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When I stop in at my local library, I can usually find something on the shelves that looks interesting to check out. But other times I have to put an item on hold. That happens when a) it’s an old book that my library no longer carries but another library has, or b) it’s an extremely popular book that everyone and his brother is reading. Like the new James Patterson/Bill Clinton novel, “The President Is Missing”. It sounded like such a good plot that I added my name to the hundreds of others on the hold list.
It took about a month for me to get that wonderful message: “Your hold is in!” But it was worth the wait. So far, the storyline is intriguing, exploring the scenario of a president missing from the White House and its staff.
Sometimes it’s a good thing to have to wait for that novel you really want. The anticipation builds, and adds to the enjoyment of the book. It’s kind of like eating a dish of ice cream. If I just sit down in my air-conditioned living room and eat ice cream, it’s enjoyable. But if I take a long walk in the sweltering outdoors first, then come in and cool off with that same dish of ice cream, it is so much more delicious. So don’t hesitate to put a book on hold. While you’re waiting, there are hundreds of other books to tide you over!