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Sam Sattler

So many new books...and they just keep coming. I'm suddenly finding myself longing to read all those older books I never got around to reading when I was younger. That's partly because I've become a huge fan of publisher Library of America and have so many of their books on my shelves now. I received one of theirs last week called "The Westerns" that is a collection of four classic westerns. I'm enjoying "Shane" so much right now, that it makes me want to really dive into the old stuff.

But then what will I miss out on from the new stuff being published every week? It's a never-ending battle.


I get the LOA newsletter and would like to have their noir crime collections, especially the women writers one edited by Sarah Weinman! I only wonder if, since they are omnibus editions, I will buy them and then let them sit on my shelves not wanting to lug a big book around, but they are quite tempting. I go back and forth, too. I want to read older mysteries and then see all the new books coming out. I want to read more classics, and I have plenty of them on my shelves, but then get caught up in new releases that are making prize lists. I do try and mix things up and read a little (okay a lot) of variety.... Which is why my reading is always all over the place. And then I think--no, buckle down, nothing new until I get the languishing reads finished and out of the way. I guess it really is just a big work in progress!


No sign of the libraries here in the UK opening beyond the click and collect service which has been operating for two months now. I'm not struggling for anything to read (already have too many unread books at home) but I do miss being able to go in and browse

Kathy A Johnson

Lucky you that your library has a prospective opening date. I miss my library so much, and I've heard no discussion about when they can open. It seems odd, since stores are open with social distancing protocols in place. Oh, well, I'm trying to read more from my shelves anyway, and, of course, I do have curbside pickup available.

Speaking of catching up, I'm catching up on your posts this weekend!


I can see where the weekly trip to the library would quickly become a treasured habit. I was just mentioning, this week, how I miss the habit of bringing home a stack of loans and thumbing through them with a cup/glass of something tasty. (Now they linger in the hallway for another week, my own personal quarantine!) So glad to hear that you are severing your support of Amazon...their treatment of employees has become unconscionable. Oh, and I have the Virago book on hold...maybe it'll arrive before too long.


Bookertalk--I was able to go into one of the branch libraries last weekend. It is not my normal branch as they are not slated to open yet It was actually pretty quiet. I only went into the room to grab my holds and check them out and left. What I especially like is the due dates are back in place and holds are only for a week now, so things should move a bit more promptly. If you were in a long line for a book--with libraries only doing curbside, you might never get your chance at a popular book!

Kathy--And I am trying to catch up on replying to comments and then hope to move on to reading more online book chat! Life has been weird, of course, and everything feels wonky. Only a few branches are open here. We were afraid that with the city struggling from lost revenues due to covid that the libraries might have remained closed for the rest of the year, so we are indeed very lucky!

BiP--I am trying hard to avoid Amazon and I hope to migrate my blog elsewhere--Typepad is teamed with Amazon so my sidebar links go there--at least if I want covers to show. I really do want to try and support independent organizations much more--I hate that so few big businesses have control over so much and their business practices are really terrible. I have not been as cautious with quarantining my books I admit. I try not to handle them too much and I wash my hands like crazy, but I am hoping the risk is low. Which Virago are you waiting for?? :)

Kathy A Johnson

I'm sure you've already heard of it, but if you want another place to link to for books, you can link to They support local indie bookstores, and their prices are often comparable to Amazon's for new books.

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