Now, this is not a problem unique to me - anyone I know that's as avid a reader or book-lover basically cannot leave a book store empty handed. It's a challenging task - to go into a place so full of stories. Full of new friends and new worlds and new adventures - and then to leave without bringing one home with you.
And me? I'm awful at that.
I - seriously - probably own more books that I have not read than I have read.
It's kind of a frightening statistic. And one I'm not certain about either. Why? Because when I moved out of North Carolina to head over to Budapest for two years I packed up my budding library in a multitude of boxes and hauled them north to my parent's basement. Where they've been chilling out for the past three years. I've gone through some of them from time to time to see just some of what I have. But, for the most part? The last three years I've been building onto that library blindly. I've probably purchased a fair number of books I already own.
I don't know what it is about owning a book that is so special to me. Having that world for my own. Sure, I write in my books - something you should never do when you borrow a book from a library (Or a friend). I love to underline passages, draw exclamation points at places that surprise me, define interesting words that I've looked up, or any other number of things. Yeah, I'm that reader. It makes my books feel like my own. And when I go back and re-read them or look for a quote I loved I have the Courtney that was there when I read it before to guide my way.
Yes. I like owning books.
I always joke that by the time I have my first house I want to have enough books for my own library. And? I don't think that's too far-fetched of a goal for my life.
I'm getting better. Really.
Lately I've used the library a fair amount. Mostly for audio books for my car trips. And the Song of the Lioness series I read from library books as well as the Immortals series (both by Tamora Pierce). And other assorted books here and there.
I really am trying to take advantage of my local library.
I love the library.
Is it just so bad that I really want to be in the process of creating my own as well?
(My wallet, for the record, says yes, yes it is)
What about you guys? Are you buyers or borrowers? Do you struggle with this problem like I do? Are you a library patron? Tell me all the details!