Sunday, January 15, 2012

In My Mailbox (9)

This meme is hosted by The Story Siren and you should head over there straightaway to check out what's hot in books right now.

I'd like to start with a little gushing about the wonder of modern libraries. I know many of you are already aware of (and fully utilize) all of the amazing conveniences the library has to offer (for free!). But, for those of you who love to read and haven't been to your local library lately, I'm here to tell you that you are missing out!

I have always loved libraries and am a card carrying member/supporter of three of my local ones. However, going to the library sometimes felt like a chore (not always, I do like browsing the stacks sometimes). It has been a great deal easier lately (like the last two years) to download a book for my Nook or order a book from Amazon then to get in the car, drive to the library, remember the names of every author I wanted to check out and then dig through the stacks to hopefully find the books.

Well, friend...enter the marvel of the modern library system. Libraries now utilize two lending systems that have brought me back in full force as a frequent borrower:

1. The Hold System: Okay, so they have been doing this since my grandma was checking out books about Victory Gardens, but I have never used this service. I think because I didn't really know how to or what I wanted. Well, enter the internet. I discovered that I can put holds on my wishlist books right from my laptop and they will e-mail me when they are ready for pickup! (I'm way behind, I know, but to me this was like discovering a Book Fairy Godmother who granted my every book wish!)

2. E-Lending: The future of digital library books still hangs in the balance. (Here's a New York Times article about the debate.) Libraries and publishers are still trying to hash out the details and recently several publishers have pulled their books for digital library catalogs. I could write a whole article about why I think this is a ridiculous move on their part, but for now, I'm loving the book options that my local library system is offering me.

So, here's to saving some money in 2012 and reading myself cross-eyed with some borrowed books!!

So, on to the goodies:

Library Books:

 

 

 

 


(The Night Circus! Finally! And Wither! It was like Christmas Revisited when I found these books. I devoured Wither in one sitting...)

Library E-Books:


 

 

(I've already read and reviewed Need, Chime and Bad Taste in Boys. Fun, quick reads!)

Purchased Nook Books:


 

(Oh Cinder, I loved you so! I had to buy this the minute is came out because I had heard so many great things about it - all true. Entwined and Hereafter were crazy-cheap for my Nook. Under the Never Sky was another one I had heard great things about, but I have yet to start it.)

ARC's (Via Netgalley):


 

 


Well, that's all folks! I know it's a boatload of books, but I haven't posted an IMM in a few weeks. So, this is really for the past month.

Don't forget to stop by The Story Siren and share some of your newest acquisitions! I can't wait to see what has been added to your TBR pile!

18 comments:

  1. I love libraries too!!! I just got a card at the library on campus :) Everything you got looks so good! I hope you enjoy all you got :)

    Here's my IMM!

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    1. Have fun with all of those free books, I know I am :) I stopped by your blog, it's so great, I love it! Thanks for stopping by!

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  2. OMG so many great books - I don't know where to start! lol..
    I actually bought A Great and Terrible Beauty YEARS ago when it first came out.. I didn't love it too much, but it was so long ago.. maybe I'll give it another shot (since I really don't remember anything about it at this point.. lol)

    I hear The Magicians is great! I picked it up from the bookstore on sale last month.. :)

    TONS of great books!

    Michele | IMM

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    1. I haven't started A Great and Terrible Beauty yet, but I did see that reviews were mixed on Goodreads. So, we'll see... I am in the middle of The Magicians and I like it so far. I'm jealous of your mailbox too!

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  3. Wow, so many great books. I loved Cinder, I hope you do too.

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    1. I did love it. I can't wait for the sequel. Only one more year :)

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  4. Spellcaster! I m jealous! I am heading to NG NOW to request. Gr8 reads this week.
    Hve a gr8 week with ur awesum new books :)
    Books&Beyond

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    1. I just picked up Spellbound from the library so I'll have to get caught up before I can start Spellbound, but I can't wait. Thanks for stopping by.

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  5. Libraries are awesome. Sadly mine doesn't currently have any online hold system. They will hold or order anything you want, but you have to go in there and ask them personally and sometimes I am too lazy and feel like I'm bugging them because there are so many books I want to request! The city libraries do have an online system though so I'm hoping my library will catch up soon. ;)

    Enjoy your haul! Lots of amazing books there. I got Cinder too!

    In My Mailbox #5

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    1. That's a bummer about the hold system. I'm sure it's a matter of time before they jump on the bandwagon. I agree with you, when I had to go in and ask for the hold, I never did it. I checked out your IMM too, I'm so jealous that you have Hallowed, I can't wait to read it.

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  6. Wowsers... what a big haul of great books!!!!

    I love my library, too... I use the Hold system all the time. The e-downloads are too long-listed 'cause everyone around here knows the library's awesome, which is hard to complain about!!! :-)

    I'm a new GFC. My IMM is here: Colorimetry

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    1. It's slim pickings in my local e-library also, but they're a good supplement to my TBR pile :) Having a great library is hard to complain about. Haha. Thanks for coming by! I see that you picked up Shatter Me this week. I can't wait to read it. I've heard so many great things about it.

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  7. Omg. I think I just died! Wow this is awesome I want your mail!! haha

    Giselle
    Xpresso Reads

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    1. I just checked out your IMM and you're not doing to shabbily yourself! Thanks for popping in :)

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  8. Great set! I hope more publishes allow libraries to do e-books. It's a great idea. I can't wait to read The Future of Us.
    My IMM

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    1. I liked The Future of Us. It was a quick, fun read. I agree, I really hope the publishers and libraries sort this all out.

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  9. Awesome IMM! I got Goddess Interrupted this week as well! And I hope you enjoy Pure! I really really liked it when I read it! :)

    My IMM: http://hopefaithbooks.blogspot.com/2012/01/in-my-mailbox-23.html

    -Brittani

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    1. I hane to get to reading the Goddess test first, but it's next in my list. I've been looking forward to reading Pure. I'm glad you liked it. Thanks for stopping by, I just checked out your IMM and you have some great books this week!

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