This idea comes from The Adventures of an Intrepid Reader and The Captive Reader, and reminded me of something I already knew–I have far too many library books.
Generally, I aim for somewhere under 20 books. When I’m over that limit, I try to return more books than I check out until I’m under again. But I put a lot of books on hold, and there’s no predicting exactly when you get them. I returned four books yesterday and picked up six. That’s progress, but not in the right direction…
My usual method is to pick up my books on hold in small groups, so I can stay ahead of the due dates. Some of these books are due soon (tomorrow, the day after, next week…) and some are due in three weeks.
I have this under control. Mostly.
Books found either through book-review bloggers, stuff that looked interesting on Goodreads, or sequels to books I’ve already read. There’s thirty-something more books on a list that I want to get and haven’t put on hold (yet). This is my version of self-control.
How many books at a time do you get from the library? Do you browse the stacks, or make hold requests? How do you organize your library trips and library books?
Here’s my current haul:
1. Blue-blooded Vamp; Jaye Wells
2. The Blue Castle; L.M. Montgomery
3. Blood Secrets; Jeannie Holmes
4. Clementine; Cherie Priest
5. Code Name Verity; Elizabeth Wein
6. Dead Reckoning; Mercedes Lackey
7. Death Most Definite; Trent Jamieson
8. The Graphic Canon, vol. 1; ed. Russ Kick
9. The Hour of Dust and Ashes; Kelly Gay
10. The Kingdom Beyond the Waves; Stephen Hunt
11. The Long Earth; Terry Pratchett & Stephen Baxter
12. Magic without Mercy; Devon Monk
13. The Maze Runner; James Dashner
14. The Mongoliad; Erik Bear et al.
15. Neuromancer; William Gibson
16. Nocturnal: a Novel; Scott Sigler
17. The Complete Persepolis; Marjane Satrapi
18. The Rise of the Iron Moon; Stephen Hunt
19. A Rising Thunder; David Weber
20. Rouge; Rachel Vincent
21. Shadows Fall; Simon R. Green
22. The Sheriff of Yrnameer; Michael Rubens
23. Silence; Michelle Sagara
24. Swamplandia!; Karen Russell
25. Unorthodox: the Scandalous Rejection of my Hasidic Roots; Deborah Feldman
26. A Visit from the Goon Squad; Jennifer Egan
27. Wicked Business; Janet Evanovich
28. Wild: from Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail; Cheryl Strayed