Thursday, June 9, 2011

Booking Through Thursday (6): Own or Borrow?

This week Booking Through Thursday asks: All things being equal (money, space, etc), would you rather own copies of the books you read? Or borrow them?

I love owning books, I really do but I want to own books that I will read and not just books to impress people or to take up space (I know space is not supposed to be an object in this case but indulge me for a second). I love being surrounded by books but if I know when I read a book that I'm not going to want to ever read it again, I probably don't want to commit to owning it. Also, I really, really love my library. To me, going to a library is an experience. I love the sights, sounds and smells. I really love being surrounded by other bookish people (they're pretty much my favorite kind of people, hence book blogging and opening the door to meet other bookish people through the interwebz). It's like a mini-treasure hunt everytime I go. I wouldn't want to give that up!

What about you? Own or borrow?

Oh, and for anyone hopping through, I did want to bring to your attention that I have two giveaways going on here at A Bookish Affair right now. Don't be shy about entering! Check it out!


  1. I used to be a regular library patron...nowadays, it's only occasionally. But here's what I like nowadays:


  2. Hi Meg!
    I know what you mean about loving being surrounded by books...I do too! I love buying books, but I agree that I try to buy only if I'm pretty sure I'll at least like it. It's a bummer when you buy a book, and then you end up really disliking it...that's happened to me a few I try to be pretty careful!

    Here's mine BTT:

  3. I mostly borrow books. I also like being surrounded by books.

    My BTT post.

  4. It's good to own the books you love,when time permits they can be re-read.

  5. Ha you made me really want to go to the library now.

  6. That's a great way of describing the library, it's really like a mini-treasure hunt when you get there!

    Here's my Own or Borrow? (Booking Through Thursday) post!

  7. Personally I'd have to chose library loans.
    I used to buy heaps of books and re-read them but there is just too many I want to read to buy them all. lol

    I just wished my library was bigger so they got more of the latest books in. Although we have a bigger one 30 minutes drive away I love to walk the children to the closer one.

  8. @Rebecca I would rather read a book first to make sure I like it before buying it!

  9. @justonepageatatime That's one thing I love about living in a big city; our libraries get new books really quickly!


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