Library Magic

One of the reasons I love reading book blogs:

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This is my latest library stash.

I have a very beautiful system set-up which keeps me well-fed with interesting reads, you see. As I browse book blogs, I check my library’s online catalogue to see if it carries the title – since moving to Toronto I’ve discovered the chances are often good that the library will carry the title I’m after (with the exception of middle grade fiction and non-fiction, which tends to be more hit and miss, unfortunately).

If the library does carry the title, I’ll put a hold on it. A few hours of book blog browsing will usually net me a nice collection of titles to add to my TBR.

And here’s where the magic happens.

Even if I happen to be first in line for a title, it will still take a week or so for the book to make its way through the system to my library branch. In cases where a book is popular, it can be weeks or even months before I get the email notification that the title has arrived.

So every time I go to the library to pick up my holds, I really have no clue what awaits me. And there’s nothing quite as magical as coming back with a stack of books, reading their blurbs and feeling my heart quickening with absolute delight.

I’m surprised all over again, you see. Surprised, delighted, excited, all in quite a magical way.

Like Jackaby, by William Ritter. I couldn’t remember why, exactly, I’d put it on hold – until I read the blurb, that is.


Jackaby sighed and drew to a stop as we reached the corner of another cobbled street. “Let’s see,” he said at last. I observed you were recently from the Ukraine. A young domovyk has nestled in the brim of your hat. More recently, you have picked up a Klabautermann, a kind of German kobold attracted to minerals. Most fairy creatures can’t touch the stuff. That’s probably why your poor domovyk nestled in so deep.”

Doctor Who meets Sherlock in a debut novel, the first in a series, brimming with cheeky humor and a dose of the macabre.

How could I resist?

The other titles in the picture of my library stash at the beginning of this post:

Now I just have to find the time to read these before they’re due back …

6 thoughts on “Library Magic

  1. Brette

    I do this too. Here’s how it usually goes for me. I see something about a book in a magazine or online. I go to Amazon and read the description and reviews there to decide if I really want to read it. I put it in my cart. I then go to the library site and request it. Like you, it can take a long time to get it – when it does, I then delete it from my cart. If the library doesn’t have it, I leave it in my cart. I find that often my library takes a while to get new releases into their catalog so every couple of weeks I check my cart against my hold list. If the library doesn’t get it and I really want it, then I will buy it. One problem I have though is my library tends to get new books in batches so suddenly I will have 5 new releases to pick up and they will all be 7 day books!

  2. Susan

    Yes, I do the same! We have a fairly good library system here, unfortunately big on political and economical books and not so good on other interesting non-fiction and fiction titles. I’m able to get most things that are popular. It’s the smaller publishers that I have trouble finding. Like with Jackaby, which I do want to read very much :-) Let us know how you find it, if you get to it?

    I like the surprise of the library books waiting for me to as they come in.

  3. Kami

    That sounds like fun. I have an enormous TBR list on Goodreads, and I put things on hold at my library as I browse the list. I love it when I get an email saying I have holds!


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