I feel a little guilty about joining the Library Challenge, because I take a LOT of books out of the library. I buy a lot too, but I tend to read the library books first because they have a due date. It might be more of a challenge for me to read the books that have been on my shelf for over a year. Maybe I'll host that here next year. But I love my library and I'm looking forward to this challenge even if I'm not doing anything different but tracking how I'm getting books.
Thinking about how many library books I read made me start thinking about why I buy books at all when I have access to them and they are free. Besides the fact that I love physical books as much as I love reading (and I love my kindle because it is a library that fits in my purse).
These are the reasons why I buy books:
1. I'm in a book store and the cover and/or title blows me away. Usually I'm in the book store because someone gave me a gift card, but I'll buy even if I'm spending cash. This is how I first picked up The Gallagher Girls series. Cross My Heart and Hope To Spy was an outstanding cover and a clever title. I was hooked and immediately bought the first book: I'd Tell You I Love You, But Then I'd Have To Kill You. Since my mom was with me, she bought me the second one. I'm a huge Ally Carter fan now.
2. Someone blogs about a book, I check it out on Amazon. If the cover is amazing I can't resist that one-click button. Mostly this happens with books where an ARC is reviewed. That's how I pick up most of my online purchases: Matched, The Duff, and probably half my 2010 orders.
3. I'm addicted to a series and I have to have the book the day it comes out. Example: City of Fallen Angels. Can. Not. Wait.
4. The book is amazing. This one is the one that gets me in trouble. If a book is amazing, I buy it. Then I tell people about it. Then I lend them my copy so that they have to read it because it is that good. Then they don't return it. Then I buy it again. Or I move across the country and it's cheaper and easier to buy new copies of Harry Potter.
I request books at the library when:
1. Someone blogs about a book that's out, I check it out on Amazon and it is either ridiculously expensive or doesn't have a waiting list at the library.
2. Amazon keeps telling me I'll like a book and I'm not sure I trust their automated system.
And this doesn't even take into consideration why I buy e-books as opposed to a physical book at the bookstore or the library. Maybe another day. Happy reading!