Remember how I kept going on and on about how we don’t have good public libraries in the Philippines? Most followers of the blog know this about me. One of the things that I was looking forward to in moving to Singapore is having access to good public libraries. I tried to resist as long as I could because I told myself that I should finish reading the books that I brought with me first. Well, that didn’t last long. I signed up and have already borrowed several books from the library near our flat. I haven’t even gone to other branches because I always max out the borrowing limit (8 books). I hear the other branches are even a lot bigger. My friend Brandy of Random Musings of a Bibliophile tells me that the library that I go to has a better selection of YA titles than the library near her home in the US. I would have to agree because I keep wanting to borrow more books whenever I drop by to visit.
So now I have this little problem of finishing the books that I excitedly grab off the library’s shelves. I’ve been a pretty slow reader the past couple of months because there’s always something that gets in the way of reading – chores, keeping in touch with friends and family (I spend HOURS on communication apps), sleep. As of now, I’ve only finished one book that I borrowed from the library and I’ve renewed the rest. I want to finish them in the next couple of weeks because we’re only allowed to renew books once, which I think is fair. No danger of readers hogging certain titles. The intention to read all of these books is there, I just can’t find the time to squeeze all of them within the three-week period. Which is why I’m curious, to those of you who have access to libraries, do you ever feel pressured to read faster because of the due date? Do you have more control that I do and you don’t feel the need to grab as many books as you can? Do you prioritize borrowed books over books that you own? Maybe it’s something that will come with time, I’m still a newbie borrower after all. Just thought I’d bring this up so I can get advice from all you expert library users.