Why I Can’t Relate to Library-related Posts

I love the library. Or at least the concept of it. Of course I do! A building full of books that you’re allowed to borrow? Who wouldn’t love that! Butttt I actually don’t love the library. And here’s why (why does this sound like a clickbait headline omg)

My library sucks

Yes, I said it. It didn’t always suck. It was paradise when I was younger, because it had a lot of books I wanted to read back then, but now? Not so much

Okay, first some context. When I say ‘the’ or ‘my’ library, I’m talking about the Central one in the center of the city, which as far as I know is the biggest one, because the other ones (especially the one nearest to me) are even worse when it comes to the selection of books.

Now maybe you’re thinking ‘wow Michelle aren’t you being a bit harsh so they don’t have that many books you want to read’. Yeah, but,,, You have to pay a yearly fee (and a pretty high one – at least for me) to even borrow books. When they barely have any books I want to read (and with that I mean English YA books) I’m not going to pay that fee, because I’ll barely use the library if at all.

I do have to admit that I also like owning books, but when I read all those posts about how great the library is and see how easily people borrow books from their libraries I do wish the library/libraries here were a bit better. Also apparently paying for your membership is not a thing in every country??

Seriously you guys with the awesome libraries, treasure them. Do it for us international book bloggers with the sucky libraries (and the books. Always do it for the books)

Do you have the same problem? Or are you one of those extremely lucky bookworms that I envy so much? Let me know in the comments!

Review: Escape From Mr. Lemoncello’s Library by Chris Grabenstein

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Genre: Childrens, mystery
Series: Mr. Lemoncello’s Library #1
Goodreads rating: 4.07
My rating: ★★★

summary

Kyle Keeley is the class clown, popular with most kids, (if not the teachers), and an ardent fan of all games: board games, word games, and particularly video games. His hero, Luigi Lemoncello, the most notorious and creative gamemaker in the world, just so happens to be the genius behind the building of the new town library.

Lucky Kyle wins a coveted spot to be one of the first 12 kids in the library for an overnight of fun, food, and lots and lots of games. But when morning comes, the doors remain locked. Kyle and the other winners must solve every clue and every secret puzzle to find the hidden escape route. And the stakes are very high.

In this cross between Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and A Night in the Museum, Agatha Award winner Chris Grabenstein uses rib-tickling humor to create the perfect tale for his quirky characters. Old fans and new readers will become enthralled with the crafty twists and turns of this ultimate library experience (Goodreads).

review

I have to admit the cover drew me in (but that often happens with books I haven’t heard of before) and when I read the blurb it sounded like a fun light read, which I suppose it was. If I had been younger I would have absolutely loved this. A big library with puzzles and riddles to solve? Little Michelle would have eaten it up (not literally. I promise I’ve never eaten a book). Big Michelle would recommend it to a younger audience, not so much her own age group.

See the characters were just… meh. They barely had any personality and of course there’s the mean, spoiled, rich kid who never loses. You can guess what happened to him. Mr. Lemoncello himself felt really fake and like he was trying to hard to be excentric. Like he was trying to hard to be Willy Wonka, which he’s not. The only character I liked was Haley, because she had a little more depth in her than the others did. At first sight she seemed to be the popular, dense, mean girl, but there was more to her than meets the eye (which was pretty obvious from the get go, but still). There was also the girl who liked to read (I’ve already forgotten her name, and I finished the book last week. Wow, it had such an impact on me). I could relate to her and it was nice to see her open up, but still. I couldn’t really tell you anything about her than that she is smart and likes to read. Every character is flat, and that would be a bit more okay if the main character at least was round, but he wasn’t. He was just the typical protagonist of a children’s book. The leader, he who helps those in need of help, he who figures it out (though at least with help of the others)He was just so boring, but again, as a little kid I probably wouldn’t have thought so. I’m just too old for this book haha.

All in all it was a fun, quick read. I’m not sure I’d recommend it to teenagers, as there are so many amazing books out there to read that you should spend your time and money on! It’s a fun read for kids though, and who knows, it might get them interested in visiting the library and reading more.

– The Writing Hufflepuff