#Bloganuary – Day 18 – To Be Read.

Good morning, All! (Please adjust ‘morning’ to fit the time of day in your time zone.) As you can see, I am a day behind on this challenge. Things have gotten busy, but I am desperate to catch up, so there might be two posts today or tomorrow. Thank you for your continued support – Likes and comments. I will continue to check your blogs out and read your posts as soon as I can.

What book is next on your reading list?

January 18th prompt

When I saw the prompt, I thought it would be an easy one because I have kept a short list of books (about 5) that I have wanted to read on my local library’s webpage for the past two years. However, it seems that ALL of them are currently checked out and have multiple holds on them, so I will have to wait. [It looks like people are reading again (still?). Wooohooo!]

Before I started frequenting this particular local library, I had been library-free for over a decade for various reasons. However, once I went in and got a book, I was hooked. While I love supporting authors (and I do by actually buying books), I also enjoy not having to pay for books that might turn out less than stellar (happens more often than not). What that library does is it prints out a ‘receipt,’ which includes the due date for the book, as well as the amount of money you ‘saved’ by not buying it. It also gives you a tally of the total amount you have saved throughout the year. (Out of curiosity, I just looked at the current receipt I have, and it turns out that the $ amount is not there… I will have to see if they got rid of that feature or if it just didn’t print out correctly. Booo!)

What I absolutely hate about the library is that – unlike at my go-to bookstore – the books are grouped by author and not genre-author. It makes it harder to just go in and browse. In 2020, I started utilizing an online catalog to pick the books I wanted to read. There, I can filter books by genre and browse through suggestions based on the books I had read in the past. Sometimes it is helpful to also go through other readers’ reviews to better gauge the contents of the book.

When I went to the library at the end of 2021, I noticed they put up a ‘new fiction’ shelve by the entrance, which I think will come in handy when I just want to go in and judge a book by its cover.

With all the books on my to-be-read (TBR) list unavailable, I had to find another one for this blog entry. These days, fantasy books are not my first choice. In fact, they are closer to the bottom of the list with sci-fi titles. Another thing that I stay away from is book series. Naturally, I ended up picking a fantasy book that is a part of a series that contains more than ten books! Talk about going outside of my comfort zone.

The book that I will read next is: ‘Alanna,’ which is a part of ‘Song of the Lioness’ by Tamora Pierce. Have you read it?

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  1. I also like to judge a book by its cover 😉 My current favourite thing about our library is the eBooks. Specifically, the magazine: I’d love that “you’ve saved” feature: I bet it’s a lot.

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      1. Well, I liked their old app better. The new one is a bit glitchy. But I am saving money! Not on buying, on fees. I don’t know why, because I’m a very prompt person, but I never get library books back on time. It was the same with rented videos back in the day. When the eBook’s time is up, it simply disappears.

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        1. Ever since a librarian told me they don’t collect late fees, I stopped overly worrying about it. However, I do speed up reading a book when the expiration draws near. I am yet to be late! The cool feature they have is that if there is no one waiting for this book (no hold placed), then you are able to extend your loan. Twice, I think. In fact, if there is no hold and you forget to extend, they automatically do it for you. I definitely have used that.

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  2. I’ve read a lot of fantasy, but not Tamora Pierce. In fact I’ve read so much that I’ve gotten jaded, although I’m re-reading the Belgariad, which uses a lot of common tropes. It might be that I’m tired of having my suspension of disbelief tested to satisfy woke agendas. That problem is only getting worse in trade publishing circles. Although overuse of traditional tropes annoys me, too. I try to use them in slightly different ways. Close enough to scratch that “traditional” fantasy itch, but not so similar that it’s derivative. 🙂

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  3. I hardly ever have time to just sit and read a book, so I listen to audiobooks while I’m cooking, sorting laundry, etc. I recently read (listened to) “And They Found Dragons” by Ted Dekker, just before Christmas, because I was giving the trilogy to my granddaughter for Christmas, and I wanted to make sure they were good books. (They are.) I also love listening to books by British or Australian authors, because I love hearing the dialects. I’m into John MacArthur’s book “Twelve Extraordinary Women” now, as our women’s group is studying it

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  4. I enjoyed reading about your reading. It’s been ages since I’ve read a story based book (I seem to be in a non-fiction rut which I’ll have to change). I’ve tried liking this post but the app keeps rejecting me. Not sure why, but consider this a like plus comment. 🙂

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              1. I see your point! Of course the problem remains, and in this case, denying that it’s there just sets them up to have to deal with an ever-increasing tide of enquiries and complaints from users who (can be bothered to) report it to them. Denial is most decidedly not a quality solution to any problem.

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                1. Those complainers are like buzzing flies – you just wave them away.

                  Trust me, I completely agree with you but I found that our approach just keeps us frustrated while THEY have days filled with rainbows and sunshine.

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  5. I have an absolutely huge TBR, so never worry about not having a book to read. I read ebooks, physical books and listen to audiobooks. I like going to my library site and exploring what they have by genre and then putting a hold on it I like the feature they have where they send me an email when it is available and I can decide If I want to wait to get it, up to 1 month. It gives me some flexibility. I am a huge cover lover, so that shelf would probably derail me for sure.

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  6. The receipt thing is COOL!! I have a library card, but it’s easily been 15 years since I last used it. I’ve got too many books to read (physical and virtual), so the idea of getting even more books just doesn’t appeal to me.

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    1. It might be expired! Just last month I got a text message telling me to renew my card. I was suspicious as I got the card only two years prior (or so). In fact, it turned out to be true. I borrow books regularly and I still had to go in to have them tick a box… It was weird. Maybe they were moving to a different member database software and were cleaning people out or something…

      I’m glad to hear that you have enough books!

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  7. I haven’t read (haven’t even heard of) ‘Alanna’. My ‘reading list’ is the books I’ve bought on Kindle, followed by those that I add to booklinker.net. I can no longer read dead tree books because of an eye problem… and eBooks have the advantage that they never get dog-eared, their spines don’t break, and they’ll be available until civilization crumbles (at which time I think I’ll be too busy trying to find water and food to worry about reading anyway). The next book on my list (I’m actually 5% of the way through it; I need to get a move on) is Sleeper, Awake by Dr Bob Rich.

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    1. ebook? What is that? A variant of ebola?

      Alanna turned out to be a book before its time (I think). It’s about a young female who should train to be a healer but instead wants to learn to be a knight. And her brother wants to play with magic instead of being a knight. So she pretends to be a he and he a she. They excel at the career they pick. It’s an adventure, feel good story for young girls and boys. I read 2 of the books and then decided it wasn’t really for me at this time. I rolled my eyes too much.

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