I've gotten to where I journey to the library occasionally and will check out a novel to while away the time when I'm on extended travel around the country. There is nothing more disappointing than to devote precious hours to reading a few hundred pages of a book that comes highly rated only to finally reach the conclusion that it sucks, and will continue to suck the more I read.
Librarians baffled by urine
Librarians in the US have had to admit they are baffled by the case of the urine-stained library books.
Hundreds of books at two libraries, just 13 miles apart in Cleveland, have had to be thrown out.
Linda Yanko, manager of Geauga West Library, told the [Cleveland] Plain Dealer: "I can't even believe we're discussing something like this. It's appalling and disgusting."
She said librarians had been finding new cases or (sic) urine-related vandalism about once a month with the recent case coming just this week.
The problems at Aurora Memorial Library began more than two years ago and damaged books have been found sporadically ever since.
Officials admit they have no idea who is responsible - or even if the incidents are related. (link)
Although I have returned a number of books unfinished, I've never wanted to pee on them.
But let me think about it. Literary criticism can take many forms.