I’ve decided not to borrow any more books from the library for a while. I’ve been doing it a lot recently but the thing is, I’ve been so busy and I’ve had other books to read that I’ve not been able to read all them. My problem is when I’m at the library, I’m not very realistic in my reading expectations. When I’m buying books, it’s different because I know that I’ll definitely read them. When I’m putting money into something, it’s different. I also seem to forget that I have something like a library in my own home already! Why borrow more books when I already own plenty that I haven’t read yet?
Yet I do like borrowing books, especially if I’m not sure I’ll like them, they’re too expensive to buy or I can’t find them locally. I can browse the shelves and pick up whatever takes my fancy at that current moment, without having to worry about money. It’s a great system. I just feel under too much pressure to read them when there’s a due date hanging over my head. A lot of them are popular so they’re always called back too. It’s been quite sad having to return the majority of my books unread lately.
I guess, as applies to most things lately, there’s just so many books, so little time.
I thought I’d share my thoughts on this to see if anyone felt the same.
I think I feel the same, but with the opposite result. I love reading, but am too easily distracted. So if I have a library book that is due back, I’m more likely to actually finish it, whereas the books I own, I know I have a lifetime to get around to them.
But it probably helps that a) I don’t usually read the popular books, and b) I love finding books in the library that I never would have thought to look for elsewhere. And c) It is also a great appeasement for books I want, but cannot afford… yet.
But I do ALWAYS come away with a huge stack of books that I cannot realistically get to. Especially if I’m researching something. (Happily, if there’s not a hold, I can renew my books online twice for a total of nearly two months’ time.)
I love my library. It makes me happy by its mere existence. (It also happens to be this one: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Np450xMSncE)