Thursday, November 13, 2008

Booking Through Thursday

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 do buy more than I borrow. I do love to go to the library, but often times they don't have the book I want when I want it. I like to get certain books as soon as they come out. I buy it, read it, and send it to a friend reading the same series. I also buy certain books that I want to be able to refer to later, such as religious/spiritual, health and craft books.

I really value my books. I have loned books to people and then never got them back. That has hurt me and I have learned if I want someone to read something I have read I'll buy it for them instead of loning it. Amazon is a great place to buy used books that are like new and sometimes .01 with shipping of 3.00 and some change.


  1. As long as i've known you, you've always had books.. Always reading something whether it was fiction or non fiction..

    i also can remember K going to the library for you, and a book being sought after not being there, and you being totally bummed.. Hence your large library of your own..

    Yeah, and being quite picky as to the one's that borrowed books from you, did you ever get that book back that, one girl borrowed?


  2. Library's want their books back.
    That'd be the problem with libraries. LOL

    Or maybe that'd be the problem with Mel.

    Ohhhhhhhhh...for the love of books.
    The good news is that I have a sister who loves to trade with me. We make sure we're not getting duplicate books--unless we just KNOW we won't be willing to part with 'em.
    I must say that was more true for years gone buy--her silly hubby bought her a book uploading thingamabob.....
    And I...have learned to slow it down.

    (NOT that you'd note by the pile of books on the nightstand!)

  3. I buy most of my books from or The library here just does not have the books I'm interested in reading there.
    I did discover a used bookstore downtown that is pretty neat and I'll pick up a few books every now and then. You really have to look around to find what you want though...