This week’s Booking Through Thursday question is:
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’m a book buyer. I love the feel of a brand new book in my hands. I love to be the first person to crack open a book. And these days, I love the idea of supporting the authors I love in a slagging economy.
Obvs, I can’t keep all the books I buy. So my all time favoritest books sit on my shelves, their cracked spines a reminder of the wonder I felt while read the words encased in the binding. It’s just a personal preference to read brand new books.
But the question remains, Why shell out your hard-earned dollars for something you could get for free? My take: It’s all about choices. I have one purse that cost me $20 three years ago. I buy maybe one new pair of shoes a year. I’m not a clothes horse. I choose to spend my money on books. Some people spend it on drugs, maybe prostitutes, but me, I like a good old-fashioned book. That’s my drug of choice.
(I think the last two sentences reflect my having recently finished Sedaris’ book.)
I just discovered the library, though. It’s not that I didn’t know about it before, but I’d forgotten there’s all these hardcovers there that I can borrrow FOR FREE. So while I’ll be asking for books and gift cards to book stores for Christmas, I’m starting to take advantage of the fact that I can read a book and give it back and that may be best because I have one more book in my brain and one less book in my house.
But mostly, I like supporting the authors. Which is why, if at all possible, if I do a giveaway, I buy the book myself instead of asking the publisher or author for an extra copy. I don’t always have the money to do that, but if I loved a book enough, that seems to be the best compliment I can give an author: not only did I love your book, but I loved your book so much that I’m buying an extra copy so that I can put it in the hands of someone else who will like it as well.
Do you buy books?