Bookish Chatter | Last Week in September

We’ve made it to the middle of the week and October is just around the corner. I hope you’re seeing some exciting signs of fall in your neck of the woods because cozy season has arrived here in New Hampshire! Today I’m sharing a couple of finished books, an update on the BIG book I’m reading, and another stack of books from the Free Items shelf on the library. And as usual — my coffee is hot and ready to go!


Bronwyn and I finished the first Kirsten book this week. I’ve said it a few times, but she was my favorite American Girl when I was little because I loved anything to do with the prairie. She’s now the fourth AG that we’ve read together and she’s the first who’s opening book described her immigration to America. The previous three were all born here (Kaya in the Pacific Northwest, Felicity in Colonial Williamsburg, and Josefina in New Mexico). I was impressed that the author included such a difficult immigration story and I’m looking forward to reading more about her life on the prairie.

I just managed to squeeze in Thornyhold in the last couple of days. I try to return to it every September and this is at least my sixth time reading it. I feel like I’m boring everyone with my gushing about it but it’s just so cozy. Young Gilly inherits a cottage from her aunt, who everyone thinks is a witch. The village wonders if Gilly is also one? I love the images of Gilly cleaning up the cottage inside and out and making it her own. Putting the kettle on to boil, baking pies (which I eventually learned were savory supper pies and not sweet dessert ones), wrestling with an Aga, and learning to use her aunt’s herbal distillery. There’s also a small romance wrapped up in it all that is very sweet. I nearly decided to skip Thornyhold this year but am so glad that I didn’t!


I am still reading Lonesome Dove and am about 350 pages into it. I’m trying to read 3-4 chapters a day, but stalled over the weekend and earlier this week because of other things going on. The Hat Creek Cattle Company has set off on their cattle drive to Montana, and of course — they haven’t made it out of Texas yet. They just survived a big wind and lightening storm that came upon them overnight. There was a scene that described the lightening getting caught between the horns of the cattle and a blue light rolling from tip to tip. I’m not sure if that really happens, but it certainly added to the fear and uncertainty they must have experienced that night. McMurtry is a fabulous writer. Clearly I won’t finish this by the end of September and I’m nervous because I’m not good at juggling books. I like to start one and finish it before moving on to the next… but my stack of library books is really calling my name!


This was my opening picture but it’s worth sharing again. I snuck into the library on Monday to pick up a couple of holds (why am I still putting holds on books when I’m trying to finish Lonesome Dove? Well, it’s an illness.) As I was walking out the door, these books were on the Free Items shelf. Yes – they cleared out their Anne books, except for the first one. I turned back toward the desk and said (maybe a little rudely?), Seriously??! And the librarians said, yes. Help yourself. Well, dear friends: I scooped the entire row into my arms and ran out the doors as if I were stealing something, a very fast thank you! over my shoulder as I left.

I know I could have slowly collected the entire series from Goodwill over time if it’s something Bronwyn wanted to read in the future, but these were FREE and they MATCH. I love buying the same editions of similar books and how they look on the shelf together. Also – I love this library binding. It’s what I’m always looking for when I’m buying used books for the kids and so rarely find.

There are many jobs in the library that I would love to have and would be very good at, but being the person to clear out the shelves is not one of them. I can’t help but think of the one little girl who might be too shy to ask for an interlibrary loan, but who would love to read this series. Realistically, I’m probably the only person who has checked out these books in the last decade, but still. I can’t help but think that I’m stealing from her future. (I’m trying not to end on this note, but nothing encouraging or inspiring is coming to me.)

I started this month by saying that even if I read less than ten books but met certain goals, then I would be very happy. Well, I certainly finished less than ten books AND I didn’t meet all of those goals, but I’m still quite happy. August was an amazing month of reading and it makes sense to slow down in September, especially given all of the challenges this month sent to me (starting a new homeschooling year and a streak of giardia through the house). I can’t wait to share a recap of my September reading with all of you in a few weeks.

