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Subject: unmask! Da*m you
Date Posted: 1/13/2010 3:55 PM ET
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So-

A few weeks ago I checked out my local library for 23 books that were of interest -mainly because of discussions on PBS.  Since it's a small library -they had none.  I reserved them in the very large county library system.  Much to my suprise 22 came in all at once.  Now I am struggling to read them all and attempting to renew them and (gasp)  there are holds on them.  I have to read The Manual of Detection, The War of the Flowers, In the Night Garden, Across the Nightingale Floor by january 16th BECAUSE I can't renew them BECAUSE some one else has them on reserve.  I suspect a lurker here on PBS.  Shall we duel?  Anyway - I should have them all but War of the Flowers done by then but it's messing with my science fiction challenge plans...

Has anyone HAD to read a book fast?  I'm finding that I'm not enjoying the books as much as I would otherwise.  I usually pick a book I'm in the mood for, which doesn't necessarily mean the  one that's due back at the library.  I have bunches on my shelf I want to read too...

Amy
Date Posted: 1/13/2010 4:06 PM ET
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I wouldn't try reading them all. I manage about a book or two a week, sometimes much less.

Read and renew the ones you can and return the others. They'll still be there in the end.

Date Posted: 1/13/2010 4:43 PM ET
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Speed reading ruins the story. Just read what you can at an enjoyable pace and take back what you have to and then re-order. And pace yourself in placing holds :-)

Date Posted: 1/13/2010 5:16 PM ET
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Seriously guys --you are missing the point... I could have happily renewed and renewed and renewed. No one reads these books in Fairfax County. I have happpily reserved, read and renewed my scifi/fantasy books for years. Basically I was spoiled rotten.  Now the only new fantasy/sci fi books in the system are the vampire sex ones. It's not like I reserved Sarah Palin's book. jk... sigh...I know I'll have to send some back before I read them. The only problem I have with that is once I start a book I want to finish it right then. I already owe 2.50 for Herland -which was very oddly reserved after me. The county (which is huge) has apparently 1 copy of it. I think One of You Forum Lurkers lives nearby and is reserving the interesting books mentioned on the forum too. Which is probably a good thing in the long run. If we request these books -they will buy them! I heard that some places you actually have to pay the library system to read the new books. That seems to go against the logic of libraries.



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Date Posted: 1/13/2010 5:40 PM ET
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LOL, it isn't me, I promise. . . (not that I'm much of a lurker.)

I have forced myself to read books I wasn't planning on reading for various reasons (once or twice because I couldn't renew them from the library like I had planned to) and I never noticed it affecting my enjoyment of the books. But then, that may be because I'm used to reading all in one sitting, so having to read a book quickly wasn't foreign to me. It may also be because most of the books I've forced myself to read quickly I suspected I wouldn't enjoy overwhelmingly anyway (any book I suspect I will enjoy overwhelmingly I read the instant I get my hands on it. . . it's only the iffy ones that languish to the point that an outside force puts pressure on me to get to them) so when I didn't overwhelmingly enjoy them I wasn't surprised. Whether I would have enjoyed them overwhelmingly if I had truly been in the mood for them (rather than being forced) is a question I am not capable of answering. :)

 

My goodness I'm wordy today! My humblest apologist if all the circumlocutions made my post impossible to decipher, lol.

Amy
Date Posted: 1/13/2010 5:45 PM ET
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It's not me, either! (Even though Herland is on my list for the 2010 challenge.)

Are any of the books you're reading available at PBS? I know Herland is and I plan on ordering it soon. The last time I checked, there were 18 copies available.

Date Posted: 1/13/2010 6:06 PM ET
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Oh all you people denying!  I know you secretly live in fairfax county and watch and see what I'm interested in then WHAMO  you reserve the book right off the shelf in front of me (or behind me)  Isn't it strange how you think you are outside the norm -then when you deal with the library or something you realize that there are a lot of people with your same tastes.  Where are you?  and why haven't I met you in person?  It's great really -except for the fact that I can't renew these books...  Herland is good by the way.  It's more fantasy than science fiction though and it is kind of preachy but I do like her style of writing.  It was totally worth 2.50 in fines.  I'm enjoying  The Manual Of Detection too.

