Having been a full-time student for the last two years put my reading for pleasure to a serious standstill. Thankfully, being a freelance blogger & social media contributor (read: unemployed) has allowed for plenty of time to catch up with some of my favorite authors' works. The old me (read: employed full-time with disposable income) would have made a run to the bookstore and stocked up on book releases from the past two years. The new thrifty me took a lesson from a good friend and reacquainted myself with the New York Public Library.

It had been so long since I used the NYPL that I was amazed by all of the advancements in customer services. Armed with my netbook and library card info I ventured to http://nypl.org/. I was able to find the books I wanted and request they be held for me at my local branch. For those of you who have foregone paper books for digital, they have a pretty expansive digital collection some of which can even be synced with your mp3 player.

There are so many other facets of the NYPL I'm enamored with (e.g. free language lessons via their Mango languages database, which is accessible from home!) but I'll spare you more mushiness. Suffice it to say, that if you and the NYPL have been estranged, it may be time to reconnect. You may find that loving feeling that I have.

P.S. In case you were wondering here's my current reading list linked to reviews;

The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz
Fool by Christopher Moore
The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown
In Defense of Food: An Eater's Manifesto by Michael Pollan
The Big Machine: A Novel by Victor Lavalle

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