When I was younger, everyone’s go-to gift for me was a Barnes & Noble gift card. (Now it’s Target.) I’ve always loved going into Barnes & Noble, and I remember when I was younger, maybe 11 or 12, standing in the kid’s section, trying to figure out which books of the From the Files of Madison Finn series I didn’t have yet. I had a big three shelf book case in my room that I still wish I had now, and it used to be packed full.
I’ve always been a reader, mostly reading before bed at night or outside during the summer. When I was in grad school, my reading decreased a little, but this year I set a goal of reading 30 books, and I’m currently reading #19, in the middle of April.
As I’m flying through books, it got me thinking of buying books vs. borrowing them from the library.
I hardly buy books anymore. I’ve bought four in the last year, and that’s because I wanted to read them before they would eventually end up in the town library. Speaking of the library, I’m there on a weekly basis, and I think I break out in hives if I’m not. I spent a lot of time there while I was working on my master’s, but now I’m there to get new books every week. The new fiction section has always been good, and there are times when I just wander in the fiction stacks.
I mostly don’t buy books because I don’t have the space anymore. The books I do own live in the nightstand next to my bed, and that’s close to overflowing. I also don’t buy them because unless it’s an author I’ve read before or know the book is good, I don’t want to buy something I won’t end up liking.
There’s a handful of books in my basement with my college stuff that were from my Baseball & American Culture class that I couldn’t sell back. Not always a bad thing in this case. They’re littered with post-its because I had to read them for class/write papers on them, and scribbled notes on post-its was my go-to for all of my high school and college years.
I’m currently reading a book I own, which is out of the ordinary for me. I couldn’t make it to the library last weekend to get a new book, so I started reading The Catcher in the Rye. I put a book on hold at the library, so I’ll wait until I can pick that up, but I might explore the books I own and see if any are worth reading. But I think I’m addicted to the new fiction section because I love finding one that’s on my Goodreads “Want to Read” shelf, and I think reading one book per week is fueling my addiction.
I have to return a book this Saturday because it’s due, so I’ll check out the new fiction section and know that the books I own will always be waiting for me if I need them. I do own my favorite book, The Art of Fielding, and I know I have another book that I want to re-read this year. I guess it’s just finding the right balance and giving all of the books all the love I have to give.
So, here’s the big question for you: do you like buying books or borrowing them from the library?