Thursday, April 28, 2011

Library Lust

Just a quick little post this morning. I haven't been spending as much time as usual in the blogging world the past few days. We're trying to sell or rent our house. Someone wants to look at the house tonight, so we've been on a mad cleaning spree.

Anyway, what I want to talk about today is a "painful" incident at the library yesterday. I was there to pick up Dark Lover by J.R. Ward from the hold shel (yay!). I made the mistake of going back to the YA section. I was dismayed to see a good dozen books on the shelf that I'm dying to read - including Demonglass, Entwined, Daughter of Xanadu, Mostly Good Grils, The Jumbee, and more.

Normally of course, this would be a cause for cheering and subsequent book gorging. But I'm in the unfortunate/enviable situation of having way too many books sitting at home to be read - specifically, review books that I "need" to read. So I left all those wonderful books on the shelf and trudged home to my bulging bookshelf.

Has anything like this happened to you - where there was an incredible book just begging you to pick it up, but you couldn't?

Also, I'm incredibly fortunate to have a fabulous library just down the street. How is your library's YA collection?

17 comments:

  1. pretty decent and recommend books to them to buy. I agree with such pretty books calling out to read :)I would do that too.

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  2. That's definitely happened to me, especially since I work in a library. :) I see all of these awesome books, yet oftentimes, I have to wait before getting my hands on them. And I feel for you having so many books to read at home yet. :)

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  3. All the time! I've actually had days where I just dropped off books in the library's book drop or purposely leave my library card behind so I'm not tempted to check anything out. I have a bulging tbr stack right now and I'm trying to go through all my current library checkouts. Trust me, the temptation is 100x harder when you work in a library. LOL!

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  4. This happens to me all the time, especially since I'm a book hoarder and buy all of the books I can even if I really don't want to read them.. UGH!

    Aryelle @ ReadingwiththeFishes

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  5. All the time. It's frustrating and disheartening. I wish I read faster and had more time so I could just devour books and not be put in this situation.

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  6. That happens to me almost every time I go to the library. Despite my stacks of unread books at home, I can't leave without borrowing more books.

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  7. Um, I just get them anyway and put off my own books at home for another month. It's been really painful trying not to check stuff out right before I move :)

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  8. I'm constantly underwhelmed by the selection of books at my local library. There seems to be a lot of children's books, from the 80's, but not a lot of YA. I even once asked if they had any titles by Gayle Forman and the librarian didn't know who I was talking about. So no, I don't rely on my library, unfortunately. That is why I'm looking forward to the Kindle library lending feature.

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  9. My library system is AMAZING for YA. I'm so lucky, because otherwise there are so many titles I would never get to read. I'm also happy because it used to take a couple of months (minimum) for the YA books to go through cataloguing and end up on the shelves, but now they seem to be churned through right away, which makes me VERY happy. I always felt left out reading things months and months after titles were released, but now it's pretty quick. Libraries are just so awesome, eh?

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  10. I work in a library and am always finding more books i want to read but can't take. We have quite a good selection of books and I'm always asking for other books to be bought - recommendations. It seems to take a while for new ones to come through though, and the really good ones go straight out on request. But overall the selection is good.
    I look after the YA section so it's always got the best new releases on display! :D

    Hope you get to go back and get them soon.

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  11. Argh,I just did that. I was so mad. I had to return a bunch of books to library and wanted to get some others, but I purposely left my card at home just so I wasn't tempted. It was hard. =(

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  12. I don't usually get like that in the library because I'll just get the book. But I find myself in that situation when I go to a bookstore and a really amazing book is in hardback. But I have to walk away because I don't pay hardback prices :( It's sad but it is the life I must live.

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  13. Good luck with your house!

    That sort of thing happens to me all the time. I have a really bad habit of ordering way more books than I can read. I order them through inter-library loan, so they have due dates that I have to adhere to. I often end up having to send some back because I feel guilty for hoarding all the good books but I can't reasonably read them all in time. Why do inter-library loans all need to come in at the same time???

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  14. This happens to me Every. Single. Day. Seriously. I work in a YA Room - and every time we get a shipment of books in, I swear I go home with no less than ten. Each time. My TBR pile is pretty epic... especially since I don't have to pay fines *cough*

    Good luck with your reading pile!

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  15. My library's YA collection is awesome, and since I work at the library, I'm ALWAYS finding more and more books I want to read. I found so many this past week that I want to read, and I put several of them on hold, but because my reading pile is huge at the moment, I didn't put all of them on hold (there's a limit for how many items customers at my library system can put on hold, and I'm almost at that limit, anyway). It's sooo hard, though. In our library system's catalog, if you do a search for "young adult" or "young adult fiction," you'll come up with a list of every single YA title or YA-related title we carry, the newest ones being at the top of the list. It's a great way to find out what new titles we've added; horrible when I find ones I want and can't put on hold!

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  16. My library's part of a large system, so I can get ahold of nearly any YA title I want. Sadly, the holds seem to come in clumps, so at any given moment I'm racing to finish reading before I have to return them! I'm trying to control myself, and make fewer requests, since I know I'll have a stack to read after BEA and the ALA exhibits.

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  17. In Baltimore we have a pretty huge network on libraries, so you can just go online and put almost anything on hold at the nearest branch. We are so LUCKY!! At the same time... I usually check out Way Too Many books at a time and end up with massive overdue fines. Booo... But regardless, I feel super blessed to be in a city with such great libraries!

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