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?
Good question! My answer would have been very different just a few years ago.
Up until recently I was a big library buff, checked out tons and tons of library books. If I really liked something I had read from the library then I would buy it. Besides that I only bought design and art history books, reference type books.
And then I don't know what happened, I discovered clearance sections or library sales or something and found myself with a bunch of fiction to read that I now owned. But I still checked out lots from the library and found myself reading those library before I ever touched my own books. One day I decided I should focus on all these piles of books I've somehow found myself with. It would be pointless to buy them and then read library books instead!
So that was working for a bit and then of course there were tons of new books I wanted to read and I had decided no library books so I just started buying them because I wasn't about to wait forever to read them (ha, but I am anyways!) And you all know the condition my book habit is in now.
Oh how I miss the days where most of my books came from the library. I just plain miss the library too! What I have right now is so overwhelming it would just be plain stupid to start checking out books! I really hope and wonder how I can get back to that someday. I used to make lists of books I wanted to read someday but it's just so much easier to find them for a dollar or 50 cents and buy them! I rarely buy a book for full price, if I can't get it for under 3 dollars I'll use a coupon for Borders or order it on Amazon!
So I haven't actually checked out much from the library in the past year. I think the last thing I was checking out were graphic novels, because some of those I can definitely read just once and not buy! And they can be very expensive! I think a lot of my buying recently also has to do with I have a lot more money than I ever have had before (going from pretty much no job to full time job does that!)
What's your advice for me and my cycle of craziness? What's your relationship with your library like?