The Remainder of February


The remainder of February disappeared, into who knows where. The nights are getting shorter, daylight lingers. I find myself surprised that it is almost light now when we wake in the morning, and that the light is only just beginning to fade when I begin cooking our dinner in the evening. It’s thrown me off a few times, so we have ended up with later dinners than usual.

Mikey and I spent this weekend lounging around, doing some puzzles, playing with his new water beads, and finishing off some books. Two of the books I had on hold at the library came up while I was in the middle of reading The Neverending Story, so my aim is to finish that on Monday night so that I can read both of the library books before they are due back in 20 days. My intention for this year has been to read more, but it seems as though I have been starting more books and not actually finishing them, so my count for the year as of the end of February still stands at 4 books.

My current bedside reading pile:

  • The Original Folk and Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm, translation by Jack Zipes (these are the very raw original tales from the first edition, a more difficult read than I anticipated but wonderful!)
  • The Neverending Story by Michael Ende, translation by Ralph Manheim (I was never a fan of the movie so my husband insisted I read the book)
  • The Design of Everyday Things by Donald A Norman (My non-fiction slow read palate cleanser at the moment, for between novels)
  • Stone Animals by Kelly Link  (a short one but haven’t yet been able to get to it)
  • The Little Friend by Donna Tartt (Library ebook that I’ve had on hold for 2 months, yet to start)
  • Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami (Library ebook that I’ve had on hold for 2 months, yet to start)

The ebook holds system for our library is such that I am forced to think carefully about which books I put in there. I am only allowed to have 5 books on hold, then a wishlist that I can use to transfer more books to put on hold when a spot comes free. My wishlist currently stands at 10 books, but sometimes if I don’t want to wait I will buy one of them in paperback and remove it from the list. Once a book is available I have 20 days to read it, if there is a hold queue after me then I can’t renew it. So it is usually in my best interests to check the queue size and number of copies available and work out some kind of system for my holds queue so that I can have a steady stream of books instead of them all coming free at once. Sometimes my math fails me and two books come available at once, like this week.

Despite this, I love being able to use my eReader to borrow books from the library.  It enables my introversion. Our local library is only a short walk away, but in the winter when I just want to hide away and read a book, walking a couple of blocks is not usually something I want to do.


    • It’s hard to make the time, when there are other fun things that require less effort 😉 I’ve been watching too much Star Trek lately.

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