Booking Through Thursday — To Own or Borrow

Today’s Booking Through Thursday asks, “All things being equal (money, space, etc), would you rather own copies of the books you read? Or borrow them?”

Well, I imagine that if I had more money and more space, I would buy more books. Because I like books, and I like authors, and I like supporting the books and authors I enjoy. And I do quite like owning the books that I love because a) I get to see them on a regular basis and b) I can easily loan them out to friends (read: force them upon unwitting victims).

But of course, I am also a longtime lover of the library, as you would know if you saw the shelf my husband just cleared out for me today just for my library books. I have a problem. But it’s a good problem, I think, in that the books are free and when I go to read one and I don’t like it or I realize that I no longer have an interest in reading it, I can go give it back to the library without hard feelings. And if I like it, I can wait a little longer to get the trade paperback (which is cheaper and lighter, which is good for my wallet and shelves) because I don’t usually have an intense need to re-read things immediately.

So, all things being equal, I’d say that I still like my current method of obtaining books — checking millions out of the library, loving a handful, and showing off that handful on my shelf. If only I could afford bigger hands…

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3 thoughts on “Booking Through Thursday — To Own or Borrow

  1. Cindy Swanson says:

    Your thoughts mirror mine almost exactly! I've really been taking full advantage of my local library lately. If I find a book I'm in love with, I'll find a way to own my own copy.

    Hope you'll visit my BTT post:

    Cindy at Cindy's Book Club

  2. Beth Hatch says:

    Hmm. Ditto. I borrow the book first. If I love it, I buy it to have on my shelf to read and reread, and loan to friends. Unfortunately, I love audiobooks too but at over $40 a pop, I won't put those on my shelves. If only I could have a chip installed in my brain so I could hit play and listen whenever I wanted.

  3. Alison says:

    Beth, I know! There are some audiobooks that I just want to marry, but there's no way I'll buy them. I just have to buy the regular books and remember how awesome they once sounded while I'm reading them!

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