Library book strategies – managing (or not managing) holds on the new and popular books

Last week I scored big on a library book. My Facebook friends group is about to discuss Evvie Drake Starts Over by Linda Holmes. The holds list is a mile long, but I was able to grab the one-week rental copy (no holds allowed) and read it quickly! It worked out great. (Read my review here.)

But now I’m in a bit of a library holds bind. Many of my other holds on new and popular books have come in at the same time. I have one eAudiobook on my phone and three eBooks on my Kindle and the clock is ticking!

It’s a little ambitious to think I’ll be able to read the three eBooks in the two-week period, but I’m going to try. I’m not so sure if I’ll have time for the eAudiobook, though. The good news about that one is that my eBook hold of the same title is coming up soon!

Here’s what’s on deck. (All book blurbs are from Amazon.)

The Warehouse by Rob Hart

I’ve seen a lot of blog reviews about this one and have already started the audio of this one.


Cloud isn’t just a place to work. It’s a place to live. And when you’re here, you’ll never want to leave.

“A thrilling story of corporate espionage at the highest level . . . and a powerful cautionary tale about technology, runaway capitalism, and the nightmare world we are making for ourselves.”—Blake Crouch, New York Times bestselling author of Dark Matter

Film rights sold to Imagine Entertainment for director Ron Howard!

The Escape Room by Megan Goldin

I didn’t think I’d get this one so fast. My mystery book club at work is going to read it…next June! I’ll probably read it twice.


“One of my favorite books of the year.” ―Lee Child

“Cancel all your plans and call in sick; once you start reading, you’ll be caught in your own escape room―the only key to freedom is turning the last page!” ―Kirkus Reviews (starred)

“A sleek, well-crafted ride.” ―The New York Times

In Megan Goldin’s unforgettable debut, The Escape Room, four young Wall Street rising stars discover the price of ambition when an escape room challenge turns into a lethal game of revenge.

We Are All Good People Here by Susan Rebecca White

I saw this one reviewed by a few bloggers and it sounded interesting to me.


From the author of A Place at the Table and A Soft Place to Land, an “intense, complex, and wholly immersive” (Joshilyn Jackson, New York Times bestselling author) multigenerational novel that explores the complex relationship between two very different women and the secrets they bequeath to their daughters.

Refugee by Alan Gratz

Saw this reviewed and wanted to read it!



A New York Times bestseller!

JOSEF is a Jewish boy living in 1930s Nazi Germany. With the threat of concentration camps looming, he and his family board a ship bound for the other side of the world . . .

ISABEL is a Cuban girl in 1994. With riots and unrest plaguing her country, she and her family set out on a raft, hoping to find safety in America . . .

MAHMOUD is a Syrian boy in 2015. With his homeland torn apart by violence and destruction, he and his family begin a long trek toward Europe . . .

All three kids go on harrowing journeys in search of refuge. All will face unimaginable dangers — from drownings to bombings to betrayals. But there is always the hope of tomorrow. And although Josef, Isabel, and Mahmoud are separated by continents and decades, shocking connections will tie their stories together in the end.

We have a feature at our library that allows you to “freeze” specific holds and not lose your place in line. I haven’t tried that, but I’m thinking it would be a good idea.

I’m going to try to read all of them before they are due. Which would you read first? What’s your library book strategy?

Thanks for visiting – come back soon!

19 thoughts on “Library book strategies – managing (or not managing) holds on the new and popular books

    1. I know. I always have good intentions, but sometimes I have to return books I haven’t read. I’ll get through these three, though. Just finished The Escape Room and I’m ready for the next book. Thanks for reading and commenting, Jill. Hope you are doing well 🙂

    1. Haha – so true! Sometimes a hold will come in and I’ll be so surprised, like “did I really request that?” Thanks for the visit and comment, Stephanie 🙂

    1. Hi Robbie, I don’t like to be under pressure to read a book, but as long as it’s not too tough and the books are ones I really want to read, then I’m okay. Plus I’m off from work all this week, so I’ll have more time to read. Thanks for the visit 🙂

    1. That’s ambitious, but when I get on a roll, I can do it. Thanks for stopping by, Derrick. Hope you’re out on a day-trip and enjoying the late-summer weather!

      1. Thanks very much, Barbara. I am so pleased that one of my grandsons (aged 8) is an even more avid reader. He got through all of Harry Potter in about a month – then aged 6

  1. I have the exact same problem. I have at least 20 books on hold for e-book, hard copy books and audio books. Invariably, about 3 of them are released to me at the same time. Since I don’t know when that will happen, I also of course have 3 other library books at home waiting to be read while I’m in the middle of another one. Unfortunately, I end up missing some, especially the Audio holds because I only listen to an Audibles book when I’m in the car. Sigh. I just finished Carnegie’s Maid in the car :–) by Marie Benedict (who wrote The Other Einstein) and enjoyed. Can’t wait to read your reviews of the books you list above. I’m not a big crime/thriller reader, so if I had that pile of books, I’d start with WE ARE ALL GOOD PEOPLE HERE.

    1. Hi Pam! In the end, we do the best we can with the reading piles. I just finished The Escape Room – I like this kind of suspense novel and, true to its genre, it moved fast. I’ve heard about Carnegie’s Maid – did you like it? I started an audio book from the library a couple weeks ago (The Warehouse) and I really like it, but sadly, I will run out of time to listen. I usually only listen when I’m out walking, but my schedule this week was really crazy. Thanks for the recommendation of We Are All Good People Here – I’ll be reading it soon. Thanks, too, for the visit and comment 🙂

      1. Yes, I did like Carnegie’s Maid. Especially as an Audio book because the reader’s accent really made me feel as if I was there with the maid. And I learned a LOT about that era and Pittsburgh and the poverty in Chicago. I HATE it when I start a library audio and don’t get to finish it. Thus, I am now subscribed to Audibles so I can not get so stressed about reading in the car. ;-0 Otherwise, all of my books come from the Library.

  2. My holds always seem to come in at the same time! I try to keep an eye on where I am in the queue and freeze holds if it seems like the timing will be bad… but that requires really staying on top of it, and I don’t always succeed.

    1. Hi Lisa! I know what you mean – I pretty much go rogue when I put books on hold, then I don’t think about the timing, at all, until they all come in at the same time. Thanks for reading and commenting – I’ll be checking in with you soon to see what you’ve read this week 🙂

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