In a previous post I commented on having a personal library that is arguably larger than most people have. But, there is a much larger source of reading material at my (and anyone else's) disposal, and that is the public library and it doesn't cost anything either. In Louisville, KY they even put the word FREE in the name of the library, i.e., LFPL for Louisville Free Public Library. Having lived in Florida for sixteen years (1978-1994) when I encounter FPL in any context I sometimes think of the utility Florida Power & Light, but after twenty-four years in Kentucky that is a rare occurence.
Public libraries have many branches and one is even a short walk from my house. I often find myself looking for "something to read" (sort of like the stereotype of the person with a closet full of clothes and "nothing to wear") so I go to the library. This usually means I get three books, which is about the maximum number for an armload, and for the next two weeks before renewal enjoy simultaneous reading of unrelated topics. Ordinarily I start a book and finish it before picking up another one, but with the library load I tend to read a few chapters in each one at a time and that way they get finished about the same time.
But, as I said they do tend to be unrelated. The latest trilogy:
We'll Always Have Casablanca: The life,legend, and afterlife of Hollywood's most beloved movie.
Clemente: The passion and grace of baseball's last hero.
The Grand Illusion: the untold story of Rudy Guilani and 9/11.