Books are the most cherished companions of many throughout the world. From hardcover, paperback and electronic- they are delivered countless stories of joy, sorrow, love, struggles, adventure and hope. While I respect and love all forms of entertainment- the theater and film as well-- books are the one thing that seems the easiest to collect.
Now if you are a book collector you know these struggles all too well, shall we commence?
No More Space
Alas! Do I build another bookcase? Do I start piling them on the floor? Do I get creative with new areas to store my books? The amount of books I have is vast and rapidly increasing.
Do I Have That Book
Browsing the bookstore and "Ah! The perfect book!" Oh but wait my dear reader, this book looks familiar- do you perhaps own a copy? Or perhaps you have seen it at the library before... but ahh the struggle of "do I own this?"
Thankful for Libraries
There are some books that I want to read first before buying it, or perhaps the book is very rare or expensive and I can't easily pick it up. Libraries will always hold a special place in my heart, since the days of my childhood I remember my weekly library trips which always included picking up a new book about a foreign country, and on rainy/cold days I would get a VHS to enjoy and a book. Not only are libraries perfect places for finding rare books they have specialists who know how to help you research, electronic articles and resources as well as community activities.
The temptation to pick up every good book is very strong, so sometimes its great to keep a list of books you know you really want! Or perhaps if you watched a movie and would love to read the book it was based on and its fresh in your mind- grab the book!
The Joy When...
Your eyes are tired from browsing shelves, and there you see it- a book that you've looking for since before you can remember. It is in a beautiful cover, and a price you can afford! Your heart leaps with joy to hear the story enclosed on its pages and it becomes a valued member of your collection.
Audiobooks and kindles are also great options for those who want affordability or don't have space. I found audiobooks/podcasts perfect for long trips!
For my dear readers who are book collectors, what are some of your book collections looking like? Alas I need a glorious library in my dream house!
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