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Making Good Use of the Library.

I try to check the library first if I want to read a newish book.  I know I can’t buy every book – even though at times it feels like I do!

The first three here I have read and the last two I pick up from the library tomorrow off the reserve shelf.  I was listening to a podcast where Gretchen Rubin happened to mention when she is choosing what to read often the library books are first because they have to go back. As I kind of act on that premise too I was happy others do the same. Especially when I know other readers are on the reserve list and I can’t renew the book.

The Jam QueensThe Jam Queens is by Australian author Josephine Moon. It had a great story, complicated relationships and a fabulous train trip that had me searching it out on Google – the Ghan going from Darwin to Adelaide.  It was a real feel good story.

4 stars.

ClassJenny Colgan wrote this one awhile back under the name first of all as Jane Beaton. It is set in a girl’s boarding school in England and the main character – Maggie is a new teacher there.  It was okay, there are other books in the series although I most likely won’t pursue them.    3 stars.

book cover#3 in the Verity Kent series. Extremely well written with interesting murder mysteries that Verity works on along with her husband Sidney. Their relationship and Sidney’s struggle with dealing with his war history makes the books extra interesting.  4 stars.

bookcoverThe Newcomer  I have to pick up from the reserve shelf at the library.  I could have bought it but I could see I was early in line for it so I waited. It will be the next library book that I read.

The Nature of Fragile things I’ve had this one in my reserve list for awhile and finally it snuck up on me, coming in the day after I was notified about The Newcomer. I have seen good reviews from many of the readers I follow. It has three women in it and a San Francisco earthquake and I am sure a lot more!


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16 thoughts on “Making Good Use of the Library.”

  1. I use our library a LOT. I rarely buy books for myself (for the past 10 years or so now), unless we’re on vacation and find a great indie bookstore. So, most of my book group selections come from the library. Ours is just starting to reopen – just restarted browsing last week, though the hours are still limited. I love going in there, even if it’s just to pick up my Holds!


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  2. I miss browsing in a library. Ours open up again next month, and until then they’ve been giving out Bags of Books — you can request Mystery, Biography or many other categories and they give you 5-6 books that fit that, and then you can browse them at home and send back the ones you don’t want. So it helped me get through this past year, but I’m really looking forward to being able to browse all over!

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    1. Yes I bet you are looking forward to your library opening up again. The Bags of Books was a great way to manage a bad situation and hopefully some of them were good!


  3. Like you, I’m starting to seek out books from the library first. First of all, I want to support my local library, but I am also running out of room at home! 🙂

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  4. I’ve loved some of Jenny Colgan’s books, and not others. Thanks for telling us about this one under a different name.
    I love getting books from the library but sometimes I don’t finish in time and that’s a bummer. I do appreciate it so much though.


  5. I saw the notice of Lucinda Riley’s death right after I saw your comment and was so sad to see that. I’m so glad you enjoyed the Verity Kent book. I do really like the description of their relationship struggles. It feels very authentic. I love Jenny Colgan but that one doesn’t really appeal to me. I think I’d feel about the same way you did.


  6. My library requests all seem to arrive in a bunch. That happened last week in the form of audiobooks. Luckily they came with 14 days due dates. I enjoyed the last two books in your post!

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