A stack of library books

On Loan #1

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I haven’t had much time to blog lately and missed several monday-questions. Among them one that was asked around two weeks ago that dealt with libraries. The question was if I am using the library or not. I thought it was a pity that I missed that question in particular, because I truly love the library and use it constantly. In this post, I want to, among other things, introduce you to books I have currently on loan from the library.

How I Came to Love Libraries

When I was in primary school, there was a tiny library next to the school, where you could primarily borrow children’s books. Back then, there were little cards where the return date was stamped in. I adored that little library. I think I only stopped going to that library when I started going to my secondary school and heard from a classmate about a book called Harry Potter, that I wanted to read myself. The librarian explained to me that it is a book series, told me the name of the first book and promptly broke my heart when she told me that there are was already a very long list of people who wanted to borrow the book. That library was to only one at that time that I could walk to. So, my only choice was to buy the book.

So Many Library Cards

From then on, I stopped using the library for a long time. Until we moved. Since then, I have been loving going to the city library in my current home town. I was registered at different libraries as well, when I moved to another city to go to university. Those university libraries and the city libraries nearby were of course better stocked than my current library. Especially the English section. I think for a while there, I had three library cards at once, but now I only use the one library. If the English section were any bigger in this library, I would probably never read a book in German, which would be a pity. The other parts of the library have a good selection, so that I can always try out new things.

But What About the Return Date?

I know it bothers some readers if they have to read and then return a book in a certain time. That does not bother me a bit. Of course I don’t always manage to read all the books I borrowed in time, because I usually borrow several books at once. But that is not a problem to me. In my library you usually get to keep the book for four weeks and even extend that time two times. That should be enough time actually, but should I still not be able to read the book in time, I just return it and if I truly want to read it, borrow it again another time.

I also don’t feel less obligated to finish library books, if I don’t like them. Probably because I did not pay for them. This way, I can try out many different books without feeling like I wasted money if it turns out that I do not like the book.

Currently On Loan

The books I have currently on loan are a pretty diverse bunch. This time they are all in German, but I will use their English titles in this post, unless they were originally written in German.

Two books on a white blanket. The 100: Rebellion by Kass Morgan and Artemis by Andy Weir
The 100: Rebellion by Kass Morgan.

The last book in the 100 series, that the tv-show is based on. I love the TV-series and when I saw that the books were available at the library, I started reading them. I have finally reached the last book and have already read half of it. As soon as I have finished it, I will write a review of the whole series. That is why I will not talk about the plot here.

Artemis by Andy Weir.

Andy Weir is the author of the Martian. A book, which was turned into a movie that was nominated for a Best Picture Oscar. The Martian is an absolutely fantastic science-fiction novel, but until Artemis was published, it was Weir’s only book. If I am remembering correctly, readers of Artemis were not as impressed as they were with the Martian. Still, I am looking forward to read the story of a smuggler in the only city on the moon. Sounds like an exciting story.

Two books on a colourful blanket. Tiere für Fortgeschrittene by Eva Menasse and Men Without Women by Haruki Murakami
Tiere für Fortgeschrittene (english title: Advanced Studies in Animals) by Eva Menasse.

I am not sure myself why I was so attracted to this book. It is a short story collection, that were inspired by animals and deal with human nature. I am not familiar with the Austrian writer’s works, but it is definitively an interesting concept.

Men Without Women by Haruki Murakami.

Another short story collection, this time by Haruki Murakami. I have read four of his books, but I would not call myself a fan of his. Although I should note that I have not read his most popular novels. But for some reason his books fascinate me. For example, I have read Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage, a book that had parts that I could not stand at all. Nevertheless, it is a book that I still think about, it definitely left a mark on me. That is why I want to read more of his books.

Two hardback books in front of a bookshelf: I Contain Multitudes by Ed Yong and Magnus Chase: Ship of the Dead by Rick Riordan
Magnus Chase: The Ship of the Dead by Rick Riordan.

Rick Riordan on the other hand is an author, whose works I always know I will like. He writes fantasy novels for children and young adults, that were inspired by mythology. His books are diverse, exciting, funny and creative. The Ship of the Dead is the last book in the Magnus Chase trilogy, which deals with Norse Mythology.

I Contain Multitudes: The Microbes Within Us and a Grander View of Life by Ed Yong.

This is probably the weirdest book on this list. Why did I borrow a non-fiction book about microbes? I first heard about this book from John Green, who among other things wrote The Fault in Our Stars. He mentioned that this book was influential when he was writing his newest novel Turtles All the Way Down (which I have not read yet, but am planning to). That made me curious to read the book myself and since I have already been planning to read more non-fiction books, I took it home with me when I saw it at the library.

So these are the books I have currently on loan from the library. Those that I read, I will review at a later date. I am planning on writing other posts on the books I will have borrowed from the library, in the future. That will probably take a while for me to acquire a whole new stack of books though. But probably not as long as it should, considering the amount of unread books I already own.

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