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My Bookshelf Has Nothing to Wear

February 2, 2016

All my library holds came in at once. Including 4 on Kindle.

(Doesn’t it always happen this way?)

So much to read! So many choices! This is great news, right?

I mean, look at all this bounty!
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So what do I do? Do I just dive into the pile and work my way down? Do I go strategically, in order of when they’re due back? Do I pop the lightest one in my bag to tote to work, and take one of the weightier tomes to bed each night, working my way through both?

No, dear readers, I do none of these things! I start reading a NetGalley e-galley that’s been sitting on my Kindle for months! I start reading a book I’ve had on my own personal shelf since October.


I pick library books up, riffle pages and pout, as what seemed so interesting when I put it on hold falls prey to what is apparently the winter of my bookish discontent.

Here are the books I’m currently ignoring on my footrest, as pictured above.

  • Can’t Buy Me Love: The Beatles, Britain and America by Jonathan Gould
  • Last Snow by Eric Van Lustbader.
  • The Skeleton Crew: How Amateur Sleuths are Solving America’s Coldest Cases  by Deborah Halber
  • A Natural History of Dragons by Marie Brennan
  • The Paper Magician by Charlie N. Holmer.

I will have to put these on hold again. Except, maybe not The Skeleton Crew. The idea is there: cold cases solved by bloggers. I’m definitely interested in the idea. If it ever gets picked up for adaptation in a crime drama series on TV, I’d watch it. The writing has failed to grab me, though.

I’ve managed to get into one of the books I’ve got on my Kindle (the one with the least-urgent due date, figures). Bellweather Rhapsody by Kate Racculia. I’m variously ignoring books about George Washington’s spies and some very promising fantasy novels I’ve had on hold for ages, and now I finally have them queued up. To read a book that’s not due for three weeks.

All of this is, of course, disregarding the number of unread books I personally own, the sheer towering number of which would seem to indicate that placing library holds is a silly idea.

It’s Groundhog Day. I wonder how big a shadow my TBR pile casts.

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