A year without books: January Wrap up

Here we are, wrapping up January. It has been a long month of changes: moving across the country, new climate, and most of all new libraries to explore. I am holding true to my goal of buying NO books this year has been very difficult. I have grown attached to the conveniences of buying an ebook and having it within .2 seconds. Adjusting to using libraries and requesting books to borrow has been an adjustment.

Living in-between places, left me time to explore books I owned. I read The Death of Jane Lawrence and max outed my holds for the libraries I am a member of.

What have I learned? 

  1. Libraries are popping with their selection of YA/NA/Fantasy titles! I was shocked at how MOST of what I wanted to read or have been interested in is available. I have many books on hold, that being said I spent most of January requesting books.
  2. This mission to buy no book this year and mainly use libraries for book is way more challenging that I thought it was going to be.
  3. You have to plan ahead in reading. I have found you can’t scroll for your next read and have it on your kindle that day. If you are looking through classics, maybe, even then I have a few on hold. 
  4. I used Overdrive for most of my e-borrowing. It has been years since I was actively using Overdrive and quickly discovered Libby works better. Linkings my cards was not difficult, it was tedious. Once the cards were locked and loaded Libby flowed like a charm. If you are still using Overdrive, make the switch to Libby asap.
  5. You can be on a hold list for a few days, weeks, or MONTHS. I was expecting wait list to be a few weeks, but I was shocked at how many titles had waitlist months long. So, I will be getting a slew of books in June.
  6. Getting a library card is VERY easy. With some libraries you can start a limited membership online to get access to their online catalog for 90 or so days. After 90 days, you have to go in and fully activate the account.
  7. You can pay to be a member of bigger libraries. I do not think it is worth it.
  8. When moving states, your membership stays active at your old library until it is time to renew. You may never have to renew your card, then you get to stay a member forever. Some states, like Texas, have cities that offer remote memberships (for free) as long as you have a license in that state. Using various library hacks, I am a member of four libraries.
  9. Libraries are a magical place we should all visit them more.

Thankfully, I have a few books coming off my hold list in February. Until then, I am reading a few ARCs and working through the few books I have that I have not read.

Do you have any library reading tips? Please share them below in the comments or tweet me @litlemonbooks!


  1. Briana | Pages Unbound

    I mostly use my library to read, but I have to admit that putting things on hold can be annoying (first world problems, I guess). But it’s a bit stressful and sometimes ineffective for me to press “hold” for an ebook and maybe have it become available 3 months later when I no longer even care about the book! :p

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  2. Janette

    I don’t know how it works in the US but I find Net Galley is really useful for letting me when new books will be published. That means I can order them in advance from the library and beat the crowds. If I don’t get accepted for an ARC, then I generally go straight to the library and request it. The only snag is that my library doesn’t stock many fantasy titles. Good luck with this challenge.

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