Benefits of Libraries
While I haven’t done the Math yet, I did save a few hundreds of dollars on the books I read last year. This is because I borrowed and read a lot of library books instead of buying them. (Although, I still bought a fair amount of books.) It’s one of the many reasons I love libraries.
How Cleanliness Affects my Choices
Tendency Towards the New
Over the past months I noticed that I severely tended towards newly released book titles. That had less to do with not being able to get my hands on them as much as the knowledge that I’d be the first to touch the pristine pages. Sometimes I even grab a book that I would rather read a month or two later, just so that I can keep it at home in its newly minted condition.
Reluctance to Borrow Older Books
Then there are those titles I do want to read but always lose the desire to borrow at the library because they no longer look as clean. At the same time, I don’t feel compelled to buy them either since I didn’t plan to add them to my personal shelves.
This kind of puts me in a bind. Do I overcome my prejudice against yellowed pages or do I borrow them anyway? Again, it’s not the oldness or yellow pages per se that bother me but the worry that the pages might be stained or that I might find hair from a previous patron. I get very antsy about touching iffy hair, you see. Besides, hygiene does matter.
My Love for Library Ebooks
Due to my growing personal issues with cleanliness of library books, my love for library ebooks has increased. I like the convenience of borrowing books at 1 a.m. to read. I also like knowing that I’m have no qualms reading those in bed. I keep my Kindle clean and since it’s my own, I know it hasn’t been in dodge places. Think about it, how would you feel if you found out that a book you read in bed spent a significant amount of time on the ground outside? That thought bugs me out even more than dog ears or coffee stains and those already bother me a great deal.
Reducing Library Books on My TBR
Turning to Books I Own
The more I think about the cleanliness of library books, the more I’m inclined to turn away from library shelves to my own bookshelf. I know my books are clean. I also know I own a little over a hundred unread books. Every now and then I add backlist titles because I saw the sad conditions of the library copies.
Engaging more with Digital Content
I won’t let the benefits of saving money go to naught. Overdrive is a splendid resource and I’m determined to take advantage of my library’s digital catalogue this year. I’ve already identified about 400 books that interest me. Of course, I’ll have to cut down on the numbers I realistically plan to read but it’s great to know that there certainly isn’t a lack of titles I want to read.
Not Abandoning the Library
Nonetheless, I have no plans to abandon my library. I only plan to be more picky on the books and magazines that I do pick up. For the most part, I will continue to get hold of newly released titles, so I’ll stop worrying so much about the cleanliness of library books.