By: Melanie | December 6, 2013 | (35) Comments

discussing through midnight

This meme was created for YA Midnight Reads as a discussion post of all things bookish.


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. ๐Ÿ˜€

Per contra, the major con to book buying is it sucksย 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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35 Responses to Discussing Through Midnight (17): To buy, or to borrow?

  1. Rain Jeys says:

    I tend to form pretty strong emotional attachments to books, so I’d hate to borrow one from the library and then have to give it back! Of course, I HAVE bought books I ended up not liking, and that’s unfortunate, but I can usually find someone else who wants it, and if not our local bookstore has a great trade-in policy. So I definitely prefer to buy books and stare creepily at them on the shelf.

    Did you read the edition of Buzz Worthy News that discussed the less-than-sanitary conditions of library editions of Fifty Shades of Grey? *double shiver*
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  2. Jasprit says:

    Eww there was snot on your copy of Attachments? That is disgusting. I’m such a big hoarder when it comes to getting books out of the library, they recently started doing an infinite number of renewals, so I end up keeping them forever and never reading them, unless someone else has reserved it and I have to speed read and return it. I have never have any book space now either, so tend to buy a lot of my books for my Kindle if I can, unless I really love the book and want a finished copy on my shelf. Fab post lovely, I hope you’re enjoying yourself!
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    • Melanie says:

      Lucky! I have about 3 weeks to read my library books but it’s really hard when I have a load of review copies to get to as well so I always end up with overdue books. -.- And yes i am! ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. I usually purchase my own, sometimes AFTER I’ve read the ebook version. I don’t know if that’s weird of me, or anything, I have this thought that there might come a time when electronics won’t work, and I want to pass on my books to my kids. ๐Ÿ™‚
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  4. Tanja says:

    I’m all for borrowing books from the library, but when you live in the middle of nowhere it’s hard. I mean I can get all translated books but a lot of feelings are lost in process of translating. I know that it’s a hellish job but still when I know English of course I’ll give my best to read books in original form. But yeah my room looks library (disorganized one) so…yeah. I should borrow more ๐Ÿ˜€ Great post ๐Ÿ™‚
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  5. HA ha! Your vivid description of what could be on the pages of the library book grossed me out! I take my kids to the library all the time and I do look longingly at the shelves of books for me, but I never check one out because I am so bogged own in ARCs that it will take me awhile to dig out. I have quit buying books for the same reason. Why buy books when there is no chance I am going to get to reading it anytime soon? I have gone almost completely to ebooks these days because that way I can hoarde as many books as I want and no one will be any wiser. However, the library is a wonderful resoure and I am happy to use it for my kids.
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  6. Melliane says:

    I know it’s bad but I don’t Borrow any books… sometimes I took some from my sister but it’s been a while because I can’t even read my books so others? lol impossible. I don’t buy a lot now, I don’t have to, I receive too many books. I only buy when I really want one book. Between the french publishers and the US ones, I have many.
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  7. Whenever I go to the library I end up taking loads of books out and then never read them so I’m just trying to get through my TBR pile at the moment and not take anything out. ๐Ÿ˜€
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  8. I usually only books that I’m DYING to read, like books that I know I will most likely love and have been anticipating for a very long time. And now most of my reading comes from eARCs from NetGalley and Edelweiss, and it’s one of the perks of being a blogger I suppose ๐Ÿ™‚ I love borrowing books, but I agree, the way some people treat books is so sad and other times the book is just so popular it gets weathered and battered and yellowed with age.

    Thanks for sharing your preference, Melanie! <3
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  9. I visited the library for the first time in years this week and I was so pleased to find some awesome books that I’ve been wanting to read for a while! Yes I do enjoy borrowing books from the library and returning them after so your shelves don’t get clogged up. But you are right, sometimes there’s really gross things in there (LOL at your 50 shades comment) and as book bloggers we don’t get much time to read recreationally.
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  10. When I was younger, and a stay at home Mom to three little peeps I tended to buy used, traded, and borrowed. Now I am possessive and tend to buy..LOL
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  11. Diamond Dee says:

    I definitely buy more than I borrow. But I still borrow ..problem is I usually return them before I have had a chance to read them! What bothers me a lot is how gross they are..I definitely will borrow and end up reading it if it’s a nice shiny copy versus a gross snot filled one! Haha.
    Oh and I think my favorite thing about buying is being about to stare creepily at it all the time.. ๐Ÿ˜€ LOL
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  12. Buying: I only buy a book if 1) I’m DYING to read it and just can’t wait for a library copy, 2) I’m 80% sure I’ll enjoy it, 3) I’ve enjoyed other books by the author, or 4) I’ve read it and know I love it. OR, if I find it ridiculously cheap somewhere (like, $3 or less). I never pay full price for a book I’m not sure I’ll like – I learned my lesson with Sweet Evil. Bought it brand new, thinking it’d be amazing, and absolutely HATED it. Waste of money! So I don’t do that anymore.

