since the library in our new little town is so tiny, i've become pretty reliant on interlibrary loan. they take about a week to get in and they only let me check out 2 books at a time--even with bryan working there, they won't budge on that rule, sadly!--so i have to be a little more choosey about what i read and not just check out everything under the sun, like i'm used to doing. its not a bad thing though--i'm much more appreciative of what poetry books i can get my hands on, and everytime bryan comes home from work with one of my interlibrary loan books, its like christmas! so here's a few books that are next on my to-read list--i like to have a novel or nonfiction book out and a poetry book out for my two, since i read poetry books so much faster than novels/nonfiction--some of these books i've been waiting a year or more to read!

{ Poetry To-Read List
The Forces of Plenty by Ellen Bryant Voigt
Desire Lines by Lola Haskins
Small Knots by Kelli Russell Agodon
Back by George Ella Lyon
Human Chain by Seamus Heaney
Reading the Earth by Claude Wilkinson
Morning Song: Poems for New Parents edited by Susan Todd
Temper by Beth Bachmann
White by Jennifer O'Grady
Facing the River by Czeslaw Milosz

{ Non-Poetry To-Read List
Poets Teaching Poets: Self and the World edited by Gregory Orr and Ellen Bryant Voigt
Made to Crave by Lysa Terkeurst
31 Days to Clean by Sarah Mae
Beautiful You by Rosie Molinary
Home Economics by Jennifer McKnight-Trontz
Large Family Logistics by Kim Brenneman
The Geeks Shall Inherit the Earth by Alexandra Robbins
Bossypants by Tina Fey
Ignore Everybody: and 39 other keys to creativity by Hugh MacLeod
Book Lust: Recommended Reading for Every Mood, Moment and Reason  by Nancy Pearl {i'm hoping this last one will increase my to-read list exponentially!}

ah, i can't wait to dig into these!


  1. Is "Small Knots" a new Kelly Agodon book or an older one? I still need to read "Letters from the Emily Dickinson Room." I've liked all the poems I've read from that collection. :-) It's tough because we have a really dismal poetry section at my library (despite it being a big library). I guess I should look into interlibrary loan...I've never really experimented with it before!

  2. its an older one--i think she has 2 books before "Letters"--and i own Letters by the way, if you'd like to borrow it sometime!

    our poetry section is basically non-existent too--the case with most libraries, unfortunately--ILL can be amazing though. some librarians are a pain about ILL--they act like its so much work or something--but luckily bryan is my librarian and he doesn't mind it at all for his favorite patron ;) anyway, ILL is pretty much awesome--you can get Anything you want to read at most libraries (ours can only get stuff thats at least a year old, but thats not too bad). definitely try it out!