I know many people who read blogs also tend to be pretty heavy “book” readers as well, so I’m curious:
Where do you get the majority of the books you read?
Are you Team Library? Team “Purchase the Hardcover”? Team Kindle/E-Reader? Team Audiobook?
I personally am usually a combination of library + purchase, heavy slanted toward the library side (actual book, not audio- though I do go through phases where I love audiobooks too). My absolute preference though would probably be purchasing a new copy, if money were no object and I didn’t feel like it is wasteful. There is something about owning my very own copy of a beautiful book that I really enjoy. Plus, I like the luxury of knowing I can take as long as I want to read it and can potentially re-read it if I should so desire.
The reason I’m asking this is because I have two ongoing “book related” dilemmas.
1. Library Holds
Currently, our library is not allowing walk-in customers, so all books need to be placed on electronic holds with a scheduled pick up time. I used to be pretty big on just walking in and browsing the “Buzz books” section to find new books to read, especially for fiction choices. While the holds system is awesome overall, sometimes it tends to frustrate me.
Case in point: I recently placed 3 books on hold. They all had relatively long hold lists. Well, on Friday I received notice that all 3 were ready for pick up, simultaneously! (I couldn’t schedule a pick up until Monday night. Boo. I wanted one for this weekend!!)
In case you are curious, the titles I’m waiting on are:
The Girl in the Tower (book #2 from The Winternight Trilogy. I read the 1st one this summer and loved it so much that I just ordered the whole trilogy for my sister’s birthday gift and sent them to her!)
Still Life, book #1 of 16 in the Chief Inspector Gamache series by Louise Penny (mystery author highly recommended by Kelsey! Based on the # of copies the library owns and the # of holds on them, I can tell these are wildly popular!)
It is highly unlikely that I will be able to finish all 3 of these books in the next month. I just don’t read enough…sadly, I usually only average 1-2 books per month, currently. 3 would be a stretch, unless I’m on vacation and have more free time! (I suppose with renewals I might be okay, but I’d really rather they not all show up at the same time.)
With a purchase, obviously you can buy the book and read it whenever you want. If I see a book that I’m just dying to read, but the library holds list is 150 people deep, I am more likely to just give in and buy it! The waiting game at the library can annoy me sometimes.
People that read many new/popular titles: do you just wait it out on the holds list??? Or is there some other secret I’m missing?
2. Book Storage
The library is also awesome for reducing clutter in your home, of course. Books take up space.
This is an ongoing problem at our house, since the boys love to read, too…over the years we have collected dozens and dozens (probably hundreds) of books! They absolutely love getting books for birthdays and Christmas. One year, between several series that Ethan got from different people, we counted up 22 new books for Christmas that he received!! He was overjoyed, but where the heck do you put them all?!
We do regularly comb through them all and either donate or take some to half priced books, but I really struggle getting rid of some of them! I love books! Plus, the boys are often hesitant to get rid of some of the series they love. I wish I had a wall (or room) in my house like this:
Fellow readers….any tips?? I am especially curious to hear from Lisa, because she is an absolutely voracious reader and breezes through >10 books per MONTH.
I am grateful for indoor plumbing! Always, but especially as the weather turns cold. 🙂