Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Loving the Library for Summer Reading

With the unofficial start of summer coming, I thought it would be nice to post my summer reading list.  I can't wait to start my list off this weekend at the pool!  Reading is a pretty awesome thing.  I didn't really enjoy it much in school when books were preselected for me and reading them just seemed arduous and boring.  Looking back, a lot of those books weren't even that bad, I think I just didn't like not being able to read them for my own enjoyment and then of course having to write papers on them.  Fast forward too many years to adult life when I can read whatever I like, but ironically don't have free time to read!  Go figure.  I read a lot more in the summer when I'm catching up on my Vitamin D at the pool. 

One of the best things I learned after spending way too much money on books that I would read through in a few short days and then put on a shelf to grow dust (I loathe reading the same book twice), is the joy of taking advantage of the technological advances at the library.  This might be common knowledge for many, but gone are the days of remembering how to use the dewey decimal system, or scrounging around for the location of the book only to see that it isn't there.  Now, you go online at home, find your book, place a hold and you get an email when it is ready for pick up at the front desk!  Another fabulous money saver is you can renew your books a few times if you haven't finished them or can't get to the library before the due date.  The only next best thing would be if they'd deliver and pick up your books at home when you are done (prob won't ever happen). There is a service similar to netflix that does this for a fee. If you do feel like buying your books, you might want to wait for the library book sale. I stumbled upon this gem when I went to the library last summer to pick up my books I'd placed on hold.  This is totally awesome for kids books or travel books which might not get much use (many were .50 cents to $1).

Here is my book list for the summer (no judging, I'm not into serious reads)
Emily Griffin: Heart of the Matter
Jennifer Weiner: Best Friends Forever
Cecilia Ahern If you could see me now and Thanks for the memories
Lisa See: Shanghai Girls (Borrowed from my awesome coworker)
Susan White: A Soft place to land
Greg Mortenson: Three Cups of Tea
Kathryn Stockett: The Help


Melanie said...

I listened to If You Could See Me Now as a book on tape (complete with Irish accents) when I had a long drive recently. You'll have to let me know what you think!

Suzanne said...

As a part-time children's librarian, I love the library and I love to read! I read Best Friends Forever and really enjoyed it. I'm currently reading The Help and I have Heart of the Matter on hold.

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