Friday, 18 March 2011

Library books

I decided to share with you all a few books I currently have on loan from the library. I've actually found myself borrowing more non-fiction lately. I think this is partly because non-fiction books tend to be quite expensive and I never really buy them and also because they've been helping me with new hobbies. 

Library books

I've borrowed a few running books, they're good because they include training plans and information about how to deal with injuries. They're also good for reference when you're like 'Uh it's raining, will that effect my running?' or wondering whether you need to take a drink of water with you or something (answers: wear a baseball cap when running in the rain and take a drink of water if you're going to be running for over an hour). Now, I know these can all be 'googled' but really, how reliable are yahoo answers or runners forums? I prefer to have a book written by a respected sports professional to advise me than an amateur. 

Library books

This book is Great House by Nicole Krauss. I love History of Love by her so when I noticed this new release on the advanced list, I had to put a hold on it. I'm going to start reading it as soon as I finish Freedom by Jonathan Franzen (taking me way too long to read but is great!). Great House has also just been put on the Orange Prize longlist which makes me want to read it even more before the shortlist and winners are announced. 

Library books

This book keeps popping up on my Amazon recommendations so when I noticed it on the library shelves I had to borrow it! I've made one recipe out of it so far, peanut butter maple cookies, but there are so many more that I want to try. Every single recipe has a gorgeous photograph with it. (I can't bear recipe books that don't have a photo for every recipe! I always end up just trying the recipes that have photos to them). I may actually end up purchasing this book myself or asking for it for a birthday present. I'm a sucker for a pretty recipe book.

What do you all have on loan from your library? I am very lucky and can borrow up to 20 items from my library which means I currently have £307 worth of books on loan! Imagine if I had bought all of them! My 'financial advisor' would have a heart attack. Half of them are books that I will only read once or maybe not even enjoy and then just return. Libraries are a great no risk way to try a new author. They are environmentally friendly because one paper copy can be lent by hundred of people! It also saves space on your bookshelves which can get easily cluttered by books you buy, read once and leave to collect dust. They can help you save money by not buying any books. When I list these reasons, it honestly astounds me that so many people don't use libraries! 

It's a Friday so why not plan to spend your Saturday morning visiting your library? Check out a new recipe book and spend the weekend baking, read the newspaper for free, curl up in the corner with a book, borrow a book to help you with your Uni assignment or take out a DVD for a Saturday movie night.

PS. I know today has been hailed as a 'blogger day of silence', but I don't really agree with it. How is remaining silent going to help the cause? Instead, I would rather urge you all to donate some money to the Red Cross via this website. 

29 comments:

  1. Looks like some very interesting books - I have on loan The China Study (nutrition) and at lunchtime I'm off down to collect a couple of vegan cookbooks! I love my library, hope these awful funding cuts don't affect them :-)

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  2. I've borrowed travel guides and vegan cook books and books on crafts from the library before, such a good way to learn new things without paying for a book I don't need to keep forever :)

    I also really like to read young adult fiction and would never go out and buy it as I read the books in a day or two, so it's good to borrow these from the library :)

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  3. I don't suppose silence is meant as help but as respect for all the victims of the disaster (by which I'm not saying that bloggers who publish today are disrespectful). It is common to take 'a moment of silence' when someone dies or when a massive disaster occurs (usually with people dying as well) - I believe this was the original intention of the person (or people) who came up with this idea.

    Donations are important, of course, as well as keeping the people in our thoughts and in our prayers.

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  4. Oh, let us know if Great House is good. I enjoyed History of Love too, so I'm a bit interested too.

    Right now I'm borrowing Of Mice and Men, and Style Diaries. I'm actually going to the library tomorrow to pick up a DVD (The Remains of the Day.. because I've just finished the book it's based on).

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  5. I have about six books on photgraphy out at the moment and a book of cute things to sew :) I tend to get reference book rather than fiction because I read so slowly, whereas I can dip in and out of reference books in the loan time.

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  6. My daughter and I have just joined our local library, despite the fact she has hundreds of books at home. I agree that they're great for communities and for cultivating an excitement and love of reading in children. Long may they last

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  7. I have been a big library user all my life as I read so fast I would never be able to afford to keep up.

    I use both Manchester and Cheshire libraries so could really go to town if I wanted to. The really annoying thing about Cheshire is that they charge you £1 to reserve a book whereas in Manchester it is free. These days I tend to reserve stuff that I see bloggers recommend as if I go for a browse in the library I end up having no time to eat lunch!!

    At the mo I've got lots of puppy training books out which have been great and meant I haven't had to buy any. Plus I always have a variety of novels so I can select depending on my mood. I spend over two hours a day on the train so get a lot of reading time :D

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  8. I'm really into non-fiction at the moment too. Especially auto/biography - I'm currently reading The Assassination of Marilyn Monroe and it is so gripping AND educational!

    I literally don't think I could survive uni without the library but maybe I should start lending for leisure too!

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  9. I can have 20 books too, it's ACE. Currently I only have one out..free food for millionaires and I shall be going tomorrow to look for some more :)

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  10. I agree about finding answers in books rather than simply googling things! As I seem to live in the uni library these days, I rarely visit my local library to pick up some fiction books, I really need to visit over the easter holidays. I love buying books from charity shops - although you obviously pay, it's the same idea as libraries, lots of people sharing books, also you can feel good about your money going somewhere :) xx

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  11. I used to go to my local library a lot when I was a teenager, but then stopped once i went to Uni and only read books which were bought, gifts or borrowed from someone, but you actually got me thinking of finding the closest library here and register there.

