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?
Because I can’t keep it if it’s a library book! I am very proud of my collection of books. I display them on my shelves with pride, I show them to people, I talk about books… I love it all. There is something special about owning a lovely story with a gorgeous cover. Every time I glance across my shelves I see something that brings back a fond memory.
Some books I don’t intend on keeping, so I may borrow them from work, friends, or the library. However, I do tend to want to keep a lot of my books. Maybe it’s greedy… but at least then I can lend them to friends when I gush about the book. “Oh you HAVE to read it!” and then shove the book into their hands!