Booking Through Thursday(s): Own or Borrow, and Soundtrack

I’m going to pick up two Booking Through Thursdays at once to catch up. I must say, I’m enjoying the opportunity to reflect on books without having to read endless piles of books or book reviews. (I’ve been greatly enjoying following FYA, but I’m about ready to declare review bankruptcy.)

June 9: Own or Borrow?

All things being equal (money, space, etc), would you rather own copies of the books you read? Or borrow them?

I would own all my books in a heartbeat. One of the most difficult things about officially moving out of my parents’ house was that I had to leave behind so many books. I already had most of the clothes I wore, and I was very conscientious about evicting anything that I wasn’t prepared to use right away in Austin. My books are a notable exception. I made three groups: books to haul all the way here in my trunk, books that I wouldn’t cry over never seeing again, and books that I would bring with me if I could. I have flirted with ideas for getting the last category here sometime, but then I remember how nice it is to have a bookshelf that isn’t filled to bursting. I still own plenty of books, but I wish I could own more.

June 23: Soundtrack

What, if any, kind of music do you listen to when you’re reading? (Given a choice, of course!)

I prefer to read without listening to music. The sole exception is when I’m on a plane. My noise-canceling earbuds are so amazing that I usually pop on my iPhone and listen while I’m reading a book. The last time I flew, the plan was to watch some Firefly and then read Dorian Gray while listening to my iPhone. Since I don’t use iTunes to sync, though, turning off my phone ruined the sync and I was left without music or rented TV. I opted to put in the earbuds and plug them into my phone anyway. I looked perfectly normal, I cut out most of the obnoxious plane roar, and I read and played Fruit Ninja quite peacefully. I might start just putting in the headphones without any music as a new habit so I can have the relative quiet for reading!

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