Before I get into this, I'd just like to say these are my opinions. I am in no way saying that you should have these opinions or that mine are correct. This is simply a post open to discussion, and you're free to share your opinions as well. :) I love hearing them!
Recently I've been battling with myself on whether or not I should buy books or get them from the library. Buying, at least for me, is the first choice. I love going to the bookstore and picking out a new book. I love flipping through the pages and starting the book before I buy it. I love taking it home and reading it and putting it on my bookshelf. I love being able to reread it any time I want. I love the way all my books look on the bookshelf.
Borrowing books always feels like a letdown, especially if I really enjoyed what I read. I want to keep it, you know? I want the freedom to be able to reread it. But instead I have to return it to the library so someone else can pick it up. I'll admit it - I'm pretty selfish about my books. I'd rather keep them than give them to others to read. (Though sometimes if I really loved the book I also love spreading the word so other people can love it too.)
Anyway, it really shouldn't be a question, right? I love buying books way more than I love borrowing them. So what's the problem?
Money. Money is the problem. I don't have enough money to buy every book I read. This is partly the reason why the only thing I put on my Christmas and birthday lists are books. It's the reason that books are the only things I ask for as gifts. But if there's a book I really want to read and can't afford at the time, sometimes I still don't get it at the library.
Why? I have absolutely no idea. There's something about the library I just really don't like (except for the fact that it's a place full of books). If I'm desperate, it's a no-brainer. But if I'm not, usually I'll wait until I have the money to buy it. Which could be never.
Why do I do this to myself? I don't know. I'm completely frustrating.
Just think of all the money I'd have if I didn't buy every single book I ever wanted to read! I'd probably be rich. But instead I insist on paying for them so they can sit on my shelf, sometimes to never be read again.
Another reason I like buying books is so I can mark them up. Not literally, because it feels like a sin if I actually write in a book (that's an entirely different conversation). But I may write little notes and put them in there on a sticky note. I suppose I could do that with a library book as well, but I wouldn't be able to leave the notes there to reference later.
All in all, if I had an endless supply of money I would be completely fine. But I don't, so I'm not. *sighs* I'll probably continue to make myself broke by buying books instead of borrowing them.
What are your thoughts? Do you buy books or borrow them?