What are you book-owning habits?
I like to hoard my books, like a dragon hoards treasure. If I go into a bookstore, I will walk out with at least two new books (At least two, because if there’s just one book in the bag, it will get lonely). I’ve learned to stay away from Barnes and Nobles when I’m strapped for cash. The knowledge that I need that ten dollar bill in my wallet for lunch tomorrow is secondary to a shiny new trade paperback. As a voracious reader, I should use libraries far more than I do. But I want to books I read to be mine.
I am slowly rebuying all the books I loved in middle school that were yard-saled or traded in to the paper book store.
I’m a rereader. When some people are feeling blue, they turn to comfort foods. I turn to my comfort books. I’ve gone through five copies of Irving’s A Prayer for Owen Meany for just that reason.
Personally, I cannot stand loaning out books to people. If there is a book I own that I know a friend of mine MUST read, I will go and buy them a copy as a gift. I don’t like the thought of my books being out in the world. I don’t know how they will be treated, or if they will ever come home to me. Against my normally good judgement, I loaned a book to a friend of my sister. Said friend’s car caught on fire… with my book inside! There was absolutely no polite and socially acceptable way to ask for a replacement, so I just had to suffer. Never lend out books!