I’m not really much of a book buyer, unless it’s from a used book sale. Even then, I don’t often buy books. Books cost so much money that I don’t have, and I don’t want to spend a ton of money on a book that I might not like. Therefore, I choose wisely when I decide to buy books and I take good advantage of both my school library and my local library. Because libraries are glorious.
Honestly, when I’m in a library I feel a kid in a candy store. There are so many books on a wide variety of different subjects and genres and age groups, all collected in one place, and all for free! Sure, I can only borrow books for a limited amount of time, but I am not limited to how many times I borrow a book. Another perk to being a huge book borrower is I don’t have to clog up my bookshelves with books that I don’t necessarily like. I actually own enough books as it is from used book sales at my library.
But other times, I just really want to own a new, shiny book to keep forever and ever. And then, I buy books. Most of the books that I’ve bought have been few and far in between, and most of them have been nonfiction. These include memoirs, biographies, and writing craft books, books that I know I will return to again and again.
Lately, though, I’ve had this urge to own two series that I love, and I have a nice build up of Barnes and Noble gift cards with which to do this. The first series I think it would be really nice to own is a complete set of The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis. I have some of the books in the series around the house, but not all of them. This series I’m not afraid to buy because I’ve read all of the books and I loved them all. I know that they will remain favorites forever, and are worth the investment. The other series I would like to own is The Tales of Goldstone Wood by Anne Elisabeth Stengl. I’ve only read the first book in the series, Heartless, but I loved it so much and I feel as if I’ll love the whole series, so I think this is a good investment, too, and a great addition to my library.
What are your book buying habits? Do you like to buy most of your books, or borrow most of them? If you choose your books, how do you choose which books to buy?