I know I have librarian problems,* but I'm also aware that my threshold is very low. Because I know that I get overwhelmed when too many items are on my account, I try really hard to say no to most of the books I drool over as they pass under my nose at work. (Thus, the "to read" list, which I'm realizing also makes me feel like someday I might read all of the books I've ever wanted to read... more wishful thinking.) As I said earlier, I returned about 5 books, but all I had checked out were 11 in total at that point - which is relatively few in light of the 50 item limit that full privilege cardholders have. But I don't have time to read 11 books at once! And if I focus on just one, it will take me a month to finish it unless I become totally antisocial or stop doing the dishes. (I may not read very much.)
So there's a taste of the struggles and joys we who work at the library (and/or love books too much) face day to day. If you would like some books about working in a library atmosphere to take home or add to your "to read" list, I've listed some below for your browsing pleasure. (Don't take them too seriously!)
Rex Libris: I, Librarian by James Turner
Quiet, Please: Dispatches from a Public Librarian by Scott Douglas
Weird Things Customers Say in Bookstores by Jen Campbell
Librarian for a Day by Julie Tibbott
At the completion of the writing of this post, I have already accumulated 6 more books that I will not have time to read. But maybe I'll give myself a pass this once since I will be on vacation for a week very soon. I would be making up some excuse to take them home even if I weren't, though - let's be real.
*To honor my colleagues who are actual librarians, I will admit here that I'm only a paralibrarian - I did not work my behind off in school to achieve librarianhood. When customers call me a librarian, I have to explain that I am not, in fact, that formally educated.