My method for picking books at the library is very random. Sometimes if I get a good recommendation, I’ll reserve the book online on the library website and the nice librarians will email me when it’s ready for pick-up. What a great service – so much easier than having to look up the call number and getting it yourself. But I can only do that if I have a specific book in mind, and usually I don’t. Like most people I see at the library, I get books by browsing the shelves. The problem is, it’s kind of hard to browse library shelves when you have a 2 year-old with you.
The minute we get to the library, CC wants to make a beeline for the elevator so that we can go to the childrens’ library which is on the 4th floor. Most of the time he’ll graciously let me make a detour to the hold shelf so that I can pick up any books on hold. But if I try to linger anywhere else, he’ll start to get impatient. Fortunately for me, those nice librarians were smart enough to put the shelves of all the new books right next to the elevator. Ingenius! So my method of book selection is basically to pull off whatever I can from the new books shelf in the 2 minutes I have while waiting for the elevator. And I love that those wonderful nice librarians also feature different new books by putting them in book holders on the side of the shelves so that I can see the cover without having to pull the book out. Love those librarians! Now, if only they could put a coffee bar next to the elevator too.
Last week I brought home my latest book – My Nest Isn’t Empty, It Just Has More Closet Space/ The Amazing Adventures of an Ordinary Woman, by Lisa Scottoline (and her daughter Francesca). The title piqued my interest – you don’t often see the words “ordinary woman” and “amazing adventures” in the same sentence. Turns out, the book’s a compilation of short random vignettes written by this middle aged woman and her daughter. And when I say random, I mean random. My favorite chapter was her telling the story of how a moth once flew into her ear. I laughed so hard, I cried. I don’t remember the last time when a book actually made me laugh out loud.
I also really liked her writing style. She writes in short paragraphs with punctuated sentences.
Sometimes they’re not even sentences.
Anyways, that somehow makes me feel like she’s telling me the story over coffee rather than me just reading it.
I finished the book in three sittings, then I went to the library website and reserved three more books written by Lisa Scottoline. I found out that she actually writes mysteries, legal thrillers to be more exact. I don’t typically read mysteries, but if her thrillers are about ordinary women and will make me laugh out loud, I’ll give them a shot. Guess I won’t need to pull random books off the shelf for a while.