Friday, May 18, 2007

I'm A Winner!

These are not books, lumps of lifeless paper, but minds alive on the shelves. From each of them goes out its own voice... and just as the touch of a button on our set will fill the room with music, so by taking down one of these volumes and opening it, one can call into range the voice of a man far distant in time and space, and hear him speaking to us, mind to mind, heart to heart. ~ Gilbert Highet

I am SO excited... I opened my email yesterday and found this:

Congratulations! You've won a copy of Return to Winter.

I entered Lynette Rees HEA contest at her blog last week (I included it in my list of contests... did you go enter?) and won a copy of her book. Woo! It sounds really interesting and I can't wait to dive in.

I got a comment from one WordPress blogger yesterday who said my comment ended up in her spam folder. The frustrating part of this is -- these are places I comment at regularly. Why am I suddenly spam now? URGH. And... why is it that they block me, but they don't block the real spam? I often wonder what their filtering requirements are.

I got about 600 more words written on my mystery. My poor heroine just got to see her first (and hopefully her last, in her opinion) "floater". Ugh. I'm not certain I'll make my goal of 30,000 words this month, but I'll come close. AND, I really like the ladies I'm working through MayNoWriMo with. They're talk of doing it again next month... Hmm....

Yesterday's question was fun! I'm amazed at the wide variety of tastes. Many of you went with the norm: pepperoni. There were a few Hawaiian pizzas (which I can NOT stand... I don't like sweet meat, and I'm a fruit purist). My faves? Anno's and Melissa's... yum.

Melody commented on the fact that I can check out so many books from my library. And it got me thinking... My "home" library allows unlimited books to be checked out, but does restrict DVDs. The next closest library I go to only allows you to checkout 12 books (this drives me crazy and is why my DD now has her own card). But the biggie ... the one I talked about yesterday, has NO restrictions. If I can find enough books that interest me that I haven't read, I go a little crazy. Typically, I can read 3-4 books a week on average, usually even more, so I need to have many on hand.

I can remember bumping in to my neighbor at the library a few weeks ago, and he checked out one book.


I can't even begin to imagine.

So... what about you?

How many books do you check out at the library during your visit? And, if your library restricts the number, then make believe they don't -- how many WOULD you check out if you could? Why?

Oooh... while I was puttering around last week checking out promotion ideas, I came across an interesting one. One of the Wild Rose Press authors is using it, so I pumped her for information. I'll be posting it tomorrow, if you're interested.

Happy Friday!


Allie Boniface said...

During the school year, I might check out 1-2 at a time (yes, I can hear your gasp now) - I simply don't have that much opportunity to read for pleasure. During the summer, maybe 3-4 at a time. I actually have no idea if there's a limit!

Alice Teh said...

My home is my library... and the bookstore is where I got my stock. LOL. I usually read about 2 to 3 books a week too. :)

Judy said...

When I was a preschool teacher, I used to check out about 40 books at a time... with a teacher card, I could check them out for a month.

The last time I went, I got ALL the Inspector Monk books by Anne Perry. Well, all but the first. I had gotten that through a contest win, so (of course) I had to rush right out and get all the books in the series. I'm through with them now and wondering what to get next.

anno said...

At our library, we can check out unlimited books, DVDs, and CDs on a single card; DVDs and CDs, though, must be returned within a week, and with $1/day late fees, that discourages excessive checkouts.

Books can be checked out for up to a month (and renewed online!), and my daughter has been known to check out 30 or 40 books at a time on subjects she's currently interested in. I'm somewhat more restrained, typically checking out only 8-10 books at a time... but then I'm a slow reader.

Nice progress on MayNoWriMo -- especially during the gardening season!

Suzanne said...

Every once in a while a comment on my blog ends up in spam and I don't understand why, but mostly the filter works right....

Great going on the MayNoWriMo

ebony said...

You can check out 50 books for 3 or 4 weeks at my local library and renew up to 2 times. Audio/visual and magazines are more restrictive with the numbers (7 maybe?) with only a week rental. I have easily had the maximum number of books checked out on many occasions.

groovyoldlady said...

Our library is like, the size of minivan. I'm usually hunting books for the girlies for school.

For myself I am still trying to finally read all the "classics" that I have missed. The list is ENDLESS. I usually get one for myself every other month or so.

I have to be very careful with fiction because once I pick up a book, everything else goes by the wayside. That's not terribly conducive to homeschooling and/or homemaking!

Gay said...

I can't remember the last time I went to the library, but I think I keep B&N and Amazon in business. I usually have a number of books going at once, but it takes me a long time to finish any one book. I never have enough time to read, because I have so many irons in the fire... I need longer days, or else to figure out how to get by (and stay healthy) on less sleep.

Tori Lennox said...

Congrats on the book win!!! I've discovered some fun new authors that way. :)

I don't know if our library has a limit or not. If so, I've yet to meet it. *g* Then again, it's a small library and they don't always have a lot I want to read so I don't check out very many at a time.

Anonymous said...

I usually check out between 6 and 8. The funny thing is that I don't really pay a lot of attention to what I grab- I just start stacking books that sound interesting. When my arms get too full, I check out.

Melody said...

Hey Marianne, I still cannot imagine your library allows to check out 12 books...LOL! Over here, we are only allowed to borrow 4, or at most 8 books during the school holidays.

Heck, I haven't been to a library for a long time...perhaps they have increased the amount of books to be borrowed. :P

MaryF said...

At one point this year, I had almost 40 books checked out, some for school, but some research and writing related. I'm down to 11 now, 2 audiobooks and the rest for school.