Happy New Year!

Happy New Year readers!! It’s been another great year of conversation around books. Thanks for being with me on the journey!! Since many of you are library users like I am, I wanted to share an idea I’m going to try in the new year to rid myself of what I will call library hold gluttony…a bit like this guy–notice he has one between his knees, one under his arm, and one in each hand…

The problem I have is this: when I hear of a great new title I tend to immediately put it on hold, but then awhile later a whole bunch of books arrive all at once and I go home both thrilled to have so many shiny new books winking at me, but also sad to know that I’ll never be able to read them all before they are due back!! It makes me feel ‘book hoarder shame’ and makes me resent not having enough time to get to them all. Maybe that happens to you too!

So, here’s my plan for putting books on hold at the library from now on. It involves using the suspension function which delays the arrival of holds until whatever date I choose; it’s designed to maintain holds while preventing a costly book pile up while on vacation. What I’ve done is put twelve of my ‘wish list’ books on hold but then suspended them so that they’ll be released just one per month, which should be manageable. I can always un-suspend them earlier if I have more reading time and want them sooner, and since books continue to move up the priority list while suspended, I might just get them right away when I do unlock them. Actually, having books dole out more slowly may have the side benefit of getting to all those titles on my own shelf that I haven’t read yet, in addition to the ones I have on loan from friends–these are also glaring at me, begging to be read. So we’ll see how it goes. Not a New Year’s resolution, but a simple system which I hope will solve my little book hoarder problem.

However, having said all that, the really really important thing  is just to enjoy the love of reading in the new year and let the book FOMO go, especially now when all of the Best Books of 2018 lists are coming out and the TBR list seems overwhelming. It just isn’t possible to do it all. Just be grateful for whatever book holds your bookmark at the moment. Relax, breathe, and enjoy…it’s all for the love of reading! Happy 2019 everyone!

6 responses to “Happy New Year!

  1. Thanks for the great “hold” tip. I am frequently dealing with that challenge, especially with Overdrive. Now that my service restricts loans to two weeks, I often get caught with too many to read in too little time.
    Thank for being one of my favourite resources for new reading choices. Definitely more helpful than any 2018 (or other year-end) list.
    Happy Reading and other more active adventures in 2019!

    • Hi Patty! Thanks for your kind comments. Overdrive doesn’t have a suspension function as far as I know, but what I do is just let them expire in my Bookshelf and then put them on hold again. The trick with Overdrive is to start the book right away so you don’t run out of time to finish it before it disappears. Not ideal, but I still find it convenient to have books on my iPad and the upside is that I don’t have to trudge to the library, it’s all electronic (so no one really knows how many times you’ve re-holded those books!:) Two weeks is a very short amount of time, makes our three week time period feel luxurious! Hoping to come visit your new place sometime in 2019!

  2. Book hoarder shame! That’s a good term. My solution to this dilemma has been to go to the library to “pick up the book” so I don’t feel like a complete dummy (and don’t get charged $1), and then to immediately drop it into the return bin. I don’t take it home. That’s when I’m organized enough to walk to the library and don’t come up with the approx. 100 excuses I come up with to say $1 isn’t a big deal to pay for having the option to put a book on hold which, come to think of it, is a pretty good excuse in itself to apply my methodology. Anyway, I have a friend who manages his hold list quite religiously as per your suggestion. Good luck! I expect progress notes on this, of course.
    Is the Brampton book club going to read Women Talking in 2019…?

    • Haha Nandy, I’ve done exactly the same thing, trudging to the library to pick up a book I know I won’t have time to read anyway, to save the $2 bucks at our library, and dropping it immediately into the return bin. I think this experience is something that affects many library users and I’m glad to hear you know of someone else who manages holds in this manner! Will keep you posted! (pardon the punny blog humour). Cheers, Joanne
      PS Books are set at book club until June so earliest would be in the fall after the list for next year has been selected. Will let you know if it makes the cut!

  3. Thanks, Joanne for sharing a great idea! I love your blog, thoroughly enjoy and appreciate the reviews, and so often choose the books I read from your recommendations. I’m looking forward to see what you will choose to read this year! Happy reading!

    P.S. I like the graphics in today’s post.

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