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? 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?
This BTT question is a pretty interesting and I’m always curious about how people view books in their lives. It’s actually one thing that the Beloved and I disagree on (I think we’re in détente right now, we’ll see how this evolves…).
I am a book buyer and saver. I like my books. I like the idea of having my own library. When I’m in a room with shelves of my books, I look at them and try to recall things…how old was I when I first read this? How much did I like it? How has my opinion of it changed? Did this book make me try (or not try) other books/authors?…. Because I’ve read fairly steadily my whole life, for me perusing my books is like looking through a very personal photoalbum. Or seeing old friends or acquaintences.
The Beloved (who reads more books than I do in a year…) believes that we should be more selective and only keep our very most favorite books and PURGE the others – something that is anathema to me. We are however, running out of room with the current shelving arrangements we have throughout the house. One thing that she's been angling for is built-ins installed in our spare room – and the lure of having more book space is probably the right way for me to agree with her that we should spring for them.