The Great Library Tragedy

I want to go to the library ASAP to return Nothing But the Truth (and a few white lies) and pick up Lisa Yee’s Millicent Min, Girl Genius. Sadly, the branch library by my house isn’t open on Sundays and the library downtown is open only exactly during the hours I’m at rehearsal tomorrow. What does this mean?

A trip to the bookstore, naturally.

My bookshelf is overflowing. I’ll take a picture sometime and show you. It’s a bit scary, actually. The shelves bow under the weight of all the books on them.

But as much good as I’ve heard about Lisa Yee, I am wary of buying an author’s books all untried. I only put $30/month in my budget for books, you see. Of late its been spent on “market research” – vampire romance, most recently. (There’s another genre I’m writing in but I already own so many examples of that I don’t need to buy any.)

So my book shopping list for tomorrow:
Clear Your Clutter with Feng Shui by Karen Kingston (I’ll admit this purchase is entirely inspired by Nothing But the Truth. I originally intended to pick this one up at the library, but the more I think about it, the more it seems like a reasonable book to own.)
Shrimp by Rachel Cohn (but not Cupcake because it’s not out in paperback)

I decided that since I have Gingerbread and won’t be parting with it in my book purge, Shrimp is a safe purchase.

The question is: Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan – library or bookstore? slayground? Anyone? Advice?

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  1. I think you’ll like Millicent Min, Girl Genius. I also think you’ll speed right through it.

    Does your library have a website with a search engine or request center? The library system’s website here because it lets me look up books and authors – not to mention subjects and keywords – then have books sent to my local branch, then get email notifications when the books arrive. It is HEAVENLY.

    I need more bookshelves too. I dislike the fact that I have books on the floor. I greatly dislike that the vast majority of my books are still in storage. This includes my favorite books and my BSC collection.

    Yay, Rachel Cohn! Attack the library for her backlist if you’ve yet to read The Steps, etc. Do the same for Levithan. (Will N&N be your first Levithan?)

    N&N is going to be out in paperback in August.

    Knowing that you’re on a budget, and that I’m a safety Scrooge, I say this in general: get stuff from the library, THEN buy it if you love it.

    Are any of your students avid readers? Get them to swap books with each other and with you. If there’s enough interest, maybe you can start a lending library in your class. Also use the books for translation practice and randomness on fun days, if that would get them further motivated to read outside of class and participate IN class.

  2. I can search for titles at the library website, and it clames I can place holds, but the whole thing appears rather unwieldy.

    N&N will be my first Levithan. I’m going to do more librarying, I think.

    I’m sure I do have students who are avid readers (especially of Harry Potter), but as I don’t have my own classroom it’s not the time for me to start a lending library. (I can’t imagine hauling it around on my cart!) If I get a classroom next year (fingers, toes, and eyes crossed), a lending library is definitely a good project.

    For the advanced students, comparing Winnie Ille Pu to the original English would be excellent. Also Harrius Potter et Lapis Philosophi.

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