Today’s Musing Mondays question is very appropriate for me: “Do you restrict yourself on how many books you take out from the library at a time? Do you borrow books if you already have some out? Do you always reborrow books you don’t get to?”
Restrict myself? Ha. No, no, no. This is mostly because I get a lot of books through the holds process, so I’ll get an e-mail one day that says, “You have three books to pick up!” and then by the time I get to the library a day or two later there are two more to pick up as well! And then, after I’ve grabbed the five books and put them in my bag, I’ll go browse the new fiction shelves and see if anything looks good there.
As to the second question, I borrow books 99 out of 100 times that I go to the library. I’m lucky in that my library has an e-mail system that lets me know when my books are two days away from being due, so I always know what of my giant fluctuating pile of books has to go back to its mommy library.
This also helps me renew books that I haven’t read within the borrowing period (usually three weeks). It often surprises me how many books I end up renewing; it’s probably around 20 percent. This is because I constantly have ten or so books checked out that I read in order of interest, not due date. Of course, this causes problems on non-renewable books — new books, books with holds on them, books I’ve renewed five times already. If I can’t renew a book that I really did mean to read, I’ll put a hold on it right away, but mostly I figure I’ll find them again when the mood strikes me. The new Jodi Picoult was one of those (has anyone read it? I haven’t seen a review yet!), but another was Elantris, one of my favorite books ever. It took me a few months to decide to check it out again, but I’m certainly glad I did!