Remember last week when I posted about November reading and mentioned I was waiting for Ann Leckie’s book from the library and also was going to be picking up two graphic novels? Of course you do, you keep detailed notes of my reading habits. Wait, you don’t? That’s ok, I don’t either so why should you? We’re just flying by the seat our pants here which explains all the holes in my jeans. I either need to get patches or some really interesting underwear. But I digress.

So I got the graphic novels, already read Lumberjanes and am laughing my way through Poetry is Useless. I am at number 13 on the holds list for the Leckie book. And of course three other books I have been in queue for quite some time have come round to my turn. I was not expecting these! Just when I was feeling like my reading was under control again.

Well, part of the problem is that a couple months ago I broke my vow to limit myself to five library holds at a time. The waits were long, what could possibly go wrong?

Yes, go ahead and snicker. I would do the same if you were telling me this story.

But let’s jump from holy cow! How am I going to read all these unrenewables by their due dates? and go directly to, yay look at what books I got from the library!

The Wake by Paul Kingsnorth. Another Graywolf book that is getting lots of buzz. It is a post-apocalypitc novel set 1,000 years in the past during William the Conquerer’s time. I know right? A historical post-apocalypse novel. How crazy is that? Doesn’t that alone make you curious?

Browsings by Michael Dirda. I am always a sucker for Dirda’s bookish essays. This is his newest collection. I don’t think any further explanation is needed on this one.

Speak by Louisa Hall. I don’t remember where I heard about this one. Five characters all from different points in time. It’s a novel about language, the need to communicate, artificial intelligence and what it means to be human. It is not science fiction. Nonetheless, it makes my nerdy heart beat a tiny bit faster.

None of these books are super fat but none are especially thin either. I am not sure how I am going to manage to read them all but I will make a valiant effort.

And just to add fuel to the fire, I got my first seed catalog in the mail today. Not from one of the places that I never order from but one of my favorites, Pinetree Garden Seeds. Part of me wants to take all those books back to the library so I can spend as much time as I want devouring the catalog. Seeds! Garden! What new thing should I try next year? But since I won’t even place a seed order until January at the earliest, I will have to pry my eyes away from the beautiful cover of colorful beets and try to focus on library books.

I think I can. I think I can. I think I can.