Here’s a list of my library books and the others I’ve reading/listening to

I post lists from various media of books, movies and audiobooks often. The New York Public Library only allows three holds at a time of ebooks or audiobooks and limits the loans similarly. That means picking both your holds and the items you borrow very carefully given it can take months for popular items to be available.

Here’s what I have checked out at the moment:

(1) “The Anomaly” by Herve Le Tellier was recommended to me by a friend in France altho it’s not made much of a splash in the U.S.:
https://www.washingtonpost.com/entertainment/books/anomaly-herve-le-tellier-book-review/2021/11/30/44f5f234-517d-11ec-9267-17ae3bde2f26_story.html

(2) I borrowed “The Girl with the Louding Voice” by Abi Daré. Amazon suggested I’d like it before it became a selection of one of my book clubs:
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/02/28/books/review/abi-dare-the-girl-with-the-louding-voice.html

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2020/mar/07/the-girl-with-the-louding-voice-review

https://www.bookreporter.com/reviews/the-girl-with-the-louding-voice

(3) “Interior Chinatown” by the Charles Yu, author of “Westworld” is the third item I have out. I’d read about it in reviews and then saw a comment by a Goodreads friend saying it’s quirky but could be interesting. Again, three reviews:

www.nytimes.com/2020/02/28/books/review/interior-chinatown-charles-yu.html

https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2020/02/10/a-game-of-birds-and-wolves-dominion-interior-chinatown-and-stateways-garden

https://www.washingtonpost.com/entertainment/books/charles-yus-interior-chinatown-brilliantly-skewers-hollywood-typecasting/2020/01/27/4d04be48-3711-11ea-bf30-ad313e4ec754_story.html

And which books do I consider worth giving up one of my few (only three!) hold slots?

(1) “Fire Shut Up in My Bones” by Charles Blow having seen the recent Met Opera production by Terence Blanchard based on this book.

(2) “Greetings from Bury Park” by Sarfraz Manzoor in audiobook because I saw the movie “Blinded By the Light” based on it and was fascinated by the premise of a boy from Pakistan trying to resolve his religion, his history, and living in the U.K. and finds that Bruce Springsteen offers all the guidance he needs.

Altho the physical sites of the NYPL have closed again, I did manage to take out two printed books that I’ve finished but been unable to return:

(1) “The Sentence” by Louise Erdrich

(2) “Remote Control” by Nnedi Okorafor

On hold for printed books are:

(1) “Taste: My Life Through Food” by Stanley Tucci, and

(2) “Empire of Pain: the secret history of the Sackler dynasty” by Patrick Radden Keefe

For audio, I just finished “Warbreaker” by Brandon Sanderson — am gradually working thru all of this books — and am now listening “The Extraordinary Life of Sam Hell” by Robert Dugoni, a favorite of a friend of mine. I also bought in ebook format “We” by Yevgeny Zamyatin which I need to read before my other book club discusses it Tuesday night.

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