Relenquishing Library Books
I've resolved to turn in some of my library books unfinished. Yes, UNFINISHED. Not the ones that come from the first column of fiction (authors starting with A) or the first segment of nonfiction, since those all are a focused reading project, but I have a lot of extra books checked out now.
A couple friends and I put together a short list of books in sci-fi/fantasy that we'll be reading and discussing online next year, and since I've read Hugh Howey's Wool already, I figure I can read the rest of the series while my friends read the first book, so I can return the second book and get it again later.
Ditto for The Book Thief, which I am sure won't take terribly long to read, but I can check it out again next year when I've cleared my queue a bit. I doubt that I'll manage to finish and turn in all my remaining library books by the end of the year, though I'll try. But at least my stack will be a bit less daunting for the rest of this year.
For next year, at least till my immediate TBR queue is cleared out, I think I am limiting my library check-out quota to 3 books per week, a drastic change from this year. When I was floundering about, just trying to find free books to review at all, checking out stacks of books at a time was great, but now I have growing stacks of free books that are mine, and a long list on my computer of ebooks I've downloaded, all waiting patiently to be read. Using the library and actually checking books out is vitally important to maintaining the library and its book collection, since each book I check out will survive in the system longer because it was checked out at all. I just don't need to have 40 books checked out at all times.
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