A Year Without Books: March Wrap-Up

General Updates

Three months into this reading challenge and I am thriving. I am easily navigating the e-borrowing world my libraries have to offer, so much so, I am not sure I will do back to buying ebooks so willy-nilly when this year is up.

I have scrapped the epic book list from my original post. I am not interested in exploring classics, as I prefer to continue to escape reality through fantasy, fiction, and whatever else speaks to my heart right now. I will attempt to read down that list another time. I want to remind other bookish people that it is okay to step away from goals or challenges that no longer interest you. We are the only ones who hold ourselves to silly challenges. That being said, I am sticking to all my other goals for 2022. You can read about them here.

In other news, I misspoke about how many books I can borrow or have on hold at one time. One of my library cards as a smaller loan/hold number. I can borrow up to 58 books at a time and have up to 80 books on hold. I cannot encourage you enough to join your local library and see what they can offer you.

What have I learned this month?

  1. It takes time to build up a steady flow of books, this can be discouraging, but is worth the wait.
  2. Not every book I want to read it available to borrow and that is okay.
  3. I cannot hold myself to request books at certain times, but having a list to pull from is helpful.
  4. Reading for free is liberating. I no longer feel a pressure to finish a book because I bought it, or trying to pick between certain titles because of price.
  5. If I don’t like the book the first few pages, I send it back. Brutal, I know.
  6. Because I am reading for free, I no longer have to consider price when picking titles. Which has allowed me to read more adult fantasy 😀
  7. Always have books on hold.
  8. You can request a book be delivered at a later date if you have too many loans out or want to read it later.
  9. You can also do this with a book you have on hold, but I assume you go back to the end of the hold list.
  10. Libraries must be protected at all cost, as they provide so much for free.

Keep an eye out for a series of post on how to use Libby 🙂

My Current Hold List

My hold list has only grown since I last checked in. I fear some books I may not get this year.

  • Fable
  • Aristotle and Dante Dive into the Waters of the World
  • Station Eleven
  • House of Earth and Blood
  • The Lost Girls
  • Keeper of the Night
  • To Kill a Kingdom
  • The Girl Who Fell Beneath the Sea
  • Gallant
  • Midnight Riot
  • The Power
  • Practical Magic
  • Dark Witch
  • Ninth House
  • Daughter of the Moon Goddess
  • His Majesty’s Dragon
  • A Natural History of Dragons
  • The Midnight Bargain
  • The Testaments
  • The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms
  • The City of Brass
  • Vicious
  • The Starless Sea
  • For The Wolf
  • The Keeper of Lost Things
  • A Gathering of Shadows
  • The Poppy War
  • She Who Became the Sun
  • The Atlas Six
  • King of Battle and Blood
  • The Starless Crown
  • The Girl from the Sea
  • Red Queen
  • From Blood and Ash
  • The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue
  • Spin the Dawn
  • All of Us Villain
  • The Night Country
  • Little Thieves
  • This Poison Heart
  • Skin of the Sea
  • Renegades
  • The Grace Year
  • Daughter of the Pirate King
  • Within These Wicked Walls
  • Midnight’s Children
  • A Deadly Education
  • Under the Whispering Door
  • The House in the Cerulean Sea
  • Storm and Fury
  • How Moon Fuentes Fell in love with the Universe
  • A Winter’s Promise
  • Tender if the Flesh
  • The Beast Player
  • Jade City

It has been a fun month of snowy days and epic tales. I am always open to recommendations! Let me know in the comments or on twitter if there is a book or series you think I would like @litlemonbooks!


  1. BookerTalk

    One other benefit i’ve found by using libraries is that it encourages me to be more adventurous in my reading. Because I’m not paying for the book I’m more inclined to choose something that is out of my normal genre or an author Ive never read before. as you say, if you don’t like it, it can just be returned without penalty


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