Saturday, March 12, 2016

Book Overload

As I've said many times I read a lot, and to save money I buy used books and check out e-books from the library.  We're 9 miles from the library so we save gas, time and money by checking books out electronically.  Unfortunately it's usually a bit of a wait to get the books I want.  They have loads of audio books, but I'm too hyperactive to listen to books, 10 things would distract me from listening.  So I put the books I want on hold and wait to move up the list to get them.  We're allowed to put 5 books at a time on hold.
At the beginning of January I put Finders Keepers by Stephan King, Brooklyn by Coln Toibin, SPQR by Mary Beach, When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanighi and The Japanese Lover by Isabel Allende on my hold list.  Well guess what, after waiting almost 2 months they became available, all of them at the same time.  I now have 14 days to read them all.
So I've been plowing through them.  I read while I eat, but I don't usually use my Kindle, just a regular book because I don't want to get messy fingerprints all over my screen.  But time being of the essence I've put away the paperback I'd started, The Patron Saint of Liars by Ann Patchett and started reading all my e-books.
I finished Finders Keepers, it's a follow up to Mr. Mercedes and I liked it better, I usually "enjoy" Stephen King books, he knows what frightens me.
I then read The Japanese Lover and really enjoyed it, I know I need to read more Isabel Allende books.
And now I'm reading When Breath Becomes Air, it's not a long book, but not one you can rush through.
Next up will be Brooklyn and then SPQR.
That's what's ahead for me for a while.


  1. The only one I've read from your list is Brooklyn, which I really enjoyed. I would like to see the film version. I also liked Nora Webster by Toibin. I think his characters are very believable and his way with words is so typically Irish. I mean that in a good way :-)

  2. That's typical them all becoming available at the same time, looks like you know what you'll be doing for the next fortnight.

  3. It is like we say about the London bus. One doesn't come for hours and then when it does, four come at once!

  4. That is so typical, reading I guess has just become an all consuming hobby...

  5. I like my books to be the real thing. Bought a Kindle but could never use it. My daughters swear by E books, but so far I've been unable to enjoy them. Wish I could because I have a hard time parting with books so it's getting overwhelming.

  6. I'm the same at the moment I have four books on my kindle waiting to be read and a paperback I bought too whilst I clear up the ones I reserved at the library and are now all coming in to be collected and read - have to do those first because of the lending time. Enjoy your reading:)

  7. I am quite fond of Stephen King but haven't read any of his newer books. Must seek them out. Happy reading.

  8. Readers are must be really leading someone somewhere....HaHa. I applaud you for reading so many books so quickly.
    I just finished reading Pilgrims Progress (New Modern Version) I plowed through the original years ago...this read like a novel. I loved it. Found it at the Thrift Strore for $1.99
    Have a great day.

  9. I have read The Patron Saint of Liars and really liked it, so I am looking forward to your comments when you finished it.

    You know that I always read at least four books at the same time, we are very much alike there. ;)

    So, enjoy reading your Kindle editions and then go back to Ann Patchett.

    Talk to you soon,
    Marianne from
    Let's Read


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