Furious Hours, by Casey Cep

This was on the List of Lists from summer 2019.


Furious Hours: Murder, Fraud, and the Last Trial of Harper Lee
 by Casey Cep

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I didn’t think I was going to enjoy this book as much as I did. I hadn’t read much about Harper Lee before, and the book shed some light onto who she was. The trial she was researching was very interesting, too.

The book flowed well, and the author didn’t try to bounce back and forth between time periods and characters, so it made it easier to follow. It was well-written, and I would definitely recommend it to those who like non-fiction

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Furious Hours: Murder, Fraud, and the Last Trial of Harper Lee

Missing a library book

I wrote this a while ago, but, unfortunately, it’s still common in my life.

I got the alert from the library that one of my library books is due soon. So, I started looking through the books and deciding what other books I should take back, since I’m going to be heading there anyhow. I realized that I was missing a book. It wasn’t close to due yet, so I was not concerned. I had time to find it. While I was looking, I found a book that I had forgotten that I had checked out, with the intention of going to a bookclub meeting about it. After I checked it out, I decided I just wasn’t interested in the book, so, it needed to go back,and I wasn’t going to that bookclub meeting. I didn’t even know it was missing, since I had no interest in it.

I found the book that’s due soon, and underneath it was a book that I read on kindle, so I didn’t need to keep it around.

I was supposed to return one book, but I found seven to go back. And picked up nine books that were on hold. I am not making progress on this, it seems.

Peninsula Library System

The Peninsula Library System has 35 branches. San Mateo County, which is where the branches are, is bigger than San Francisco County, which only has 27 branches of its library.

I am going to make a goal of hitting all of the branches of both library systems. No time limit, though. I have already been to several of the branches, so I am not as overwhelmed as I could be.

The website is set up so it’s easy to look up library hours by location. I will start my tour soon.

Member Libraries

What I Actually Got Done Yesterday

I had a good todo list going yesterday. Mostly involving library books.

Worked. Nothing terribly unusual there

Blogged. Pulled up and finished some draft posts. I put new library holds on the library site.

Returned library books. I returned two of the six overdue books, since they were in my car already. I figured that I may as well get one of the list’s items done.

Confirmed non tech friend on Facebook. Had to phone her first to make sure it was her. Wasn’t on my list.

Had leftovers from last night for lunch. Wasn’t on my list.

Sorted library books, somewhat. I found 7 books to go back. I returned them on the way to class. I still have 2 overdue books left to locate and return. I know where 2 of them are, but I didn’t return them.

Got dirty scrubs into the washing machine and hung them. I remembered to bring them to work with me this morning, too.

Went to class and got a good chunk of two projects done.

I haven’t decided what to pack on my trip. I have a general plan for clothes, but not for books. I didn’t fix the book stack, but it isn’t as precarious as I thought it was. I did manage to check that.

I did end up with more than ten items on my list, but most were related and I got the important stuff done.

The most important thing I did was let my family sort out the issues that came up that I didn’t really need to be involved with. They got the majority of the pressing issues done, without my help.

Parkside Library Branch

PARKSIDE (415) 355-5770
1200 Taraval St. (at 22nd Ave.) 94116
M: 1-6; Tu: 10-9; W: 12-9; Th: 10-6; F: 1-6;
Sat: 10-6; Sun: 1-5

Other than the main library, of the 27 library branches, this is where I spend library time. There is usually short term parking in front, so I can run in, drop off my returns, and pick up my holds. I use the self checkout, so I don’t bother anyone. There’s a restroom here, so I usually get in there between the time I drop off and the time I pick up. Occasionally, someone is bathing in the bathroom, and that doesn’t bother me unless they get the whole floor wet.

There isn’t reading space here, since only the middle section is for adults, and it’s small. The large area to the left of the front door, is for children. It is always packed and adults can only go in if accompanied by a child. The area to the right is for teens only. You can go in to pick up your holds, or pass through to use the restroom, but you can only sit and read there if you are a teen.

Other library branches do better with allowing for readers. The main library and West Portal are very welcoming to readers, but I haven’t been to all of the other branches yet.

Library books to return

I have a bad habit of checking out too many library books at a time. I get them read, but not quickly enough. To make this problem worse, the library no longer charges for overdue books, so I tend to sit on the books, thinking that I’ll get to them eventually.

I renew my books online, but if there is someone waiting for the book, or if I have already renewed the loan three times, I can’t renew it anymore. These books become overdue.

I have several that are overdue, and several that I know I won’t read any time soon. These should go back. I know this.

I will be going on a trip soon, so I think I should probably go through my library books and see what I’ll finish before I go, and what I want to take with me. The audiobooks automatically go with me, on my phone, so they aren’t an issue. And ebooks go on my kindle. Both types of digital books get returned as soon as the library decides I need to return them.

I have given myself a project today. Actually, multiple projects. 1) return the library books that are in my car. 2) Decide what library books are due, and what won’t be read before my trip. 3) Decide what is going with me on my trip. 4) Locate the books that are going to go back. 5) Put the books to return in the car. And… 6) Fix the book stack that may topple while I am away.

I also have to do laundry, since I spilled my breakfast down the front of my scrubs at work this morning.

I probably should start thinking about what I am going to pack for my trip, too.

Two more tasks for a nice round 10?