Holding pattern

What to do when two eagerly awaited holds arrive at the same time? Which one to sacrifice so that the next reader on the list can get it?

Cover: "The Forrests"Facing this dilemma with Bring up the bodies and The Forrests, both with glowing reviews, I did something I would never have done when I had a stricter attitude to starting a book and not finishing it. I read the first chapter of each and then chose.

Being reluctant to close Bring up the bodies after finishing my café coffee, made me decide that The Forrests had to come back. Despite Emily Perkins rocking a little black dress in a manner worthy of Audrey Hepburn at the final Montana Book Awards, despite her being a friend of my hero Geoff Dyer, despite readers I respect naming Novel about my wife as one of their all-time best books, I’ll go back to the bottom of the list for The Forrests and immerse myself in the last days of Anne Boleyn.

It’s good to have a goal and reading The Forrests before Emily Perkins arrives for The Press Writers Festival in September is doable, I think. Plus, the closer to the festival the better the chance of remembering a good question to ask at her sessions.

How do you choose the next book off the pile?

6 thoughts on “Holding pattern

  1. joyciescotland 22 June 2012 / 3:05 pm

    I tend to alternate brainy with schlocky. I have just finished The Uninvited Guests by Sadie Jones which is literary-ish and am now treating myself to Sidney Chambers and the Shadow of Death by James Runcie. I think after Hilary’s tome you’ll need a nice Kardashian novel to relax with.

    • Sue 22 June 2012 / 4:13 pm

      Ha! Only two at at time, what luxury. Just last week I discovered 5 books had arrived simultaneously for me. In such situations I take them all and as the librarian which ones have others waiting for them. That way I know which ones to start with. Invariably find I have to renew (if possible) most of them though and some I never manage to get to before the next lot of reserves arrive …

  2. bronnypop 24 June 2012 / 11:45 am

    I solve the problem by starting them ALL, then leaving a trail of books all over the house/car/workroom, and then just picking up whichever book is closest to hand wherever I am. Makes for some unusual plot twists, if I can’t immediately recall what is happening in each book specifically …

  3. Sue 25 June 2012 / 11:54 am

    Actually, Bronnypop sums it up nicely. I have a book in the bedroom, a book in the lounge, a book in my bag for reading on the bus to and from work and when I am driving – so naturally cannot read – I have an audiobook telling me the story. This means all the books take longer to get through. Sometimes one standout will be taken everywhere (bed, lounge, bus) though. It’s called addiction, I believe.

  4. Helen Clare 25 June 2012 / 1:51 pm

    Isn’t Sue a thoughtful person asking the librarian which ones have other people waiting for them? I like that spirit, then everyone gets through them quicker…

    • Robyn 25 June 2012 / 2:37 pm

      I know! I was really impresed at her thoughtfulness too.

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