Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Borrow or Buy?

I love going to the library.
I've already been there twice this week. It's close, cool, and comfortable (the three c's you need fo a small town AZ summer)

Here is why I love the library:
1) It's free.
2) The librarians are great and do a really fun reading time.
3) My kids can check out twenty books a week.
4) If I check something out that I hate, I can just take it back.
5) We have a pretty decent YA section/New Release section

I also love the bookstore.
I've somehow convinced my husband on our last two dates to "drop in" to the bookstore (meaning, stay there an hour or more.)
I can't go into a bookstore without buying at least one book for myself, and my kids, and my husband.

Here is why I love buying books:
1) I get to have that book forever to read and reread again.
2) I can loan it out to all of my friends.
3) I can mark it up if I feel so inclined.
4) When I have a hard time sleeping, I love looking at all the books in my bookcase (its against the wall next to our bed, together my husband and I have over 500 books)and for some reason it's comforting to me--don't ask me why.
5) I feel like I'm helping support authors I love.

So which do you prefer? Do you like to check most of your books out at the library or do you buy most of what you read? And why?


  1. I wish I could buy everything. I wish I could buy two copies of the ones I really love. One to keep pretty on my shelf, and one to pass around.

    The thing is - I almost NEVER EVER re-read books. EVER.
    I've re-read Harry Potter - but seriously you HAVE to go back and look for clues, right?

    I love all the bookshelves in my house. I love the variety of books.

    We also spend a LOT of time at the used bookstore - because I know I don't re-read anything, it's awesome.

    Picked up Dessen's new one for 6 bucks, well, but I have LOADS of trade-in dollars. SO SO SO happy.

    My library mostly sucks, so I don't use it the way I should.

    BUT everyone who wants to support their author friends should put in a request for their book to be at their library.

  2. I've re-read very few books. So why do I buy them? Ha, maybe like you, I like to posses them, to admire them there on the shelf. But I don't buy that many; I'm a library gal at heart and grew up on borrowing books rather than owning them. I think that's cool! I *heart* libraries!

  3. I soooo love both. I have lots of friends who are anti-library for their kids and I think it's kind of sad. Sure, they might ruin a book once in awhile and you'll have to pay for it, but in the long run, they can have SO MANY choices and SO MANY more books than they would ever have if you bought them only.
    I am also a HUGE fan of thrift stores for kids books. I load up on half off day and come home with 20 Babysitters Club books for like $3.
    A real bookstore is my favorite get-away-and-have-me-time place. I could spend hours (and hundreds of dollars) there.

  4. I love both. I love the smell of a library but I also love the smell of bookstores (trees, ink, and coffee).

    I love the quiet in a library but I love the big comfy chairs in a bookstore.

    But most of all, I love books.

  5. Between a passion for reading (at one time seven of us at home)and home schooling for 20 years we have a LOT of books.With only three kids at home (and one of them is 3/4 the way out the door) I have a hard time justifying buying a book that will be read by only a few people. So I rarely buy books anymore. We (myself and the two youngsters still at home) use our library a lot. At least once a month I request they purchase some new great find. Just yesterday on the "new" shelf sat Elana Johnson's "Possession"- yay, now my community gets a chance to read her book.

  6. I don't know why, but I'm not a library person for myself. I can't even tell you when the last time I checked a book out is... Well, that's a lie. I check them out for my kids, but not for me.

    I DO re-read. Not all books, but a lot I do. I never know if it's a book I'll love and will want to re-read. Plus, I love just having books. Love seeing them on my shelves. I would probably have a lot more money if I went to the library more though...


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