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You're the Voice: Anastasia on New books or libraries?

Dec 27,2016
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I cannot believe I am writing my last post already! This has been an awesome opportunity and I hope you have all enjoyed reading my posts as much as I have loved writing them. But all great things must come to an end (who said writers hate clichés?), and I am ending with, not quite a bang, but just some last minute thoughts to settle an age old debate. Are new books as good as library books? Are library books as good as new ones?

Let's start with library books and, like your teacher's tell you to do, assess the strengths and weaknesses before coming to a conclusion. Libraries are one of the most special places in the world. You're surrounded by people who are in the same place for the same reason you are - books. To either research, study or simply read at their own leisure, the library is filled with fascinating people and fascinating books. The books which line the library shelves have their own stories with thousands of previous owners all with different intentions, interests and opinions. I don't want to get too deep and meaningful here, but they really have been on different journeys. They have been read on buses, in beds, on couches, maybe even secretly under sheets when you're meant to be asleep (I know I did that when I was younger). When they're returned, the stories are not visible, but there is no denying that every single one of the books you borrow have their own biography. This small recognition of the adventure library books have been on make your expedition even more interesting.

Now, look, I'm not going to lie here, I don't have any weaknesses on library books. If you're a bit squirmish over germs and petrified of losing a library book, sure that can count as a weakness, but I honestly believe library books are something pretty cool.

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On the other hand, new books present a completely opposite kind of aura. They're fresh, completely raw. No pages have been dog-eared, no messages in the front, and the spine is in perfect shape as though it had been at the gym all winter. Then there's the smell (again, who said writers hate clichés?). Nothing, absolutely nothing, beats the brand new, exposed, crisp smell of a new book. The pages are always so clean, the ink is practically still wet, and there is nothing better than knowing you're the first owner of this copy. They have no back-story; no adventure they have been on. New books basically sit on shelves and scream BUILD ME ANOTHER STORY. Once you buy them, you're already starting their new adventure. Whether you're a person who buys them, reads them and stores them on a bookshelf or donates them to a library, you're still the opening line of this book's venture. Concluding that, again, there are no downsides to buying a book brand-new, because who doesn't like being the first with something?

There will never be a settlement on this debate. You can be a bookstore believer, or a library lover, or you can enjoy both sides of the incredibly ways you can read in this day and age; as long as you don't stop reading. Continue to fuel your mind with crazy characters and innovative ideas and become the person you strive to be.

Thank you all so much for reading my contributions this month (or if you didn't that's okay too), and I really do hope I sparked a few ideas this December. Merry Christmas and I hope you all have a happy and safe New Year.

You are all loved,

A x

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