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Life with 'song and Adam: At the library 
23rd-Oct-2012 10:19 pm
Zoe & Wash - by kylakae
We stopped at the library on the way home from dinner, to pick up our pass for the MFA for tomorrow. Of course we couldn't just pick up the pass - we had to go see the new arrivals! (I don't understand people who say that Amazon and eBooks mean the end of browsing, of happening upon something interesting by chance. Libraries, people! Libraries!)

Adam, picking up the new Greg Rucka: "How was this?"

Me: "I... don't know? I haven't read it yet."

Adam: "Oh. I just assumed that the one on the shelf was the one I picked up for you."

Me: "...you brought that home on Saturday, Adam."

Adam: "Your point is?"

Me: "Hm. Yeah okay."

(I had already finished another of the books he'd brought home Saturday. But I prioritized that one because he said he wanted to read it too, and it has a hold on it and is thus not renewable.)

Me, evaluating my selections: "This looks reasonable."

Adam: *scoffs*

Me: "What?! Five books. That'll last me a week."

Adam: "No, it won't. Not the whole week."

Me: "Well, I already have four library books at home."

Adam: "That might hold you."

...what I should have said is that since we're going to the museum tomorrow, and today is already Tuesday, five books may well last me until the end of this week.

Hmph.

When I checked the books and pass out, the librarian looked at my account and asked, "Do you have a book to pick up?"

"Oh. Usually, yes. I use the inter-library loan pretty constantly."

She looked again. "I can see that!"

I have fifteen items on request right now. The maximum is twenty. Y'all can figure out why I know that.

(So ten books right now.)
(I do not have a Book Problem any more than I have a Yarn Problem.)
(I am going to go take my nighttime meds and read.)
Comments 
24th-Oct-2012 03:06 am (UTC)
The existence of free public libraries and interlibrary loan means that you DON'T have a Book Problem in the sense of a Yarn Problem.

We don't buy more than a few books a month, really. Because we've got cards for the NOBLE network, the Minuteman network, the Metro network, and a rider on the NOBLE card that lets us use Ipswich. Oh, and Lis has New York Public Library, Library of Congress, and British Library, too. Which means that the rate at which our book collection is increasing has slowed dramatically.
24th-Oct-2012 04:40 am (UTC)
All I have is Metro Boston and Minuteman, but they're on the same card because mine predates Cambridge's move to Minuteman. (No more MIT Libraries, alas.)
24th-Oct-2012 07:34 am (UTC)
20 requests - I'm jealous. My library just went to 6 books on hold, after all the complaints during the previous year when we were allowed 3 - THREE - only books requested at a time. But I'm thankful we still have libraries :)
24th-Oct-2012 12:54 pm (UTC)
I use reserves and holds a lot because my neighborhood library kind of sucks and I don't always have time to go to nicer branches that are further away.

Oh, and I just bought some books, for school.

I openly acknowledge that I have both a book and a yarn problem, and am perfectly okay with that...and an art supply one too.
24th-Oct-2012 01:48 pm (UTC)
O.o Why would you ever call this a "problem"?
24th-Oct-2012 02:20 pm (UTC)
Yea.. I'm not going to admit to how many books I have out right now. But I work in a library, so that's probably cheating. I think our holds are unlimited, but ILLs are 3 requests at a time. We don't have fancy cards you can use in multiple libraries though.

What it hasn't done is stopped me from buying books. In fact I'm buying more since I started working at the library just because I can now actually _afford_ them. There's lots of niche sf/f and quiltbag books that the library just doesn't carry.
24th-Oct-2012 09:54 pm (UTC)
'Song: Long time follower, first time writer asks you this: What is your opinion of people who don't read as voraciously as you do?
25th-Oct-2012 03:38 pm (UTC)
That is pretty much everyone, so my opinion varies! I love Adam, Judah, and Elayna; I'm not a fan of Mitt Romney...

In all seriousness, I definitely don't consider it a character deficit of any sort. I read faster than the speed-reading machine could measure in 5th grade, with perfect comprehension, and I've gotten faster since; I'm aware that I'm a freak of nature in this regard. Not many people read as fast as I do, and if they can't read as fast, they just can't read as much.

That said, I don't understand people who don't read for pleasure at all.
26th-Oct-2012 12:01 am (UTC)
The reason I ask this is 'cause I'm rather insanely jealous of people who read fast. My brain doesn't do it. I do what's called subvocalization; I basically read to myself, sounding out the words in my head at a conversational rate. The words don't go directly into my brain from print, they go through my vocal language processor first. This is slow and requires a lot of cognitive load. Reading is work for me.

It's not that I don't enjoy reading for pleasure, it's just that I have to make an awful lot of time for it. My library is relatively small as a result.

I'm otherwise a pretty intelligent guy, just in other areas. For example, I still remember what the carburetor from my first car looked like, and that was back in 1994. What kills me is that society seems to have this stereotype that if you have to be very well-read to be considered intelligent. For instance, "smart" people don't talk about their favorite books, they talk about favorite authors or series because they've read entire catalogs. Believe me, I'd like to join those conversations. I'm envious that I'm not typically able to.

I don't read for pleasure very often for the same reason you probably don't overhaul lawnmower engines to see how they work for the sheer pleasure of it. Different cognitive scope. It is not, however, for lack of wanting.

9th-Nov-2012 03:55 pm (UTC)
*nods* As regards reading speed, I have the inverse problem - I read so quickly text-to-brain that I can't do audiobooks at *all*.

There are absolutely so many types of intelligence. Judah doesn't read very quickly at all - slowest reader in the household - yet he designs CNC gantry routers and 3D printers, and has an astonishing brain for the sorts of spatial things that I can't make heads or tails of.
25th-Oct-2012 01:55 am (UTC)
Libraries! I get positively giddy in used book stores and libraries...
19th-Dec-2012 07:53 am (UTC)
I've learned that I can't just cut through my college's library en route to elstwhere because I'll want to look at new arrivals. Then I might get a travel book out, but not have enough time around homework and activities to finish everything I check out.
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