I took my books back to the library on Sunday, but they were closing when I got there, so all I could do was give them my books and look longingly at the stacks. Note to self: Library Closes at 5:00 on Sunday.
I was back on Monday afternoon, but unfortunately, didn't realize that I'd left out a couple of books on Sunday. When I got ready to check out, the new lady wouldn't let me check them out because one of the books (on making doll clothes) had been renewed twice. Can't be renewed again. Can't check out any books until it is returned.
I pleaded. (I'd read all of my ARCs.) I offered to pay for the book now and bring it back on Tuesday. No.
I said, "Please don't send me away with nothing to read." Rules are rules and the computer wouldn't make allowances. You must leave bookless.
I continued to prostrate myself, to beg, to whine. I complained that I'd have to watch television! It had no effect. You may think I've exaggerated, but I assure you, I made an absolute fool of myself. The new lady was nice, sympathetic even, but FIRM.
Dejected, dispirited, dismayed, disappointed, dis- everything, I left empty handed again! One of my library friends rushed out to the parking lot to commiserate and said if it had been his computer it would have made allowances. I told him I would survive.
Back again early on Tuesday with both books in hand, although only one was the problem. They had held the stack of books that I'd tried to check out the day before, so it was quick and easy and all was well in my world.
I'm once again a happy camper and will make every effort to get the "new lady" on my page. Shoot, I've donated close to 100 books the library, always pay any fines cheerfully, and have been a familiar face for years/decades. Not that I plan on finding myself in the same predicament again, but if so, I want everyone to know that I'm good for the books.
I've got two going at the moment, one by Erin Hart and one by Craig Johnson. Both are keeping me happy. Both of these authors were on a list of "best" crime books that I saw somewhere and jotted down titles and authors.
Craig Johnson's is a Sheriff Longmire mystery set in Wyoming and recommended by Wendy, that Literary Feline at The Bookish Kitty a while back. The novel on the list was The Dark Horse, which I couldn't find, so I checked out A Cold Dish--the novel Wendy read and liked. The sheriff and I are closing in on the suspect. Well, sort of, I still don't know the guilty party but, thank goodness, it isn't one of my favorite characters who was in the running for a while.
I have one book to review and two in progress. Life is good.