Friday, August 31, 2007

On Hold

For the past several weeks, I've been (mostly) locked in to a seemingly never-ending chain of books on-hold at the library. There was Me and Mr. Darcy, which I quite liked, Eclipse, installment three by Stephenie Meyer, which enthralled me...then I took a short break to read the ARC of Private Arrangements by Sherry Thomas that my RWA buddy scored for me--loved it!--and now I'm back on track with Melissa Marr's Wicked Lovely (what no one ever told us about fairies), and next up is Agnes and the Hitman by Jenny Crusie and Bob Mayer. I am getting so behind!

I have a pile of recently ordered books from Amazon on a stack on my nightstand, and I'm pretty much salivating to read them, but I'm on a schedule here! If I get off track with my library holds, then I either miss out or I have to remember to re-request them. I don't have a good system for that. Basically whenever I learn about a book, I nip over to the library website and place it on hold. While this has cut down drastically on the number of books I buy, I still do buy. Hardly ever in hardback, but if I read it and love it, I will buy it when it comes out in paperback. It's just a quirk of mine. It's part frugality, part cheapness, and part comfort--I mostly read lying down and don't like those hard bindings pressing into my stomach.

I've now converted my oldest son to the 'heads-up' on a book library hold. When he finishes a book, he asks if we can look up on Amazon to see when the next one's coming out. Then we check to see if the library is ordering it, request it, and voila--we're good to go! I'm so proud.

Anyone reading any good books? Should I buy or put them on hold at the library?


Katkat said...

I LOVED Ecplise.
I just finised River Sercets by Shannon Hale last night and am starting Dear John by Nicholas Sparks tomorrow.

Danika / OpenChannel said...

Hi Alyssa - I answered your question on my blog - thanks for asking!

If you haven't read Stardust by Neil Gaiman yet, I read that this summer and really enjoyed it. Haven't seen the movie version.

On the DAY I made up my summer reading list, our librarians went on strike. All municipal employees, actually. Which was quite a bummer because my husband and I put a ban on buying any more books (no more room!). They're still on strike with no end in sight.

My list was books that came highly recommended by friends, including Was and Dr. Neruda's Cure for Evil. The rest of the list can be found on my blog in my July 26 Thursday Thirteen.