This week has been a very hectic one, and I completely forgot about Booking Through Thursday until I visited Matthew’s blog and saw his response.
I’ve asked, in the past, about whether you more often buy your books, or get them from libraries. What I want to know today, is, WHY BUY?
As much as I love the act of reading itself, books are invariably physical objects and I think many book lovers simply enjoy the feel of paper in their hands. And it is also indisputable that our books are a part of us – they alter with us, and they are very much personalised objects.
I suppose what I mean is that each of our books evokes a particular memory – perhaps more than one. For instance, a few years back I went on a two-month trip around South-East Asia with one [now very worn] copy of The Lord of the Rings that I purchased at the airport. Every time I read my particular copy of that book I am reminded of sweltering summer days, dragonfly-catching and crisp cotton dresses.
But the best example I have is Jane Eyre. My copy was so worn out that I bought a new one recently, but every time I open it I fail to be immersed in it, and I find myself turning back to the old worn copy. Usually, though, I’ll read the library’s copy of a book before purchasing it – unless it’s a ‘classic’. Those I know I’ll appreciate and re-read over and over again.