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Today is about how we shop for books. The truth is, I don't really shop for books. (These last three have all been things that I don't normally do...at least, I claim I don't...) I am a broke college student, and on top of that, I'm a newlywed. I don't have a lot of extra money, to say the least. So I refrain from buying books as much as is humanly possible.
The only thing that makes this okay is that I have library cards for three different libraries. That's right, I said three: the Provo public library (since I live in Provo), the BYU library (since I'm a BYU student) and the Orem library (since Provo is so close to Orem that they're practically the same city). Not to mention, all three libraries are positively excellent and have well-maintained collections. (Plus, they're great to study in. I'm typing this in the BYU library right now--and yes, I'm supposed to be studying...)
So rather than describing my book buying (which would be a very short post), I'm going to entertain you with my book borrowing habits. Go get the popcorn!
I usually go to the library with the premise of actually checking out a particular book or movie. Once I'm there, of course, it's almost impossible to leave with just one book or movie.
My husband is my current library buddy (he probably wishes I had someone else to go with, but he's a good sport about it). I leave him to browse the films while I tackle the rest of the library. I'm easily drawn in by the display of new non-fiction and sometimes I spend several minutes checking that out. If nothing there interests me, or if I have extra time, I head to the non-fiction stacks and browse books on cooking, health, history, gardening, education, biography...depending on which mood strikes.
Of course, these are my habits at the Provo library. At the BYU library, I'm way too overwhelmed to even consider just browsing any-ol'-where. Usually I'm looking for a particular book for research, and then, since I'm usually in an area of a classic writer that interests me, I might suddenly go, "Ooh! His/her collected letters!" or "Hey! I've been wanting to read [insert title of author's work here] for ages!" And then I'll walk out with something else.
At the Orem library, I actually have yet to cultivate any kind of habits, because I only just recently got my library card and I'm still working on exploring the place. However, I am in love with the audiobook section. There. Are. So. Many. Audiobooks.
So, that's how I "shop" for library books. Not to be down on myself, but I feel like that was much more boring than I was hoping it would be. So let's keep it interesting--how do you shop for books (or borrow them)?