If you know me, then you know that I am an avid reader and that is probably an understatement. It is not unusual for me to read at least one book a week, and depending on the genre, author or story, more than one book in a week. Because of my reading habit, I use my local public library a lot. I love the library because I can read to my heart’s content for free. However, the thing about libraries is that you have to share the books. I keep on top of “book news” of new releases, buzz about books and a new novel from any of my favorite authors, so I tend to put books on hold at the library so I can get my hands on anything I want to read.
But the curse that I have with the library is, it seems all of my books are ready for me to pick up at the same time.
This is my current stack of books from the library (and this does not include books that I have bought that are also in the to-read queue or my book club read which while read needs to be quickly skimmed). The borrowing period for most of these books is two weeks. And while I am a fairly fast reader, I cannot read all of these books in that time period. It never fails that all of my books on hold come in at almost the same time and lately there have been a ton of new releases that I want to read. I am not Speed Reader from the Great Space Coaster so many of these books will be returned without the spine being cracked. So I look at this stack, slap my hand to my forehead, and think how am I ever going to choose which book to read next, and which one may be sacrificed back to the library, sadly unread.
I curse the library every time this happens so you would think that would teach me not to put so many books on hold, but it does not. Instead I love seeing that email in my inbox telling me that a much anticipated book is ready for me to pick up and make it a part of my experience. I cannot help myself at all, but I guess there are worse vices to have in this world.
So tell me, am I the only one who has this problem or are there others that are addicted to the siren call of the library, and all of those books? –June
For some of us, books are as important as almost anything else on earth. What a miracle it is that out of these small, flat, rigid squares of paper unfolds world after world after world, worlds that sing to you, comfort and quiet or excite you. Books help us understand who we are and how we are to behave. They show us what community and friendship mean; they show us how to live and die.”
― Anne Lamott, Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life