This week’s question: -LibraryThing’s Recently Added feature: do you look at it? Do you use it for ideas? Is there something listed there now that looks interesting to you? What have you added to your LT library recently?
I look at it sometimes just to see what’s been added, but I don’t really pay much attention to it. Generally the books are so random that it’s not entirely worth the time to figure out what they all are, but it’s nice to see what others are reading or adding to their TBR piles. It awes me that people are adding books to LT every minute that I’m looking, every day.
I haven’t added anything to my LT library recently. To be honest I’m a little afraid of my TBR piles and occasionally I try to pretend they don’t exist, although right now it’s more a matter of digging the books out of all our packed stuff from camping. I have I think five books to add – The Painted Veil by W. Somerset Maugham, The End of Mr. Y by Scarlett Thomas, The Making of the Middle Ages by R. W. Southern, The Queen’s Man by Sharon Kay Penman, Azincourt by Bernard Cornwell, and The Scarlet Lion by Elizabeth Chadwick. Okay, that’s six, and now I’ve taken them out so I will diligently put them into LT.
My fiance and his mother have both decided that I should stop buying books and use the library. They know I’m not going to listen to them. The library is well and good, but I really prefer to own my books. I love to have them, look at them, and know I can reread them even if I never actually do. Besides, I’ve never been to a library that had all the books I wanted to read and though I can request books for purchase, I’m sure they’d stop after dealing with me for a month or two. On top of that, I always want to own the books I like that I’ve read from the library, so I still buy them when I can. We may not have space in our house for anything else, but having so many books makes me happier. And since I never pay more than $4 (£2) for a book unless it’s a recent release that I must have, I don’t think this is too much of a problem.
What do you think?