I missed out on taking part in last week’s Booking Through Thursday meme but returning to take part in this week’s one, I find that Deb asks the interesting question:
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?
Well firstly I’d say that I both borrow from the library and buy my own books but admittedly, if money were no object, I’d buy all my books. I know it sounds weird but I just prefer reading a book I own. New is best because you have the pleasure of ‘wandering’ through ‘virgin territory’. The smell and feel of a new book is a sensorial delight for me, and definitely a big part of the reading experience.
I usually buy 2nd-hand though so the joy of ‘new book’ is not experienced as often as I’d like it to be. However it’s still of paramount importance, and a great delight to put a book on my shelf that I’ve been chasing. I love trawling 2nd-hand bookstores. I feel to some degree that it nurtures my soul and the delight of picking up an old Steinbeck or Tolstoy, a Murakami etc. is indescribable.
As people covet more material goods such as clothes, jewelry, movies etc. so I covet books, and fulfill a need to surround myself with booky goodness. Books are a huge part of my life and to be working in my study with a clump of Hemingway’s or Steinbeck’s staring down on me is empowering, and at anytime I can reach up, pull one down and absorb the words of a literary genius, something I can only do for a limited period with books I borrow from the library.