Library Loot, Admitting I Have a Problem Edition

library-loot Library Loot is a weekly event co-hosted by Eva and Marg that encourages bloggers to share the books they’ve checked out from the library.

Do you think that if I hide under my chair I can avoid the emails from the library telling me that more books I’ve put on hold are ready for pickup?  No, that probably won’t work, I’m too addicted to Twitter to leave the internet for TOO long.  Plus I’d come back and my Google Reader would be even more out of control than it already it.  Does any one know of any thing that keeps library holds at bay?  Crucifixes?  Holy water?  Silver bullets?  You know, anything besides self control, because it seems that I do not have that when it comes to my library.

Oh, friends, I was so proud of myself last week.  Remember how I took out NOTHING, and even returned a couple of books (unread, I think, but still returned).  Well, this week I took out 6 (including one DVD), and I already have *7* waiting for me next Tuesday.  I have most of my holds frozen, but I can’t freeze new holds if the books are available.  I do feel that I can pass off part of the blame, though, at least for many of next week’s holds.  If you don’t know, Nicole of Linus’ Blanket has started a new show on Blog Talk Radio called “That’s How I Blog” where she interviews book bloggers (the schedule, by the way, I’m going to be on sometime in the new year, we haven’t set a date yet).  The show runs on Tuesday and at the end they do something called ’20 minute book club’ where they discuss a book they’ve both read.  You can listen, participate in the chat room, and even call in to be part of the whole show, including the book club.  Well, a lot of the books that have been chosen for the upcoming shows I have not read, so I’m trying to get a bunch of them from the library.  See?  Nicole’s fault.  It will also be her fault when I have to give up sleep to try to fit in these extra books and reviews!

Okay, enough blaming Nicole, especially as she’s not at fault for what I need to show you right now.  I will try to blame the people responsible for these recommendations, though!  Here’s what I took out this week:

adoration of jenna fox two histories of england going bovine sunflowers ruined

Those are:
The Adoration of Jenna Fox by Mary E. Pearson – because of Trish and Amy
Two Histories of England by Charles Dickens and Jane Austen – because of Heather
Going Bovine by Libby Bray – because of Justine Larbalestier, who mentioned this book at her signing
Sunflowers: A Novel of Vincent Van Gogh by Sheramy Bundrick – because of Jennifer and Kathy, among others
Ruined: A Ghost Story by Paula Morris – because of Jennifer and Swapna, among others

I also took out the DVD Food, Inc.

What about you, how’s your library/book obsession progressing?

31 comments to Library Loot, Admitting I Have a Problem Edition

  • I think it’s a healthy addiction! And at least it’s cheap! I hope you enjoy SUNFLOWERS.

  • Ti

    I can tell you this… most public libraries get funding based on check-outs so you are actually HELPING the library by checking stuff out.

    Plus in this Green age, checking out is so much better for the environment and your wallet!

    • Except for all of the gas I burn driving back and forth to the library all of the time! At least it isn’t too far…

      The funding-based-on-check-outs makes me feel better about the books I check out twice, renew twice each of those times, and STILL don’t get read (you’d think 18 or so weeks would allow me to read them, but noooo…).

  • I slipped today. I was NOT supposed to get anymore library books. But as I was going to get some movies (not books which are allowed), I spied The Guernsey Literary and Poptato Peel Pie Society book. And I checked it out. Eeep! I have way too many books I’ve been asked to review and too many I own on my shelf. O well. We all slip sometimes. :)

  • It’s true. They are probably very happy to have you take out lots and lots of books!
    Now, I am very proud of myself. I had two books on hold that came in. I went to pick them up this morning, bypassed the books for sale in the lobby, taking only one more from the ‘New books’ shelf. So went for two, came home with three…not at all bad! 😉

    • The one thing that I AM good at is only taking out what is waiting for me, most of the time. I think it is because I don’t pass many books on my way in to the circulation desk.

  • It’s a great problem to have! I think we all just wish we had more time to read our treasures. You got some great loot!

  • I’ve never had this problem before because I like to write in books, so I tend to buy (or get ARCs) of just about everything I read.

    But now that I’m driving a lot for work and have discovered the joy of audio books, I’m requesting them left and right (and asking my library to order several that I want but they don’t have yet), and I think a post like this might be in my future.

    Ditto on what Kathy said: it’s a great problem to have.

    • I’m a new convert to the library and audio books are what made me get my card in the first place, so beware! My biggest problem is that We have 6 bookcases that are full and overflowing and nowhere else to put any more bookcases in our place, which I why I started using the library and just buying what I knew I’d keep longer, I have to slow down my acquisition!

