Late Book
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I am the king of late fees. I bake it into the price of anything I rent or borrow because I know I am not returning anything on time. You must give me at least three business days after the due date. Well, this guy took more than three days. More than three years even. He returned a book closer to 27,000 days late. For you math whizzes, that is around 75 years.

The Library Book Was Lost For Decades

In 1947, when Bob Jablonski was 14, he checked out “Hitler,” a book by Oden Rudolph. I am guessing it was about that jerk Hitler. Jablonsky found the book in 2022 while cleaning up his house. The tome was intact with the reference card. So he did the right thing and returned it to the library. But don’t worry, Bob, the Jersey City library from which he checked out the book stopped charging late fees last year. 

Regardless, this sounds like a case for Detective Bookman. I wonder if he was put on the case? 

Some Books You Should Go Check Out Your Local Library

I’m a voracious reader, but I tend to read slowly. I like to savor a book and go back and re-read passages. On average, I can get through a book a month. Which isn’t that impressive, but I’m not reading for the accolades. Here are some books I’ve enjoyed recently that you should try to check out.

If you’re a fan of thrillers on the page and on the screen, I suggest you pick up Michael Mann’s “Heat 2.

It is a sequel and a prequel to his 1995 crime drama, Heat, and tells the characters’ stories before and after the climactic bank robbery.

I’m listening to the audiobook, which is also great. 

And if you’re a fan of the film like I am, you will love this tweet. 

“The Big Sleep” by Raymond Chandler is a book both completely of its time and also completely timeless. You will notice a lot of crime book/movie tropes in it, but remember that Chandler invented virtually all of them through his hardboiled novels featuring Philip Marlowe. 

What’s your favorite book? Let us know in the comment section below.

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