    I agree with you, it's more important to donate and raise funds to helps disasters such as what happened in Japan than to have a "blogging silence".

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  12. I want to say this because anyone else is too nice and won't bother - you mix up using the words 'lend' and 'borrow'! As a librarian/ex English student you really should know better :P

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  13. Oh my word I have about 40 things on loan at the moment! it's so tempting when you work in a library to take everything home. I've got a Weight Watcher cookbook, a macaroon cookbook, a few dvds including Mr Nice about Howard Marks and albums by Robyn, Mystery Jets and Hurts :)
    Great post!

    xx

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  14. Nice picks, and I'm also a big library fan. At the moment I've got a book out about the Smiths.

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  15. I just checked out Great House from the library as well! It's next on my list as soon as I finish The Imperfectionists by Tom Rachman.

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  16. Blimey can you imagine spending that on books! Thank the losd for the libary.

    X x

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  17. I think you're right about libraries.. I think the reason why they don't use them is mainly because they don't know what al is available to them.. for example, I wouldn't have known that cool cookbooks like that would be in - let me explain haha- in my home country, slovakia, we don't have such cool books.. now I use our university library, which doesn't relaly have cool books, only academic ones (as far as I'm aware.) so I really wouldn't know. But when I move I plan to get a library card and be able to borrow books :)

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  18. I think you're right about libraries.. I think the reason why they don't use them is mainly because they don't know what al is available to them.. for example, I wouldn't have known that cool cookbooks like that would be in - let me explain haha- in my home country, slovakia, we don't have such cool books.. now I use our university library, which doesn't relaly have cool books, only academic ones (as far as I'm aware.) so I really wouldn't know. But when I move I plan to get a library card and be able to borrow books :)

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  19. I hate recipes without pictures too! If I'm making something, it helps to have a pic to compare to (even if it might be impossible to emulate!). I had a book out on loan the other week on Oscar Wilde... halfway through I thought 'I'm sorry Oscar, but you are just too vain for my liking' and returned it. I love his work, but as a person he doesn't really appeal to me. So I agree- libraries save you a lot of cash!

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  20. Anon- you sound just like my Mum! I admit I do always mix up borrow and lend, I have changed it now to ease all grammar nazis ;-)

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  21. I've currently got out a load of geography text books about the theories on place and space. Sounds boring but I'm nerdy enough to be interested! That's for my PhD. I also have a book about plastering out for my boyfriend which we're going to return today and he's going to pay the fine because he's kept it for far too long! While I'm at the library I'd like to pick up a knitting book, I want to knit my first jumper and don't really know where to start.

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  22. I am your mum ;)

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  23. I have to say I agree with you about the blogger day of silence. My boyfriend and I donated a large sum of money to relief efforts, which I think will do a lot more good than me not doing a blog post yesterday. A day of silence is good for awareness, but in this day and age, we're all quite aware of the devastation that's occurred in intimate detail. Action is what's needed now. It's all well and good if people want to pray or keep the Japanese people in their hearts, but I hope they are coupling those "good intentions" with action as well.

    And I also agree about consulting a book written by experts when it comes to important matters instead of just googling every question. There's still a lot of unreliable information out there.

    And I also have to have photos in recipe books as well. I'm such a visual person.

    I realize I just kept saying "And..." and agreeing with everything you wrote. Haha. Great minds think alike ;)

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  24. Currently I have a bunch of books I need for school on loan - pretty boring. I can get quite scatterbrained about library books and always return them late and get a fine!

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  25. I love libraries. After reading your blog, I decided to read History of love from my library. I'm always looking for new reading ideas. Right now I'm reading mr rosenblum's list. Hope your Sunday is nice and sunny.

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  26. I love borrowing non-fiction books because like you say, I'm probably only gonig to read them once so it's so muh cheaper and more worthwhile than buying them.

    If I'm going on holiday somewhere I always try and borrow a travel guide from the library before I go. It's a great way to get some ideas of what you'd like to do, and if you're only going to that place once it saves buying a guidebook that you'll never use again!

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  27. Oh, I feel so horribly guilty for not visiting my local library now!

    As soon as I could read, my mum would take me to the library every Friday evening. I'd take out five books and would've read them all before our trip the following week. I was a regular right up until I left home for uni and then I've struggled to find the same connection with libraries in Leeds. Possibly because I've moved around a lot and have never had just one local place. I will remedy this though! x

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  28. Hi! I too am a librarian and find it astonishing that more people do not use libraries.
    This quote which popped up on a forum a while back says it all:

    "was just thinking. my sister does -alot- of reading, and spends like $1000 a year on just books alone. most of them she reads once then never looks at again. is there any kind of like...video rental store but for books? would make things alot cheaper, plus once one person has read one the next person can get enjoyment from it etc"

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  29. I use my library on a regular basis and usually have around 12-15 books out at a time. I usually reserve cookery books from the library first, then once I look through them I decide whether I want to buy them or not. Except for the new Hummingbird book! I couldn't resist that one ;-) Your cakes look absolutely delicious. I recently borrowed The Weekend Baker from the library and it is now on my Amazon wishlist. The sticky toffee cake is amazing!

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