I’ve always felt like I get a lot of library books.
In the BB years – Before Baby – I was always checking out more than I could read, with an ever-rotating TBR pile… smaller than the TBR stacks of perpetual book buyers, obviously, but I usually had ten or so books out at any given time. This may seem like a lot or a little to you, depending on how much you use the library. But when I go every week, it feels like a lot to me. It’s definitely more than I’ll need before my next visit.
But now… oh, man. As I’m writing this, I have 21 items out of the library, with 4 different due dates in the coming weeks. One is a movie, three are novels, one is a reference book. SIXTEEN are children’s books for the little man. I also have 10 more books on hold, 7 of which are ready and waiting. By the time you read this, all of these numbers will be different, but you get the picture.
I used to be able to log into my library account and see at a glance what my situation was. What books I had out, when they were due, which ones I should prioritize and which could wait for a bit. I’d also consider which I would probably be able to renew when the time came, and which would likely have a hold request by then. Sometimes I’d renew a book just a week after I checked it out, to be sure I’d get that extra week of time with it… not as good as the six total weeks I could have if I renewed when it was due, but better than getting to that point and finding out it was no longer renewable because someone else wanted it.
Now… I try to do the same thing, but it’s hard to keep track. My books are intermingled with his, and I can’t just tell at a glance how much more time I have with my current read.
Yeah, I know. Total first world problem. And the only reason it’s a problem is because I’m so committed to exposing my son to as many books as possible, even now. So it’s an inconvenience I’ll gladly accept.
Still, with so many books coming in and out of our home, I feel like I need a better system.
Any avid library users out there have tips for keeping track of the books you check out?