12 (More) Reasons to Buy More Books

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Last month, I shared my struggle over self-control and book shopping. As it turns out, I am not alone in this dilemma. Bookworms seem to be programmed to buy books. We’re drawn to them like kids to bouncy castles (okay, and also adults to bouncy castles.) No matter how many we have, we can always find room to love another.

Not everyone understands this craving, though, and sometimes we book lovers may feel a little guilty for our book obsessions. With that in mind, I sat down to create a list of 12 Reasons to Buy More Books. I ended up with closer to 30. Since not every excuse, I mean, reason, made the original list it seemed only fair to post the remainder now.
… All right, I’ll confess. I’m also sharing this because my to-be-read shelf is full, I have a shaky stack of books in my room, and I’m waiting for a few new arrivals. Also, I have three titles in my shopping cart right now.

But it’s okay because I can explain! Really! Here are 12 More Reasons to Buy More Books.

  1. Books are inexpensive entertainment. Yes, I probably spend a tad too much on books. Probably. However, compared to the prices of movie tickets, cable, even Netflix or the Internet, books are cheap. Where else can you travel around the world, learn a dozen new things, and meet new friends for about $10, or even less? It’s a bargain, I tell you.
  2. They take us places that travel cannot. Not only do books cost vastly less than vacation, there are some destinations that are unreachable beyond books. Even with enough funds, I couldn’t book a trip to the Shire or Narnia. Thanks to books, though, I’m still familiar with those places. I’ve had tea in Hobbiton and stood beside the Lamppost with Mr. Tumnus. And I can go back any time I want to, without packing a suitcase.
  3. Books turn any room into a home. As Roman philosopher Cicero put it, “A room without books is like a body without a soul.” No matter whose house I’m in, the sight of a brimming bookcase is welcoming. Books make a room feel lived in, while looking splendid as decor. Even better, they serve double duty by being both lovely and useful. You can even use extra books as bookends for your other titles.
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  4. Buying used books is recycling. You can help the environment and your personal library!
  5. A battery may die, but a paper book endures. Don’t worry, I’m not anti-eBooks. I use both a Nook & Kindle app. But downloading eBooks never excites me like opening a box of hard copies. And I always forget to charge my tablet until the moment I want to read. So paper books are an essential for me. Really.
  6. They smell good. Another perk of paper! Whether you like the smell of new books, old ones, or any combination of both, books have the distinct scent of possibilities, invitation and magic.
  7. Carrying books looks, and is, smart. I know we aren’t supposed to worry about impressing others. However, it’s undeniable: if you’re walking around with a book that isn’t rubbish, you will look quite studious. And you might catch the attention of fellow readers and get to have book discussions! Or at the very least, you’ll have your book to occupy you in boring situations. Yet another reason having novels on hand is wise.
  8. Reading books makes us smarter. I truly believe living isn’t complete without learning and for me, books have been the best teachers. Through countless pages, I’ve studied under experts and gained information I never would have accessed otherwise. A bonus is that books are cheaper than tuition. Unless they’re college textbooks. Because why not overcharge the broke student population, right?
  9. Dating websites are overpriced and unreliable. Books are not. Until a real Mr. Darcy (or Knightly, Thornton, etc.) shows up, I shall keep my storybook loves! I even wrote an entire post dedicated to my favorite fictional couple. It’s turned out to be my most popular post to date, which has me somewhat shocked but mostly thrilled. You can check it out here, and get a recommendation for my favorite series as well. 🙂
  10. Books hold both stories and memories. Every so often, I’ll take an old favorite from my shelf and flip through the pages. When I do this, I remember the story I loved but also the girl I was when I read it. Maybe I read it multiple times in one school year, or found comfort in those pages from a broken heart, or read it through laughing with a close friend. The stories dearest to me always have a bit of me preserved in their pages. This is why I’ll often buy a book I loved, even if I may not read it again for a while.
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  11. Reading is therapeutic. True, I’ve suffered emotional trauma from books countless times. In some twisted way, those books usually become my favorites. But there’s a difference between fictional difficulties and real life conflict. When I’ve had a hard day, sometimes all it takes is an hour with a story. Escaping into a book for a little while makes the real world easier to face when I come back to it.
  12. Books make life better by letting us live several. Similar to all the places I couldn’t visit without books (#2), there are so many things I’ll never do or people I’ll never be, beyond novels. I would never trade my own life, but I’ve learned so much from all the fictional ones I have lived. I’ve rebelled against tyrants, rescued innocents, and run for my life alongside those characters. And in living their lives, I’ve come away with tools for mine. It’s doubtful I’ll ever have to bring down the Capitol or walk into Mordor, but if those characters can find the courage and determination, then I can be brave for the smaller tasks I face everyday.

