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.
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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