Currently On Hand: 10.15.15

Ummm…so….Currently On Hand (COH) was supposed to be a regular thing, and like pretty much everything blog related, my best intentions fell victim to the constant time crunch that is my life. Now that  I have a break from school (probably a long one, which I may or may not write about later), I’m trying to resurrect it (although really, is it resurrection if it was never fully brought to life to begin with? Maybe it’s more like moving from egg release to fertilization or maybe from fertilization to say…implantation.  Yeah. That. Let’s see if this time around this baby sticks).

As a reminder of what COH is supposed to be, I revert back to my original post:  a regular update (hopefully weekly and on a particular day-which currently remains undecided but is likely to be somewhere between Saturday – LIBRARY DAY! – and Monday) that, as the title states, shares what I currently have on hand from the library, what I am currently reading, and sometimes may include what I’m seriously considering reading from my own collection.

On other reading blogs, I’ve seen similar concepts referred to as TBR (to be read – like you don’t already know that), but I feel like that indicates that I plan to read everything on the list, and then I’ll feel like I HAVE to read everything on the list, and then I won’t read any of it because – rebellious inner book-reading muse (at some point I will elaborate further, but for now, please see previous post Reading Selections). And, I’ll admit now that I will most assuredly not read everything COH (currently on hand) because I am a library book hoarder (for which I feel no shame because it drives up circulation, which can’t hurt when library hours and services are constantly under threat).

But I digress…I present to you my Currently On Hand list!

Currently Reading:

  1. Ashley Bell by Dean Koontz

Library Checkouts:

  1. Furiously Happy by Jenny Lawson (finished and waiting to review)
  2. The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black
  3. The Vanishing Season by Jodi Lynn Anderson
  4. Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
  5. Welcome to Braggsville by T. Geronimo Johnson
  6. The 5th Wave by Richard Yancey
  7. Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri
  8. Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk
  9. Mr. Penumbra’s 24-hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan
  10. Honeydew by Edith Pearlman
  11. Did You Ever Have a Family by Bill Clegg
  12. The Heart Goes Last by Margaret Atwood
  13. American Assassin by Vince Flynn
  14. Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher
  15. Seveneves by Neal Stephenson
  16. Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard
  17. On Writing by Stephen King
  18. Jackaby by William Ritter
  19. A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sara J. Maas

Ashley Bell is an ebook ARC by one of my most favorite authors, Dean Koontz. I’m about a quarter of the way through and I’m reserving judgment for the end, but I will say I’m having a hard time getting into it. The reasons why are hard to put a finger on, but I suspect I will try when I get to the review.

Oddly, I’m only reading one book right now. That used to be my modus operandi – monogamy in reading. Not so much anymore. I usually have at least two books going. Frequently three or four. But a) it’s Dean Koontz b) it’s an ARC and c) by Dean Koontz! My love for Koontz goes back to my early teens and there are literally zero authors from those days that I regularly read as an adult. Which isn’t the same as saying he’s my favorite, just that it’s a super-committed, all-in kind of love. He can write books that aren’t for me, and I’ll still read everything that comes after. So, when I find myself lucky enough to snag an ARC for an author I love, I commit myself to it. That is all.

What’s next? Not quite sure. Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon is coming up this Saturday and I’m pretty sure I’m going to sign up at the last minute, which will heavily influence the next few books I read. After that, it’s anybody’s guess.

So there you go. This is what’s currently sitting on my shelf – literally and virtually. What would you tackle first?

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