*this post was inspired by the post which Tiana from The Book Raven posted. Clicks here to view her post.*
Hey, fellow readers! This is your girl, Anj! I have a lot to say about Libraries, so hang on to your seats (or bookshelves) *that’s not even punny,Anj(facepalm)*
It’s going to surprise you guys, if I told you that I read most of my books from the library. *dramatic silence* I have a lot of my book buddies here who buy books, and read them and seldom use libraries. That, unfortunately, is not the case for me. My parents let me allow a book or two every three months or so and they try to be ‘minimalistic’ in all aspects, including books, hence the rare allowance for buying physical copies of books. However, this doesn’t mean I get e-books very often. And for this part, libraries or in particular, a library has allowed me to know the vast expanse of books and the reading community in general.
The library has always been a place where I found solace and happiness (along with bookshops, that is) and I really owe libraries and am indebted to the behemoth of knowledge and books they’ve given me. Speaking of opinions now, apparently, there are three camps of opinions in the reading community. The first one is pro-libraries, the second one is the neutral one and the third one is the ‘book-purchasing’ camp. I fall partly in the pro-library camp and the neutral camp where people give equal importance to the usage of libraries, as well as the purchasing of books and growing a collection. Don’t get me wrong, the idea of owning a million books just tempts me so much,but then I realise that sometimes, owning a lot of books can lead to your TBR pile towering towards the sky. Nobody wants their TBR to be rocketing upward and this is another vital point where I feel that libraries really control your book-buying spree. When you are a member in a library, you pick a book you want to read, and if after you finish reading it, you have the choice of deciding whether you want to own that book in your collection or you are good without it. This minimises situations where you own a book that you hate/dislike.
I despise not finishing books, which means that either I don’t read it in the first place or I have to finish it if I’ve already started the book. In the rare cases, when I have put a book on the dnf list, I’ve always meant to get back to it once I was in the mood to read it till the end. Libraries have helped me in doing so and I’ve tremendously reduced the chance of not finishing a book. By going to the library, I’ve got to know several non-popular books and that has made me give my significant amount of time researching on what to read next.
Libraries have exposed me to diversity in many innumerable ways. I live in India, where there are several languages spoken in each state, different cultures, traditions and beliefs, and this has been a very precious part of who I am. Libraries here have, to a great extent exposed me to Indian writing and authors from all over the world belonging to different countries. Sure, it reduces the number of hyped books you’ll read, but it’s an amazing feeling when you discover a not-so-popular book and you love it and push it into everybody’s faces (just kidding). What’s more, you get to delve into some serious classics, contemporaries and it’s a win -win for both satisfying the urge to read diversely and broadly(covering all types of genres)
To conclude, I love libraries for inculcating and instilling the passion of reading in young readers as well as grown-ups in addition to offering a broad spectrum of books. What are your opinions on libraries?
Did not want to talk on and on, so, here’s a small blogpost to consume on the go! 🌌