker said:

      three holds?!!? that’s scandalous. i hope my library doesn’t get any ideas. i’ll let you know how the lemon cake goes–it’s such an interesting and fresh idea.

    • At 2010.06.21 02:26, Lex said:

      I have heard of The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake from a different blog and I am so interested in it because of the concept. Sounds like an Ahern-ish book. I await your review!
      .-= Lex´s last blog ..Pretty Tape =-.

      • At 2010.06.21 03:18, bybee said:

        I’d hate to lose my sense of smell. Regarding nasal sprays, my grandfather had to have the inside of his nose entirely rebuilt because he overused a popular OTC brand.
        .-= bybee´s last blog ..Slow-Motion Reading =-.

        • At 2010.06.21 19:28, nat @book, line, and sinker said:

          that’s so scary! i have never used an OTC nasal spray but have used a neti pot (with disastrously wet results). but that’s a post for another day. 🙂 lol.

        • At 2010.06.21 08:43, vivienne said:

          I have a little book where I write down all the books I like the look of. I really enjoy Ceceila Aherne.- loved The Book of Tomorrow.
          .-= vivienne´s last blog ..Monday Mail and Library Loot =-.

          • At 2010.06.21 10:11, bermudaonion (Kathy) said:

            I use a little spiral bound notebook to jot my wishes in! I haven’t read any of these books, although I am anxious to dig into Red Hook Road.

            • At 2010.06.21 10:20, Steph said:

              I definitely want to read the Waldman when it’s released! Alas, my library has now put constraints on how many books you can request at a time. We can only put holds on 10 items consecutively, which I think is a ridiculously low amount, which means I rarely put things on hold anymore. Generally I’m not chomping at the bit to read new releases, but with only 10 slots, I have to certainly make thoughtful choices!
              .-= Steph´s last blog ..Walking in Memphis =-.

              • At 2010.06.21 10:21, Kerry @ Entomology of a Bookworm said:

                Great idea with the library holds! I’ve finally started keeping my Goodreads up-to-date with the iPod app version, and I have a list of to-read and a wishlist of to-reads I don’t own yet. Good luck keeping up – there are so many great books out there! 🙂
                .-= Kerry @ Entomology of a Bookworm´s last blog ..Book Review: Mr. Toppit by Charles Elton =-.

                • At 2010.06.21 11:35, Ti said:

                  I keep several different “shelves” via GoodReads. My TBR shelf is out of control of course, but I have other shelves like my 2010 Summer Reading List and my 2010 Book Group List that keep me on track. I also have a shelf for books that are sent to me so that I can keep track of who sent them and when they were received by me.

                  I like GoodReads too because I have a mobil GoodReads app on my BlackBerry so I can check it from anywhere.
                  .-= Ti´s last blog ..The Sunday Salon: Beach Day! =-.

                  • At 2010.06.21 12:15, Emily said:

                    Those days I use GoodReads and scraps of paper (lots of) because I don’t have a BlackBerry and I can be quite old fashion when it comes to books.
                    I just gave you a “versatile blogger award” on my blog:

                    http://emilyandherlittlepinknotes.com/2010/06/21/stylish-and-versatile-blogger-awards-part ii/
                    .-= Emily´s last blog ..Stylish and Versatile! Blogger awards (PART II) =-.

                  • At 2010.06.21 13:37, jess said:

                    That’s a great idea! I usually save a picture of the cover to my computer and then every so often go through them and write the titles on my TBR list.
                    .-= jess´s last blog ..It’s Monday! What are you reading? — 6/21 =-.

                  • At 2010.06.21 20:14, Rambleicious said:

                    My desk is covered in sticky notes so I am just going to use your blog as my “What book should I get today?” list.

                    You make it so easy for me to be lazy! 😉 I think I’ll look up If You Could See Me Now as my next read.
                    .-= Rambleicious´s last blog ..The five secrets you must discover before you die – a book review =-.

                    • At 2010.06.21 20:20, Kathleen said:

                      I do something similar but I add them to Goodreads and then request them from my library a few at a time.

                      • At 2010.06.21 20:28, Jenners said:

                        I’ve just started to use my library more too … it helps if you don’t really like the book and makes me more adventurous!
                        .-= Jenners´s last blog ..Week In Review – 6/20/10 =-.

                        • At 2010.06.21 21:15, Bellezza said:

                          That’s a great idea, to keep the blog open while the page connecting you to the library is open. I don’t hold terribly high hopes for our library, since so much of what I like to read is either foreign or old, but your strategy is definitely worth trying.
                          .-= Bellezza´s last blog ..Mailbox Monday: The Rembrandt Affair and Sea Escape (and winner of Based Upon Availability) =-.

                          • At 2010.06.24 14:55, sammy25 said:

                            I have a small, red, moleskin book that I carry everywhere with me and keep my titles in it! Unfortunately, I’m going to have it filled up before the end of summer….perhaps not unfortunate just a lot of reading to do.

                            Some titles I have are.
                            1. Orange is the New Black
                            2. All I Could Bare: My Life in the Strip Clubs of Gay Washington D.C.
                            3. The Yiddish Policemen’s Union
                            4. Thirteenth Tale
                            5. Weekends at Bellevue
                            6. Dark Tide: The Great Boston Molasses Flood of 1919
                            7. Little Women and Werewolves
                            to name a few!

                            • At 2010.06.25 02:12, institutrice said:

                              I use the Notes app on my BlackBerry to keep a list of books I want to read. 🙂 (It also helps me buy less and use the library more, especially seeing as how I could open my own bookstore with all the unread books I own!) I have another list for books for my classroom library, including what books I already have in popular series so I don’t pick up doubles!

                              • At 2010.06.25 13:47, Jane Steen said:

                                I tried the library hold route, but what kept happening was that several holds would come in at once and I started accumulating fines because it took time to read them. So now I add enticing new titles to my LibraryThing list, tagged with “To buy” and “Get from library” so that I’m never at a loss when I want to buy or borrow a new book.

                                In the meanwhile, I bought a Kindle. So now when someone mentions a great classic I haven’t read, I instantly download it (usually for about $1) and it sits there waiting for me.

                                I hope my retirement’s a quiet one, because I am going to have a LOOONG reading list by then.
                                .-= Jane Steen´s last blog ..Smart Moves and Toilet Brushes =-.

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