Library Card September 2021 & Weekend Book Friends #21

Posted September 10, 2021 by elzaread in Library Card / 28 Comments

 Greetings you guys! It’s the weekend and time for some well deserved reading. The passed two weeks have been a bit crazy with not a lot of reading done. It’s gorgeous weather out there, spring sure is in the air. So maybe, just maybe we will even sit in the sun reading. Whoo hoo! Excitement is in the air. But before we can get reading, we first have to fill our library card for the month. Our August Library Card wasn’t too bad and even though we behave like real typical felines and don’t commit to anything, it helps a lot to fill our monthly Library Card. 

We will treat our September Library Card, the same way we treat the weather this time of year. Dress for spring, but bring a jersey or a sweater.

Carry Overs

Book Club Picks


White Oleander is also a Kindle read, but I suspect it’s going to be a carry over for some time to come. Beautifully written and I think it needs to be savoured.
We’ve read the first one in the Isle of Man Cozy series last year and we loved it. Sure the next one will be an easy read and pallet cleanser.
I do need to pay more attention to my Classics Club Reading List and The Catcher in the Rye is the first one on my TBR pile that is also on my Classics Club list.

State of the ARC’s

We still love keeping track of our ARC’s with Sarah @ All the Book Blog Names are Taken. We haven’t requested or received a lot of new books the passed month and try to stay under the radar until we feel a bit more in control of our ARC’s. These are the ones we hope to get to this month:

Audio Books

There is no way that we will get to all of these, but some of these are sweaters that we bring along just for incase. We do actually want to read all of these….
But let’s see what we will be reading this weekend and join a few old friends.
For our first stop today, we will pay a visit to Gilion over at Rose City Reader to share our Book Beginnings.  Every Friday you can link up and share the first sentence of your current read (or the one you plan to devour over the weekend), as well as your initial thoughts and impressions. Hashtags are the one thing I do know on social media, so simply #bookbeginnings so we can find each other.
We are currently reading Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore by Matthew Sullivan and although it’s not quite what we expected, we are enjoying it a lot. Here’s a few of the opening lines.
Lydia heard the distant flap op paper wings as the first book fell from its shelf. She glanced up from the register, head tilted, and imagined that a sparrow had flown through an open window again and was circling the store’s airy upper floors, trying to find its way out.
A few seconds later another book fell. This time it thudded more than flapped, and she was sure it wasn’t a bird.
It sure wasn’t a bird. This book is in our Book Club and it has been on my Mommy’s shelf for a couple of years already. No idea why we only read it now!


When a bookshop patron commits suicide, his favorite store clerk must unravel the puzzle he left behind. Lydia Smith lives her life hiding in plain sight. A clerk at the Bright Ideas bookstore, she keeps a meticulously crafted existence among her beloved books, eccentric colleagues, and the BookFrogs…..the lost and lonely regulars who spend every day marauding the store’s overwhelmed shelves.

But when Joey Molina, a young, beguiling BookFrog, kills himself in the bookstore’s upper room, Lydia’s life comes unglued. Always Joey’s favorite bookseller, Lydia has been bequeathed his meager worldly possessions. Trinkets and books; the detritus of a lonely, uncared for man. But when Lydia flips through his books she finds them defaced in ways both disturbing and inexplicable. They reveal the psyche of a young man on the verge of an emotional reckoning. And they seem to contain a hidden message. What did Joey know? And what does it have to do with Lydia?

As Lydia untangles the mystery of Joey’s suicide, she unearths a long buried memory from her own violent childhood. Details from that one bloody night begin to circle back. Her distant father returns to the fold, along with an obsessive local cop, and the Hammerman, a murderer who came into Lydia’s life long ago and, as she soon discovers, never completely left.




Still not sure about this one? Let’s have a look at page 56 and join Freda over at Freda’s voice who hosts the Friday 56. 


  • Grab a book (Yes, any book. But it might get you to your other Friday activities a bit quicker if you just grab the book you are currently reading)
  • Turn to page 56 or 56% on your e-reader
  • Find a sentence or two (your other Friday activities might determine this)
  • Post it!
  • Remember to post your link on Freda’s Voice and to visit the other guys in the linky.
  • And  last but not least, don’t forget to list the title of the book and the author as well.
Page 56:
He pleaded down from first-degree felony assault and felony criminal mischief, and was eventually sentenced for forty months in an adult state prison. Because of his demeanor, and because all he did in jail all day was read and avoid even a whiff of conflict, he served just over two years.
Let’s hope my Mommy will get to finish it this weekend. I really want to know what’s going on there. What are you reading this weekend? Have you read any of our Library Card picks?
Have a good weekend and take care of yourself!
Lots of Love,




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28 responses to “Library Card September 2021 & Weekend Book Friends #21

  1. Out of all of those books, I've only read The Catcher in the Rye (in high school, I don't think I appreciated it at the time) and Educated, which I thought was super interesting. Have a great week!

  2. Love the teaser and the book looks great! You got a great selection of books this week! I really want to read Educated and The Dangers of an Ordinary Night.

    • Hi Anne! The House in the Cerulean Sea is wonderful! I enjoy it so much. Perfect blend between Miss Peregrine's house for peculiar children, Harry Potter and Good Omens.

  3. Anything with bookstore in the title sounds good to me!

    I am stuck in a nonfiction-only reading slump. I'm trying Invisible Husband today, but if that doesn't work, I'm going to try any other fiction I have.

    • I agree Debbie! Bookstore titles always make for good reads.

      I'm not good with non-fiction. It really has to grab me for me to remain interested. I'd rather read a fictional story based on true facts and do some research on the facts. Does that make sense at all?

  4. Great excerpt! Now I want to read more.

    I agree with you about White Oleander! Not only did I savor it (and reread it), but I bought the movie and I watch it over and over. My granddaughter also loves it.

    Thanks for sharing.