Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Misc Things I've Learned About Reading (or Something Thereabouts) Recently

1. I can only put 15 books on hold at the library. When I discovered that (because I had put that many on hold), I added my extra holds that didn't fit onto Melanie's card (yet another good reason to have kids), plus had a list of another 6 I planned to pull off the shelf when I got there figuring no one else would have checked them out.

2. That doesn't always work. Like last week at the library. Someone had recommended "Mississippi Trial, 1955" for Adam to read. When we got there he mentioned he wanted to find it, so I told him I was going to check on a couple other things, then I would help him. A few minutes later I wandered to the YA section to find it, and it wasn't there. Checked the computer again, says it's on the shelf. Look again, all over the shelf, other shelves in the YA section. No book. I'm SURE I mentioned to him that I couldn't find it. A few days later I was putting something on hold for him that I found, and voila, it showed that he had the Mississippi book checked out on his account. "Did you have that on hold last week?" "No, as soon as I said I wanted it I went and pulled it off the shelf!" Duh, mom.

3. I hate hearing about a book and not being able to find it on the library website. Hate, hate, hate it. Books like "The Daisy Chain" by Charlotte Yonge.

4. Because of that, people in the Davis County library system benefit from the fact that I have personally requested about 15 books the library has purchased, such as 9 sewing books (that was the first time, just sent a whole list hoping for a couple but they bought the whole list!), the series mentioned at the bottom of this post, and most recently one I plan on holding on to for quite a while before anyone else realizes it's there (not "Daisy Chain," but I'll have to request that one too).

5. I am not prideful about the many wonderful ways I have contributed to our library system.

6. The library never purchased the $250 math videos. Oh well.

7. Adam told me the other day I think books are the whole world. I thought (with one eyebrow lifted), "Well, yah?"

8. What he doesn't know - book is the new word for cool. (Really, go read this.)

9. Shannon Hale, author of "Goose Girl," "Princess Academy," and several other wonderful stories gave a great challenge to give books for Christmas. This is not a hard challenge at our house. If you have girls in the house, I highly suggest one of Shannon's.

10. For a long time I've really loved the "Read-Aloud Handbook" and it's wonderful book suggestions, but was recently introduced to another wonderful set (thanks Cindi!) that I am newly enchanted by called "Honey for a Child's Heart," "Honey for a Woman's Heart," and one I haven't looked at yet, "Honey for a Teen's Heart." They will each eventually live on my bookshelf.

To finish, here's a quote I read earlier in "Charms for the Easy Life."
"In our house, the point of reading and learning was neither to impress outsiders nor to get a job or a husband, nothing like that. It had nothing to do with anybody but the three of us. When a good book was in the house, the place fairly vibrated. We trained ourselves to be exceptionally fast readers so a book could be traded around before the nagging and tugging became intolerable. I remember particularly, when The Grapes of Wrath was new, how my mother and grandmother felt I wasn't reading it quickly enough, how they asked me every half-hour or so how far along I was. When I suggested we take an afternoon-and-evening vacation and read it togeher, they sat down on the sofa and patted the spot between them, as if I were a puppy they were coaxing to jump up. We took turns holding the book, turning pages, and the only times we got up in twelve hours were to turn on a light and go to the bathroom.

"We shared a curiosity about the world that couldn't be satisfied in any other way."

So there you have it.


  1. I'm so sorry you can't put more than 15 on hold. I actually felt pity for you when I read that :). I don't think there's a limit at my library. BUT THEN, I had this thought. What if, because of moi, the library decides to put a limit. Oh horrors!

    I agree about the Honey books. I've got the other two sitting on the hold shelf waiting, but having finished the child one, I want to own it and probably the others too!

    I'm working on another one now called, "Books that Build Character" I don't know if it's because it was written by a man or if it's because he's not writing about his own experience so much, but it is nothing compared to the Honey book. I will say this though. It doesn't seem to matter what kind of book like this I pick up, they all have new, interesting additions to their books lists. It seems there is a never-ending supply of good books. I had this terrible thought the other day about coming to the end of the book list, which of course, will never happen, thank goodness.

    Yes, books are the whole world. I hope one day my kids will say that to me! :)


  2. My daughters recently came across the Shannon Hale books. My middle daughter has read one of them a couple times. I guess I'll have to check them out.