This week I hit a new high, or a new low, depending on how you look at it. I have officially reached the hundred item limit for items checked out on my library card. Astonishing, amazing, crazy, I know. But you have to keep in mind that I work for the library. I touch these books and DVDs every day. I get recommendations from customers and coworkers on almost a daily basis. I even have coworkers who go out of their way to put items on hold for me that they think I will be interested in. Now can you understand? Isn’t it amazing and a show of sheer strength of mind and willpower that I have only now, after two and a half years of working at the library, reached this limit?
The good news: already this weekend I have watched one of the movies I have checked out. At this rate, I will have finished all the movies or shows I have checked out in about three weeks. All the rest of the items I have checked out are books, but I assure you, I am reading four books at the moment. I plan to finish at least two of those this weekend, so, yay!
I know, I know. I have a problem. I was doing so well, but then I was busy finding a new apartment, and after that applying to graduate school. All the stress drove me to check out more and more books. I have nonfiction books about people reading lots of books, I have dystopian novels, both for young adults and adults, I have travel memoirs, I have general fiction, I have children’s fiction, I have narrative nonfiction.
You, my dear readers, will be my path to redemption. It embarrasses me to admit to you three people how many things I have checked out, and it will drive me to renew my efforts to clear my bookshelves. (At least of the items I have checked out. The books I own are another story.) So over the next few months, you can expect to hear a lot about reading and not much else. I will detail my herculean efforts to read page after page, until my eyes are crossed and bloodshot. You will hear about the good books and the bad books, about the books for book club that interfere with my library book purge, and other thoughts of a library book addict.
(Yes, that is all I am writing in this blog post. Do you honestly think I have time for this, while all these books are stacking up on my desk? Consider yourself lucky to have heard from me at all.)