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July 14, 2010

My Library Book Problem


Well, I guess it's really a non-library book problem. Here's the deal: I almost always prioritize library books over books I own, because library books have deadlines. Duh. But I take so many books out from the library that I almost never end up getting to any of the (many) books I have in the house, even though there are a lot I really want to read. This means that I buy books by favorite authors, because I know I'll want to reread them, but then I never end up reading them in the first place. I'm two behind on Jane Haddam (and she has a new one coming out next week) for this reason. Likewise, I haven't read the new Meg Cabot or Gail Carriger or Sarah Rees Brennan, even though they're sitting right here. Sarah Dessen's most recent has been out for what, a year? Yeah, sitting in a stack in my living room.

Clearly it's time to make a change. I'm going to pick a few books to start with and make sure I read at least one for a few minutes a day. Feel free to demand to know how I'm doing with this. Ayelet Waldman's new book will be arriving today, and I told her on Twitter that I ordered it, so I really have no excuses there. And I promised a friend that I would actually finish Gone with the Wind. So. I can do this. Right? Right. And I'll put a little "Book I own!" note on my reviews of said books, so you all can congratulate me. Positive reinforcement!

Posted by Kat at July 14, 2010 01:00 PM

What about reserving one week a month to only read books you own? This could work if you only check out library books in big batches - when you return your current batch, make yourself hold off a week before you check out the new one. You should be able to put requested books on "pause," yes?

Posted by: your cousin Liz at July 14, 2010 02:42 PM

Good luck with this one. I keep vowing to start checking out one book at a time but I currently have 7 on hand, six on hold and I just read one book I bought.....three years ago? because it's part of the series (Harry Dresden. I'm behind. I want to read the new one - which I'm #14 on hold at the library.....)

Posted by: Carrie#K at July 14, 2010 08:49 PM
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