Today on Thursday Thoughts I’m going to be trying something a little different. As a book buyer and lover, I often get questions from people who don’t enjoy reading and, specifically, buying books as much as me. This Thursday Thoughts will be told in FAQ format, with real questions I’ve gotten in real life from fake people who are not book-buying enthusiasts and with genuine answers from me. Enjoy 🙂
Why would you buy books when you can just get them from the library for free?
Great question Rhea! You see, I am not just a reader, I also collect books. I like owning the books I read and being able to display them and get excited about buying new ones.
But you do realize that you can get the exact same story for free at the library, right?
Capt. O. Bvious
Yup. The issue I have with libraries is that you get a book, and enjoy the time you have with the characters, and then you just return it. If I had first read Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone from the library, I would be really upset that I don’t own the copy that I first experienced that wonderful story with. It’s not just a collection of books, it’s a collection of memories.
Books aren’t a very good investment.
First of all, Sumban, you should’ve submitted this to the Frequently Stated Statements section (FSS) instead of the FAQs. Second of all, I’m not hoping to sell my well loved copies of Twilight and Maximum Ride on eBay one day for a million dollars. Maybe one day books will become extremely valuable because eBooks are going to take over the world (God forbid) but the investment I’m making in buying these books now is knowing that my kids are going to be everyone’s #bookshelfgoals before they even know what a book is.
Why would you care to spend money to read about some made-up world that literally has no effect on anything that actually matters?
Why do people spend five dollars on coffee every morning that will be gone in ten minutes? It makes them happy. I read because it makes me happy. So they can drink their coffee, and I can read my books, and you can keep sipping on that Haterade. You do you Nomayg.
Well, when will you stop collecting books?
Around the same time I stop doing everything else I enjoy doing like… breathing.
So, those were my thoughts thrown at you this Thursday (woo-hoo, alliteration!). Since I know a lot of my followers are also self-proclaimed book hoarders, I’d love to hear if you can relate to my answers or your own original answers in the comments! If you prefer to borrow your books from a library, that’s perfectly okay too! I’m just saying that I love buying my books, and this is all about why.
Thanks for reading! 🙂