My goal at the beginning of the year was to read 365 books, averaging one per day for the year. As of last night, I’m at 287. That leaves 78 to go. (and is it bad that I used a calculator to figure out the difference? it is, isn’t it. I’m slinking away in shame. not really, because I’m not finished with this post yet. but figuratively.)
I currently have 15 books checked out from the library, but one of those is a book I–gasp–can’t find. More shame here. I know it’s somewhere. But there are a lot of potential somewheres in my house. And I can’t renew it any more after today (I mean, I renewed it today, so I have another 3 weeks in which to find it). So while I was at the library during lunch, I asked the librarian how much it will cost should I, oh, say, have to buy it. $35. Now see, the whole purpose of using the library was to save money by not buying books, and save on space in the house by not buying books. And I have saved a lot of money, no question about it, and I’ve been using the library regularly for a year now and have paid an extremely insignificant amount of money in late fees. So I suppose if one averaged it out over the 12 month period, $35 isn’t that bad. And the book is a really good one, and I wouldn’t really mind adding it to my library. But I haven’t been saving up $2.916 a month for the last 12 months, and $35 is a big chunk out of my pocket money. So I’m really hoping I can find that dang book.
Anyway, back to my original point. So even though I currently have 15 books checked out from the library, only 14 of those will add to my total read, because I already read that other one. And 78-14=64. (No, I didn’t use the calculator for that. Hush, now.) I think I’ll make it.
It’s been fun, actually. I’ve spent time at the library poring over the New Books shelf, and have found some authors that I’ve really liked. I’ve also found some that I really haven’t liked. And somedays I’ll go to a random shelf in the library and tell myself I have to pick one book off that shelf, and it has to be an author I’ve never read before. That’s been fun, too. And as I’ve found some new (to me) authors and voraciously consumed everything available by that author, I’ve wanted to write and ask him/her politely to please hurry up and write some more. And then I have to ask the library politely to please hurry up and buy them.
I’ve been finding that there are some books that I only want to read once, and the library is great for that. And it’s good for trying out cookbooks or craft books, but those help me more to decide whether I want to buy those books, because those are the types of things that you want to spend more time with. But when I do decide I want to buy one, it goes onto my wish list, and I buy one every two or three months from E-bay (my latest score was $1 plus $3.99 shipping on a $20 book).
So as I’m winding down the year, with 64 more books to go (after I read the 14 sitting in my car), I’m going to ask a favour. Tell me some of your favourite books/authors. Give me something to go on besides judging books by their covers while I’m in the library. I won’t promise to finish them, because life’s too short to read a book you hate, but I will promise to try to find them and give them a go if I do find them.
Oh–totally off topic but relevant to me–NaBloPoMo & NaNoWriMo? Forget it. Ain’t happenin’.