Join me every Saturday as I ask a Fun Question that’s been on my mind. I’ll give you my take, but I really hope you’ll jump in with your answers too, since I’m really curious to know what my fellow readers and bloggers think! So today’s question is…
Have you been to the library lately?
When Felicia @ The Geeky Blogger’s Book Blog started doing her snagged at the library posts it got me thinking – when was the last time I went to the library? I mean, for school I’m at the library all the time, but to get books for my fun reading? And it had been way too long.
The thing is, I got really into this instant gratification of eBooks from Amazon/Barnes & Noble and audio books from Audible. I could just download and immediately start reading. I stopped even checking if I could get a book at the library. But this year I started a book budget and it became immediately clear to me that I was spending way too much money on books – and then I wasn’t even reading a good number of them right away. Which begged the question – why do I need to get them immediately if I’m not even going to read them immediately? I don’t. I’d just gotten lazy about it.
So now, every time I want to read a book I check and see if it’s available at the library. And I have access to A LOT of libraries in my area. So far I’ve only grabbed two library cards – each giving me access to like 5 different libraries. And now that I’m keeping a reading calendar (something new I started this year and is really saving me!), it’s easy to know what books I want and request them ahead of time. I haven’t read many from the library yet, but I have several on my calendar in the upcoming months that will be from the library.
Another benefit – besides saving money – is running into other bookworms. When I was getting my library card at one of the libraries a couple weeks ago I ended up having a 15 minute fan-girl conversation with one of the librarians about a series. You don’t get that shopping on Amazon. I do have to learn to break my habits though. Today I was grocery shopping and saw Divergent on sale in the book aisle. It took a lot for me to not grab it, since I’ve been wanting to read it for a while. In fact, an older lady standing in the aisle told me to get it at the library – that that’s what she does, and I laughed at myself. Old habits are apparently going to die hard. And it’s not even that old of a habit! Before I started blogging I got 90% of my books from the library… I still haven’t figured out what about blogging made me change that habit, but I’m hoping to change it back!
Have you been to the library lately? Has blogging affected your book acquiring habits?