How do I amass a book collection in this day and age?
July 17, 2014 4:35 PM Subscribe
I've always wanted to wind up with a large collection of books like my parents have. However, when I can find constantly updated information on the internet and I check out fiction from the library, I can rarely convince myself there's a good reason to actually BUY a book. What books should
I be buying? Some snowflakes inside.
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I love going into used and new bookstores and browsing, and sometimes I'll find some book that seems interesting. But immediately what goes through my mind are things like, "should I check this out from the library to make sure I'll like it first? Is this the most updated and factually correct book on this topic? Could I get it cheaper on Amazon?", etc. I used to buy YA books without thinking about it, but with 'adult' books being double the price, it tends to give me pause.
Right now my book collection consists of my favorite YA books I brought with me from my parents' house, book series that I enjoyed and collected through Paperback Swap, assorted fiction I picked up here and there, and non-fiction books I had to get for college (mostly environmental law and policy books). A lot of the fiction I could probably part with and would forget about immediately because I rarely re-read one-off novels.
While I aspire to have a collection comparable to my parents', I assume most of the information in the non-fiction books could be found easily on the internet and a lot of the fiction is probably not necessarily even worth keeping. So basically my question is - how do I decide what books are really worth buying and keeping?