Books,  Reading

I Has A Library Card!

For a long time, I had a library card. When I was a kid, this was amazing. I lived in the library. You think I’m joking. I am not. I would be at the library for so long that my mother would call and make sure I was still there. I have taken naps in the library. I would check out an armful of books every week. As many as they would lend me. These were glorious times that I think back on with much fondness.

And when I first graduated from college, I would go to the library fairly regularly. Then I didn’t go so much, which I’ll get to in a second, but for some reason, library cards expire every year, and it seemed like a hassle (it’s not), so I kept telling myself I’d do it later, and then years passed, and I LOST my library card!

So, my sister gets books from the library sometimes, and it got me thinking about how I don’t go anymore and how I don’t like getting ARCs because I feel pressured to read them. So then I thought that maybe I can go to the library and try a book that I’m on the fence about without the pressure of having to write a review. Not all of my arcs come from Amazon, but most of them do, and in those cases, I MUST write some kind of a review. So I can keep getting my free stuff, that I love so much. Like I recently got a freaking color laser printer, you guys. And I needed a printer, and I wanted a laser printer because it doesn’t have ink that dries up! But color laser printers are expensive, so I’m not trying to freeze my Vine account. So there’s pressure.

The library, funny enough, comes with its own pressure of a two week time constraint, and while I can recheck things out, I don’t want to keep hauling the same book around and not reading it, which is how I stopped going to the library in the first place. I would check out some books, realize I couldn’t read them all in two weeks, recheck out the one I hadn’t finished. Feel pressure and send it back still unread. But I still found myself jealous of my sister’s library card and found myself thinking, “I want a library card.” I searched a few places for it, and as someone who is quite world famously known for never losing a sock, not being able to find this card was quite embarrassing for me.

And yes, I have never lost a sock. Once, I thought I did, but I found it wrapped around the agitator of the washing machine. Two or three other times, the socks were found static clinging to a shirt. And since I knew the socks were stuck to something, I didn’t worry and waited patiently for them to show up. I literally don’t understand how people lose socks.

Anywho, I called the library, and they said it was zero problems to get a new card. YAY! So, I go and get a card and place a book on hold that was on order but wasn’t in yet. It’s a YA sci-fi, and sci-fis can be hard for me to read, so I didn’t want to buy the book, but I really wanted to try and read it. So, the book came in, and I’m the FIRST PERSON TO READ THIS BOOK from the library. I’m special. ^_^

I still felt pressure to read the book, but like, if I can’t get into it in two weeks (or four), then the book is not up my alley, and at least I didn’t buy it, right? ^_^ Though, I hardly ever buy a book and regret it. Even if end up not reading the book, I don’t usually regret it because the book is pretty. 😛 I can literally count on one hand the number of times I regretted buying a book in my life (3 times), but I also don’t buy a lot of books because I’m on the fence about them.

The solution: the library…if they have the book. Then I can try it out, and if I don’t like it, I don’t have to finish it, and it cost me nothing but some time I would have spent reading anyway! And if I love the book, GREAT! Win-win. ^_^

Now, back to the old library card. I finally did remember where it was. The problem is that I don’t know where the pouch I put it in is. So, technically, I don’t know where it is, but that pouch is floating around in an old purse somewhere, and one day I will go through my ridiculous purse collection and find it and be satisfied in the knowledge that it was simply misplaced. 🙂

10 Comments

  • Thea Landen

    Yay! I went for a stretch of a few years without having a library card, but I got one when we moved into our forever house back in 2012. I admit I probably don’t use it as much as I should, but I have it! I mostly do e-books from the library.

    Our local school district offers the option of signing your kids up for a library card when you register them for school, and honestly, I don’t know why parents wouldn’t just check the box. One of mine is already registered even though they haven’t started kindergarten yet because she needed speech therapy, so she already has her own library card!

    • Krystal Jane

      Never too early! I loved having my own card. It’s such a great resource, for kids especially. I saw where I can borrow audiobooks now. It usually takes me awhile to listen to them, but I’ll probably move faster with a time constraint.

  • Michelle Athy

    Welcome back to your library!

    I’m reading the latest Lady Sherlock book via ebook from NYPL on my phone. I have it for three weeks and I figure at the moment, having a deadline means I’ll actually finish the book as opposed to letting it languish on my Kindle. Plus, I didn’t have to pay for it!

    • Krystal Jane

      ^_^ There are definitely books languishing on the Kindle. I’m going to borrow an ebook next. I keep forgetting I can do that, and I’ve never tried it before! Plus I feel like I read faster on my phone. Maybe it’s psychological.

  • Jodi Perkins (@Perkjo)

    Congrats on your library card! I got me a library card too, about two years ago. The first book I picked up was “Unwind” by Neil Schuster-somebody. It was such an awesome read, and I would have never known about it or considered reading it if I hadn’t been perusing through random books in the library. I’m kind of jealous over your childhood memories with libraries because I didn’t discover the joy of a library until a couple years ago. My favorite thing about it is it works like a book store–you get to touch and thumb through and interact with all these different books, then decide which ones you want to “buy”–except, there’s no real commitment because you’re only borrowing it! SO cool.

    (P.S. Congrats on your new printer, too!)

    • Krystal Jane

      Haha, thanks! I miss properly browsing the library shelves. ^_^ It gave me lots of opportunities to experiment with genres I wouldn’t normally read.

      I underestimate how nice it is to take a book back that I didn’t like. It’s a lot easier than with a book I own, especially if that book is an ebook.

  • Tonja Drecker

    Yay to the new library card! And how neat to be the first one to get to read a new book there. We always went to the library as kids- every Saturday with my dad. I didn’t go for years, but when we moved back to the US, I jumped back in too. Unfortunately, our library is closed right now with all of the social distancing and such. But soon….

  • A.S. Akkalon

    I loved libraries when I was a kid, but I’m embarrassed to say I haven’t been to one in a really long time. Kindle books are so cheap these days, and the preview is usually long enough for me to decide whether I want to read the book. So if I find a book I want, usually I buy it. I figure it’s nice to support authors by buying their books when I can afford to. Plus I’m just too lazy to go all the way to the library.

    • Krystal Jane

      I like buying books, too. ^_^ But this is a good way for me to try genres I don’t read much in. Plus I get to support the community and support the author in a smaller way at the same time. I preview Kindle books sometimes. I could stand to do it a little more. I have so many samples right now.

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