small town bookishness

so, about 5 months ago, my husband and i moved from the Twin Cities (that's Minneapolis and St. Paul, for those non-midwesterners out there) to a rural town in southwestern Minnesota. this move has brought about many changes, since we were living in suburbs and Major Cities our entire lives.

i, for one, feel like a vast majority of these changes are fantastic.

to muse on a bookish example, moving rural has increased how i get the books i read what version of books i read. i am blessed to have a kick-ass library system and a kick-ass library AND awesome librarian right in town. i have not had any searches come up empty or had any issues getting books through inter library loan - EVER. and seriously, that's huge. because right before we moved - literally, like 2 WEEKS before we moved - the Ramsey County Library (in St. Paul) finished it's incredible remodel and is now a super huge and gorgeous library that we will never get to patron. bitterness abounded. until we moved here and, despite the small size of the library, the process of getting the books we want in a reasonable amount of time is incredible.

also, i've been volunteering at the library and noticed that the librarian makes recommendations to patrons like, all the time. seriously, how cool is that? she anticipates holds being needed, recommends read-alikes, and shares her thoughts on similar authors. now, the cities had some sweet libraries, but they did NOT have a librarian who would anticipate my need or knew my reading preferences well enough to make suggestions. that's friggin' awesome.

okay so obviously i've been utilizing the library, which has been great. but since i'm not near a Major Bookstore anymore, the amount of paper books i purchase is next to nothing. which means i've devoted my time to ARCs, classics, and digital editions of books. my husband is pleased with the cinching of the book budget, and i must say that i feel good about shifting from constantly adding to my bookshelves to knocking out some reads now and again.

so moving rural has changed my bookish ways by welcoming me into the arms of a close-knit and efficient library system and helped me to be more thoughtful about what books i purchase - either for my Nook (if i want to have it for myself) or a paper copy (if i want to lend it to friends).

thanks, rural life.

Lisa is a gamer, crafter, fangirl, mother, wife and unabashed nerd who is pretty ridiculous and it's best you know that up front. When she's not binge watching Netflix or crafting into the wee hours of the night, you can find her spending a lot of her time on Pinterest and Twitter.

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