March 08, 2012
One of the greatest occupational hazards of working at the library is book overload. I learned long ago that I can't possibly remember the titles of all the books I want to read, so I have to grab the ones that look good when I see them. This results in stacks (okay, okay: piles) of library books beside and underneath my bed. And this, in turn, leads to overdue fines (which I do pay, by the way!) and having to perform the most gruesome of tasks: literary triage. You may not know it by this name, but I am sure you have, at one point or another, had to perform literary triage. This is when you have too many books to read in too short a time, so you sort through them and determine which ones you actually can expect to read. I tend to have a few piles to sort into: the "I definitely want to read this" pile, the "I'm okay to let this one go" pile, the "I'll come back to this at a later date" pile, the "let's be honest: I'm never going to actually read this" pile, and (what is usually the largest) the "why did I even check this out?" pile.
Oh, the trials and tribulations of being a bookworm! Does this scenario seem familiar to you? I know I can't be alone. I would love to hear your tales of literary triage. Please leave a comment below to share your story!