I hope to be back on Friday with an update on our week. Until then – take good care.


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  1. Wow! Great that you could snag all those books. A little sad, though, that those books are going. I really liked “Thornyhold.” The end, in particular, tickled me. Right now I am hooked on Elizabeth Jane Howard and her Cazalet series. I am reading book 2, “Marking Time.” She has terrific empathy and sympathy with such a broad scope of characters.


    1. You are making me want to read EJH so badly! It doesn’t look like my library has any of her books but I can always get interlibrary loans. Thank you!! And thanks for your kind words. Yes, I’m a little sad that my library will no longer have the entire Anne series. It seems required!

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    1. Thank you, Kat! And you’re right. When I picked up the books on Monday, the head librarian wasn’t there, but one of the assistants told her that it was me that took them. She approached me on Wednesday and said that she was so glad I took them. Whew! I kinda thought I was being a jerk by taking them all, but they were too good to pass up!


  2. What a score! That’s great your library has a free shelf. I figured out a few years ago that all the de-accessioned books get dumped in the recycling bins. They are outside the library, so I always look when I walk by. I’ve gotten a lot of kids books out of there!


    1. I can’t believe they would put them in the recycling! Wow. Too bad they don’t even donate them to Goodwill or something. I’m always finding discarded library books at Goodwill and I love getting them. Good for you for checking for anything you might be able to take home – I would do the same thing!


  3. P.S. Am reading Marking Time by Elizabeth Jane Howard and guess what is mentioned? A scrubbed table! Howard and Pilcher were contemporaries, so it’s no great surprise that there are references to scrubbed tables in their books.


  4. Oh my goodness, I laughed out loud when you mentioned putting more holds on books at the library when you are in the midst of trying to finish current ones- this is absolutely me too!


    1. I am so glad I’m not alone! I’m always groaning inwardly when I check out more books — there’s no way I’m going to get through all of these! But the circulation numbers help library funding and I’m willing to do my part ๐Ÿ™‚


  5. When I volunteered at the library I hated being given the list of books to clear out, it just seemed so wrong. But I was told on more than one occasion that if we wanted new books we had to clear out ones that no-one was borrowing. So well done on a good find. If you didn’t take them they might have been pulped which would be terrible.
    I keep requesting books from the library when I have a mountain already at home. It’s an addiction. This week when I returned two books that were due back I had none ready for pick up, so what did I do? Well perused the shelves and found three anyway. No help for some readers!


    1. You’re right – it would be terrible for the books to be tossed. And they don’t have an infinite amount of space so it makes sense that they have to cull. I’m just amazed that they got rid of Anne!!!


  6. I think part of the fun of the library, is the pursuit of books. The thrill of finding the good ones. Not being able to keep up with reading them never takes away from the thrill of finding them on the shelf. And the smell of the library as I walk in the door never gets old!


    1. That was totally me! And no – the books weren’t duplicates and they’re not replacing their copies of Anne. No one has borrowed them in a really long time (except for me). So sad!


  7. I, too, suffer from the illness of requesting way more books than I can possibly read at one time! ๐Ÿ˜

    Do we know if they are getting replacement copies of the Anne books? Itโ€™s a shame theyโ€™re not circulating at your library. They seem to remain popular enough at my branch, thank goodness!


    1. Sadly, Laila, I’m not sure there’s a cure for our illness. Luckily, it’s not a bad one to have ๐Ÿ˜‰

      Nope – they’re not replacing their copies. No one (except me) has borrowed them in a very long time. It IS such a shame and totally shocking to me. But I’m happy to hear that patrons are borrowing the copies at your library – it gives me hope for the world!!

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  8. Oh those Anne books. I have a few that were given to me by a friend and I’d love to have the rest of the set in the same edition. I love used books. It’s fun that you have a specific cozy book you read every September. I just ordered a copy of Winter Solstice by R. Pilcher, another cozy book that I intend to reread during December.

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