As a keen reader, I talk about the books I enjoy in the monthly update. As you might know, I even have a blog dedicated to book reviews, Coffee and Books. Today I’m talking about borrowing or buying books, which option is better.
I read a lot of books. So far this year I’ve finished 54. By looking at my goodreads account, I can easily see that, from those 54 books, I own 18 of them, 5 are from book blog tours, and the rest, 31, are borrowed from the library.
Borrowing from the library means I can save money. If I was to buy all of the books I’ve read this year, it would mean over £300 more spent on books. Also, I would need a new shelf in my bookcase or maybe two.
In the picture above are the books I’ve borrowed from the library last month. Not only the ones I’ve read, but I got one for my husband, and four are for reference. It’s unlikely I will read any of these books again. Not because I don’t expect to enjoy them, but because there are so many other books I would love to read, including from these authors, that is a bit pointless to read the same book again.
When it comes to buying books, I pick the ones that are likely I would like to read again or to use for reference. Furthermore, I buy books I don’t find at the library.
I have two library cards, one to Liverpool libraries and another one to Sefton libraries. That means I can borrow books from 30+ libraries in total. Besides Liverpool Central Library (link to my post), that is huge and gorgeous, and also houses hundreds of thousands of books, most of them are small and they focus on fiction. As I prefer reading non-fiction, as I’ve already mentioned on the blog, it means that sometimes I don’t find the books I’m looking for. Some of the books I want can be ordered if I make a buying request, but I find it easier to buy the books myself. I did make a buying request and the book got here in a month or so, so is not that bad.
One of the aspects in the borrowing or buying books debate can be the state of the books. Some of them are in pristine condition despite being read many times. Some aren’t, unfortunately. This can be a problem with second-hand books too.
The person reading this book was, obviously, impervious to the fact that their markings can bother other people. I have to admit that this was an isolated incident. The book was Overcoming Social Anxiety and Shyness by Gillian Butler, you can see tomorrow my review on the book review blog, and the person needed to remember aspects from the book. Same result, or even better, would have been achieved with taking notes in a personal notebook.
All the other books I’ve borrowed didn’t have markings in them. Although some do have earmarks. That’s another pet hate of mine. If you don’t have a bookmark, use a piece of paper, an old bus ticket, a leaflet to a local museum, anything but bending the pages.
Do you prefer borrowing or buying books?