I thought about doing a Can’t Wait Wednesday post but when I think about the books I truly cannot to read, the problem isn’t that they have yet to be published. The problem is that I’m waiting for them on my library reading app, Libby.
I love Libby. I credit it for why I can read at the level I do. It means I have a book–or 9–at my fingertips at any given moment of the day. But Libby only allows 10 holds per card! And with holds taking weeks, if not months, to come in, it can take a while to get the book you want.
For example, I’ve been waiting for Elantris by Brian Sanderson for over two months and I still have six months to go on my hold.
Sometimes a bunch of the holds come in at the same time. Then you have 5 days to read them all. Pressure, even for me. Alas, it means reading as far as you can and then putting the book on hold again. I got 5% into Auntie Poldi and the Vineyards of Etna by Mario Giordano before it was due back. Then I put it on hold again and waited a month. Got the book again and made it to the 15% mark. Returned it and now have at least two weeks to go before I will get it again.
Sometimes I will read a book and eagerly search for the next one in the series…only to learn I’ve got a 7 week wait ahead of me. This proves particularly tricky when I’m in a phase–for example, cozy mysteries–and desperately eager to get my hands on Book #16 of the Miss Fortune Mystery Series. But come 7 weeks later when the books come in, I’ve moved on to Regency novels and my eagerness to read a book titled Swamp Santa went out the window over a month ago.
So, it is an imperfect system. And even with two library cards, I get angsty waiting for my 20 holds. I swear weeks go by with nothing and then they always come in all at once. But I get quick, convenient access to a lot of books and don’t have to worry about returning them on time (it is automatic!) Plus, I love the audio book option. It lets me play books at 3x the speed.
So, my current Can’t Wait Wednesday reads?
Elantris by Brian Sanderson
Auntie Poldi and the Vineyards of Etna by Mario Giordano
The Weight of Glory by C.S. Lewis (audio)
Reflection on the Psalms by C.S. Lewis (audio)
The Flatshare by Beth O’Leary
Spin the Dawn by Elizabeth Lim
Rich People Problems by Kevin Kwan
Lovely War by Julie Berry
The Bookish Life of Nina Hill by Abbi Waxman
Bringing Down the Duke by Evie Dunmore
A Lady’s Guide to Gossip and Murder by Dianne Freeman
Murder of Crows by Anne Bishop
The Beekeeper’s Apprentice by Laurie R. King
A Promise of Spring by Mary Balogh
Resistance Women by Jennifer Chiaverini
Dear Mrs. Bird by AJ Pearce
(And then more Patricia Briggs and Ilona Andrews novels than I will admit to 😉 )