If I tried hard enough, I could probably think of other reasons to encourage collecting books. I think two lists about covers it, though. (If you didn’t get to read my original 12 Reasons to Buy More Books, here is a link.) I’m in the mood to go read a book now! I need to finish it before the sequel arrives.

What are you currently reading? Which books are you planning to add to your to-be-read shelf? I’m always open to recommendations! And also book discussions. I’ve updated my contact page, so now there are even more places for us to connect and chat about stories.

Happy reading!

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8 thoughts on “12 (More) Reasons to Buy More Books

  1. Another great list. 🙂 I agree, a house isn’t a home without lots of (good) books in it.

    I like your point about using books as teachers too. Frankly, I think books can teach you even better than some schools. They let you study at your own pace and if you don’t like the way one person teaches about something, you can just find another book on the same topic!

    Isn’t it weird how you keep going back to the books that depress/scare you the most? I was reading a short story the other day that is easily one of the creepiest things I’ve read in a long time, but I just had to read it to the end!

    I especially like point #12. There are certain books (To Kill a Mockingbird, for example) that make me feel like a better person for having read them.

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    1. Thank you, Hanna! 🙂
      I’ve always been able to learn more from books, too, I feel. I never could quite put it into words, though, and I love the way you said it.
      It is strange how the scary or sad stories are the most captivating! I think it’s because they engage us the most. What was the short story??
      It’s official- I need to get To Kill a Mockingbird the next time I’m at the library! You’ve really interested me in it. 🙂

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      1. I was hoping you would ask. 🙂 It was “The Next in Line” by Ray Bradbury from his short story collection The October Country. I wrote a review of it for my blog, but it’s full of spoilers so you might not want to read it.

        I hope whenever you do read Mockingbird, you write something about it for your blog. I’d love to hear what you think of it. 🙂

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  2. Yet another wonderful list! 😀 I think one of my greatest investments is in my bookshelf, I’ve also reached a point in my life where it is now changing to hold the books I truly like/love, and I donate the others to help support my reading habit in college. Mr. K’s, I love you!

    Speaking of book recommendations… I started several books and nothing was grabbing my attention until I saw this book called: Both of Me. It’s by Jonathan Friesen, and I got it to review (as an eBook, why not get it for free when they’re offering it?). It is sooo interesting. A young woman has been traveling the world, avoiding a strained life at home where she accidentally swaps bags with a young man on a plane who has Dissociative Identity Disorder, a man who falls in and out of reality into the world created in his mind. Her travels are then interrupted when she goes to retrieve her bag, but that is not the only things she finds she is after. And she’s not the only one looking for a way out. I’m halfway through and can’t wait to finish!

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    1. I’m so happy you enjoyed the list, Marissa! I love the idea of books being an investment.
      Both of Me sounds super interesting!! I’m going to check it out right now. Thanks so much for the recommendation! I’ll be checking out your blog for more titles to add to my “To Be Read” list. 🙂

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  3. Loved this list, Sarah! You have officially made spending any amount of money on books justifiable. Ergo, I believe I shall continue building up my collection until I have a library comparable to the one from Beauty and the Beast.

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    1. I can see why Belle falls in love with the Beast. I’m pretty sure if someone gave me that library, I’d marry him, too haha!
      Since that’s not going to happen, I think I’ll invite myself over to your library. We can combine our book stashes and make one even more magnificent!

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