The Sunday I started a new job at the local library this week, and when talking with my coworkers, the subject of buying books came up. I buy a lot of books, in spite of the fact that I’ve been working in libraries for the last three and a half years. Part of it is that I’m a re-reader. I end up re-reading probably 40 or 50% of the books I own (I’d probably get through more of my TBR pile if I tried to cut down on those re-reads…). Two of my coworkers seemed amazed that I spend the money to purchase books when I could easily check them out. That’s not to say I don’t check any books out. I do use the library as a patron as well as employee. I just prefer to purchase books sometimes.

So I was wondering how my fellow Saloners got the books they read. Do you buy the books, or check them out from the library (or borrow them through other means)? If you check books out, how often do you buy them? Am I alone in my compulsive book purchases? If you buy, do you ever borrow books?

As far as reading goes, I started reading The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon. It was recommended to my a long time ago by a friend who’s opinion I highly respect, but I never got around to reading it. It’s been getting a lot of attention on LT the last few weeks, so I decided it was time to try to get ahold of a copy. And I was quite lucky to snag a copy that became available on BookMooch. So I started it this week. I’m still at the beginning of the novel, so I don’t get what all the fuss is about yet. But I’m hoping that changes quite soon. It’s a book I really want to like.

I also finished After Dark by Haruki Murakami this week. It was my first Murakami, and it won’t be my last. It was at once beautiful and lonely. There’s just something about being awake in the middle of the night that gives a sense of loneliness, even if there are other people around, and I think Murakami captured that feeling quite well. I’m planning to write a review soon.

I’m off to spend some time with The Shadow of the Wind. I hope you all have a good Sunday!