The Value of the Public Library

I am a huge supporter of the public library. I talk about the library and the books I receive on an almost daily basis because I love what they have to offer. There is something incredible and unique about being able to walk into a space and take an item without paying for it, but rather scanning your card and being given a due date. You can place a hold on as many books as you’d like, on whatever topic seems to interest you at the time. You can check out books, e-books, DVDs, and a variety of other materials.

Last week, I checked out a DVD for the first time from the library. I had been wanting to watch Patriots Day, so it seemed like a great idea to find it at the library instead of paying at Target/Walmart or Amazon. When my check out receipt printed I noticed a new feature located at the bottom:

**YOU SAVED**
 $22.49
Value of Materials Checked Out

The librarian was sitting at the counter so I decided to ask whether this was a feature just on the receipts of the DVDs or if this would be appearing on all check out receipts. She said it was a brand new feature that would be located on the bottom of every receipt. She also mentioned that there were mixed opinions about the new feature…

However, it’s possible that I squeaked with happiness because I love seeing how much money I’m saving by using the free public resources that are available to me. I’d be spending a huge amount of money by purchasing books if I didn’t have the library available. I feel that it’s a great feature to show everyone using the services the worth of the library in hopes of sparking more love and interest in helping out with the library.

The other side of the argument is that people don’t like to have the amount rubbed in their faces that they are saving by using the library?  I don’t quite understand that perspective because nothing is changing when you are checking out your items – you’re merely just seeing how much you are saving by using these services that are paid for by your tax dollars.

I’m 100% for showing the patrons the value of the public library and I plan on tracking how much money I save over the course of the year by loaning out library books.

If the amount you saved began popping up on the bottom of your check out receipts, how would you feel? Do you think that this is a beneficial feature?

Twelve Newest Additions to My TBR || Top Ten Tuesday

I spent a good chunk of 2018 going through my To-Be Read list to par it down to the books that actually had interest in reading. I removed many of the books that were added when I was entering Goodreads giveaways, and a slew of novels that I just knew I would never get to.

So tell me now how 2019 started and I began adding books to my TBR by the boatload?! I began exploring different genres of books; began reading more and more book blogs and honestly got clicker-happy. So many different types of books were catching my eye — after all, this was the year that I wanted to diversify my reading!

So here we are… the twelve newest additions to my Goodreads TBR. Each of these twelve novels were added to my TBR since January 1, 2019.

Have you read any of the books that I recently added to my To-Be Read list?

I’m currently in the middle of Maid: Hard Work, Low Pay and a Mother’s Will to Survive by Stephanie Land. I have my hands on several of these books already. I was quite excited for them to be published!

It’s Monday, What Are You Reading? #29

In times of stress, I find that cleaning, organizing, reading and cooking is the best way to de-stress. In the last week I’ve begun to organize my bookshelf and purge the books that I am never going to read. I’ve developed my spreadsheet** to encompass many different aspects of my reading life, and it is just one of those things that puts little hearts in my eyes. While I don’t really want to *schedule* the order of the books that I am reading, this year my focus is prioritizing my ARCs and library books, while also focusing on slimming down my unread shelved books.

“It’s Monday! What are you reading?” is a weekly meme hosted
by Book Date.

What I Read Last Week

Words cannot describe exactly how much I loved Educated: A Memoir. There will be a full review coming in a few weeks.

If you haven’t read this memoir yet, pick it up from your local library or bookstore ASAP!

What I’m Reading This Week

There Will Be Stars is my priority this week. This is my January book from my personal unread bookshelf. We’re getting towards the end of January — how did that happen??

I’m about 100 pages into this novel, but it is a slow read. This isn’t my first time picking it up and I’m wondering if it’s worth giving this much attention to. In the past, I’ve read the first 30 pages about three times, but I couldn’t make it over the hump.

Have any of you read There Will Be Stars? It looks like it is going to be a light and airy novel, but it is not… I’m open to any insight you all might have!

**I wish I could remember the exact person I found the spreadsheet template from that I adopted mine from (shout-out and HUGE thank you to whoever you are!)

TBR List || Reading My Own Bookshelf

Hello everyone — Happy Thursday!

Throughout 2018 I focused on clearing out my To-Be Read (TBR) list on Goodreads, but I never focused on reading the books that were located physically on my shelves at home. Other than reading 30+ books this year, my biggest goal is to focus on reading books that I have owned for at least a year. For my own accountability, I have developed a list of 12 books for this year that I must read before the end of the month that is listed.

There Will Be Stars by Billy Coffey (January) — It’s been started!

