Library Loot: With A Joyful Heart

I have a love/hate relationship with the library in our town. When I was little, I was very adept at running up enormous fines, up to .20 cents a week sometimes, which made my mother very disgruntled. What’s so hard about getting your books back on time? Nothing, in theory, but I seemed unable to do it for much of my life.

Then, I began buying books at Borders. Barnes and Noble. Amazon.com. The problem with this plan is not so much the money as the storage. Where does one keep one’s accumulated novels? Hence, my thoughts frequently turn towards a Kindle…

At any rate, yesterday  my son said, “Mom! Let’s go sign up for the Summer reading program at the library!” It thrilled my heart, that at 19 he remembered the summers of his childhood when I took him to read a certain number of pages per week and color in the appropriate section of the log. Now, he’s signing up at the adult station like me; how far we’ve come.

I totally scored at the library! Totally! Normally, I go with a disdainful heart, certain that the librarian will ask me if I’ve washed my hands, or scold me for whispering, or tell  me that they don’t have the book I’m looking for. But, yesterday, behold:

What did you get? Or, do you frequent the bookstores?
Library Loot host this week is at The Adventures of An Intrepid Reader.

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25 thoughts on “Library Loot: With A Joyful Heart”

  1. I see you're all stocked up for the Japanese reading challenge!I have Audition out by Ryu Murakami at the moment… among others but I've had those out for a while now. Other books from my physical TBR distracted me.I also have Arabel's Raven, something by Alexandrew Dumas, one by someone else and ah my pile is not anywhere near me at the moment so I cannot remember them all, isn't that bad?I also have a storage problem since becoming slightly addicted to bookshops… lately The Book Despository has probably added about ten books to my TBR. I havee over 500 books stuffed into my one massive bookcase – 417 of those yet to be read.I love the idea of a Kindle-type-thing but I am so much more attached to physical books then I would be for electronic. To be able to feel a book between your hands is heavenly.

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  2. Your last paragraph sums up my feelings exactly, which is why I haven't succumbed to buying one. To not smell the page, or feel it turn? It's not worth the sacrifice right now. I've added you to the JLC4 challenge. So glad you joined. I can tell we both love this genre!

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  3. I much prefer the library to the bookstore. I'm sorry you feel that someone might scold you at the library! My library is a fantastic meeting place. It's quiet but never too quiet. I feel right at home there!I too cannot stomach reading ebooks. I love the feel and smell of books too much!

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  4. I'm cracking up that you worry someone might ask if you've washed your hands–I only wish I'd ever seen a librarian ask that, because whenever I'm in the library all I can think of is how many people surely haven't! Of course, the librarian still wouldn't be able to do much about what they'd done with the books once they took them home…shiver.

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  5. Linda, me too (for the smell and feel of books)!Nicole, I didn't imagine the librarian asked me that; one really did! I was in my late thirties, and I was too flabbergasted to even know how to respond. I come from a long history of crabby, crabby librarians and we have a joke in my famnily. Whenever someone in public is very rude we say, "Do you work at Naperville public library?" to ourselves. No offense against all the sweet librarians out there. I'm sure many people have horrible teacher stories which would never apply to me! 😉

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  6. When my kids were younger, we went to the library every week. Now we're more apt to go to the bookstore, but that's okay. Great photo! 🙂

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  7. I have always loved signing up my girls for the summer reading program…and was so excited to find that at our new library they have an adult summer program…the first time I have come across such thing. Enjoy your library loot! (I'll take books wherever I can get them whether it be the bookstore, the web or the library:)

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  8. Love your pile of books – you are so ready for the JLC4! And I think its great that you and your son signed up for the summer reading challenge at your local library. I'm not a fan of my local library, because they never seem to have anything I want so I usually wind up at the bookstores or looking for books online or even at yard sales. I have to say that Miso Soup book sounds pretty cool.

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  9. So glad to read about your library loot. That is wonderful that your son wanted to go to the library. I love the library and couldn't imagine living without it. As much as I love to buy printed books and download books on my Kindle, I could never afford to read everything I want to if not for my library.

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  10. Bellezza, you crack me up and I can see that I need to come speak to librarians in your area. I mean, what is that about? Now, saying that, you really, really don't want to know about some of the library materials that hav come through my hands after people turned them in. Truly, you don't want to know! :-)Glad you found some great books for you and also great your son wanted to sign up for the adult program with you. That's a wonderful thing to share together. I will admit that I love my Kindle. I don't read every book on it – probably 40% or so, but I do love it. I still love regular books too.

