Yes, Library Porn… Again

Well, a few months ago, I received notice that my local library was opening back up and would be offering curbside pickup. Score! I began excitedly placing requests in the online system, none of which were ever fulfilled. I finally tapped into the old folks’ skill of picking up the damn phone. Despite a full shelf of to-be-read books, I wasn’t too enthused about the available options. I wanted something new and exciting!

I was told that my library card expired in May of 2020. I didn’t even notice because: 1) the library was fully closed for at least several months and, 2) I’ve been in hyper-quarantine mode since I don’t know how my poorly-calibrated immune system will respond to a virus. Despite an excess of free time, I hardly read anything in 2020. I’m hoping that this year will be much different.

I was able to renew my card quickly and simply over the phone, and then immediately log into the web portal and begin placing requests. I currently have five books on my desk, three of which I completed within 72 hours of pickup. I have another seven on request, four of which are available now and three with varying wait lists. Tell me, what’s three weeks times 148 requests? Actually, I don’t think I want to know…

Lately, whenever my boyfriend walks into my office, he’ll peer over and playfully click his tongue in disdain. “Library porn, again?!” Yes, library porn… again.

It’s been so long that I had forgotten how many options the library offers. Literally–maybe literally–millions of books on every topic imaginable! I imagine the high I get while browsing the library website is similar to what someone might experience on the most exhilarating cocktail of drugs. I can’t stop looking at and lusting after all of the books.

Sitting beside me are books on sewing techniques, how not to kill my houseplants, and local bird identification; books of poetry and a bulking science fiction anthology. On request, loads and loads of fiction. I’m craving stories lately.

If you’ve read any of the following, I’d love to see your vote as I creep up the waitlist–yay or nay: Exhalation by Ted Chiang, The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by Victoria Schwab, The Midnight Library by Matt Haig, and The Other Mother by Matthew Dicks. If you have any suggestions, within any genre, I’m looking to add to my wish list.

So, that’s it. I’m addicted to library porn, and I am getting high on the local library’s supply.

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  1. *makes note to self to find a way to get my physical book into libraries…granted, the ebook version is free and can easily be requested…but I could be library porn!*

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  2. SAME! Love libraries. Mine just started putting out billboards about how patrons can request items they don’t already have, and I’ve already requested items. Planning on abusing that privilege, ha. The librarians are going to hate me. /s On your book recs, I read Addie LaRue awhile ago and didn’t love it, but didn’t hate it. Full review is on my blog in the January 2021 roundup if you’re interested, but the majority seem to love that one so YMMV. I’d definitely be curious to see what you think!

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    1. The book request idea is fantastic!! Thanks for your thoughts on Addie LaRue–I tend not to enjoy the popular “top 10” books as much as most, so I won’t get my hopes up too high with this one. I’ll be sure to share my thoughts if/when I read. 🙂

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  3. Omg we are kindred spirits lol this is exactly how I feel about the library LOL I miss it so much.. Being in one, being near shrines and shelves of books! I just love the thrill of seeing all that is available and the hopes of a newly selected novel to read 🤭😇🤗 also I heard the midnight library is very good! 🙂

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  4. I’ve been utilizing my local library for the past couple of years and I’m loving it. Before the pandemic, I heard all the horror stories about germs, etc, but… what will be will be. I think they sanitize the books now. Somehow. I think. They have recently opened their doors again (temperature check, etc), they offer curbside pickup since the pandemic, which I love (this pick up window wasn’t used before; such a shame!). And, they have added a “mail” option. That way, you can order your books and have them delivered to your mailbox. At no cost!!! How cool is that? I have to say that I only did that once or twice when the curbside wasn’t yet open. I worry that if people abuse it, the library will run out of money (unless they have some sort of contract with the post office). I think it’s a great idea for those that are stuck at home.

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    1. Yes, the library is amazing! I forgotten how great it is for quick reference or books you’re curious about but not certain you’ll love… it’s awful to spend $25 on a book to immediately despise it. The mail option is really neat, and it’s great to see libraries innovating new ways to share content, even in the midst of a pandemic. When I arrived at the library curbside pickup, I was offered the option of adding a mystery set of books (to emulate random browsing) and craft kits for any kids in my life. I didn’t accept either option, but I love seeing what they’re doing for the community.

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      1. I don’t mind spending money and supporting an author. However, I have limited space at the moment, which means that the moment I finish the book, I have to donate it. And yes, if I didn’t like the book, it really feels like a waste.

        A mystery item? I would love that! And they are trying to foster an interest in kids – very cool.

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  5. I read about 3/4 of Exhalation by Ted Chiang. As much as I hate dropping a book unfinished, I also hate wasting my time and dreading returning to a book that doesn’t grab me. Mr. Chiang has wonderful ideas and is a good technical writer. He just didn’t find myself caring about any of the characters. The plots and writing weren’t enough to make up for that. I’m eager to hear you you feel about Midnight Library. It’s getting a lot of hype, and I wonder if it is worth it!

    Actually, Audible has done a lot to make the pandemic bearable. I listen to my fiction fix as I chop vegetables, exercise, drive, or do housework. The library audiobook options were too hard to download and always had a long wait-list. Audible was my solution. I love it!

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