2009: A Year in the Library … and a Year in the Pub


Let’s start in the library.

J. Kaye from J. Kaye’s Book Blog hosted the 2009 Support Your Local Library Challenge.

You could commit to reading 12, 25 or 50 library books in 2009. I went for the maximum, and I knew it wouldn’t be a problem.

Here are a few reasons why I love  libraries:

  • I am lucky to have a good public library service – I can order any book in the county or in a large reserve stock for just 50p.
  • I also belong to the wonderful Morrab Library. There are only 19 private subscription libraries in the UK and this one is just a few minutes walk from home.
  • I can still visualise where my favourite books were in the library when I was a child.
  • Without libraries I wouldn’t be able to read anything like as widely as I do.
  • I pass the library as I walk home from work. A little look around the shelves after a difficult day is wonderfully theraputic!
  • I like to think I can influence what the library stocks by ordering and borrowing books. I have been known to borrow under-borrowed books that I own to help their statistics.
  • Don’t book lovers have a duty to support libraries? If we don’t we can’t assume they will still be there and then how will people who can’t afford to buy books read and how will other people discover books?
  • I first met my fiancé in the library!

I’ve  read 106 library books this year.

Some wonderful new authors and a few books that I hadn’t heard of until I saw them on the shelves.

I’ve added some to my shelves since, there are more I’d like to.

And I’ve uncovered a few put of print gems.

The full  list is here.


And so to the pub

The 2009 Pub Challenge was hosted by Michelle at 1morechapter.com.

Read at least nine books published for the first time in your country in 2009. I’ve done 3 rounds – 27 books.

Here they are:




(There are a few more I’ve read but not written about yet and, I suspect, a couple I’ve missed.)

Some great books – the ones I’ve starred are la creme de la creme!

6 responses

  1. Amen about library list. I love libraries cause they help me reduce my book buying to zilch! Hubby and I would have no place to sleep if we bought every book we read!

  2. I just love the title of this post — libraries and pubs are two of my most favorite places in the world!

    You have completed some marvelous works in 2009. I look forward to reading your reviews in 2010.

  3. What a great year you’ve had! I joined the Library Challenge but failed to meet my 50-book goal. I reached 32, which was 40% of my total reads and not bad considering how many books are on my shelves just crying to be read.

    I’m also impressed with 3 rounds in the Pub. And the best part is, no hangover!

    Happy new year!

  4. I love everything you said about the library. I also have a very vivid picture of my library as a child. I’ve called it my first love because it set off a lifetime of enjoyment. I so agree that we need to keep our libraries going.

    Congratulations on all your challenge completions. You’ve had a very good reading year. Happy New Year, Jane.

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