What I mean is, my mom took me to Barnes and Noble twice a week (at least, she says), and pretty much whenever I wanted a new book, I got one.
Because of this, I have grown extremely fond of my many trips to a store piled and stacked and filled with books. These trips have caused me to love bookstores and buying books. Particularly at Barnes and Noble.
Ever since I got a job, and especially since last year when I started this blog, I've been buying books like crazy. I admit, it's somewhat of an addiction. My TBR that I own is ridiculously large, extending to over 100 books. But I love it. It means that the stories I love most are mixed with the stories, worlds, ideas, and inspirations I have yet to read and love. For some reason, this is wonderful. Comforting, even.
This, my friends, is where the library comes in.
Free books, all the time. Any time. They usually have what I want when I want it, and when they don't the books I want are usually worth the wait. Either way, it's a way to spend less (or none at all, actually) and get more. And I still get to read, more even than before, which is the most important thing.
Lately I've been thinking about the vast differences between libraries and bookstores, in cost, feel, memories, and enjoyability in general. (I know, "enjoyability" is not a word. But I'm making it one. Today. Now.) I know people who step into a bookstore maybe three times a year. Others (like me until two years ago) who don't have a library card.
I still prefer the bookstore. The memories and being able to take a book home for keeps are what draw me. (At the library,you have to take it back.) But I've been wondering - what are your preferences? What do you enjoy most? What gives you giggles of anticipation and makes you jump with joy? Well...maybe not that dramatic. That's probably just me. ;)
So. Leave comments. Tell me your thoughts, though they be short-or-long-winded. How did you spend your childhood with books? Was it a library or a bookstore that helped you to love reading? Do you prefer to clutter (ok, organizing works, too) your house with bought books, old or new, or do you prefer to return them? Thoughts thoughts thoughts! :)