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Heyy bibliophiles! I’ve been reading Stacking the Shelves posts for quite some time and I’ve noticed that I don’t see many people post books they get from the library. Do you not borrow books from the library? Today, I’m going to discuss the pros and cons of buying books and borrowing books.
Personally, I buy books when I really want it or I have read it and want to own a physical copy. The good thing about buying books is, well..YOU GET TO HAVE YOUR OWN COPY! And stare at it creepily while it sits on your shelves. Honestly, it’s one of the best feelings. To be surrounded by books. Owning your own copy also means you can come back and flip through the pages any time–especially awesome if you love the book and feel like it’s time for a re-read. Another pro about buying books is, if you don’t like it, you can trade it with other book owners for something you do want. I have done this with unsolicited ARCs and it’s seriously a lot of fun. 😀
Per contra, the major con to book buying is it sucks majorly when you buy a book and you end up hating it. I wasted all that money for nothing! It’s a major problem when you don’t even have anyone to go to to trade the book. Something I experienced lately is when you buy a book online and it comes all tattered and worn from being in the mail. Also not worth the money.
Borrowing books, is something I try to do a lot. Firstly, you save money. And room, might I add. My room is like a book minefield. Books. EveryWHERE. But, to think about it, there are much more cons. 1) Library books are dirty and can be gross to touch. My copy of Attachments by Rainbow Rowell was all yellow and there was snot on a few of the pages. GROSS. EW. EW. EW. And then ya never know, Fifty Shades of Gray could have some seriously gross stuff smudged on the pages. *shiver* 2) You have a due date. I tend to read my library books after I have no review books left. Unfortunately, that’s rare meaning I pretty much have to return all my books. Not to mention I already ow e the library quite a lot of money for overdue books -.- 3) You don’t get to keep them.
So yeah, I tend to buy more than borrow but I do borrow occasionally.
So what about you, do you buy or do you borrow, or do you do both?
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