The Beauty of Library Books

I’ve avoided the library for years for a number of reasons. One, I used to work in publishing so got a lot of books for free or at a discounted price. Two, I love owning books and piling them on my bookcase. Libraries selfishly make you give the books back.

Now I have returned to the library with a reading vengeance. The thing I love most is if I borrow a book I can’t get into, then I can easily abandon it without feeling any guilt. Why? Because I didn’t pay for the book so am under no obligation to persevere if the story doesn’t grab me. Afterall, there’s plenty more books where that came from.

The only down-side is that I am finding it hard to focus on one book when there’s the next book to rush to and read. You may have noticed that my book reviews have been a little slim of late and that’s because I’ve started and stopped reading a few books. Not because they were bad books, they were all quite good, I just couldn’t get into them.

My abandoned books are:

The Dovekeepers by Alice Hoffman
  • The Dovekeepers by Alice Hoffman – This is a truly beautiful, literary read set in Ancient Israel. I abandoned it as my brain was bogged down by interviews and job applications and I needed a fluffier read.


Bitter Greens by Kate Forsyth
  • Bitter Greens by Kate Forsyth  – This tells the story of Rapunzel in a historical context. I was really looking forward to reading this and will hopefully try and read it again another time. It has gotten rave reviews on goodreads. I think the reason I didn’t get too far into this book was because it was so large I couldn’t fit it in my handbag. (I do a lot of my reading on public transport.)


Mr Darcy Vampyre by Amanda Grange
  • Mr Darcy, Vampyre  by Amanda Grange – This book imagines what happens next after the wedding in Pride and Prejudice and then goes off on a Twilight tangent. It was a little too slow for me. I ended up skipping ahead and reading, so ruined the ending for myself and thus abandoned it. I am making up for this by reading another book by the same author called Captain Wentworth’s Diary. It tells the story of Persuasion by Jane Austen from the perspective of Captain Wentworth. I am enjoying it a lot.

Do you borrow library books? Do you find being spoilt for choice ruins your ability to concentrate on one book at a time? Or is that just me?