Overdrive is My New Best Friend, Except When Every Book is Checked Out #amreading

Checking out ebooks on Overdrive is one of my favorite things. Who would ever have guessed that would happen? Flashback to three years ago, me on my soapbox, declaring: “I must have hard copies of books. Reading books isn’t the same without something to hold in my hands, pages to flip.” So now I’m pretty much converted. I officially read more e-books than hard copy books. I like being able to enlarge the font or brighten the screen on my Kindle Paperwhite, especially with its cover that makes me feel like I’m holding a real book (thanks for the Christmas present, hubby.)

Which takes me to why I’ve come to love Overdrive. It’s so great to be able to log in to Overdrive using my local library card and get access to all the ebooks in my county library system. And then have them send directly to my Kindle. Lately, however, it seems every single book I want on Overdrive is already checked out. This even includes older books like Unspoken from 2012ย and Alexandra Bracken’s The Darkest Minds fromย 2011.

So now I’m in this odd book-reading holding pattern. Since I must have something to read every day, as I wait for books I really want to read, I’m settling for books I kinda want to read–but which aren’t overly long so I’m not too invested once the book I really want comes off hold. You get me, right, fellow book junkies? ๐Ÿ˜€

Here are the elusive little whippersnapper books Overdrive refuses to release to me yet. All of them so good. All of them so not-yet-available.

Oh, and if Murphy’s Law of library books holds true, after waiting so (im)patiently for all of these books, probably all four will come off hold at exactly the same time, right? Meaning I’ll have two weeks to read them all. (Overdrive doesn’t allow renewals, so two weeks is it.)

Unspoken (The Lynburn Legacy #1) by Sarah Rees Brennan
Title details for Unspoken by Sarah Rees Brennan - Wait list

The Astonishing Color of After by Emily X.R. Pan
Title details for The Astonishing Color of After by Emily X.R. Pan - Wait list

The Darkest Minds (The Darkest Minds #1) by Alexandra BrackenTitle details for The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken - Wait list

Sometimes I Lie by Alice Feeney
Title details for Sometimes I Lie by Alice Feeney - Wait list

–Eve Messenger


9 thoughts on “Overdrive is My New Best Friend, Except When Every Book is Checked Out #amreading

  1. I’ve had such a transition as a reader where at first I was all about library books and didn’t really care if they were a physical copy or not, then I got to a point where I just HAD to buy a hard copy of all of my books. Then I realized I haven’t read half the books on my shelf and I’m back to getting everything from the library (sometimes ebook sometimes hardback). I’ve just come to a point in life when I can’t spend that much money on books and ebooks from the library are pretty convenient bc I don’t even have to leave the house for them lol

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    • I know, right?! Both my husband and I are huge readers who kept all our favorite books until we ran out of house to hold them all, so now we’ve had to change our ways. Budget is definitely an issue. Someday, when I get to a point where I can financially afford it, I vow to buy every book new so authors can make the money they deserve!

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      • Oh yes one day when I (hopefully) have enough money I’ll be sure to buy as many books as possible so I can show off all my favs in a giant library in my house! I do sometimes feel a bit sad when I want to support an author monetarily but don’t have the budget for it, but at least I can support them through using the library and spreading the word about their books!

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  2. hehe *welcome to the darkside* ๐Ÿ˜‰ I remember saying I’d never have anything but physical books too- but I’m a complete kindle convert now ๐Ÿ˜‰ (sadly not many UK libraries are on overdrive as far as I know)


  3. Our library also links to Overdrive, and I use it occasionally but find they don’t have a lot that attracts me. However, they have every volume of an endless series by an author that does NOT attract me. I think it depends a lot on your individual library system, how many copies of a title they have rights to borrow out, and possibly what material is requested by patrons. I guess I could request more books I like, and see if those could be added to balance out the endless series…

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    • Yes, I think each county library system has their own selection of Overdrive books. Agreed, selection can be an issue, especially for those of us who are drawn to more than the most commercial books.


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