Btt for 11/13

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 read lots and lots of library books. so far this year, at last count anyway, i'd read 71 library books (though now i'm sad they're only letting people put up to 10 on hold....i normally have anywhere from that on up) I've also got about 225 listed on librarything. So why buy? lots of reasons.

  • The wait is interminable at the library for a book i really really want to read.
  • I am pretty sure i'll want to read it again.
  • the library doesn't have it
  • it's pretty
  • it's cheap
  • It'll make me look smart (ok yeah i mean it)
  • no one believes you read tons of books if you don't have a bunch lying around
  • I like to have a variety of choices
  • impulse
  • it's some kind of workbook (i've got some for depression) so you need to mark it up
  • it's a reference book
On a slightly different topic, i finished The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman today. a complete 7. super highly recommended! I'm just gonna link to everyone's awesome reviews: Carl's, Chris', Nymeth's. I'm sure there are a bunch more out there; let me know i'll link to you too!


  1. Most of your reasons to buy match up with mine, and you have a few I'd neglected to list.

    Looking forward to reading Graveyard Book... someday.

  2. I'll admit to the "makes me look smart" - Love those classics

  3. Hi..
    Agreed on the statement of '..makes me look smart..' too. :)

    Happy Reading to all!!!

  4. I used to belong to a Library - its a good idea if you're a mass reader and can get through a book - I really can't. Sometimes it takes me a month to get through a book. Plus, I like to make notes in the margins. I'm a big geek :)

  5. Yay! So glad that you enjoyed the Graveyard Book!! I love buying books :/ Maybe a little too much...I'll never even read all of the one's on my TBR shelf, I really don't need to buy anymore, lol.

  6. A lot of my books I have I got from garage sales, myself.
    But I admit, I have a a copy of "The Fountainhead" sitting on my shelf that I have no intention of even opening any time soon. :P


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