Today as we traveled from Denver back to Missouri, I found myself in one of my favorite locations, a bookstore. Of course you can find books in almost any airport around, but this was a one of the good stores...shelves and shelves, like a mini Barnes and Noble. Naturally, I found two books: a good biography and a mystery, two of my favorite genres.
I took them to the counter with my head hung low, because, once again, I had succumbed to the temptation that plagues me. I am a chronic book buyer.
I know this is not uncommon among teachers, but my history of buying books is a little complicated. You see, it's not just that I only buy books, it's that I refuse to get a library card anymore. At least where I live.
I know, I know...I love libraries, too. I can wander for hours and fill my arms to overflowing. I can spend days there, reading and drinking coffee (from the cafes that the swanky ones have now). But, I cannot get a library card anymore.
My problem is multi-faceted.
Number one, I can rarely finish a good-sized book that has some substance to it within the time I have to borrow it. My library only lets you check them out for one to two weeks, depending on the book.
Number two, because I cannot finish said book I either have to return it, renew it, or pay money.
Number three, other than renew (which my library where I live now does not do well at...there are too few copies of almost any book and there is almost always a waiting list), neither of those options are good with me.
I have paid so much in fines over the years that I've decided that if a book is worth reading, it's worth buying. Sure I have a few duds, but most of time, I'm on the money. I get to read the book as long as I want (and reread!), and I don't have to pay fines to do it! Plus, I can get anything...new releases, old books, PD books, anything!
I've found some cheap ways of doing it, like Amazon and used bookstores, but sometimes, like today, I find myself in a store and I must buy. Even if it's full price...
I could have worse habits, right...?? ;)