The Red Tent by Anita Diamant (February)

To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee (March)

Harvesting the Heart by Jodi Picoult (April)

Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugendies (May)

Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe (June)

Happiness: The Crooked Little Road to Semi-Ever After by Heather Harpham (July)

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr (August)

Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut (September)

Bone Machine by Martyn Waites (October)

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald (November)

The Girl Who Played With Fire by Steig Larsson (December)

I figure that I will read way more than these 12 books from my personal bookshelf this year; but honestly… who knows. Last year I read a measly six books that I physically owned, so this is the year to do better.

I know that in 2019 my TBR list will grow, but at the same time I want my physically owned TBR list to shrink significantly. I hope that by prioritizing this goal, it will actually get accomplished.

Lets Chat:

  • Do you prioritize library books over books you already own?
  • Do you make a reading schedule for yourself to figure out when to read your ARCs vs your library books vs your owned books?

P.S. I Still Love You by Jenny Han || Book Review

Release Date: May 26, 2015

Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

Genre: Young Adult/Contemporary

Synopsis: Lara Jean didn’t expect to really fall for Peter.
She and Peter were just pretending. Except suddenly they weren’t. Now Lara Jean is more confused than ever.
When another boy from her past returns to her life, Lara Jean’s feelings for him return too. Can a girl be in love with two boys at once?

In this charming and heartfelt sequel to the New York Timesbestseller To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, we see first love through the eyes of the unforgettable Lara Jean. Love is never easy, but maybe that’s part of what makes it so amazing.

Thoughts and Feelings: If you are looking for a fluffy, lovey-dovey young adult Sunday afternoon read while your boyfriend is watching football, you’ve found your book.

In the sequel to To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, we find ourselves back in the lives of Lara Jean and Peter Kavinsky. However this time, we fully welcome to the story: John Ambrose McClaren. I think I’m in the minority, but I love John. I love how he writes Lara Jean back, even though its been months since the original letter was sent. Maybe its the romantic in me, but I love handwritten letters!

P.S. I Still Love You seemed to flow seamlessly from the first novel in the series which was quite incredible. It almost felt as if they were truly written as one novel and then split up to create two separate novels (and maybe the third book will be the same!!)

I also more than appreciate the fact that Lara Jean has taken her time to grow up. She is not trying to rush into adulthood. She values herself and her body — and she begins to stand up for herself. I love the juxtaposition of Lara Jean and her younger sister, Kitty. To see her grow as her younger sister grows shows the truly remarkable relationship between the Covey sisters.

Peter and Lara Jean are fine. They’re cute — It’s a lovely high school relationship. I look forward to seeing if they last in book #3 (I’m still rooting for McClaren 😉 )

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

New-to-Me Authors I Read in 2018 || Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

In 2018 I read 54 different authors.

45 of those authors were new to me.

Last year I focused on reading new to me authors. Prior to being a big reader, I really only read Jodi Picoult novels (which is something that I’ve mentioned several times before). There is nothing wrong with loving an author and only reading their works, but I felt that it was time to grow and explore new authors. So this week instead of giving you a list of all of the new authors I read last year, I want to show you a list of my top ten new to me authors in alphabetical order by first name.

  1. Anthony Ray Hinton
  2. Caroline Kepnes
  3. Celeste Ng
  4. Heather Morris
  5. Nina Riggs
  6. Paul Kalanithi
  7. Ransom Riggs
  8. Robert Dugoni
  9. Steig Larsson
  10. Susan Orleans

Have you read any of these new to me authors? Have any of them made your favorite list?

It’s Monday, What Are You Reading? #28

It’s a beautiful snow day in the DMV area! I have the day off work which means more time for reading, writing, television watching and eating warm, delicious soup. I’ve been dreaming of a snow day since we came back from winter break — Adjusting back to work can be a challenge when the last few months of your life has been crazy with travel! So I am thankful and grateful for this snow day.

“It’s Monday! What are you reading?” is a weekly meme hosted by Book Date. I enjoy participating in this post each week because you get to see the progress that other people are making on their books and goals each week.

What I Read Last Week:

The Lost Girls of Paris by Pam Jenoff

What I’m Reading This Week

I went in with the intention of focusing purely on reading There Will Be Stars this week because it has been on my bookshelf for the last two years. But then my name finally popped up as number one at the library for Educated and I’ve been waiting months to read it! Then I went a little clicker happy on NetGalley where I found Maid: Hard Work, Low Pay, and A Mother’s Will to Survive and I didn’t think to check the publication date which was just a few short days away.

Hopefully this snow day will help me jump start my reading week!

I’m trying to be more strategic in completing my requested books from NetGalley. I feel as if it would be way better to provide the review for the book right around the time of its release — so here’s to another goal for 2019!