12 Reasons to Buy More Books

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I have a bit of a problem. One of my resolutions for this year was to stick to a budget. Instead, I’ve spent the last month binge-buying books. It appears to be a common problem among bookworms. No matter how many we collect, or how stuffed our “to-be-read” shelves become, we. Must. Buy. Books.

I started to feel a little guilty about this, especially when I considered details like lack of space, the number of unread books I already own, the free books awaiting me at the library, and that aggravating little word, “budget.”

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It’s rather depressing, all the things that could stand in the way of buying books.

So I decided to stop thinking about them, and think instead of all the reasons I SHOULD buy more books. A dozen reasons, to be exact. I have a feeling that I’ll be browsing Amazon again by the end of this list…

  1. Books never go out of style. No matter how trends waver, books stand firm. In a world where technology is outdated in twenty minutes, it’s comforting that books remain constant.
  2. Books are always there for us. No matter what time it is or what’s going on, we can count on our favorite books to be there. Dull lunch break? Book to the rescue! Insomnia? The book is already awake.
  3. Books are low-maintenance. Even if we go a week without reading a single page, we can easily pick up where we left off. It’s never awkward with a book.
  4. Relating to fictional characters can help us relate to real people. I especially find myself comparing individuals to those of Jane Austen’s novels. It’s actually helped me understand situations and personalities better. Books make us journey alongside others, through triumphs and struggles, and I think this makes us more empathetic in reality.
  5. We also learn a great deal about ourselves through reading. So many times I’ll come across a phrase and think, “This is how I feel.” I’ll meet a character and as I get to know her, I discover truths about myself, too.
  6. Books remind us we are not alone. In the same sense of learning about others and ourselves, the common themes in books gently whisper Someone else has been here. You are not going through this life alone. When I read about a character feeling something I cannot explain, or thought no one else could imagine, I take comfort in knowing that I’m normal. If this character can make it, so can I. As C. S. Lewis so wisely explained, “We read to know we are not alone.”
  7. You can share books. Yes, lending them out may cause separation anxiety, but there’s nothing like sharing a favorite with a friend and hearing how much they loved it.
  8. They are excellent conversation starters. I find that when people don’t know what to talk about, they default to talking about other people. This can be a problem, but not when those other people are fictional. Books provide endless opportunities for discussion. I love hearing insights on favorite characters, reactions to plot twists, or predictions for what happens next. I read through the Hunger Games & Divergent series with my best friend, and the Harry Potter books with my brother. The conversations we had about the stories made the experience even better.
  9. Authors are awesome. I’m a bit biased, since my fondest dream is to become a published writer, but it feels good to support storytellers.
  10. Books are a perfect gift. There are so many options, there’s bound to be something for everyone. And if you buy your friend a book, shouldn’t you be able to get one too? (The answer is yes.)
  11. You’re training for a career as a librarian. Honestly, if I don’t get a position in a library soon, I’ll just open my own bookish establishment.
  12. One day, this book will become an antique. You are adding to a collection for future generations.

So there are a dozen reasons to buy more books! I could go on, because I feel very strongly about book shopping. 😉 However, I’ll stop there for now. Amazon is calling to me!

What makes you want to shop for more books? Which titles are currently on your wishlist?

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20 thoughts on “12 Reasons to Buy More Books

  1. Yes, yes, yes, and yes, all the way down the list! Don’t forget that buying books stimulates the economy and creates jobs for booksellers. So really, buying books is a public service. At least, that’s what I say as I drive past the parish library on the way to Barnes and Noble. 😉 I just got a new book in from Amazon yesterday (Selected Poems by W. H. Auden), so that should keep me busy for a little while, but I’m sure next time I’m anywhere near a bookstore, I think of something else I simply have to have!

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    1. Lol! Yes!!! I’ll add that to my next list. I’m building my library AND the economy. It’s perfect reasoning. 🙂 bookstores are my true weakness. Even if I make it out with my budget intact, I inevitably go online to order some later.

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    2. Hanna, I absolutely love the way you think! The way you put it, it’d be downright selfish NOT to purchase books, right? I mean, after all, we can’t risk damaging the economy, now can we?

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  2. I absolutely loved all your reasons for purchasing books, Sarah. It’s funny that I’m reading this post while Amazon is open on the other internet tab . . . yes, I am currently purchasing a couple more books for my never-ending collection. But hey, books bring about knowledge, right? So I think I’m justified to spend a little money to further my intelligence (at least, that’s my story and I’m sticking to it). That can be reason number 13 to continuously buy more novels than you will ever possibly be able to read in a single lifetime.
    Okay, enough of this chatter. I believe I have an Amazon order to complete . . .

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    1. I’m so happy you enjoyed the post, Bernadette! I can’t tell you how much your support means. You’re truly so kind & encouraging! I’ll be buying your books someday soon, too, I hope! 🙂

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  3. You have tempted me! I love buying books… They are timeless in their own way. Today I found a copy of the “Joy of Cooking” for 75 cents in amazing condition, I am so excited! It’s been on my list of must-buys for a while.

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