Library Lovers Book Tag

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It certainly isn’t a secret around here that I am a true and blue library lover! I saw this tag (and lovely header photo!) over at Book Stacks Amber and feel that it is not only accurate, but perfectly timed!

Library-A-Thon, a week-long read-a-thon that encourages readers to borrow from their local library, is currently running from June 3-9. This read-a-thon is chalk-full of fun challenges and Twitter sprints are underway. More information about the hosts and event can be found over on Twitter, @libraryathon.


Library Lovers Book Tag

How often do you visit your local library?

I physically visit my closest branch about once per week to pick up hold items. This branch is situated within a strip mall, so it is usually very busy and bustling–which is great! However, I don’t tend to stay very long for this reason. If I need to ‘buckle down,’ then I venture to the main branch in the downtown core approximately once a month.

That being said, I visit my local library’s online presence–blogs, catalogue, and more–daily. Sometimes I scour the discussion posts or staff picks, whereas some days I simply need to check due dates.

 

Are you the type of person who checks out more books than you know you can read or are you someone who only checks out the exact amount of books you intend on reading before they are due?

My habits fall under a little bit of column A and a little bit of column B. I always intend to read the books that I sign out, but I am a mood reader who frequently changes course sporadically.

Sometimes–or, more often than I care to admit–I will have maxed out the number of renewals on an item and it will become due before I ever get around to picking it up!

 

How old were you when you got your first library card?

I believe that I was either 5 or 7-ish years old when I got my first library card. I was at the public library with my mom and ever-so-shyly asked her if I could get my own library card–to my surprise, the answer was yes! I was so excited to be able to sign out “my own” books; it felt like I had even more autonomy over my own reading.

Thank you, Mom ❤

 

Do you go to your library looking for a particular book or do you check out anything that peaks your interest?

I don’t usually go to the library to browse the collection because there are simply too many options! I typically know what I’m looking for before I walk in. I’ll peruse book reviews, watch BookTube videos, scour the catalogue and add more items to my Goodreads account before I actually make it to the library. Once the process has been completed, I more often than not will place a hold and pick it up on a later date.

 

Do you use your library to check out just books or do you also check out dvds, audiobooks etc.?.

I used to be a religiously print-only reader. Once I forayed into the world of e-reading, I grew to appreciate digital formats. I borrow print materials, e-books, audiobooks, DVDs, and access numerous library databases.

 

From what section of your library do you check out a majority of your books? ( YA, middle grade, adult, nonfiction.)

I tend to gravitate towards adult fiction, but I do still enjoy reading select YA titles to add variety–and to remain “in the loop.”

 

What is your favorite part of using your local library?

My favourite part about using my local public library is being a part of a thriving community space. Public libraries are one of the last remaining public commons, which provides resources and opportunities for all members of the local community.

Also, I love that my library provides patrons access to NoveList, a (wicked) readers advisory database that provides information about read-alikes, genres, reviews, and much more.

The librarian nerd in my geeks out every time.

 


Have you completed the Library Lovers Book Tag?

If so, share a link to your post, video, etc. in the comments below! I would love to meet fellow library lovers! If not, consider yourself tagged!


 

Happy reading!

I Can’t Wait For…A Grave Issue by Lillian Bell (Can’t Wait Wednesday/Waiting on Wednesday)

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Can’t Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Tressa at Wishful Endings. This meme shines a spotlight and provides opportunities for readers to discuss the books that they’re excited about but have yet to read. Generally, the featured titles have yet to be released.

This week’s CWW title is the first installment in a new cozy mystery series–A Funeral Parlor Mystery series. I know, I know. Funerals, death, grieving…how can an author possibly write a “cozy,” gentle read set in a funeral home? Well, I am equally as curious! Will the humour be dry and morbid? Quirky? Will the author account for the current trends in the funeral industry? Or rather, is the book geared at “industry outsiders” who are not yet comfortable with the topic?

Having been raised by two parents who both happen to work in the funeral industry, I am comfortable with notions of death and the funeral home setting. After all, how many people can say that their “Take Your Child to Work Day” experience included polishing caskets and a tour of the embalming room? I also share in my family’s dry, witty, and occasionally morbid sense of humour…occupational hazzard, I suppose!

Generally speaking, I am new(ish) to the cozy mystery genre. I picked up my first cozy with the intent of broadening my reading repertoire in late October, and haven’t looked back since! The unique setting and career featured in A Funeral Parlor Mystery is precisely what drew my attention! Fortunately,  Bell’s A Grave Issue is to be released in a mere two days!

**Note: It is possible that this book may have been released earlier this month in other geographic areas, February 23 is the earliest date on which I can access the book in Canadian retailers. Regardless, I can hardly wait. **


graveissue_bell_feb_23_18A Grave Issue

Series: (A Funeral Parlor Mystery #1)

Author: Lillian Bell

Genre: Cozy Mystery

Publisher: Crooked Lane books [February 2018]

Summary:

Journalist Desiree Turner returns home to Verbena, California following an embarrassing, career-threatening on-air blunder. Desiree begins working at her great-grandfather’s funeral parlor, where the action is more lively than anticipated!

Soon after, Desiree finds herself in the thick of a murder investigation. Working to clear the name of her “second father,” Kyle Hansen, Desiree uncovers unsavory habits and scandal surrounding the recently deceased.

Can Desiree catch the real killer before they come for her?


 

Will you be reading this one? Leave a comment or read-alike suggestion below!