Friday, March 12, 2010

Library Loot Overload!

I think Library Loot is a weekly meme that occurs on Wednesdays thanks to Marg at Reading Adventures and Eva at A Striped Armchair – however, my library motherload happened yesterday when I went to work and nearly all the HOLDS I had on recently published books (therefore 14 day check out) came in at the same time! Argh! Oh the rotten timing of it all!

Kindred by Octavia Butler
The Book of Fires by Jane Borodale
Wench by Dolen Perkins-Valdez
Who Whould Have Thought It? by Maria Amparo Ruiz de Burton
Beneath the Lion's Gaze by Maaza Mengiste

There is NO way I will be able to read all these books before they are due (and I can’t renew them because they are destined for other readers). We depart on a 10 day road trip to Washington DC next Thrusday, and very little if any reading will be done in a cramped van with three fidgety children. Or between treks to Monticello, Mount Vernon, The Capitol or the Smithsonians. Thanks to my trusted library colleagues, I have since learned that I can FREEZE my holds without losing my place in the book queue. A handy, on-line feature I somehow missed.

Kindred by Octavia Butler is a 28 day check out, so I should be OK on that one. But the others all have to be returned before I get home. The one I was most eager to read was Wench by Dolen Perkins-Valdez. I started it last night, and had a hard time getting thru the 1st 40 pages. As my daughter said about our next book club book, “it just didn’t grab me.” I hate giving up on a book. Maybe I will return it and start it again when I get home.


Kim said...

I recently discovered that "freeze" feature myself. Very handy. How many books can you put on hold at one time? We can only have 5 at a time but it seems like you might have more. Anyway, good luck with those books. I know that can be so frustrating, especially when you've been waiting awhile.

Katy said...

Oh my goodness, you have some awesome loot there. I just got a copy of Kindred from PBS and am drooling to get into it (unfortunately I can't get started right away). I really liked Wench, but it is a bit hard to get into at first.

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