To buy or borrow? That is the ultimate question that I am faced with every single time a good book comes along. That question involves two things that are very important to me. Money and books… but mainly money… and books. The real question is whether or not it is worth it spending $10 – $20 on one book while I could have used it to buy lots of food (another thing that’s really important to me). And yes, I know I can buy e-books for a cheaper price, but I will forever prefer owning a physical copy. The actual real question is whether it is worth having the book sitting on my bookshelf, ready for spontaneous reading. (Harry Potter marathon anyone?)
Usually, I try to make it a habit to only buy books that I like and enjoyed reading. Why? Well, mainly because my wallet cannot afford for me to make a habit of collecting books with just pretty covers and whatever content inside. You shouldn’t judge a book by it’s cover! (I’m such a hypocrite for saying that… sigh). So what can I do? Save my wallet and feed my bookshelf until it’s completely stuffed? Or continue to feed my wallet and save my bookshelf from it’s pending need for a replacement?
The answer is… COMPROMISE!!! 🙂 Don’t we all just love compromises? Sarcasm! Anyways, personally, I like to borrow books before I buy them. Mainly just to test the waters first… When I was younger I would sit at Barnes and Noble and read just for an hour or two just to decide whether or not it was worth it to harass my mom into buying the book for me. It was an important decision. Nowadays, I don’t have time to sit at the bookstore and become acquainted with an armchair (or the floor) for two hours. So I just borrow the book I’m considering to buy instead. If it’s a good book and I think I’ll be willing to read it again, I’ll buy it. Because honestly even though it may be a good book, if I don’t think I’m going to read it ever again, it’s just going to sit on my overflowing shelf looking pretty and collecting dust (which actually isn’t such a bad thing). If the book turns out to be so so or even horrible, I’ll have the satisfaction of saving my hungry wallet. It’s a win, win!
The best of both worlds!! Okay, so maybe that’s a bit of a stretch, but you gotta do what you gotta do.
What do you do?
How do decide whether or not to buy a book?