How often do you visit a library? Do you go to borrow books? Do research? Check out the multi-media center? Hang out with the friendly and knowledgeable staff? Are you there out of love or out of need?
My working hours are a bit unfriendly and mean that it’s quite tough to get to a library during the week; when I lived in east London I could just about get there before or after work on the days they had long hours. I probably go about once every 6-8 weeks, to borrow books (especially audiobooks). I don’t think I’ve set foot in a library for research purposes since I finished my last university exam (of my first degree; the second is more about being able to write the foreign language in a vaguely coherent manner).
I’m there partly out of… convenience, I guess – borrowing an audiobook is a lot cheaper than buying one, and I can get hold of quite new releases through a library as well, much sooner than waiting for them to turn up in second hand shops and on Bookmooch.
But also partly there out of principle. I actually wish I needed to go more often (i.e. that I didn’t have 600 unread books on my shelves) because I think libraries are really important in society and governments will only keep funding them if they’re popular.
Do you like to give books as gifts?
As my cousins and now Family Physicist will attest, I love giving books as presents. And I love to receive them. I’m not too worried about giving someone a book they’ve already read, either because I don’t think they read all that much so the chances are fairly slim, or because I know they’ll take it in stride and we’ll have a laugh and a chat about the book in question.
Similarly, I don’t mind getting something I’ve already read – a chance to re-read a favourite; or something I already own but haven’t read, as that’s a strong reason to push it up the TBR pile (at one stage as a girl I had 5 copies of Anne of Green Gables which I refused and refused and refused to read and once I actually read it, I read the whole series straight away).
In my house, books incubate for at least a year before I read them, so if I don’t like a book that someone gave me, I’ve probably forgotten it was a gift by the time I read it!
Any reading resolutions for the new year? Reading more? (Reading less?) Reading better books? Bigger books? More series? More relaxing books?
And hey, feel free to talk about any other resolutions you might have, too … or why you choose NOT to have any.
I signed up to a ton of challenges last year and totally failed to complete (or in many cases, start) them. So this year there have been no resolutions. I would quite like to get back to the classics reading drive that caused me to start this blog, but life’s too busy at the moment (full time work, 2nd uni degree, trying to get a translation business going…) to read things that aren’t relaxing.
General resolutions: Less stress. Work smarter and therefore fewer hours. Stop complaining about my weight and actually lose some. Be more positive about life generally.