This week's Booking Through Thurday says:
I’ve asked, in the past, about whether you more often buy your books, or get them from libraries. What I want to know today, is, WHY BUY?
Even if you are a die-hard fan of the public library system, I’m betting you have at least ONE permanent resident of your bookshelves in your house. I’m betting that no real book-lover can go through life without owning at least one book. So … why that one? What made you buy the books that you actually own, even though your usual preference is to borrow and return them?
If you usually buy your books, tell me why. Why buy instead of borrow? Why shell out your hard-earned dollars for something you could get for free?
I try to do a little of all of it. I love using the library because we have a great interlibrary loan system where I can borrow books from libraries across the state (very nice since MT is a rural state!). So I can get most of what I'm looking for there. But knowing I "have" to read it in a certain amount of time, along with worrying about messing up the book, I am more nervous about reading a library book than one that I own. The pressure!
I also love to buy used books. I mostly get them from the local book exchange or sometimes from half.com or amazon.com (but I hate paying shipping). I haven't really bought from Goodwill because there is no method to the madness. There are just random books everywhere and my toddler is somehow not very patient while I peruse the shelves. Go figure.
Sometimes, though, I hear about a book and I've just GOT to have it! Now! That's when I buy brand spanking new books. It's not very often I do this, but it does happen. Mostly it seems I do this for non-fiction spiritual growth type books, since I like to write in those.
Since I started reviewing books I don't buy as much now. I have a steady flow of incoming books that keeps me busy (and happy!).
I like owning books that I really enjoyed reading. Even though I'm not much of a re-reader I guess I like having them there to remind me of the story. I can look at the book and remember it. And maybe I like having the option to read it again if I want to. I don't know. I just like seeing lots of books on the shelf. That warm fuzzy feeling!