Getting Books the Old-Fashioned Way: Libraries

 

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I used to love libraries. I would collect library cards from from every city or state I’ve lived in, I have 7 in total. Libraries were my safe place growing up, I spent countless hours in the library at school and near my house, the librarians knew my name, they were my friends, more than happy to get books brought into the library on my recommendation.

The library itself was a place of solace, the smell of books, the ability to get them for free, to borrow as many as you need and return only to take out more.  Libraries were amazing!

I went to the library this weekend and stepping through the doors was better than coming home. There were so many books waiting to be read, I was giddy with excitement. I couldn’t wait to get my hands on some of the books that have sat on my TBR pile, but when I went to look up books on the catalogue I was shocked at how many authors were not listed, more than half of my TBR came up empty, name after name. Worse, this was the Central Branch and yet nothing. Penelope Douglas, Krsiten Callihan, K.A. Linde all didn’t have books and if they did, it was limited to two books out of their collection. I was devastated, the one place I could always count on had let me down.

Is this because there are more and more self-publishing authors? Is it because ebooks are taking over the book world? Why is it that the number one place for free up to date books was so lacking in up to date books???

Nevertheless, I went in with hope of leaving with a number of books and came out with just three because I was desperate and there was nothing I wanted but if I left empty it would have been for nothing and we can’t have that, so I borrowed,

wildWild by Sophie Jordan which was coincidentally at the very bottom of my list and a part of the series continuation I was hoping on reading, eventually.

last-hitLast Hit by Jessica Clare I’ve read other books by her before and thought why not I’m running out of time.

the-nearly-wedsThe Nearly-weds by Jane Costello which drew me in because the cover is so fun and UK authors seem to have the clumsiest and funniest heroines.

 

 

 

 

November 1st

It’s that time of year again….NaNowriMo – for those of you who don’t know, NaNoWriMo stands for National Novel Writing Month. The month of the November is an important month for all us would be authors, fancy-ourselves authors, and authors. The month of November is dedicated to writing a little each day until you have a full novel. The catch? You have to start writing on November 1. Sure you can brainstorm before and even come up with a title but as to putting pen to paper or fingers to keys, it’s all done in real-time starting today, November 1 and ending November 30.

Every year I mean to participate, I’ve done it once and haven’t been able to finish or even make a dent in my number count. It doesn’t help that life gets in the way; work, friends, colleagues and responsibilities pulling you in different directions all the while you’re trying to make time to sit down an hour or two everyday and write your heart out. Or, if you’re like me, you realize that maybe you weren’t meant to be a writer after all, maybe you were meant to be exactly what you are and that is a reader.

There’s nothing wrong with being a reader, that’s what I am, but wouldn’t it be nice to test the bounds of your abilities? Write something that may never get published and may not even be good but knowing all the while that you accomplished something meaningful to you in the amount of time you were given?

I know I would love to and I guess that’s why I’m going to try NaNoWriMo this year. It may not be any good (I doubt it will be good) but I will endeavor to write my story here on my blog a little at a time until the end of November. It will be my personal challenge, so NaNoWriMo here I come.