Friday, July 13, 2012

How the library is pissing me off.



Yeah, yeah. Marriage. But let's talk about something serious for a minute. The library is messing with me.

I'm kind of particular when it comes to my books. I have little routines that keep me from feeling book stress, and when I stick to them life is just a little easier.

For instance: I usually only "let" myself have two books at a time. One on my Kindle or hard copy, and one audio book. Otherwise my eyes get bigger than my--err--brain, and I end up with a stack of books on my nightstand and I start to feel like I'm in tenth grade again, staring down a pile of assigned novels for the summer... and I DON'T WANNA. I start to get ooky and worried and that makes me want to read exactly none of my books. That makes me want to have a tantrum and watch a marathon of Real Housewives.

If I see or hear of a book I think I'll like, I add it to my Amazon wish list. When I finish a book, I let myself buy one--ONE ONLY--more. Then I can read that one and take as long as I want and not feel like I'm late on an assignment. When I finish that book, I repeat. I have a subscription to audible, so I get one book a month from them, which is just about right. I feel like this keeps me from getting ahead of myself and spending too much money, and it means I'm usually reading something I want to read in the moment, rather than reading something I bought a long time ago because I think I ought not to waste it.

Anyway, the library is messing with my mojo. The awesome thing about the library is that I can get (duh) books from them or download ebooks from them, for free. The shitty thing about the library is that all of the books I want to get (ebook or book-book) are always so popular, they have a wait list. You can't just walk into a library anymore and find what you want. It won't happen without planning. So I put myself on the list, say a few prayers to the book gods and wait for my number to come up.

You know when it comes up? At exactly the MOST INCONVENIENT TIME. And no biggie, right? Just let it go? But the problem is that once I let a book go I'm no longer on the list. If I let it go, I'm going to have to remember to put myself on the list again. Which never happens. And if I DO get a book, I have 21 days to read it (which is reasonable, unless I'm already in the middle of seventeen other books). And now those beezies are charging a $1* reshelving fee if you don't come pick up a book you have on reserve. (Guess how many dollars I've spent on that already...)

*Dude, I totally support the idea of supporting libraries, but the whole $1 thing is adding to my stress. I'm not saying libraries don't need a dollar. Ease up.

So when I get that horribly timed email that tells me my book is ready for pickup or that I can finally--FINALLY!--get my ebook, I feel like I have to get it right now. And then I start getting backed up on the other things I'm reading. And I get a little, well, crazy.

So as of right now I'm listening to Therese Raquin, and I have Treasure Island!!! waiting for me, also (because I got a little backed up on audio books when I stopped running) and I have Little Women on my Kindle, but it's boring me so I started reading Middlesex because I bought it at the used bookstore a few months ago, and today I get an email saying Blood, Bones, and Butter is ready. So of course I downloaded that, too, and now I only have 21 days to read it and OH MY GOD I NEED THERAPY.

2 comments:

  1. I am reading Treasure Island right now too! It's free through Kindle - hopefully that eases a little stress, unless you already have it from there and that's no help at all! :)

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    1. Treasure Island!!!--with 3 exclamation points. By Sara Levine. I think it's the classic TI that's free on Kindle? I'll go check.

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