BTT: Own or Borrow?
This week’s Booking Through Thursday question asks…
All things being equal (money, space, etc), would you rather own copies of the books you read? Or borrow them?
I would definitely rather own the copies of the books I read, because then I would have longer to get through them — not that that often matters any more, what with me finishing 1-3 books a week. But, I still would like the luxury of knowing I don’t have to return them by a certain date.
Mind you, that might not be the best thing, either. I seem to read things faster because of having a “deadline” — that’s why doing blog tours works for me. I have always seemed to accomplish more when there’s a deadline to meet.
And, this is probably why I own 1200 or so books yet haven’t read a lot of them. Once they’re here, I tend to think I have time to read them whenever… and so I end up reading everything else first. And, my “owned” books end up languishing on the shelves for a while (okay, a LONG while).
I would still love to own the books, though. When I was done reading them, I would donate some of them to the used-book stores, and then others could enjoy them. Others –the ones I really loved– would stay, and become part of my future in-home library. ((this is what I do, currently — I give away the ones that weren’t “keepers”, and the others I save for my “library”)).