Today’s Book Blogger Hop question is: Have you ever read a library book you loved so much, you just HAD to own it, so you bought a copy for yourself after returning the library book you had already finished?
This is how I buy most of my books. I read almost everything from the library first, then eventually buy the ones I particularly loved. The only exceptions are authors I love so much I’ll buy their books unread (though I’ve maxed out most of them), and even those are authors I read from the library first.
I feel like this question implies a shorter time frame than usually applies in my case. I usually don’t buy books until months or years after I read them the first time. I’m trying to recall a book I loved so much I immediately went out and bought it…and though I’m sure it has happened, I’m having trouble thinking of an example!
Oddly, what comes to mind are movies. I rented Jesus, a three-hour miniseries, and I think I ordered it on Amazon before I even finished it. Both because it’s that good, and because I’d seen enough to be sure it was the one I vaguely remembered watching and liking when I was a kid. Similarly, I rented Christopher Robin, loved it so much I meant to buy it immediately–got bogged down trying to decide how to apportion a gift card–and my husband bought it for me for Valentine’s Day maybe a week after we watched it (I promptly watched it at least twice more with other people within the following month!)
Have you read a book from the library, or borrowed somewhere else, and then rushed out to buy it?
One thought on “Blog Hop: To Borrow, To Buy?”
I haven’t read a book from the library or borrowed one that I loved so much I then went out and bought it right away, but I have definitely bought books on Kindle that I loved and bought in a more permanent format (mostly paperback) right after I finished them. They are mostly religious biographies of St. Francis of Assisi. Though I have a “library” on Kindle that is in the cloud and is supposed to be permanent, it doesn’t feel the same to me as having a really special book that I would rather hold in my hands and see on my bookshelf.