Booking Through Thursday: Own Or Borrow?

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All things being equal (money, space, etc), would you rather own copies of the books you read? Or borrow them?

It depends on whether I think the book will make a good read or not (although it is hard to tell if a book is good or not based on its synopsis). If I think it does, I’d want to own it. If I think it doesn’t, I’d rather borrow it.



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31 responses to “Booking Through Thursday: Own Or Borrow?

  1. Right good books can be tough to find.

    Here is my BTT.

  2. Good question! I’m content with borrowing a book, even though I have lots of books. I tend to actually collect the classics and theology books more than contemporary novels. I do have a few CN’s that are autographed that I’ve held onto but only because I really enjoy the particular author.

  3. Okay, I have gotten carried away a bit over the years, but despite the choices I’ve made, I enjoy books all around me. Read about it at MY THURSDAY MEMES POST

  4. I’m much like you, borrowing mostly, buying the books i really like.

    My BTT post.

  5. I’m with you, mostly. I tend to stay clear of books I wouldn’t want on my shelves though, like ou said, it’s sometimes hard to know with blurbs and previews.

    • Yeah, that’s why buying books online isn’t really an option for me. It’s expensive (due to the currency exchange rate) and I can’t really know for sure if the book is good or not. At least if I buy a book from a bookstore, I can roughly know if it’s a good read or not by browsing through a few pages.

      • I much prefer browsing in a bookstore, yard sale or where ever for my books rather than buying online. I don’t mind buying the book online once I see it in the store, though. Sometimes the price is overinflated in-store, even though I prefer to buy my Christian fiction from a Christian bookstore. Got to support them! I’m not sure I made any sense at all here :0)

  6. I do selective hoarding NOW! I already own more than 2500 books!

    Here is my BTT: Own or Borrow post!

    • If the books are good, I like to re-read them. One example is Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. I’ve probably re-read it like more than 10 times! But there are some books I just can’t tolerate, mainly because of their character personalities and poor grammar usage. I won’t re-read those kind of books.

  7. All things being equal, money and space unlimited, I would have my own library. Yes, I would own every book I read. Fortunately, since money and space are limited, I have learned to borrow from the library as much as possible, and not keep every book I buy. By the way, I would want to share my library, not just keep it for myself πŸ™‚ Great question!

  8. Well, that seems to be the sensible approach! Don’t be like me, I should practically head up the local book hoarders anonymous!

    Here’s my Own or Borrow? (Booking Through Thursday) post!

    • Right now, I’m thinking that I actually might have a problem with book hoarding. I’ve received like a shelf of books in exchange for reviews, but I just can’t bear to part with them! I was contemplating giving away a book as part of the Small Blogs, Big Giveaways contest, but the more I think about it, the less I want to give it up although it (the book) did not really appeal to me!

      • One of the publishers sent me some extras by mistake so the ones I haven’t read I am going to read and then they are all going up for giveaway. I have such limited space and there are stackes of books in EVERY room! Shelves are overflowing. We are ALL book hoarders in our home :0)

  9. Oh wow, mail a couple over to me? πŸ˜€ Just kidding.
    So far, I’ve only given away 1 book I received and that was only because I had another copy of it (I accidentally requested for the same book twice). How pathetic is that? πŸ˜› πŸ™‚

  10. I’m in between but mainly Own, I borrow from library only when i’m not sure of a book i’ve seen or read from a review. Read more at my blog @

  11. Haha I have tons of books I want to read and not enough space in my house, so I usually avoid buying them. Borrowing books from the library is free so why not! πŸ˜€ Otherwise ebooks make a good option too. That being said, there are some books I would love to own, just because I’ve read them before and they’re the kind I would always go back to re-read. I love the feel of reading a book with my own hands! πŸ™‚

    Felicia @ A Novel Paradise

    • The library in my state isn’t very good. If it is, I don’t want to imagine how many books I’ll be borrowing from it! πŸ™‚ True, there is something about physical copies of books that makes them different from eBooks.

  12. I like to own books but there’s also alot to be said about borrowing them to. I’m sure my bookshelves would be happier if I curbed my book buying πŸ˜‰ If its a newish title, I might see if its in the local library or wait until I can get it cheaper somewhere else (I’m a bargain hunter). I don’t mind reading second-hand books…it means they come with a little history attached to them. I also sign up for the odd bookring on BookCrossing, which is a great way to read titles I may not have considered before.