I really love using the library because 1-it's free and 2-I find that I read things that I wouldn't have chosen when browsing a bookstore.
Sometimes I go to the "available now" section and just pick the first book that comes up (unless it is a romance novel...I skip those). I have read a variety of both fiction and non-fiction books that I have really loved by choosing this way.
Another thing I like to do is to look at the books when I go to Costco. If a book strikes me as interesting I will snap a picture of the cover to see if it is available at the library.
Here are a couple of books that recently caught my eye. I haven't read either of them yet.
A few years ago I read a good book that I found in the "available now" section. I really enjoyed it.
Later I saw a book at Costco that had an interesting cover. I didn't read the back or anything, just snapped a picture of it based on the cover art. It turned out to be available at the library so I checked it out. Part way through I realized it was familiar but I kept reading because I couldn't remember the ending. I did remember the ending before I was done but I finished the book anyway because it was a good book. You guessed it, it was the same book.
And then, some months later, I saw a book in the library list that looked interesting. I checked it out. Unbelievably it was the same book! This time I realized it earlier in my reading but not until I started reading...you'd think by this point I would recognize the title or author! It did have different cover art so maybe that threw me? I don't know. Anyway, despite recognizing the story, I read the book again. I am one of those people that doesn't mind re-reading a book or re-watching a movie, or eating the same thing day after day for that matter...you get the point.
You will be pleased to know that I now have that book, the author, the title and the storyline firmly in my memory bank. I don't think I will accidentally read it again.
For curious minds: State of Wonder by Anne Patchett
Telling this story did make me think that I should find some other books by this author to read because, obviously, I really liked this book!