January Book & Library Haul

Starting off the new year with a bunch of new books is the perfect way to kick off 2019. Today I’ll be sharing the books I received in January through publishers (thank you!) and my local library.

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Dragon Pearl by Yoon Ha Lee (courtesy Rick Riordan Presents & Disney Book Group)

Dragon Pearl was the perfect way to start my middle grade reading in 2019. I’ve been using my Dragon Pearl water bottle almost every day at school and I can’t get over the lollipop that came along with the book.

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A POST ABOUT MY FAVORITE PLACE: Library Lovers Book Tag

If you’ve been here for a while, you know I love using my local library. I basically live by the following Throne of Glass quote: “Libraries were full of ideas—perhaps the most dangerous and powerful of all weapons” (and don’t forget the paper cuts). As I read more and more book blogs, I’ve realized how fortunate I am to have access to two libraries throughout the year, at home and in my college town. I really encourage you to use your local library if you have access to one (find more motivation from yours truly here). So when I saw The Library Lovers Book Tag on The Darlings Diary, I knew the tag needed to have a home on my blog as well.

How often do you visit your local library?

When I’m home for school breaks, I visit my library 2-3 times a week. The amout of visits per week really depend on if I’m going there to pick up books I’ve ordered from other branches or to pick something off their shelves.

Are you the type of person who checks out more books than you know you can read or are you someone who only checks out the exact amount of books you intend on reading before they are due?

I am definitely an over-ambitious book-checker-outer (and yes, that is the official name of us library users). In the summer, I typically take out 3-5 books at a time. Luckily, my library system is really awesome about renewing books, and I can have them out for up to 8 weeks (unless the book is really popular and a lot of people want to read it).

How old were you when you got your first library card?

I want to say 6 or 7, and you better believe I headed straight to the rack full of The Baby-Sitters Club.

Do you go to your library looking for a particular book or do you check out anything that peaks your interest?

I more often than not go with particular books in mind, and before I go, I use their online database to see if the book is on the shelf. If not, I’ll put it on hold from another branch. However, I find myself venturing into the adult section more and picking up whatever peaks my interest—it’s how I discovered Jenny Colgan!

From what section of your section of your library do you check out a majority of your books?

Definitely YA, but like I said above, I’m starting to use the adult section more often (YA will always have my heart, but growing up is weird, friends).

What is your favorite part of using your local library?

Getting to read (almost) ALL the books without having to obviously buy them! I save so much money and space, and more importantly, using the library gives me the opportunity to read nearly everything my heart desires. And the used book sales are awesome—give me 25 cent books all day, everyday!

 

Gotta appreciate that plastic-library book shimmer commonly found in my bookstagram photos.

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Do you use the library? What’s your favorite part of using the library? Share in the comments!

Why I’m Obsessed with the Library (and You Should Be Too)

The library has always been a main staple in my life. Like myself, my mom is a huge reader and would always (and still does) take me to the library and let me pick out all the books that I wanted. One of the best days of my childhood was when I was old enough to take out my own library card. Since then, I go to my local library at least two times a week, and I am the queen of the YA section. I encourage you, my fellow reader, to use your local library for the following reasons!

You save money- Listen, I am all about buying and collecting books. However, if I bought all the books I read each month, I’d probably be spending $70-$100 a month that I don’t have. I’m a broke college student after all! I buy about 25% of the books that I read, with the rest coming from the library.

You’re always encouraged to read- My library allows me to take out more books that I could possibly read within two weeks. Even if I can’t finish a book before the return date, I can almost always go online and renew it for another two weeks. Also, even if your local library doesn’t have a book that you’re looking for, most branches can get the book from another library in their system in a quick amount of time. It’s another fun form of book mail!

You feel better about not finishing books I’m all about reading books that I genuinely enjoy. If you follow me on Goodreads , you’ll rarely see me give a 1-2 star reading. When I am not enjoying a book, I almost immediately put it down and don’t rate or review it. I really don’t feel guilty about DNF’ing a library book because I didn’t pay for it. If I bought a book that I DNF’ed, I would just think about the money I wasted on the book.

Saves shelf space- Let’s be honest, even though I am a frequent library user, I still buy a lot of books. While I would love to own every book that I read, my bookshelves and storage space certainly would not feel the same way. I just don’t have enough space (still wishes for that Beauty and the Beast size library). By using the library, I can read all the books I want without having to reorganize my shelves a thousand times.

You support your local community- Libraries are one of the main community centers in most towns and cities. My library has a variety of services, and they offer a lot of events, from author meet-and-greets to story-time hours for younger children.

Do you use the library or do you buy all of your books? Do you do both? Share in the comments below!