All through my childhood years, even into high school, I frequented the library in my small town. My sister Kristin and I would literally go to the library five or six days a week– check out books, return books, search for books at another branch, use the internet (our parents were a little slow to get online). I loved that little library, which was really just two small rooms of books– but part of a bigger network so that we could order what we wanted.
I still love the library. The library I use here in the Twin Cities is connected to the Hennepin County system, so I have access to even more books than I ever used to. I reserve a lot of audiobooks to listen to on car rides, and I pre-order books I’m especially excited about, and I check out books all the time.
But I have a problem. I get too impatient.
I reserve a book, and then when I see that I’m 9th … or 22nd … or worse (back when I was checking out Harry Potter), I get too riled up about it, and I just go purchase the book.
Sometimes I skip the library altogether. I’ll read a review and decide, That simply must be mine.
Then I hop onto the Barnes & Noble website and order it up.
I really ought to read the book first, don’t you think? Especially for authors who don’t have a proven track record with me.
I buy faster than I read: I have so many books around my apartment that I haven’t had a chance to read yet … and still I keep buying. The loading dock guys at the university where I work know me because they are bringing 1-2 packages to my office each week from Barnes and Noble. It’s quite addicting– I love-love-love purchasing new books. If I get a coupon in my email, I will find a book to buy.
LIBRARY, JACKIE LEA. LEARN TO USE IT. REIN YOURSELF IN.
Take a look at the picture below, and let me know where I should start!