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They tend to do that when a big demand is anticipated. And it is a huge library system.
If my library would do that, there would be no more new books in the library for the next 5 years or so.
I'm waiting. I'm bad about buying new releases and then not reading them until after they land on the sale table. I don't think Go Set a Watchman will end up on the sale table any time soon, but I'm going to wait until I'm ready to read, which will probably be a few weeks. I don't know--I'm just not as excited about this one as I feel like I should be.
I live in Chicago. We are the 9th largest library system in the U.S by volumes held, second only to the University of Chicago in the city. There are 80 locations throughout the city, including the main library which is the largest public library in the world. Circulation so far this year is over 4,000,000 (though I assume that includes audio/visual material as well as books). Over 1,000,000 have library cards.
So you can see that 222 copies of such a high-demand book is pretty much a drop in the bucket.
I hated To Kill a Mockingbird when I had to read it in school, tried to reread it at one point, and couldn't get into it, so I'm not planning to look at this one.
Any number of great books were repeatedly rejected by publishers.
And in this case, taking in account the date of publication, the political climate at the time, the topic, and the nature of changes, I'd say it's almost certain to be an interesting read.
I placed a library request too, 696th of (currently) 1066, with 245 physical copies in circulation.
there will certainly be a lot of low(ish) priced second hand copies out there within a year -- perhaps within months
I have no doubt that next year's Newberry Library Book Fair will have scads of them. You can always tell what the previous year's hot book was by the number of copies at the sale.
I live in a town with just one library. And of course, this book is pretty unimportant here. They might buy one someday. Maybe...
My library has received its copies already. And I'm already down to #278!
There are people who think GWTW is "the Great American novel*"? Really? That racist piece of crap? The one with all the happy Negroes and the gallant Klan? I may puke.
*Not that there is any such thing
I loved To Kill A Mocking Bird, and I am impressed with this one too, for different reasons.
I guess I am very lucky--I got a copy from my library yesterday! They ordered lots of copies and I put mine on hold soon enough I was one of the first. I would like to read it again, but I guess I'll turn it in and let someone else have their turn.
We seem to have immersed ourselves in American southern, and I think it will make a great back drop for reading Go Set a Watchman. The book will be judged in part as an example of a time and place which is no more. I do not expect the author to be writing from the point of view of a modern world. I expect the book to reflect its culture and world, when it was written.
We shall see.....