Booking Through Thursday

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Own or Borrow? June 9, 2011

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

Don’t forget to leave a link to your actual response (so people don’t have to go searching for it) in the comments—or if you prefer, leave your answers in the comments themselves!

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91 Responses to “Own or Borrow?”

  1. Belle Says:

    I’m addicted to buying books so overall, I guess I prefer to own them! But that being said, I only ever buy books that I know or am pretty sure I’m going to like. I also adore going to the library and borrowing books! But when I find any I absolutely love, I usually end up buying them, anyway! Which is why I currently have about five metre-high piles of books sitting on the floor next to my bookshelf because they don’t fit on there. I think I need another bookshelf.

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  3. RandomizeME Says:

    I’m an ‘owner’ (aka hoarder) – I may need professional help soon :)

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

  4. sprite Says:

    All things being equal, I’d rather own the ones I really like and borrow the ones I only feel so-so about. That usually translates to borrowing a lot of books and buying new books by authors I really like, books I’ve already borrowed and loved, and the occasional whim purchase (particularly vacation reading).

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  6. mostraum Says:

    Oh, both, depending on the book. More here.

  7. Anette Says:

    Own or borrow? Here is my answer:

    Hugs from Anette in Norway :)

  8. This was nice; gives me the opportunity to practice english. You can find my answer here:

  9. My response at Confuzzled Books

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  11. Yvonne Says:

    My answer is here

  12. Melissa Says:

    You will find my answer here — in a few minutes!

  13. Oh, I’m definitely someone who enjoys books all around me. Here’s my story:


  14. Gigi Ann Says:

    Which do I prefer? Visit here and read my answer.

  15. Mine is posted here but what I basically said was it depends on the author/book. There are some authors–like George R.R. Martin–who I know I’d read over and over again so I’d want to own their books. There are others that I’d just read once and those I’d rather just borrow.

  16. Emily Says:

    I love buying books and building my library! I’ve also discovered recently that I can do it cheaply by using Amazon’s used book-sellers.

  17. Difficult to imagine “all things being equal” – great question! Here’s my thoughts:

  18. Louise Says:

    I buy far more books that either money or space allow –

  19. DawnTreader Says:

    All through my life, I have always done both: Bought some, borrowed some… Read more at:

  20. Fun question. But the best part of my answer is probably the photo of the library that I found to illustrate it:

  21. You say you love books, but where you put your money says a lot about what you really love.

  22. Shirley Says:

    An easy choice for me! Here’s my Booking Through Thursday answer.

    They don’t call me a bookaholic for nothing! ;)

  23. I wonder why it has my old info… sorry for the double post

  24. JessiM Says:

    Great question! Here’s my ANSWER

  25. Kris Says:

    I like to have books on my shelves, but I only like hardcover, so I don’t buy very often. I love my library very much and I’ve only come across a couple of books I’ve had to take back that were in really bad shape. Great question.

  26. MoniqueReads Says:

    Great question, my past dictates how I feel about owning and borrowing books.

    Answer here:

  27. Matthew Says:

    I would buy my own, even if I don’t have time for all of them. Who does anyway?
    My full answer is posted.

  28. Better late than never, right? Here’s my post!

    Own or Borrow?

  29. Kristine Says:

    Haven’t participated in a while! Here’s my response :)

  30. What a lovely question! I really enjoyed it :)

  31. SG Says:

    I would definitely own them!

  32. Lena Says:

    I’d rather own. I don’t like to borrow anything. I have enough anxiety worrying about my book babies when I loan them out, I don’t want to be responsible for nothing happening to anyone else’s book baby. Plus, I have a thing with used books from people I know, wondering if they ate while reading, had a cold, etc. Germs…ewww. But if I buy it used from a store, somehow that doesn’t bother me cause I don’t know them.. One of those silly quirks I guess.

  33. pagesofjulia Says:

    Good question, and thanks to the other respondents who helped me articulate my own feelings… here.

  34. As a book lover her is my post answering this questions. Hope you enjoy my perspective.

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