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  11. Looks like you totally scored! Since I've been trying to reduce the number of books I own (space issues) I decided to rediscover my library. The sad part? My library is under major renovation and the majority of the fiction books are in storage for the next 16 months. Sigh. I will be going to the library in a neighboring city this weekend to see if I can get a library card with them. The great thing about that library is they are a part of the county system which greatly increases the titles available to me. Joy!

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  12. Hope you are enjoying your picks for this week!!! I used to raise up fines growing up too, I never knew why, probably because I have always been such a avid reader, that sometimes I would forget a book that would be underneath a couch cushion or under my pillow or bed or something. I haven't though as a grown up, I put my books in a certain place so that scenario never happens lol Here is my Library LootHappy Reading!

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  13. A Quiet Life and In the Miso Soup both sound really interesting! As you know, I love my library, even though I do have the occasional fine. 😉

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  14. I've always loved the library ~ and they love me because I'm still racking up overdue fines! I just think of it as my way of supporting the library :)I always did the summer reading programs when I was a kid, as did my son. What a nice memory that recalled!I was there yesterday, and got When We Were Orphans, as well as lots of others…

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  15. You know I've been watching a lot of classic films by Ozu, and for books, just finished Ishiguro's An Artist of the Floating World. I'm really interested to join your Japanese Literature Challenge. Where do I sign up?

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  16. I wanted to sign up as the president of the Philippines so I could build libraries on every 5 miles on the whole country (woah?). It's crazy that I can't find any here!Literature seems to be put behind.

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  17. My iPad has the B&N app that allows me to read ebooks, as well as its own iBook reader. They're both very cool, but I doubt I'll use either. I prefer the old-fashioned method. Check back with me, though, in another year. I may be singing a different song. ;)I, too, have a love-hate relationship with my library. I have far too many unread books stacked up around me. Literally. I can see three stacks on the floor, as well as four bookshelves full of unread books. And that's just in my "office." There are more in the bedroom and guestroom and living room. I will never run out of reading material. And yet, I still go to the library. Mainly to get audio books, but who can resist checking out the new release tables and shelves?! I currently have the following on my nightstand:La's Orchestra Saves the World (McCall Smith)Forward From Here: Leaving Middle Age–and Other Unexpected Adventures (Reeve Lindbergh)In a Perfect World (Laura Kasischke)The Long Way Home (Robin Pilcher)Messenger of Truth (Jacqueline Winspear)Out Stealing Horses (Per Petterson The Story Of Edgar Saawtelle (David Wroblewski)A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Future (Michael J. Fox)Honestly! When will I get these all read? Ah, and now I see I owe $1.75 in fines. Oops.

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  18. Les, I'm just like you: stacks everywhere! And what am I doing? Contemplating going to the Printer's Row Book Fair in Chicago on Saturday, and the AAUW Used Book Sale on June 16. Completely disregarding the books I have in the basement from last summer when I went to the sale…Well, we'll never run out of reading material, that's for sure, and between us we could set up an awesome book store!Lucky you for an iPad!!! My husband gave me a gorgeous, candy apple red laptop for Christmas, but then iPad came out and it's far too late for me to say, "Um, honey?…" I'll have to be content with what I have, which basically I am. Basically. Most of the time. 😉

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  19. Once upon a time, I got rid of all my books – well, very nearly all. I had about 40 left, and a lot of empty closet and shelf space.Now and then I'd buy a book, mostly from the half-price places. Occasionally I'd do the Barnes and Noble thing.But now? I am the prodigal reader. I have my first library card in… 20 years. When I went to the library for the first time I couldn't find the card catalogue. And you know – they actually send you emails telling you your books are due back in two days? And you can renew them online? Such a world we live in! My next step is to actually read what I check out, instead of letting it sit around until it's due back 😉

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  20. Great loot. I´m looking forward to your thoughts on them, and then raid the library accordingly :)The librarian scolds you? My library has reduced the contact between librarians and users, there are machines to check out books, to return them, and to pay your fees.I can´t really see myself using a kindle, I want to feel the book while reading and also, staring at another computer screen just makes me think of work.

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  21. I love our local library system, not the least of which is because fines are only .05 per day with a dollar max. I've used the library more this year than I have for several years combined. Almost half of my completed reads this year have been from the library, and we've watched several movies and tv series episodes on television this year that we checked out from the library.You made out very well indeed!

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