How to find new books to read

I have about five different books on hand from the library that I haven’t read yet. And I am loving it. It’s nice to actually have a surplus of reading material for a change.

I’ve blogged in the past about needing new books to read, and because we are devoted library patrons, I have been getting all my reading material from there. It’s my totally guilt-free destination – because I can’t spend any money there.

But often, nothing grabs me as I’m browsing the shelves. And I’ve left empty-handed more than once.

So, I stumbled on to a new tactic.

I go browsing at Barnes & Noble.

For some reason, when I am shopping at the bookstore, covers and titles practically jump into my hands and beg for me to take them home. Sadly, I can’t do that right now. We are saving money and saving space – we are a book-loving family, but we’ve run out of shelf space and need to find some more places to put books. So, I now keep scratch paper and a pen handy while I peruse the shelves at Barnes & Noble. When a book strikes me as interesting, I write down the author and the title.

Then when I go home, I get on the library website and start looking up all the titles I’ve written down. If the book is available (and sometimes the library doesn’t have it, so I just have to shrug my shoulders and move on to the next one), I hit the hold button.

I must be coming home with three books a week at this rate. It’s pretty fun.

The Webmaster and Ane both have books checked out at the moment, too. We love the library. And our local library sale is next month, which is always fun.

Hurray for the library!

4 Responses to “How to find new books to read”

  1. Ressis
    April 23rd, 2009 08:53

    I can’t remember where I heard this, but in our current economic climate, more people are utilizing their local libraries. Free books people!

  2. Oddball
    April 23rd, 2009 15:27

    I would send you some of the books I got in Iraq, but they are locked in a tough box, in the garage. However I still recommend “The Historian”, by Elizabeth Kostova. A very good twist on the Dracula story.

  3. Webmaster
    April 24th, 2009 10:05

    The funny thing is, due the proximity of my last job to the downtown Seattle Public Library, we’ve been utilizing the local library systems since 2006… long before the current economic downturn. And I was busing it to work a couple years before the gas prices went bonkers.

    In both cases, each system just got a little more crowded.

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