"Great collections of books are subject to certain accidents besides the damp, the worms, and the rats; one not less common is that of the borrowers, not to say a word of the purloiners." Issac D'Israeli
Okay, I have this problem (or perhaps it can better be described as a disease) and I am wondering if anyone has experienced this same thing…
I cannot read a book unless I own it!
I don’t know how many times a friend has shoved a book in my hands and said I have to read it, or a teacher has handed out the next book we are to read for class, or I just got a new library card capable of making thousands of books readily available and at my fingertips and I just haven’t been able to get past the first page! I’m broken or something. Some wires have been crossed in my brain that don’t allow borrowed books to compute.
Please, tell me I am not the only one!!!
I feel bad because a few months ago a friend let me borrow a whole series of books I wanted to read and instead of reading them I held them on my shelf for a little over three weeks and then returned the books, untouched, while I raved about how fabulous they were. It’s terrible! Then, sad enough, I went out and paid a pretty penny for the exact books she lent me weeks ago and read them and enjoyed them with no problem.
Also, The first thing I asked my grandma when she gave me "Poison Study" by Maria V. Snyder (which I loved and often compare to my own version of crack cocaine) was "Can I keep it?" because I knew that if it wasn't mine, I wouldn't be able to read it!
That's not to say that the books can't be used. I have scowered used books stores for enticing reads and nearly bought out the Petoskey Used Book store of Terry Goodkind's "Sword of Truth" series. I just have to be able to buy and own them or be given them for keepsies.
Again, I beg, am I the only one???