This weeks Booking Through Thursday poses this question:
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?
In a perfect world, I would buy every book I read. I love owning books, having them safely ensconced on my bookshelf where I can pluck them out to read and re-read at my leisure. There’s great satisfaction in having a houseful of books at my beck and call as a safeguard against some time when I might be “book-less,” a fate worse than death for this ravenous reader.
Alas, we all know this world is not perfect. After 50 some odd years of book buying, there’s less and less room in my old house to contain them, not to mention, less and less money to go round the budget. So over the past few years, I’ve developed a much more discretionary view of book buying. I purchase books I’m likely to read again; books I know I can pass on to at least one other person among my circle of book lovers; books that will inspire me in my own writing endeavors.
I’m an appreciative and regular user of my local library system, which allows me to sample many more books than my meager bookish allowance could ever do.
So, once again I find myself traveling the middle of the road on this question, a place you’ll find me most anywhere in life, looking for balance between two extremes.