Do I actually read the books I put on hold at the library?

Happy Monday, friends!

I’ve done a few posts where I talked about the books I put on hold at the library, and I thought it would be fun to look at whether I’ve actually read these books or not. I have no impulse control and consistently put books on hold at the library, and then wonder why I read almost no physical books. I also recommend a lot of books from my library, and then get put on the hold list for those books. So I consistently have 10-15 books on hold, and admittedly don’t always read them.

So, without further ado, let’s take a look at the books I’ve put on hold and which I’ve read! This (🎶) notes an audiobook.

Catch and Kill by Ronan Farrow (🎶)
Requested on February 29, 2020
Verdict: read! Five stars

I read this last summer! I really enjoyed it and highly recommend it if you’re interested in the whole Harvey Weinstein debacle. Farrow narrates it and does a fantastic job, and it’s super interesting.


The Turn of the Key by Ruth Ware
Requested on February 29, 2020
Verdict: read! Four stars

I had this one on hold for like 18 months before I finally read it (I didn’t get to it until January of this year and initially requested it in 2019), but I’m glad I did! I don’t typically enjoy thrillers, but this one worked for me. I haven’t decided whether I’ll read more Ruth Ware or not, though.


Say Nothing by Patrick Radden Keefe (🎶)
Requested on February 7, 2020
Verdict: read! Five stars

I loved this book so much. It was one of my absolute favourites of last year, and I think everyone should read it. Such a good audiobook, and sososo interesting.


Necessary People by Anna Pitoniak
Requested on January 22, 2020
Verdict: read! Four stars

This was a super entertaining read that I’d definitely recommend. It’s not super deep or anything, but it is fun and twisty and has a lot of good disaster girl elements.


Serpent & Dove by Shelby Mahurin
Requested on January 17, 2020
Verdict: DNF

This book should have worked for me, but unfortunately, I hated the writing and found the main character insufferable. I didn’t even read past the first chapter.

Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay (audiobook)
Requested on January 2, 2020
Verdict: read! Four stars

This wasn’t my favourite by Gay, but I still enjoyed it. My biggest issue was that the theme didn’t seem consistent and it was oddly organized. But the essays were still good.


Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman
Requested: February 2, 2021
Verdict: unread

This was the definition of an impulse add tbh. When it got released to me, I just realized I had no desire to read it or anything else by Gaiman tbh. I’m pretty sure I removed it from my TBR.


The Wrath and the Dawn by Renée Adhieh
Requested: February 2, 2021
Verdict: read! Four stars

This was such a fun read. I read it completely on a whim, but I’m glad I did. It was super fun and silly, and I’m excited to read the sequel.


Lobizona by Romina Garber
Requested: February 1, 2021
Verdict: read! Four stars

I really enjoyed this book! It was super interesting and fun. I don’t think I’ll be continuing the series because I think I can guess how it plays out, but I’m glad to have read this.


Haben by Haben Girma
Requested: February 3, 2021
Verdict: read! Four stars

I enjoyed this book, but not as much as I had hoped to. I was ultimately disappointed with the writing, but still think the content makes it worth the read.


If I Had Your Face by Frances Cha
Requested: January 14, 2021
Verdict: read! Five stars

I adored this book. It was so good and interesting, and I loved it a lot. I will definitely be on the lookout for more Frances Cha in the future.

When No One is Watching by Alyssa Cole
Requested: January 14, 2021
Verdict: unread

I had this on hold for a while, and then decided that I wasn’t super interested in reading it any time soon. I still plan on reading it eventually, just not right now.


Influence by Sara Sheppard and Lilia Buckingham
Requested: January 12, 2021
Verdict: still on hold

I keep losing my hold on this and re-requesting it. I was going to give up on it, but I got it for my bonus Booktube Spin pick, so I want to read it ASAP. Hopefully I’ll get it soon.


Parable of the Sower by Octavia E. Butler
Requested: January 12, 2021
Verdict: unread

Similarly to When No One is Watching, I just didn’t want to read this when I got it and didn’t see myself reading it any time soon. I REALLY want to read it at some point, though. Maybe I’ll put it back on hold,,,,,,,


Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Man by Emmanuel Acho (🎶)
Requested: January 6, 2021
Verdict: read! Four stars

I really enjoyed this! I think it would be a great introduction to race issues if you didn’t know where to start, or if you want a good baseline or historical context.


Black Girl Unlimited by Echo Brown
Requested: February 3, 2021
Verdict: unread (technically DNF)

I actually started reading this when I got it and read the first chapter and a bit, and enjoyed it, but not enough to continue at that point. I’m not counting this as a DNF though because I still plan to read it at some point.


