Last year, I made some changes to my reading habit. Changing not so much what I read, but how I was reading:
I slowed my reading pace.
I started taking notes and writing reviews.
I committed to using my library more.
It's that third one I want to talk about today. Using my library more.
When I was a child, I loved going to the library. It was my Happy Place! I loved nothing more than walking through the stacks, choosing books at random. Reading and reading and reading.
As an adult, though, with empty bookcases at home and suddenly-everywhere big box bookstores, I started purchasing books. I built my own library. Still reading and reading and reading -- but no more worries about due dates.
I told myself that the library didn't have the books I wanted to read anymore. That I couldn't get the books I wanted to read immediately. I convinced myself that it was better to just buy what I wanted to read. So I did.
What was I thinking???
So, a couple of years ago, I went through every book in our house and ended up donating 30-some boxes of books to my local library for their quarterly book sales. And I donated boxes of my kids' books to their former school libraries. And I dropped off books to other local organizations that promote literacy or protect women and children.
And I started to use the library again.
At first, I mostly used Overdrive to check out books. I think Overdrive works wonderfully -- so convenient and so easy. But I often have to wait months and months (and months) for the titles I most want to read. So I started reserving books through my local library's online system.
Ohmygod! It's raining books here!!!
It seems there are rarely people requesting the books I want to read through the actual library. And although the library doesn't have every title I want, they have most of the titles I want. I've been able to pick up books at my library - right away with no wait at all - that I've been waiting months to read through Overdrive. I put in a hold through my library's online system, and I get a notice that I can pick it up.
It's an embarrassment of riches, I tell you!
I'm making a few housekeeping changes here on my blog. I've added a sidebar list of the books I've recently read (through Goodreads) if you're interested. I stopped blogging about my reading when I started posting reviews on Goodreads -- so just click in if you're interested in what I'm reading and what I thought of it.