Friday, January 27, 2012

TGIF: Buy or Borrow?

Ginger at GReads! hosts TGIF each Friday. The question this week is:

Buy or Borrow: Where do your books that you read come from? The bookstore? The library? Do you prefer to own a book, or have it on loan?

Basically all of my books come from the very fabulous Provo City Library. They have so many books, and get a lot of them on their release day. (Right now I've got The Ruby in the Smoke, The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer, Past Perfect, The Beginning of After, and The Day Before all from the library. Makes me a happy girl) :)

The Provo Library
I usually don't reread books, so I don't have a big desire to own them. It costs money, starts to really take up space, and gets heavy to move. Although I do own all but the 4th Harry Potter and all of The Hunger Games, so I make exceptions here and there.

How about you? 

This week at Read This Instead:
5 stars for The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
The Hunger Games reread-along


  1. Amen sister. I'm with you. I don't reread. I say I will, but I never do. So mine come from the library, used bookstores (occasionally), or I purchase the eBook if I reallly need something the library doesn't carry. Then I donate my books to my library or put them on Paperback Swap.

    I do however collect certain vintage Reader's Digest classics. But that's about it. My shelves are slim and I like it that way.

    Side note: Your library is flipping gorgeous. I wish you would photograph/feature the interior. I'm very curious.

    1. I guess I'm not the only one. :) Even when I win books/get ARC's I tend to donate or give them away.
      The library really is a pretty building. I'm not sure who took that picture of the outside, but I'll look around for some of the inside.

  2. I love your library! It looks absolutely amazing. And good for you on making it a habit to borrow books. It's my mission to train myself to do the same :)

    1. Thanks. It really is a beautiful building. I feel very lucky to have such an amazing library. It's easy for me to use it so much because it has so much stuff!

  3. Seriously, Kathy, you need to teach a class or at least write a post about how on earth you keep from buying books. Mind you, I've done much better at not buying books since Borders closed but still.

    1. Haha, I have plenty of other vices when it comes to spending money. :) I just dont' have enough space to have a big collection of books, and it's hard for me to justify the price when I'll only read once or twice.

  4. I've heard such awesome things about that library... such great events, and always working for their patrons. Very cool!

    Since blogging I do use the library a bit less just because of getting a lot of books for review... and as always I buy the books I've read and liked. But I pretty much never buy a book (unless it's a bargain book) if I haven't read and enjoyed it. I always check books out from the library first. It baffles me that people don't want to use the library... I could never read as much as I do without it.

  5. Guess I'll be the girl that marches to her own drum or the Debbie Downer of the post.

    I prefer buying over borrowing. For starters, I don't buy much. I have a specific type of book I am into, I don't venture outside of that area for the most part.

    I only use the library for books that I am not sure I would like or that I would not reread. But I try not to have to have a need for the library because at ours, you only get 2 weeks, there is a cap on how many times you can renew a book, and if someone has reserved the book you have checked out, then you can't renew it.

    You see, I am a slow reader, or as I prefer to say, I like to read at my own speed and savor the book (especially when I feel like I am in the book's world myself). I like having control. Libraries often turn recreational reading into an obligation for me.