Like many of you out there, I have a certain predisposition to read. A lot. On the one hand, I probably spend way too much time reading. On the other hand, I probably don’t read enough. Life’s just kind of weird that way. Now, whenever I find a book that I really want to read, I take a trip up to my local bookstore and grab it. My bookshelves currently look something like this…
That doesn’t even include the large stack of books I have sitting next to my bed, waiting to be read. A friend of mine asked me today, however, “Why do you keep buying books? Why don’t you just go to the library? That way you don’t spend money and you don’t have a book that you’ve already read lying around the house.”
I suppose that does make sense. And I do have a library card and I, of course, love to support libraries. They’re amazing, wonderful, and very important establishments and resources. I often go to the library to check out nonfiction books, especially when I’m doing research for a new book. But when it comes to guilty pleasure reading, I’m personally better off buying books. And I can tell you why.
- I like to reread books. As I told my friend, there isn’t one book on my shelf that I love that I haven’t read at least three or four times. It’s like having a favorite movie. You like to watch it over and over again. I like to read books over and over again. Can you imagine not owning the Harry Potter series?
- For some reason, when I check books out from the library, I feel like I have a time limit, which I kind of do. Owning books, I can read them whenever I want, and take as long as I want, without having to worry about returning them. They’re mine. All mine, Precious…
- You can take books with you wherever you go! Granted, you can take library books around too as long as you don’t have to return them, but you’ll probably feel a lot worse if you lose them.
- They’re just so pretty. I mean, come on. Books!
- If you happen to meet your favorite author, you can have them sign your book! Can’t do that with a library book! I have Rainbow Rowell’s and Anne Rice’s autographs in two incredible books and I certainly don’t plan on getting rid of them!
- Speaking of being an author… That’s how I make my living! For authors, especially those of us who are independent, book sales are vital. I do donate books to every library I visit and I am happy to do so. But if people don’t buy our books, that’s kind of it for us. I have a growing collection of books by independent authors. I love them! I love supporting those authors who work so hard and so passionately for a dream that has no guarantees. And there are some amazing independent books out there.
- Books are a work of art in every sense of the word. We decorate our homes with paintings and sculptures, true works of love and genius. Books are no different.
So you see, it makes perfect sense to buy books. It also makes perfect sense to support your local library. Either way, keep reading! And don’t forget your independent author friends.
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I can imagine not owning Harry Potter books… because I am. And it’s sad and I feel hollow inside. 😦 But on the bright side, I am planning to buy the series one by one. Because I do not have much finances to buy all at the same time. Haha. 🙂
I love owning books too, even though I don’t reread them. I dream to have a library of my own that children could go to. Also I like supporting beautiful fiction and non-fiction authors. We need to buy books in order for them to publish their works, right?
Btw, I love your book shelf. 🙂
Thank you so much! And yes, I can totally empathize with the needing finances. Some weeks it’s like… “Hmmm… Do I read this week… Or do I read?!” I probably need to buy new Harry Potter books, actually. A few of mine are falling apart!
I don’t buy books because once I’ve read a book I can’t really read it again really. It’s pretty sad, once a series has ended and I’ve read all the books it’s like that’s the end of those characters for me, and you really get attached to characters like they’re your family or friends.