    “Fifty Shades of Gray could have some seriously gross stuff smudged on the pages.”
    BAHA true that! I love borrowing from the library because it’s free and I’m cheap, but you have a point. I just try not to think about it! I’m very careful about how many I get at a time, though, because I’ve had a terrible history with overdue fees. If I get more than maybe 3 or 4 at a time, they go overdue!
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    • Melanie says:

      I don’t think I’ve bought a fully priced book in some time now! The Book Depo has most books much cheaper than what I have to pay at the local bookstore. I tend to return my books in on the due day but they process the books the next day sometimes meaning I have overdue fees once again. le sigh

  13. TayteH says:

    Usually I wait until an important holiday (Christmas, my birthday) comes around to ask for books as a present, but if the book is one that I really, really want, I buy it. Otherwise, I keep entering giveaways in order to get a book I want without using my money to get it. ๐Ÿ˜€
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  14. I do both, but I hardly borrow anymore, and never from a library, but from friends. (not that I have any problems with libraries.) I love to buy all the books I read. I collect them and am building a personal library. I hardly ever pay full price for books though; Booktopia has some amazing sales sometimes, and I don’t mind buying books secondhand. Because I have hardly any money I’ve learnt to become very savvy when it comes to book buying. I also enter heaps comps to win them aswell.
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  15. Anj says:

    I usually borrow books from my friends. I only buy books if i really really love it and i want to own a physical copy and re-read them because I just want to make sure that I will spend my money well. I also buy one if i heard that the book is really great. But if only i have lots of money i’d definitely buy every book i want ๐Ÿ˜€

  16. Maricris Patrimonio Dimla says:

    I buy my own books.. I feel the same way when you are surrounded by a lot of books(it feels..INDESCRIBABLE!)

  17. Stephanie B says:

    My problem with borrowing books is that I’m a major mood reader. Even when I buy books, unless I’m REALLY excited or want to start one, the books I buy usually sit in my room for a few weeks or months. So borrowing books doesn’t work out as much for me. It’s one of the reasons why I’ve turned more to ebooks for novels I want to read but don’t really care if I own a physical copy.
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  18. _Sandra_ says:

    I have nothing against borrowing books, but there’s something special when that book is actually yours. The other thing is that I live in a country where English isn’t native language, so it usually takes months or years (or never!) for some books to be translated and get on the shelves of libraries here. Downside of buying is, you never have enough money to buy ALL the books you want. LOL! But, it’s still my choice no.1.

  19. I buy most books because I like having my own copy, but it’s mostly so I can keep it on hand for whenever I actually have TIME to read it. haha I borrow library books here and there…I’ve done it a bit more lately since I work at a library, and I don’t have late fees. ๐Ÿ™‚
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  20. Chanpreet says:

    I too buy more than I borrow. I will renew my library books until the last day and then try to figure out how to read 6 books in three days. Lol. End result, 1 gets read and they all get put back on my to borrow list.

  21. Gayatri says:

    Personally I think its great to borrow books so that u can always return it and don’t have to worry about not liking the book or wasting money on it if it doesn’t turn out the way you wanted. Unfortunately for me, there’s no library anywhere near my town (I searched a lot for it) to borrow books from. Sad fact. So if I want to read a book I either buy it from Local Bookstores or order it online(which makes up for 60% of books on my bookshelves). Thankfully there’s this book sale that happens every three months in my area. I love book sales! So I buy books from there too! In short I have no other choice but to buy books if I want to read any!
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  22. Emily says:

    YAY! Discussions ๐Ÿ˜€ For me, I normally borrow my books from the library, because if I don’t like it, I can always put it back! And I don’t feel like I’ve lost something… time maybe, but not my money, which I can spend on buying a book I know I like! (I normally borrow books from the library first, and if I really like it, I go to the book store and buy it so I can stare at it all day and reread it a bajillion times! It’s weird ๐Ÿ™ ) So that’s me ๐Ÿ˜€
    Thanks for sharing Mel!! <33
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  23. I don’t use the library, but it’s only because I can’t get many books in English at my local library. And the ones they do get have been out for a long time. So I love my kindle, and I enjoy it when I get my hands on ARCs as well ๐Ÿ™‚

    I have seen quite a few people who enjoy using the library though, and in the US, you can even borrow e-books, so that’s pretty awesome.

    Great discussion post Melanie ๐Ÿ™‚
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  24. Charlotte says:

    I only have one answer to your question, Mel. I always buy books even if there’s a risk that I am going to hate them. My main problem with borrowing books from the library is because they don’t have any new titles to offer. Our library mostly houses thesis and dissertations. In short, our library is very poor. Good luck to finding even a paperback copy of Harry Potter there.

    I also don’t borrow books from my friends because well we’ve got different tastes in books. Most of them like to read Adult books with philosophical themes which I really don’t like. Another reason would be is that once you borrow books from friends, you also can’t refuse to lend them your books. And I don’t like lending my books because they either don’t get returned or if they’re returned, they’re in a very bad condition. Gaaah.

    Lovely discussion, Mel!
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  26. I do borrow books sometimes, but there is nothing better than buying a book. Owning one and putting it on the shelves is the best feeling ๐Ÿ˜€
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  28. Joanna V says:

    Oh, the library! That used to be my one and only way to get books for a long time. And then I got a job a couple months ago so I treated myself to a book buying spree. And then I started winning books, and SO MANY e-copies to review. So all the books I bought are sitting on my shelf, waiting to be read and loved :/
    Personally, I take forever deciding on which books I buy precisely because I’m afraid of hating it and wasting my money. But I love owning books more than anything. Staring at them like a creeper is the best feeling ever
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  29. Hannah says:

    I end up buying books, too, but sometimes I find that borrowing a book can be nice, too. If I like it, then I go out and buy my own copy, but if I don’t like it, then I saved money, and the pain and sadness of having a book I didn’t like on my shelf!

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