As a bookworm, I love buying books. I love having my own mini library and dream of one day having a room full of just books. I’m thinking Beauty and the Beast, but that might be too ambitious. I love sharing what books I’ve acquired in my monthly book haul posts and since I started doing this, I haven’t gone a month without having at least one new book to add to my shelf.
It would be practical to say that I buy books so I can read them right away. And that I buy books because I know I will eventually pull them off my shelves in the future for a reread (I can say that this does apply to many of my purchases, but this is mostly limited to books from series I’ve been reading and obsessing about). Of course that wouldn’t be the entire truth.
Sometimes I buy books and don’t read them for several months. And if I’m being brutally honest, I have a few books on my shelf that have been there for several years. I buy books because there are great deals. I buy them because who doesn’t love 20% off or free shipping? I buy books because I’ve heard wonderful things or because I love a particular author and even though I may not pick it up right away, I feel the need to buy them now. I buy books because I want to own a complete series even though I’ve only read the first one. I buy books because even though I already own a copy, there is something beautiful about this one and it’s not that crazy to own six editions of Pride and Prejudice. Right? And I admit, I’ve even bought a book simply because it was pretty, not because I really wanted to read it. Don’t even get me started on the pretty editions of classics I come across even though I may already own the book.
And although I often visit my library because if I’m honest yet again, I cannot afford my reading habit, I still buy books. I still buy books when I could probably get them from the library. All it takes is a little patience and sometimes a lot of patience, but does that really matter when I have so many other books on my TBR list that I can read in the meantime?
I’ve recently been stricken with the book buying bug (can you tell?) and was contemplating preordering a few books. But it’s June and the books I’ve been thinking about don’t come out until September. Is this too early to preorder books? Am I just buying them to satisfy this urge? What will happen next week when I want more books, but have already spent money on these preordered ones?
It doesn’t makes sense for me to buy more books right now. I have three books checked out from the library and two books I wanted to read a couple of months ago waiting for me on my shelf, not to mention the other books on my shelf I haven’t gotten to yet. And it’s already half-way through June and I’m supposed to reread at least one book this month. I’m booked (pun not intended) for June and yet…
It doesn’t make sense for me to buy more books now, so how do I get myself to say no?
Why do you buy books? Do you buy them with the intention of reading them right away or do you buy them because you just have to have them? Have you ever bought a book, not because you were particularly interested in reading it, but because it was on sale or it was too lovely to pass on? Do you have multiple copies of any books? Why? Do you ever get the sudden urge to buy books by the dozen? How do you say “no” to yourself? I’d love to hear from you in the comments!