The Library Book Conundrum

The Library Book Conundrum

Have you ever noticed that when you put holds on several library books, they all become available at once?  When it rains, it pours.  It feels like every single time I wish for a book or two or five, the universe conspires against me and my lack of free time and makes them all show up within a few days of each other.  One time, three e-books arrived on the same day.  That was the day I learned to turn off the “auto-check-out” feature.


So, this weekend, an almost-record four books came within three days of each other.  Bust, as my favorite reading friend Amanda at Gun In Act One would say.  Here’s what I got:


  1.  The Boy Most Likely To by Huntley Fitzpatrick – Loved loved loved My Life Next Door, couldn’t wait for this.  It was the first book that showed up and I started it immediately.  I’m 10% in as I type this.  (e-book)
  2. The Walls Around Us by Nova Ren Suma – I haven’t read any of Nova’s books yet, but I adore her online and picked this one out to study, as I’ve got a brewing idea for a mystery novel and I know zero about writing mysteries.  (e-book)
  3. Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas – I was certain this would take longer than a few days to get to me, as I was 14th in line, but this being SJM, of course the library ordered a ton of copies.  (hard copy)
  4. China Rich Girlfriend by Kevin Kwan – I devoured Crazy Rich Asians this summer and have been dying to get my hands on this.  (e-book)

How to decide?

As QoS is 656 pages and no doubt ridiculously heavy, I requested the library buy an e-book, which then puts me at the front of the line when they buy it.  I just cancelled my hold, I’ll wait for that one.

The Walls Around Us, being “research” for a book that’s at least 2nd in line for me to write, I’m going to save for a little later, when I get closer to needing it.

The Boy Most Likely To, since I’m already invested, I’ll finish probably this week or early next week.

China Rich Girlfriend is the one I want to read the most out of all of these.  I started it literally 20 minutes after it showed up in my inbox and I’ll stick with it tonight.  I’m okay reading 2 books at once, so I’ll alternate with TBMLT as well.


This is basically the process I go through anytime a million books show up at once.  Inevitably there is something I really want to read that I have to put back or let go because I couldn’t finish and then I have to wait all over again because everyone else wants to read them too.

The struggle is real.  Anyone else have this problem?

(and really, if this is the worst problem I have this week, I’m doing spectacularly).

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