Really, how hard is it to pick a book from the library? This is what happened when I went to the library on Saturday.
I had two holds to pick up that I was really excited about - both were Diary of the Wimpy Kid books, which I knew I would finish within a few hours. Although I had my next two weeks of reading planned out, and had no space to squeeze in an extra book, I still couldn't imagine leaving the library with just holds and nothing randomly picked. So, I decided to pick one more book that
1. wasn't new (because new books have a 14-day checkout period, as opposed to 21 for the rest), and
2. was literary fiction (and not one of my guilt pleasure reads, like thrillers or chick-lit).
With that intention, soon as I walked into the library, I browsed by the many shelves, checked my goodreads page for books I want to read, randomly picked up authors I know I want to try, but mostly stood aside thinking what to do. I spent about 30 minutes doing each of these actions, and still had no book in hand!
Ok, don't panic, I told myself. It's not that hard to pick a book. I may be a bookaholic, and may probably have a good chunk of the library in my TBR, but choosing one book from that humongous list isn't hard; at least, I tried to convince myself that it wasn't hard. At that point, I had a brilliant idea - why not pick a book for one of the challenges that I was doing. I thought maybe the Graphic Novels challenge was a good starting point - but graphic novels read fast, I didn't want to complete a challenge this early in the year (then, in my book, it's not even a challenge).
How about the Take a Chance Challenge? Purely random, best for impromptu book searches, except I hadn't decided my list yet, and I didn't want to stand like a dork in the library writing out my list. But oh yeah, there's my PIE list of books I SHOULD read this year. But most are heavy literature and I was looking for something light. Which brings me to chick-lit or thriller. But those were precisely the genre I decided not to browse for now.
Sigh... this happens all the time I go to the library and decide to browse through the shelves and pick a book. Somehow, I've never had the pleasure of doing that yet. Either I have each of my fingers on 2 different books and can't decide among them, or I chuck every book I pick saying I'm not in mood for it. Picking a hold works so much better for me. Or deciding in advance. Once in a while, I try to get a bit adventurous and pick a book at random. Nada! No luck! It's like walking into a grocery store without a list. You either leave a few ingredients short, or buy more than you planned to.
Whenever I read anyone's library posts, especially one peppered with a bunch of books, I wonder why I can't make up my mind. Is it because of too many choices, or because I really don't feel like reading some of them at that instant? Sometimes, I decide to take a book, and instead of proceeding to checkout right away, I go back to browse further, which adds more books to my hand and clutters my mind.
In the end, I decided to leave without any book (other than the two holds). I was incensed with my indecisiveness in the library. And you know what? I accidentally glanced at a shelf and saw Bernice McFadden's This Bitter Earth on the shelf, and knew without a doubt that this is a book I really want to read. Off it fell into my library bag! The day wasn't all waste, in the end.