Matt C. (mattc) - ,
Date Posted: 1/13/2010 8:28 PM ET
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Well, me and my keeper copy of The War of the Flowers say I'm not your stalker!

Date Posted: 1/13/2010 9:36 PM ET
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Ok Matt, Amy & Phoenix methinks you protest too much.  But I will put you on my possibly not a suspect list.  Maybe I should stop reading the Manual of Detection and get back to fantasy.


I just ordered The War of the Flowers from here.  His Otherland series was good I suspect War of the Flowers will be a keeper for me too and there's no way I can finish that and others by saturday.  I'm reading The Manual Of Detection now.  I figure I won't re-reserve it and my library doesn't have a copy.  Then I'll read the fantasy ones -or at least In the Night Garden.  I don't know how I feel about Across the Nightingale Floor.  People say it's great but the synopsis doesn't grab me.  Those are all wish listed here so I need to read them now or wait a year.
  I think this batch is the very first time I've not been able to renew because someone else had a hold on the book.  And it was for 5 books too.   I wonder if people's tastes are changing or something.

Date Posted: 1/14/2010 4:12 AM ET
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LOL!  well, i'm not sure what state you're in, but there's no Fairfax County in CA, so i know it's not me.  :)

the two books i'm on the waitlist for at the library right now are Torch of Freedom by David Weber, and First Lord's Fury by Jim Butcher - first on both, so i get them as soon as someone else finishes.  most of my books i'd requested over the last two months all came in at the beginning of January, so i also have five checked out and just returned one two days ago.  lots of library books to read, plus some i borrowed from friends.  (due to budget issues, we're no longer allowed to request books until they get ordered.  so i have a whole list i check every couple of weeks to see if they've ordered yet so hopefully i can get on the list early.)  i'm not denting my own TBR pile much this month.

Date Posted: 1/14/2010 3:39 PM ET
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hehe Not me either but I feel your pain.  I think I can answer your question though.
Alot of the time if you request a book, some library worker has to pull it from the shelf, they then read the back of the book and think "mrrrmmm that sounds like a good read" and since its on hold for someone, they figure it has to be a good book. SO they place a hold on it themselves.
I know I have done this myself when seeing fantasy or sci fi books i have yet to read..LOL Part of my job is to put books on hold for patrons and find them books to read. Sometimes I book the book on hold for me (after them) so if they call in to renew the system says NO, but thankfully I can check who has it next on hold and give them a renewal if it is me next in line..LOL
AND soon as people see a library worker with a book in hand, they have to have it, so some patron might have seen your stack of books and thought it worth a try.

Date Posted: 1/14/2010 4:22 PM ET
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Ok I get it -It's the Evil Librarians Out To Get Me-  Before you start snickering ---You could be next on their list!  I think Brandon Sanderson wrote a kiddie book about this.    Sorry I accused PBS peoples (maybe).  Now that I think about it,  one of the librarians did seem interested in War Of The Flowers.  He asked me if I'd read any other books by that author.  hmmm .  BUT my library & librarians are so nice I think I will let this slide.  I suspect their hours are getting cut.  We seem to be missing a few lately. (librarians that is).  Besides, they ought to get a couple of perks when they have to deal with elementary school kids appearing after school every day with no parents showing up for 2-3 hours.  I'm pretty sure they didn't sign up to be babysitters. 

I'm reading In the Night Garden  right now and it's really good.

Amy -if I can hijack my own thread- (can you hijack a thread that's not about anything in particular?) What category are you going to use Herland for?  I was going to use it for the science fiction challenge but I just cant -it doesn't seem to be science fiction to me -more fantasy.

Amy
Date Posted: 1/14/2010 5:01 PM ET
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I'm using it for the "Set in a world containing no magic" category.

From the description of the book, I assumed that it would fit in that category.

Date Posted: 1/22/2010 1:55 AM ET
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Well, it isn't me lurking - I was out of town that day and have "friends" who will testify to that...  I do know what you mean about having to read a book qucikly.  Have taken several  speed reading courses over my life, and always regret it.  What should be an pleasant afternoon with a good book turns into a quick couple of hours.  Sure ruins the reading experience.