There's This Thing Called a Library

June 20, 2011

It's a magical place where they let you borrow books...FOR FREE! (Duh Dana, hence the word "borrow.")

I've never been.  *cue collaborative gasp*

Yes, I'm a huge reader, thirty books this year so far. And yes, I. Purchase. Every. Single. Book.  No, I am not made of money but I shop for bargains, use coupons, get free shipping and buy used (Sometimes that only means $1 per book.)

I'm sure a lot of you already use your library but for me, it just felt like a hassle, for several reasons.  It's a little out of my way.  Don't want to wrangle kids while trying to pick a book.  There is usually a wait list for new releases (which for a while was all I read.)  Biggest reason, I didn't know what to read.  Prior to two years ago, I wasn't a big reader.  Honestly, I've just never given the idea a chance.

So why the big change now?   If you have been reading my blog lately, you've read my complaints about the disappointing books I've tried to read.  EPIC FAILS.  It happened again and I'm sick of complaining, along with being sick of my negativity.  (Negativity is disgusting and it just doesn't look good on me.)  So to combat my complaining, I've started a library book wish list, emphasis in the YA genre.  Obviously it won't be the latest releases but there are plenty of books out there that I haven't read.  Half my list comprises of books I feel I should read because I'm a YA writer or they are highly respected in the YA genre.  The other half of the list are possible FAILS, books whose reviews came back mixed.  But this time, I won't feel bitter or complain or feel guilty for not finishing them because I didn't actually pay money for them.  Yay!

I have about six books in my to-be-read pile that I want to read before I venture into the great wild beyond call the Library.  When I do eventually go, I will have a well prepared list and positive attitude in hand.

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  1. I'm the opposite. I stalk the library!

  2. I shot a wedding last weekend in our KC's old downtown wedding. It was heaven. I kept wanting to stop what I was doing and peruse the shelves! Love the library, even our little small town one. You can get online and have the book shipped right out here which is AMAZING! (Oh...and the self check out so you don't have to deal with the know what I mean girl!)

  3. Does your library have a good website? I'm able to put all of my books on hold through the library's site, then it sends me an email when they are ready to pick up, so I just run in and grab them. It's changed the way I use the library!

  4. Oh, I love libraries. They have such great ambiance. Go enjoy! :)

  5. Karen I'm learning. Slowly but surely.

    Nicole - You must be exhausted sweetie! THat's pretty cool that they will ship it to you, crazy! I have to check ours out. The first day I go I'll do it with out the kids. (plus I toooootally get the selfcheck-out line of shame;)

    Jessica - I don't know. I asked my girlfriend and she says we do. That sounds fantastic to email me when I't ready. I'm gonna do that.

    Karen - Before I didn't know what to read but now, I've got a very long list. This should be fun.


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