Before I left on vacation, I was reading The Omnivore’s Dilemma, which I had checked out from the library. It turns out that it was sheer luck I had found this book on the shelf, as it is very popular: the library owns over 10 copies, and this was the only one that did not allow either renews or holds; all the other copies allow holds and there are over 30 holds on the first returned copy. Unfortunately, the book was due before I was going to return from vacation, and since it did not allow renews, I had to return it. I was really into it and eager to keep reading it when I got back, so I was quite disappointed. I didn’t really want to wait 3 months to get a copy via putting a hold on the end of the queue, nor did I want to rely on finding the one non-hold copy on the shelf again (stake out the library and grab it the second it is returned?), so yesterday I ordered it on Amazon.com. I don’t buy new books very frequently, but I guess libraries do have their limitations. You need a bit of patience to get a popular book from the library, and I didn’t have that patience since I was already in the middle of the book.
I must say, though, that it is popular for a reason. It is very well-written and I have learned a lot from it already. So even though I haven’t finished it yet I already heartily recommend it. If you can manage to get it from your library or are willing to buy it, that is 🙂