Green and Thrifty recently wrote a post about her experiences sourcing cheap books. I feel for her. I’ve always wanted a library. In fact this was my dream:
With this goals in mind I bought books. I purchased them from anyplace that sold them. The thing is even with all these thrifty ways of getting books it was still a fairly expensive habit. I could easily drop $50 at a thrift store. Slowly I began to realize that I had a lot of books on my shelf but I didn’t love all of them. In fact there were a great number that were there simply because I wanted lots of books. At that point I stopped buying books with the exception of those from 4 authors that I love.
The other issue is, like Green and Thrifty:
In 2007 I distinctly recall spending at least $40 a month on my habit. That’s about $500/year on books that have great covers that I may never read again. Thankfully I live close to 3 branches of my local library so for the cost of driving less than 20 km I can get all the free books my heart desires.
In 2010 they instituted a tracking system so you can see what materials (books, magazines, CDs, DVDs) you borrowed. Here’s my use:
- 2010 – 321 items (this was my last year commuting where I borrowed audiobooks to keep my drive interesting)
- 2011-195 items
- 2012 – 146 items
- 2013 – 140 items
- 2014 – 151 items
- 2015 – 45 items ( I took a break and didn’t go in until June)
- 2016 – 19 items so far
The library has taken my expensive habit and made it very affordable.
As for my personal library, I now have 2 full shelves worth of books that make me happy and that I enjoy revisiting. It looks a bit like this: