All I Want for Christmas Is My Books Back

Raych Krueger

Staff Writer

Raych has so many kids (like, two, but they’re super young, which makes it seem like there are more of them) and this really cuts into her reading time. She’s using her degrees in Early Childhood Education and English Literature to teach the toddler to read to the baby so she can get back to her trashy Victorian sensation novel, or whatever. She’s also teaching her kids to travel and eat broadly, mostly through example (Do As I Do is super important, you guys), and hasn’t gone a year without hopping on a plane since she was a teenager. She recently moved from the Canadian coast to the Canadian prairies, where it gets hella cold, and if not for the internet, she’d surely be dead. Blog: Books I Done Read Twitter: @raychraych

I have a ‘home library’ in that I have books in my house, but I don’t have any card-stamping way of keeping track of where they get to.


I only ever lend out my best books, which is why I still have a copy of Flowers in the Attic downstairs, but I’ve been through about four How I Live Nows, and which is why my Top Books of All Time shares remarkable overlap with my Books I Don’t Currently Own.

I have lent the following books out, which I would like back:

Doomsday Book by Connie Willis, because I would like to read about history and time travel and the Plague, and at the end I would like to cry a lot.

To Say Nothing of the Dog by same, because I would like to read about history and time travel and penwipers, and I will need a pick-me-up after reading Doomsday Book.


Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein, because I would like to read about history and World War II and strong female friendships, and at the end I would like to cry a lot.


Attachments by Rainbow Rowell, because I like to read about romance and emails and strong female friendships, and I will need to be picked up yet again after reading Code Name Verity.


 Bird By Bird by Anne Lamott, because I could use some advice about Shitty First Drafts.

The Happiness Project by Gretchin Rubin, because the new year is the perfect time to be starting new projects.

How I Live Now by Meg Rosoff, for when I’m first on the library holds list for something and just need something dystopic and brilliant and SHORT to get me over the hump until someone returns their copy.

I realize that I could just go re-buy all these books for myself, but ain’t nobody got dollars for that.

What’s the best book you’ve lent out and never seen again? How do you keep track of your wandering books?


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