WOOHOO GUESS WHO GOT OFF HER ASS AND WROTE ANOTHER DISCUSSION! Well, actually, I sat down at my computer and wrote this because I had definitely been watching the Commonwealth Games for too long because my eyes were starting to glaze over. So… today I’m coming at you guys with a discussion post talking about why we buy books!
So, I wasn’t originally going to write this because what could I possibly have to say? Why do we buy books? Because we want to. Why else?
But, I went shopping yesterday to buy shoelaces of all things and then I found a Book Swap section at one of my local shopping centres (Brookside, for anyone who lives in Brisbane) and it really made me think, why do we buy books? and what makes us spend money on a book?
There were a whole lot of books on the shelves that a few years ago I would’ve picked up without thinking but, yesterday I didn’t pick up. For example, a few years ago, maybe even last year, I would’ve picked up Confessions of A Shopaholic but seeing it for free on a shelf yesterday really made me realise that I would probably never read it.
BOOKS I’VE BOUGHT RECENTLY
BOOKS I WANT TO BUY
SO, WHY DO WE BUY BOOKS?
I feel like for a lot of people, the main answer is that we just love the feel of holding a book when we read but, why does that matter? I mean, ebooks will take over eventually, right?
So, if we take the enjoyment of reading physical books out of it, why does buying books really matter? Well, I guess, if you’re an author it’s kind of a given that you would love to have your books on your shelves because hey, you worked for that book!
But, if you don’t care about aesthetic or Bookstagram or beautiful shelves then why do we buy books physically? Why don’t we just get the ebook or the audio?
I know I am not a minimalist reader, I own many, manyyy books. and multiple bookshelves and I honestly don’t know why because I also own a Kindle and have an audible subscription. So, what’s the point of me owning all these books, especially if I might just end up giving some of them away in a couple years? I’m not always going to re-read a book so why would I buy it?
WHY I LOVE MY BOOKS
- Home libraries are amazing and really show off what I love. I am almost constantly reading and I run a book blog, I think it’s safe to say that I am a reader.
- The availability. I won’t buy every book I ever read, but sometimes I just feel like re-reading a book, or even just re-read certain parts of a book.
- It shows how much I love a book. Yeah, I probably also have it on audio or ebook, but who cares because this is one of my favourite books and now I have every copy and will slowly trick you into reading it.
- In my opinion, there is nothing wrong with the aesthetic of a bookshelf and hey, I actually really enjoy redoing my bookshelves ever a couple of months. My bookshelves look awesome and I’m damn proud of them.
- I love the library but hey, what’s wrong with having my own private library too?