Real Life by Brandon Taylor
Requested: December 29, 2020
Verdict: unread

I don’t ever removing this one from my holds, but I clearly did at some point. I think I just wasn’t in the mood for a litfic. But I do plan to read this at some point.

We Were Eight Years in Power by Ta-Nehisi Coates (🎶)
Requested: December 25, 2020
Verdict: read! Four stars

Super glad to have read this. The essays got stronger throughout the book, and I didn’t care for some of them. But The Case for Reparations is one of the best essays I’ve ever read so.


Kim Jiyoung, Born 1982 by Cho Nam-Joo
Requested: December 1, 2020
Verdict: read! Four stars

This was on my 2021 TBR, and I read it! I really enjoyed it and found it super interesting. Don’t think I’ll be rereading any time soon, but I definitely recommend it.


Daring Greatly by Brené Brown (🎶)
Requested: November 21, 2020
Verdict: read! Five stars

So happy to have finally read this. It was so good, I cried, that’s pretty much all I have to say.


A Ghost in the Throat by Doireann Ní Ghríofa
Requested: May 21, 2021
Verdict: still on hold

I keep pushing this one off, but I am determined to keep my hold so the library doesn’t get rid of their copies. Hopefully I’ll read it soon.


The Ones We’re Meant to Find by Joan He
Requested: May 20, 2021
Verdict: unread

I accidentally returned this to the library after reading the first few pages and really looking forward to it LOL. I didn’t bother to re-request it at this time, though.

Empire of Pain by Patrick Radden Keefe (🎶)
Requested: May 20, 2021
Verdict: still on hold

I am 90th on the waitlist for this book 😩😩😩 I lost my hold but re-requested it, so hopefully I can read it in the new year lmao


Hana Khan Carries On by Uzma Jalaluddin
Requested: May 20, 2021
Verdict: still on hold

I was really excited to read this, but have been putting it off for a while for no reason. I’m keeping my hold of it, though, so hopefully I’ll read it soon.


Bloom by Kevin Panetta
Requested: May 20, 2021
Verdict: unread

I have not read this, and honestly don’t have much of an intention to read it ASAP. I’d put it on hold for Graphics-a-thon and then read other things.


Brood by Jackie Polzin
Requested: May 12, 2021
Verdict: read! Four stars

I really enjoyed the chicken book! It was sad and intense and really emotional, but really good. Definitely recommend.


Open Water by Caleb Azumah Nelson
Requested: May 12, 2021
Verdict: unread

This was another case of my just not being interested in reading litfic when I got this. I still plan to read it at some point, though.


Wild Women and the Blues by Denny S. Bryce
Requested: May 12, 2021
Verdict: unread

Guys I am so sad about this one because I was so excited to read it. I downloaded it as soon as I could, and went to read it, and it was terrible. The writing in the first chapter was so bad. So I returned it. I’m still planning to read it eventually, but I’m not hopeful tbh.

The Girls I’ve Been by Tess Sharpe
Requested: May 6, 2021
Verdict: still on hold

I keep forgetting about this one, but I’ve heard really good things and really want to read it. I currently have 10 weeks to go (because my hold got renewed), so hopefully soon!


Neverworld Wake by Marisha Pessl
Requested: May 1, 2021
Verdict: read! 4.5 stars

I really, really enjoyed this book. It was so fun and entertaining, and I’m super glad to have read it.


How the One-Armed Sister Sweeps Her House by Cherie Jones
Requested: April 14, 2021
Verdict: unread

I think I actually removed this one from my TBR after reassessing it. I reread the synopsis, and then read a ton of middling/negative reviews from my friends, and decided it wasn’t worth it.


Rage Becomes Her by Soraya Chemaly
Requested: March 18, 2021
Verdict: still on hold

Another book I keep forgetting about and putting back on hold. I really want to read this book, so I’m keeping my hold until I can.


The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson (🎶)
Requested: March 15, 2021
Verdict: unread

I keep meaning to read this book, and then never getting to it. So I finally removed my hold. But, I still plan to read it eventually.


Final totals:

  • Read: 15
  • Unread: 11
  • Still on hold: 6
  • DNF: 1

So there’s the fate of the books I put on hold! I’m kind of surprised with how many are unread, but I’m glad I still read more of them. I have a bunch of books on hold right now that I’m really excited about, so if this reading slump could end, that would be great.

Have you read any of these? What were your thoughts? Do you put books on hold a lot? Let me know!

Ally xx


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5 thoughts on “Do I actually read the books I put on hold at the library?

  1. Looking at this list made me think that you were part of my book club. We just read Say Nothing this month, and Catch and Kill and Neverwhere previously. You have some good taste. I keep forgetting about the hold function at the library. I really need to get better at utilizing that.

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