24. January 2012 · 13 comments · Categories: Reading · Tags:

One of the pitfalls of working at a library is the enormous temptation to place holds on every wonderful sounding book I hear about. I go holds crazy sometimes and place far too many holds than are good for me. I have to give myself a good talking to, remind myself not to be greedy and realize that there is not enough time in any of my days to ever read all of the books I put on hold. This year I’ve been trying to place holds only on items I am pretty sure I’ll read. This has significantly reduced the number of holds I have placed and has made me more anxiously excited to receive the books I am waiting for. Here is a look at some of the books I am awaiting:

The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey – I am SO looking forward to reading this novel. I have heard nothing but praise for it and I especially enjoyed the reviews here and here and here. It will be released on February 1 and I can already tell you I will be incommunicado that entire evening – too busy reading!

The Flight of Gemma Hardy by Margot Livesey – This novel is based on the story of Jane Eyre and sounds really charming. It was released today….where is my copy????

Enchantments by Kathryn Harrison – A love story set inside the Romanov circle in 1917 Russia. I find it hard to resist anything that concerns the Romanov Empire -I think the whole setting is absolutely fascinating. This novel will be released on March 6.

What do you have on hold at the library? Are you holds happy?

13 Comments

  1. I hope you love The Snow Child as much as I did! I’m also looking forward to The Flight of Gemma Hardy after reading a review recently. Happy reading 🙂

    • I can’t wait for The Snow Child! Your review has really made me excited to get it. I haven’t gotten Gemma Hardy yet – still waiting…

  2. Now that I can access both our local library systems (city & county) over the net, I tend to go a little hold-happy as well. Not to mention being able to place ILL requests on line.

    I am first in line for The Snow Child – last time I checked I was the only one in line!

    (I can’t post my blog URL for some reason.)

    • I daren’t go to the county library! I would get myself in a whole heap of trouble that way.
      I’m also first for The Snow Child – can’t wait!
      Sorry you couldn’t post your URL – I changed a setting that should have fixed that.

  3. I have absolutely nothing on request at the moment, I’m being very good/sensible as I have so many of my own books to read as well as random library book choices. I love a Russian Empire setting too but I’ll be reading Russian Winter by Daphne Kalotay soon – post Romanov era.

    • Good for you, Katrina! I really need to read more of the books I own.
      I started Russian Winter and didn’t take to it – I’ll be interested to see what you think.

  4. I’m looking forward to The Flight of Gemma Hardy as well! Sometimes I can get a little holds happy, largely because I double dip libraries, going to both the library in my town and the one in my hometown, where I still use my original library card that I got in kindergarten.

    • I work in my hometown library, but I have no idea where my original library card is! That is so cool that you still use your childhood card. We still haven’t received Gemma Hardy – I’m hoping next week!

  5. I put Stormy Petrel by Mary Stewart on hold after reading your last post! I worked in a library for seven years before I had children and I remember it as a very happy time.

    • Oooh, have you gotten Stormy Petrel yet? I am besotted with Stewart and am so sad that my library only carries a few of her novels.
      The library is a happy place to work – I do love it most of the time!

  6. I love it when my holds come in to especially when they have come from a long way away like my murakami that came from us for me to read ,all the best stu

    • Isn’t it so exciting when you get that notification that you have something available at the library? I’ve never received an overseas book before – very neat!

  7. I order up a lot of books from other branches in the county and from reserve stock. I have out of print titles by Dodie Smith and Frances Hodgson-Burnett waiting for me, and a couple of newish titles on order so I’m not tempted to spend money I shouldn’t.

    You are going to have a lovely evening on 1st February.

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