A Year Without Books: February Wrap Up

It has been another month of learning and exploring the library universe. If you are new to this saga of exploration of the US public library system, I am only reading from libraries this year.

It took some time, but I have finally joined my local libraries and linked the cards with my Libby account. I am a member for four libraries. Between these four, I am able to find almost everything I want to read. Which gives up to 80 books to borrow and 80 holds. I decided to let my Delaware library membership close, because the selection wasn’t the best. Leading up to this reading challenge, I had to reactivate my Houston Public Library card. It took about an hour or so to get my log in and link it with Libby.

  1. Lone Star Digital Library
  2. Houston Public Library
  3. Pikes Peak Library District
  4. Department of Defense Library

If you do not move around as often as I do, it may not be possible to have four library cards. My Lone Star and Houston library cards are held in my home state of Texas. I joined the other two library in Colorado. I have researched libraries in the US that have an annual membership you can pay to join, but it didn’t seem worth it. If you are thinking of paying to join a library, consider KindleUnlimited, Scribd, or a similar reading platform. Personally, I think they have more flexible reading “rules” than libraries.

Books I have on hold

As of the end of February I have 22 books on hold. I have a wait time from 2 week to “unknown.” I listed the books below by wait time.

  • Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi
  • Certain Dark Things by Silvia Moreno-Garcia (audiobook)
  • Graceling by Kristin Cashore
  • Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller
  • When the Reckoning Comes by LaTanya McQueen
  • Renegades by Marissa Meyer
  • Six Crimson Cranes by Elizabeth Lim
  • Aristotle and Dante Dive into the Waters of the World by Benjamin Alire Saenz
  • Gilded by Marissa Meyer
  • Fable by Adrienne Young
  • A Deadly Education by Naomi Novik
  • A Winter’s Promise by Christelle Dabos
  • Under the Whispering Door by TJ Klune
  • Midnight’s Children by Salman Rushdie
  • The House in the Cerulean Sea by TJ Klune
  • Skin of the Sea by Natasha Bowen
  • Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sanez
  • Little Thieves by Margaret Owen
  • The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V. E. Schwab
  • Within These Wicked Walls by Lauren Blackwood (20+ weeks)
  • The Grace Year by Kim Liggett (unknown wait)
  • To Kill a Kingdom by Alexandra Christo (unknown wait LOL)

What have I learned this month?

  1. I have learned more about the Libby app (thanks to twitter)! There are little bells and whistles that are not necessary to know, but make reading strictly from libraries easier.
  2. I discovered that book one in a series most likely has a long wait, but the following books do not. I have a small list of first books in a series to request.
  3. Requesting books once a month works best for me. I look at my TBR and request those that have a long hold. Some titles are available to read right away, which is always a nice treat, but rare.
  4. Reading popular titles sucks. There is almost always a very long wait.
  5. Browsing through a library’s e-collections is impressive on Libby. I love that you can see if a book is available across all of your library cards, and if it is, what the wait time is.
  6. Overdrive will stop working soon. I knew this day would come. According to a very helpful librarian, the app will stop working this month.
  7. Hold times are estimated wait times. It depends if the reader returns the book earlier or keeps the book for the entire loan time…or at least that is my theory.
  8. You can delay a book while it is on hold to deliver at a later date!

I got most of my current loans around the middle of February. I currently have 12 books! I am excited to finally have something to read, but a little overwhelmed getting so many books at once. Looking ahead to March, I am going to max out my holds and enjoy the books as they become available.

Do you have any library reading tips let me know below or tweet me @litlemonbooks!

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7 Comments

  1. BookerTalk

    I’m in the UK and the library system in my county started using Libby last year. But we can’t access the whole library collection through this app – all it offers is the ability to borrow audio books, e books and magazines. On a desktop the pages jump around too much to enjoy – I can’t imagine what it’s like trying to read on a mobile.

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    1. Mackenzie

      I have not tried to use Libby or any library platform on a desktop. When I tried to use one webpage for a library it was not user friendly so I did not try again. I have noticed some libraries in the US do not offer a full digital catalog either, it is really hit or miss. 😦 I use the libby app to find and borrow books, but I end the ebook itself to my kindle. I struggle to read for long period on my phone, such a tiny screen!

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      1. BookerTalk

        I’ll have to dig into Libby a little more – I tried reading a magazine on the desktop yesterday and it was awful – you couldn’t navigate to a particular page, you just had to go one by one

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