Today's question is:
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?
Even if you are a die-hard fan of the public library system, I’m betting you have at least ONE permanent resident of your bookshelves in your house. I’m betting that no real book-lover can go through life without owning at least one book. So … why that one? 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?
I'm going to be totally honest here - I think I might be addicted to buying books. I love my library - I have a great branch about 5 minutes away from my house, and since all the brances in my city are linked, I can get almost any book I want to read within about 2 days. There is no reason I would ever have to buy a book - and yet I do, with some sort of strange compulsion. I run to the mailbox every day to see if there are any books in it. If I go too long without receiving one, I start to feel sad. I visit bookstores, and CAN'T leave without buying something. I almost feel like I NEED to buy that next book. Now, I do NOT need to buy another book - it will take me years - literally - to get through the backlog at my house. But there is nothing that makes me feel good in quite the same way as a new book. I'll admit it - I'm an addict. But I love my gigantic library, and don't think I'd have it any other way.
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