Within the past few months, I’ve been buying a lot less books. In fact, in the past four or five years, I’ve spent hundreds of dollars on books. Definitely nearly every penny of my money. (Which isn’t a lot – I mean, I can work with it since I’m only thirteen! … but it’s just a small weekly allowance and then the occasional babysitting money.) And… well, my priorities have changed! 😀 I’ve started using my money to buy things like cute clothes or save up for something bigger, and rely on my library to get the books I want.
Thus brings the question: When do I buy books? I still like to own books; I’ve always been a bit of a book hoarder (okay, okay, a LOT of a book hoarder!) I see value in owning physical books, especially my favorites. I can’t stand it when I borrow a book from the library and it ends up being one of my favorites, but I don’t own it. (Like The Ascendance Trilogy by Jennifer A. Nielsen. Not gonna try to be subtle here, but, um… my birthday is in two weeks and I LOOOOVE these books – friends, family!!) 😉
Right now, my main priority that makes me want to own a book is if I love the book and want to own it in order to re-read it, lend it to my friends, save it for my kids… (True fact. I’ve already imagined a whole room in my future house for books. No, really. My kids are going to have books coming out of their ears!)
That said, I don’t like spending the full price on a book. I think back to when I was 9/10/11 years old, and I honestly probably spent seven to fifteen dollars every week on a book. I never bought hard backs because they were always too expensive for my budget (and still are!) but I still spent a good deal of my money on one or two books… when in second hand book stores, I could get four or five for the same price!
So that brings me to my discovery of used book stores! There’s this bookstore about twenty minutes away from me called 2nd & Charles; it’s a chain used book store so it’s possible it could be in your area. Totally advertising here, because it’s awesome! (They also sell used vinyl, CD’s, DVD’s, video games, etc.) I recently bought five books – one of them a hardback for five dollars. I love hardback books (that’s pretty much a given for any bookworm, I think!) and since my wallet can’t afford to spend TOO much, I’ve found my solution.
Then again, supporting authors is also something I aim to do, but only my favorite authors that I respect and I know their books will be good. Example: Rachel Coker. Her books are great Christian fiction books, they’re historical fiction, and a love story (MY FAVORITE!) and I think I may like her just as much as her books. Besides that, she’s not as much of a very well-known author compared to others, and I want to support her. Just a tip: at a book signing for Kiera Cass I went to in May, she said if you ever want to support an author, don’t buy their books from Walmart. None of the books sold there go towards the #1 New York Times bestseller list. (Weird, huh?)
So to conclude all that said: I use the library, unless I have a favorite book I see value in owning or want to support the author.