Sunday, December 15, 2013

What's Better Than the Library? Nothing.

I've been spending a lot of time in the mall and online, looking for those perfect gifts for the special people in my life. I'm so happy when I find the exact perfect match for that special person, at this particular point in time.

I love it when I'm on the other end of that deal, too. When I open a box and in it is exactly what I want at that moment.

But I'm lucky. Really lucky. I get that feeling of opening up a box and finding that exact special treat so many times every year. I get it every time I walk into my library.

I could never afford to buy all the books I read in a year. And often, books I do buy languish at the bottom of my TBR pile for too long -- those shiny new library books have a return date. When I'm the first one to snap up a new release, I feel guilty keeping it too long.

There are so many times I swear I will not walk into the library. I'm going to simply return what I've finished and tackle all those books I own. But the library's pull is too great. I walk in. I head right over to the new MG releases. Last week I picked up Neil Gaiman's FORTUNATELY, THE MILK. Then I try to check out and exit, but the YA section calls -- I'll just take a look. Ooooh! They have Rainbow Rowell's FANGIRL and Elizabeth Wein's ROSE UNDER FIRE.

Every trip to the library is like opening those gifts under the tree. Each book a surprise, waiting to happen.


  1. Oh, I would be so excited to see Fangirl at my library! Unfortunately my library has a super poor YA section(it consists of four little endcap bookcases). If I ever get rich, I'll change that! =)

    1. I love that my library is networked with all other libraries in the county. If my library doesn't carry a book I want to read, I log on to the website and place an order. I get a phone call in a day or two (unless it's a red hot best seller or book club book) and go down and pick it up.

  2. So true. And I feel that way even though I work there.

  3. I feel the same way about my library and now it's so easy to electronically place holds and to renew! I'm waiting for the pick-up notice from my hold on Eleanor and Park. Any day now.

  4. I loved Eleanor & Park and I can't wait to crack open Fangirl. And then I swear, I'm going to read a book I own!