As many of you may know, I really have never been a big user of the library (other than when my mom used to take me in Elementary school). I’m one who generally prefers to own her books, partially because I have a tendency to reread. Ever since I got really involved in LibraryThing and book blogging this has changed. I have so many books that are as of yet unread that I haven’t been rereading, but I don’t have much space left to satisfy my need to continually acquire books. All of my bookshelves are double stacked and, while we are planning to get at least one more bookcase (two, if we can fit them), all of my children’s books will be moving out of storage and onto bookshelves in preparation for the baby. Best case scenario, even if we get two more bookcases, I’ll fill my shelves but won’t have to do any double stacking.
In an effort to continue collecting books without plunging our bookcases through to the condo below ours, I’ve recently been frequenting our local public library. Actually, I originally got my library card to borrow the dvds of some HBO shows I’ve been wanting to see. We don’t watch enough dvds to warrant Netflicks, and, hello!, the library is free! Those dvds acted as a gateway drug. From there I moved to audiobooks, and, eventually to the hard stuff…actual books. Now I have an ever-growing hold list and a number of books checked out. Because of this, I’m going to start occasionally doing the Library Loot meme I found on Eva’s blog, because admitting you have a problem is the first step.
I’ve had most of these books for over a week and some are getting ready to be returned (only to be immediately replaced by more things from my holds list), but here’s what I currently have out from my lovely local library:
Because of the long holds list on most of the DVDs I want to borrow (and the short borrowing time), I generally only have one out at a time. Right now, it is Season 1 of “This American Life.” Honestly, I wasn’t all that impressed. I think I prefer TAL on the radio.
“Pretty Birds” by Scott Simon
“A Rose for the Crown” by Anne Easter Smith
“Drood” by Dan Simmons
“A Lion Among Men” by Gregory Maguire
“Cutting for Stone” by Abraham Verghese
“The King’s Grace” by Anne Easter Smith
“Daughter of York” by Anne Easter Smith
“The Last Days of the Romanovs” by Helen Rappaport
“Chains” by Laurie Halse Anderson
“Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Home” by Thelma Meyer
“The Last Dickens” by Matthew Pearl