You probably know that I am frequent library user – let’s be honest, reading would be a VERY expensive habit for me if I bought every single book that I read. My college town’s library would put the amount of money saved based on the books you borrowed this year (does anyone else’s library do the same?) and I would be so curious to see what my total would be at my county library. That being said, I plan on sharing my library holds each month. My current holds’ are a mix of recent & upcoming releases.
Have you read any of the books that I mentioned? Are you anticipating any of these upcoming releases? Share in the comments!
It’s no secret that I am an avid library patron. Having read 120+ books a year (for the past three years at least), it just would not be financially feasible (aka possible) for me to buy every single book that I read. I’ve been super fortunate throughout my blogging ‘career’ – sidenote that February/March is my five year anniversary of book blogging?!? – to receive so many books for review from publishers and I tend to buy more books than my past self would, but regardless, at least half, if not more, of my reading comes from the library. Out of the 32 books that I’ve read at the time of reading this post in 2022, 21 have been borrowed from the library. I’m super fortunate that I have two local branches of my county library system close to my home AND that even if one of the branches doesn’t have a specific book that I’m looking for, I can put it on hold from another branch.
For today’s post, I’m going to be sharing the books I currently have on hold from the library. The majority, if not all, are either new releases or upcoming books. I try to put anticipated books on hold as early as possible so I can be one of the first to have it when it comes in – I have noticed that likely due to supply chain demands that new releases can take weeks past their release date to come into the library system. And knowing my luck, all of these books will come in at the same time, but at least I’ll be busy reading!
Do you use the library? Have you read any books that I’ve listed here? Any on your TBR? Share in the comments!
It wouldn’t be summer without me making at least 2-3 trips to my local library each week. My local county branch has unfortunately been closed for the past few weeks due to electrical issues, so I’ve been going to my second-closest branch and have enjoyed checking out what books they have on their shelves compared to my usual branch. I wish my library system could tell me where I was in line for my books on hold, but I am of course super grateful I have access to a county wide library and can borrow nearly every book I could want to read possible. Between the pandemic & shipping delays and library branch closures, my current holds list is definitely on the longer side then usual (although I 100% admit I have been putting new & upcoming releases on hold non-stop), so here’s to hoping a bunch of these books come in soon.
It’s Kind of a Cheesy Love Story by Lauren Morrill – I haven’t been reading YA as frequently as I used to this year, but the YA books I have LOVED almost all of the YA contemporaries I have picked up this year & I’m so genuinely excited to read Lauren Morrill’s It’s Kind of a Cheesy Love Story. The book follows a teen who was born in a pizza parlor and thus gets a guaranteed job there when she turns sixteen.
The Dating Plan by Sara Desai – Sara Desai’s The Marriage Game was an unexpected contemporary romance fave of mine last year, so I’m really looking forward to jumping into the second companion book, The Dating Plan. I haven’t read a book that takes on the marriage of convenience trope in a while, as this book follows software engineer Daisy and her brother’s best friend Liam as they agree to fake date/get engaged to appease their families.
Between You, Me, & the Honeybees by Amelia Diane Coombs – I’m ALL about YA contemporary books with unique synopses, with Between You, Me, & the Honeybees at the top of the list. Josie’s mom thinks her daughter is all set to go to college and leave the family honey business behind…even though Josie declined her acceptance and wants to stay home and run the business. Another secret Josie is keeping? Her summer fling with the grandson of her family’s biggest competition.
While We Were Dating by Jasmine Guillory – I LOVED Party of Two in Jasmine Guillory’s Wedding Date series, so I have high expectations for the latest book in the companions series, While We Were Dating. This is a Hollywood/celebrity romance when an advertiser & actress turn their fling into a Hollywood/fake dating situation for the spotlight.
You probably know that I am an avid library user. Although I have been buying books a bit more & have been fortunate enough to receive books for review from publishers over the years, I’d still estimate that at least 50% of my books each year come from the library. Around this time of year, as school winds down and I have time off from work for the summer, I’m usually in my local county library branch 2-3 times a week stocking up on reads for the pool & beach.
Since the pandemic has still slowed down the rate of new books coming in (my library is still also quarantining books for three days after they’ve been returned) & my local branch is on the smaller side, it’s been taking longer than usual for me to get copies of some new releases. That being said, I’ve been putting upcoming releases on hold extra early and making sure to get popular books on hold even sooner lately…which has led to my 10+ book holds list. I know the obvious answer would be to just buy the books myself but I do try to hold myself to a somewhat book budget, aka not buy every new shiny release on my TBR.
Today I’ll sharing all the books on my library holds list as of this Monday morning – here’s to a few of these coming in this week.. & yes I am fearful that all of these will come in at the same time because I’ll likely only be able to have them out for 2 weeks since many of these are must-reads for the summer. I’m not going to go into too much detail on a few of a titles, since I’ll be sharing & repeating a few in my most anticipated books for Summer 2021 post on Friday and I’ve already mentioned a few of these in anticipated posts.
The Last Thing He Told Me by Laura Dave – I put The Last Thing He Told Me on my TBR during the week of pub, when all the hype definitely pulled me in. I wanted to get it & read n time for Bad on Paper Podcast’s Book Club episode, but I unfortunately think I’m going to have to wait to listen to the episode until after its released this week.
Take Me Home Tonight by Morgan Matson – I totally admit that I thought about buying Take Me Home Tonight so I could read it sooner because I love Morgan Matson’s books so much, but I have heard some mixed reviews about this one & I only own one of her books, Save the Date. I’d probably be more tempted to buy it if I had personal copies of her other books.
The Soulmate Equation by Christina Lauren – My library either gets new books as soon as they come in and have them ready on pub date or it takes a few weeks for them to come in, and the pandemic and delayed shipping seems to only lengthened the process (obviously am very grateful to have my library of course & that they even order all of these new books!). One of my summer reading goals is to read all of Christina Lauren’s standalone titles so I can finally make my rankings list, so I may try to read books like Autoboyography and My Favorite Half Night Stand in the meantime.