  • Every week I look forward to your library loot posts. You always manage to get some great-looking books. Happy reading.
    .-= Vasilly´s last blog ..Mini-Readathon! =-.

  • I have about 20 books out right now and will probably pick up 2 or 3 this weekend. I’ll have to take some back unread too (the horror)! Too many books, too little time.

  • I think I’m at 23 right now, including these I just took out.

  • Adoration of Jenna Fox has been the talk, hasn’t it? Overwhelmingly glowing reviews, not only from Trish and Amy, but others as well. As far as your “problem”, there could be worse afflictions, eh? At this this one doesn’t hurt anyone and is free!
    .-= Sandy´s last blog ..100 Mile Fitness Challenge Update: November 6 – 12 =-.

  • You crack me up! I can’t speak for anyone else, but if you want to blame me that’s okay. I have broad shoulders. LOL! I’ll look forward to your reviews of Sunflowers and Ruined.

    I’m sorry that I haven’t been around much. I’m hoping for the light at the end of the tunnel very soon. I don’t know what it is, but I can’t stay up much later than the kids anymore these days to read, blog, read posts, etc… At least everything is going very well, just busy and, apparently, exhausted at the end of the day.

    Have a great weekend!
    .-= Literate Housewife´s last blog ..Birthday Bash Winners (finally…) =-.

  • Haha! I always have an ever growing TBR pile and every time I read blogs I get inspired to want even more books so you are keeping the libraries happy!
    .-= Amused´s last blog ..Too Short? =-.

  • I had 14 holds at the library a couple of weeks ago and half came up at the same time, even ones i thought would be a long wait. I have shelf I keep just for library books.
    I enjoyed Ruined. I think I will have to check out Sunflowers.

    By the way, how many of you have your library card # memorized? I know mine better than my Social Security # :)

  • You are not alone in your library addiction Jen, I was there today and took out another batch of books which I know will probably end up being returned as unread. I have roughly 15 out now but thankfully I am only allowed to reerve 4 books at a time.

    I was looking at what you took out and wow your library is great those books aren’t even in my library yet. Some aren’t even ordered.

  • Linda

    I bet Marcia would like the Sunflowers book for Christmas!

  • I can’t believe I’m outing myself like this, but…

    My city library had 6 branches, two of which are about an equal distance from my house. I’ve started alternating the locations where my “on hold” books get picked up – that way, I don’t have to see the same library employees too many times in one week.

    Just thought you might feel better hearing how ridiculous I am. =)

  • HEHEHE!!!! I’ll gladly take my part of the blame. Besides, I’m blaming Alyce @ At Home With Books for most of my recent TBR additions – I’ve already started writing a blame post. :)
    .-= Heather J.´s last blog ..Cleaning House (er, Blog …) in November =-.

  • I’ve got the Going Bovine audiobook out at the moment too, although I don’t know if I’m going to be able to get to it this time around.

  • Boy do I ever have the same addiction! I’ve been trying to check out fewer books lately because I have plenty of reading to catch up on but it’s so hard! Last week I got two books and today I did too. At least now I’m only slipping a little bit! Enjoy those great books and thanks for reminding me to look for them at my library!

  • I currently have Sunflowers checked out of the library too! Fingers crossed that we are both able to read it before our respective copies are due back!
    .-= Stephanie´s last blog ..Kissing Games of the World =-.

  • Amy

    Books are not a healthy addiction!? 😉 The last time I was at the library I asked how many books one person can check out and the woman at the circulation desk looked at me and said I had enough to read for the moment. Not sure what she meant by that…AND she didn’t answer my question! :-)

  • Amy….LOL!!!! that comment is priceless!!!!

    I love being blamed!

  • I have a problem, too! The Adoration of Jenna Fox was really good, though! I am looking forward to Going Bovine, but I haven’t had a chance to read it yet.

  • You will not believe that I only have THREE library books checked out right. “Dream Girl,” “Never Slow Dance With a Zombie,” and “Never Cry Werewolf.”

    I can’t believe I only have three.

    Let us know what day you’ll be on — I will do my best to listen in!
    .-= Katie´s last blog my mailbox (22). =-.

  • I am not yet prepared to admit that it is a problem, and yet my symptoms are remarkably similar to yours. Hope you enjoy your loot.

  • Meg

    I’m in love with the cover/art for Two Histories Of England — the pink gets my attention every time!

  • Janet

    I just discovered your blog today, and I love it! You guys all crack me up! I don’t even dare walk into a library any more … it has been several years since my last visit. Sigh! My bookshelves are overflowing, my TBR pile is sky high, yet I still think I need more books. Can anybody tell me where I can get some help for my addiction?

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