Going to the Library with a Theme in Mind is Like Going on a Scavenger Hunt


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I had better success reading through my last batch of library loot. I only returned one book unread– Thirteen Chairs by Dave Shelton. I think I knew the day I pulled the book from the library stacks that I probably wasn’t going to read it. The premise of the book sounded interesting enough– a boy enters a house he thought to be abandoned only to find twelve people sitting about, and they end up exchanging ghost stories– but honestly I only picked it because there were not that many YA novels that fell in to the horror genre.

The due dates for my batch of spooky books came at a most inopportune time though. Oh! Don’t get me wrong! I still eagerly traipsed on over to the library today (and this time with Jon by my side!). But, the night before, I started NOS4A2 by Joe Hill, and I knew these new books would be quite the distraction. Nosfera-who? I wanna read Etiquette and Espionage! If I can finish up NOS4A2 this week, and devour Ghostopolis by Doug TenNapel, a graphic novel, I think I will be set for October reviews. Then I can start reading and prepping for Sci-Fi Month hosted by Rinn Reads. For now, I will try to tackle these books:

And, in case I get bored with horror and sci-fi, I snagged

How do you decide which books to check out from the library or buy from the book store?

7 responses to “Going to the Library with a Theme in Mind is Like Going on a Scavenger Hunt”

  1. Melissa Avatar

    Thanks for reminding me that I need to prep for Sci-fi Month! When I go to the library I usually have an embarrassing amount of books on hold so I only make a mini-list of backup books (from my Goodreads TBR) in case I don’t like what I have on hold. Still, I usually end up checking out about 10-15 books every week. Obviously, I don’t read them all. 🙂


    1. Jackie G. Avatar
      Jackie G.

      I’m still reacquainting myself with the library, so I haven’t quite figured out how to put holds on books yet. I’ll level up one of these days, and make use of the nifty service though!


  2. Sarah H Avatar
    Sarah H

    Lool, I always thought Etiquette and Espionage was some sort of YA action chick flick. Guess I was wrong! You’re so lucky, your local library seems to have a lot of choices, mine doesn’t! I prefer ebook to hard copy, but since I wanted to spare some money I went to my library and oh boy I was disappointed! They seem to only have books I’ve already read. And the one I want have often already been borrowed by other people and don’t seem to be coming back.

    I waited ages for Crown of Midnight and eventually decided to buy it.


    1. Jackie G. Avatar
      Jackie G.

      I’m not really sure what Etiquette and Espionage is, really. I think it’s got werewolves and it might be vaguely neo-victorian and I’m sure there are fight scenes a plenty. I just know a few reviewers I trust have raved about it, so I couldn’t resist!

      I haven’t read the Throne of Glass series yet, can you believe it?! It was a book I was trying to find at the library, but no luck. I did just buy the first book in the series for my e-reader though. I plan to read it before the year is out.


  3. Citra Avatar

    Oh, it has been a long while since I visited a library. I love library though, it’s a great helper to find something to read when you are in a budget. I usually check out older books, especially ones that is pretty difficult to find in a bookstore. Library is a heaven for unusual books, and this is the feature I love the most about it.

    As for buying, I prefer to buy something from my favorite authors or anything I’d like to keep for my self.

    I wish my library would be nearer though, it’s quite inconvenient to go there everyday.

    Great post, Jackie!


    1. Jackie G. Avatar
      Jackie G.

      Luckily, my library is about a block away! I have a feeling if it were any farther, I wouldn’t find my weekend trips too appealing. I hate driving >.<


  4. Samantha Reed Avatar
    Samantha Reed

    I usually just roam around until I find something I want to read, or I go in with a set book in mind. I love just spending time in the Library, I love walking through the shelves and waiting until a cover or title catches my eye. A lot of the time I find things I forgot I wanted to read and I grab those : )


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Hello, my name is Jackie. I’m a thirty-something mother of a rambunctious toddler from a small town in Michigan. When I’m not toddler-wrangling, I’m often seeking refuge from life’s most chaotic moments in a cup of hot tea. I also love getting lost in stories—both in books and virtually. I enjoy speculative fiction the most, and I am especially eager to read fantasy novels and horror novels. When I’m feeling especially indulgent (usually after everyone in the house has gone to sleep), I like to dive into video games and explore the sprawling worlds in Fallout, Elder Scrolls, Dragon Age, and Mass Effect.

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