Usually, I make liberal use of the holds system at my library. Lately, it hasn’t been working to my advantage. This week, I had some extra time and several books to return, so I thought, why not just browse. With a list of authors and books I’d like in hand, I set off for the stacks. I limited myself to three books since I also did a quick peruse of the at home shelves and picked out a few forgotten books that are longing to be read.
Here’s what I came home with.
The Dead Travel Fast by Deanna Raybourn. I came across this one a few weeks ago and was thrilled to see it on the shelf. I’ve not read any of Raybourn’s books and I’ve read a few reviews that said this wasn’t as good as her other books but since I haven’t read them, I’m not worried. Ignorance can sometimes be a good thing when it comes to a new author. This one is about a woman named Theodora who abandons her life and heads to Rumania where rumors of vampires still run rampant. There are castles and counts and brooding noblemen and I’m guessing from the cover pic, some romance and heavy breathing as well. Not sure how I feel about that yet but we’ll see.
The Good Thief by Hannah Tinti. I’ve been wanting to read this one for so long but never got around to adding it to the hold pile. I thought I’d take a shot and see if it might be available and, poof, there is was. It’s supposed to be gothic and spooky and richly imagined — OK, so that’s what the cover says and, yes, I fell for it. Abandoned as a small child, twelve year old Ren is missing his left hand, has no idea how he lost it, and has no idea who his family is. When a man appears at the orphanage claiming to be his brother, he convinces the monks to let him go with the man in the hopes that he will solve the mystery that is his life.
The Rosetta Key by William Dietrich. I was hoping for Napoleon’s Pyramids but this was all they had of Dietrich’s books so off the shelf it came. Thieves, sea voyages, armies, mysterious medallions, Egyptian scrolls…not sure what more can be added here but it sounds like a good summer read on a hot day by a lake.
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5 thoughts on “Library Loot – Giving Up on Holds and Browsing the Stacks”
Perusing the shelves is dangerous for me, but I can’t resist. I do put books on hold at the library, but if it’s possible, I vastly prefer going to find it on the shelves. Luckily the branch of the library that’s been closest to me for most of my life is the main library in town, and it has masses of books. I always go to the library with a list of maybe five books, and I come away with twenty. :p
I know, that’s the reason I usually stick to the holds system. I always walk out with way too many books that I know I won’t read but somehow can’t resist taking home.
I love browsing the shelves, but the I inevitably bring too many books home! not enough time to read them all. Looks like you found some good ones.
I don’t often browse at the library. Normally I rely on picking up reads off of the hold shelf, or at the very least off of a list that I take with me.
I usually don’t browse either but the holds system has been failing me of late…