should we press play??? | discussion

I listened to my first audiobook this year.

Yeah, that’s right! It took me 25 years to listen to an audiobook (not counting weird recordings you listen to in grade school).

For some reason, audiobooks just never called to me for the longest time. Even when I had long commutes for work last year, I opted for music or the occasional podcast. Audiobooks didn’t even come to mind.

But this year, jumping back into the reading community, I became intrigued by these audiobook things everyone kept talking about. So I gave them a try. Now, I  have at least one audiobook I’m working my way through at any given time.

However, I’m still not convinced audiobooks are the way to go. As ever, there are two sides to this story. Let’s break it down, shall we?

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to library or not to library | discussion

I, personally, am a huge fan of libraries. I’m even considering librarianship as a career! I don’t know how many hours I’ve spent at the library, browsing shelves and studying. I’m lucky enough that the library nearest my home is really nice, with tons of cozy, quiet spaces, fully-stocked shelves, and plenty of friendly librarians. I also have quite a lot of locations within a half-hour radius from me–such easy access!

That said…libraries can suck sometimes. Books from libraries can suck sometimes. Libraries make me want to pULL OUT MY HAIR sometimes.

So, what do you think? Yea or nay to libraries? Let’s break this down a bit.

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  • Free books! I said free!!!
  • MOST books usually available in some format–print, ebook, audiobook, etc.
  • Cozy place to read, quiet place to study
  • Used books sales!
  • Community events!
  • Real Humans to help with finding books, research, and more
  • Recommendations from librarians, fliers, or other community members
  • Reading programs! Rewards for reading = best thing ever
  • A place where people love books and reading–basically a second home for us bookworms ❤️  ❤️  ❤️

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  • Sometimes books look like they’ve come from the sewer — the quality is terrible
  • Sometimes books are falling apart — they’re super old
  • Books might not be available upon release date. What do you mean the library has to process books before lending them out?!
  • Book holds might take MONTHS to come through…especially when peOPLE HANG ONTO THEIR BOOKS LONG PAST THE DUE DATE (YES, that’s happened to me, could you guess?)
  • Older releases or less popular books aren’t always available
  • You can’t keep the books forever, unfortunately. Which means no pretty bookshelves in your bedroom.
  • OVERDUE FINES 🔪 🔪 🔪

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pros and cons of libraries

As I’ve mentioned before on this blog, I am seriously always looking for a deal. FREE BOOKS is a fantastic deal. I mean, I can read as many books as my heart desires for no cost to myself! (Other than time and gas money…and possible overdue fines.) That is the best deal ever, and it trumps pretty much any con on my list. Sure, those cons I listed can be frustrating (and sometimes depressing, because who DOESN’T want a shelf of gorgeous and beautifious books on their shelf at home?!), but in the end: BOOKS.

Yea to libraries for me.

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What do you think? Do the cons outweigh the pros? Have I forgotten any important points?

Discuss with me below! 

Until next time,
Brianne