I took this picture last week, after I came home from the library with 17 books I had borrowed. Seventeen books! I had planned to write a post about my lack of self-control when it comes to books, but then I got busy and didn’t write the post. Then, today, I read Anya’s post on On Starships and Dragonwings regarding her book hoarding and realized that I am not alone! I also realized I had never written the post, so here goes.
I used to have a book-buying addiction in college. I lived at thrift stores, Half-Price Books, and garage sales. Since moving, I’ve had to pare down my collection and quit adding to it. But I’ve always loved my local library, and I love to use my library card. So every week or two, I go there, always carrying a big canvas bag and come home with at least seven books. Except this last library visit, I came home with the most books I’ve ever checked out at once. Seventeen books! I kept waiting for the librarians to stop me and tell me I couldn’t take so many.
Anya mentioned that getting so many books satisfied her hoarding instinct, and I guess it satisfies mine also. Even though I know I can always come back for a book, I always feel like I’ll be missing out if I don’t take it with me, even if I already have plenty of books in my bag. I’m really glad my library has a courtesy pre-overdue book email they send out because if I haven’t read all the books by the time they are due, then I can renew them.
So far, I’ve already read (and returned!):
Reviews for these books will be coming shortly.
I returned but didn’t finish Dead Cat Bounce.
I’m currently reading Dead End in Norvelt.
What about you? Do you make use of your library card as much as I do? Do you exercise self-control and borrow only one or two books at a time?