Even if you are a die-hard fan of the public library system, I’m betting you have at least ONE permanent resident of your bookshelves in your house. I’m betting that no real book-lover can go through life without owning at least one book. So … why that one? What made you buy the books that you actually own, even though your usual preference is to borrow and return them?
If you usually buy your books, tell me why. Why buy instead of borrow? Why shell out your hard-earned dollars for something you could get for free?
I don’t buy many books. I love the library, and the ones that I do buy are ones I can’t find there. Other than that, most of the books I buy are impulse. Sometimes it’s just too hard to leave the bookstore without one for me, too. I don’t tend to reread books, so once I read it I usually pass it on. I do let my daughter buy a lot, because I think it’s important for her to have a collection of books that are hers and we can pass them on to her cousins when she outgrows them. My husband buys his, simply because it’s hard to know how long it’ll take him to finish one, between work and school and the due dates can get in the way.