Thursday, August 13, 2009

Buying Versus Borrowing Books with KRISTEN

Hey guys! It's Kristen from BookWorming in the 21st Century. Emma asked me to do a guest post on her blog, so here I am.

I wanted to talk a bit about why I buy and why I borrow books. But first, a little history. As a child, I grew up a bit strangely. Instead of playing house and barbies all of the time, my older sister and I would play school and library. She was always the teacher when we played school and I was always the librarian when we played library. I took so far as to make catalog cards for each book and then eventually moved to a spreadsheet when we got a computer. I've always loved having a lot of books and often collected series.

Now, onto the topic at hand. I am fortunate to have a great library system in Illinois. I know that not all states/countries have the same privilege. I have to say this though, if you have it - use it. Money doesn't grow on trees and if you fall in love with a book/series, you can always buy it later. Libraries in my area have this great thing called Interlibrary Loaning. Basically, all of the Illinois libraries are on a van service. So one library can request a book that they don't have from a different library and it will come to that library within a matter of days/weeks. If it's a newer book, when you go to request that item, the library also will sometimes buy the book to have in it's collection. I've worked in a public library before, that is how I know all of this. So, I have found some AMAZING series and books through borrowing from the library.

Now, for the buying aspect. It is nice to have books, especially the pretty books they put out nowadays, as well as the classics. I own a generous amount of Dickens, Shakespeare, and other classics. Am I reading them constantly? No. But they're nice to have if I ever do randomly want to. I tend to buy books I've already read, or request them for a birthday/Christmas present. I like collecting series of books and books I know I will want to read again someday. I do tend to think I save a lot of money this way. My bookshelves are still full, but it's with books I will most likely read again - maybe not in the next 2 years, but eventually.

There is actually this great tool that shows you how much money you could be saving by using a library. Check it out:

Depending on where you live, you pay taxes that go to a library. You should be using that library. I know in our area it's over 200 dollars a year in taxes that's paid per household. So use it, abuse it - but remember to return your books on time. :-D

Emma: I love Kristen. She is the best blogger buddy ever.


  1. I wish I had a kool library, but I live in a french community and they have very tiny, and very out-dated english books sections. I buy all my books online cause they are hard to get here =(

  2. Yay! It's me. Poor Tynga - I know it's hard in some other countries without having a good library system.

  3. What a great post! I have to agree, libraries are awesome, even though I love purchasing books, I also love talking books with the librarians and it really is a great place to see your tax dollars at work. Rock on Kristen! And rock on Emma (is it wrong I want to type the (G) in front?) for having Kristen guest post!

  4. I couldn't agree more. We have an amazing library and I use the shapoopie out of it. I only buy books I love and want to read again and again.

    Great post btw.

  5. Thanks April! Kristen did a frickin FANTASTIC job.

    Juju, I'm pretty much the same way.