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Familiar Diversions

I'm a librarian who loves anime, manga, and reading a wide variety of genres.

Currently reading

The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl: Squirrel Meets World
Abigail Revasch, Shannon Hale, Dean Hale, Tara Sands, Listening Library
Progress: 67/473 minutes
The Mystic Marriage
Heather Rose Jones
Progress: 302/426 pages
Ichi-F: A Worker's Graphic Memoir of the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant
Kazuto Tatsuta
Progress: 58/553 pages
The Naked Sun
Isaac Asimov
Progress: 20/187 pages
50 Girls 50 and Other Stories
Al Williamson, Frank Frazetta, Gary Groth
Jennifer Foehner Wells
Progress: 58/367 pages
The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet: A Novel
Becky Chambers
Progress: 148/441 pages
The Count of Monte Cristo
Alexandre Dumas, Bill Homewood, Naxos AudioBooks
Progress: 667/3165 minutes
A Matter of Oaths
Helen S. Wright
Progress: 101/277 pages
Medical School for Everyone: Grand Rounds Cases
Professor Roy Benaroch, The Great Courses, The Great Courses
Progress: 34/725 minutes


My town's public library is tiny and underfunded, but just this past weekend I learned that even they have an e-book lending service. Not Overdrive, which I'm familiar with through my mom's library, but something called Freading. I'd be trying it already if my library card number didn't keep coming up as "invalid." Hopefully someone will be able to help me sometime tomorrow.


I spent some time browsing the site. Users get a certain number of tokens per week (I won't know how many until my library card number works and I can log in), which can be used to "pay" for checkouts. Books cost anywhere from one to four tokens, and I think they can be checked out immediately, with no waiting list. The selection seems to be sadly lacking, but I still found quite a few books I'd love to read. The site's search functions are awful. Depending on how I searched for Kage Baker, I sometimes found one book, or two books, or one completely different book.


I vaguely remember Freading being mentioned at a library conference I attended a year or two ago, although I can't remember if the presenter liked or disliked its model as compared to Overdrive's.


As a library user, I'm happy to discover that there is actually an e-book lending service in my area. Here's hoping I can figure out how to use it.