I swear. It does not matter when I put a book on hold, nor how many end up in my queue at the public library. Inevitably, they will all arrive in the same week.

I thought about reading Jeffrey Eugenides’ new novel, The Marriage Plot, at the beginning of January. I think my request for one of five books in circulation went in at number sixty-something.

More recently, I added John Irving’s In One Person, and magically was very close to the top of the list. Finally, I had a whim to tackle the entire Chronicles of Narnia this summer, and thought it would be easier to just get the edition that has all seven books bound in one. (They looked so innocent in that cute little paper-back boxed set I got from a book order as a kid. This looks as intimidating as Gone With the Wind. Geesh.)

Here is what awaited me on the HOLD SHELF this week:


Not sure how I’m going to read all three of these in only three weeks.  (I’m also on a deadline to re-write a unit on the book of Acts.  Four days.  Here we go.)

A couple things I’m hearing:

  1. Time to get a Kindle.
  2. Consider a break from Netflix this summer.
  3. Narnia might have to wait.

At least I’ll have some company on the couch at the gym, as my new summer work-out regime begins exactly one week from yesterday. (School’s out for summer.)

It’s Raining, It’s Pouring
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  • I did the same thing! Marriage plot just came (and I sadly had to return it before getting anywhere), as well as Brothers K, the Tower and the Tortoise, and Colonel Pettigrews Last Stand. I should mention that I was already finishing Unbroken for book club. I know you will understand the brevity of this situation.

  • I have the same problem. I’ve begun requesting books and adding dates to when they should be cleared for my hold. Does that even make sense? I’ll request it for a week later or something so that they don’t all come at the same time.

  • Does your library let you renew books online? That’s how I do it. I’ve got books on my shelf from the library that I checked out almost two years ago. But this doesn’t work with new/popular books that have a lot of requests out on it. However, I have been known to ignore a “failure to renew” notice and just wait 3 or 4 days. Another copy of the book usually fills whatever request is out there, so I can successfully renew with just a 3 or 4 day fine. What’s that, a dollar? Sometimes my bill gets kind of high, but I figure, in the long run, I’m still saving money by not buying every book I read.

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