Tuesday, 8 October 2019

LibraryLoves Book Tag


Throughout the month of October I'm taking part in the Library Loves challenge - an event hosted by Jess (of Read by Jess) and a number of co hosts. The concept behind this month long reading event is to encourage those within the book community to show their local libraries some love & support. Here in the UK, libraries just don't have the support & funding they once did, so as a big library user myself, I'm all for showing the library love.

As part of the event, Jess has come up with a new book tag - you can watch her video here.

WHEN DID YOU FIRST GO TO THE LIBRARY/GET A LIBRARY CARD?
I don't know exactly, but quite young. I have such fond memories of using the mobile library (remember those?) during my childhood; it stopped at the end of our road and me & my sister would go along together.

HOW OFTEN DO YOU USE YOUR LIBRARY?
Pretty regularly - more than once a month, but not quite weekly. It all depends on my reading pace & how many books I have out.

HAVE YOU EVER HAD A LATE OR LOST LIBRARY BOOK?
Yes... I've had late fees a couple of times - this is only when I've got the return date muddled and gone over by a day or two, so a few pennies or so.

WHAT'S YOUR FAVOURITE THING ABOUT YOUR LIBRARY?
Our local library is quite a small one, only open three days a week, but it has really good services on those days and brings the community together. There are great groups for all demographics (I have been to many groups with my son for varying kids ages) and there is just a lovely welcoming atmosphere whenever you pop in.

ARE YOU A BROWSER OR DO YOU PLAN WHAT YOU'RE TAKING OUT?
A bit of both. Often times I'll have reserved a book or two online and then browse when picking them up - this is at my local library. We have another library that is a couple of villages away in a town and I love browsing in that library as there is much more choice.

NAME A BOOK YOU TOOK A CHANCE ON FROM THE LIBRARY.
For this question (and the next) I thought I'd just focus on books I've borrowed this year. My answer would be All The Truth That's In Me by Julie Berry.

WHAT IS THE BEST BOOK YOU'VE READ FROM THE LIBRARY?
Again, honing in on just this year, I have two: The Way of All Flesh by Ambrose Parry & The Dream Daughter by Diane Chamberlain.

HAVE YOU EVER TAKEN THE SAME BOOK OUR MULTIPLE TIMES?
I don't believe so.

There was a time when a short story collection I was reading felt so familiar - like I'd read those stories before - but there was no record of me having borrowed that book before so I think it was just a case of the same stories being grouped together in more than one collection. I didn't finish that book though as I knew everything that was happening, so stopped after the first five stories or so.

HAVE YOU READ A GOOD BOOK SET IN A LIBRARY?
Not that I recall... Any recommendations would be welcome!

HAVE YOU USED YOUR LIBRARY'S EBOOK & AUDIOBOOK OPTIONS?
I actually haven't, no. I'm much more of a physical book reader, so those are the ones I borrow. I think it is great that books are available in varying formats though.

WHICH IS THE BEST LIBRARY YOU'VE BEEN TO?
I honestly haven't been to that many libraries in my life... For the most part just small local libraries.

WHAT WOULD MAKE YOU USE YOUR LIBRARY MORE?
Our immediate local library (the village over from ours) is quite small and is only open 3 days a week, so if it was open more I'd probably use it more often - especially if it was open on weekends.

I don't often do tags, but I enjoyed this one. I'd love to hear about your library usage in the comments below!
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8 comments

  1. I've been trying to hard to be a better library patron. I use their audio book system every week. I also check out eBooks and regular books a few times a month. I'm trying. :)

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    1. It sounds like you're supporting the library in a great way Brandie :-)

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  2. Fun tag! Libraries are awesome. :) They're building a new one by us and I can't wait for it to open, it looks like it's going to be fabulous.

    I love browsing and discovering something that I wouldn't even have known about. And I'd love to see more books set in libraries!

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    1. Yes - libraries are awesome! I love that feeling of discovering something new you wouldn't have otherwise; I think we take more chances and step outside our comfort zone more when it comes to borrowed books.

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  3. I couldn’t wait for the book mobile to arrive every fortnight as a child, I used my card, and my brothers card to get out the maximum 12 books I could.

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  4. Cool tag! I love my local library and I especially enjoy all of their electronic options for ebooks and downloadable audiobooks.

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    1. I think it's great how libraries are accommodating with all different book formats being available... Especially audiobooks, because those are quite pricey!

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