A friend of mine has repeatedly asked me why I buy my books rather than go to the local library. The library, after all, does have a large selection (though my Clarke collection is bigger than most libraries). Sometimes I am asked why I don’t have an eReader and download my books. Both questions are valid, and if I did buy eBooks I would save a ton of space on my bookshelves. I easily have over a hundred books, and I wouldn’t even be surprised if I have over five hundred.
Yesterday, I just wasn’t in the mood to open up any of my unread novels, and really not in the mood to read the Stephen Hawking book that I am just over a quarter of the way through. So, I went down to my geek room and just stared. I knew I wanted to read something that I have read before, but the question would be which book. I finally decided on With the Lightnings by David Drake. This is a book I have read years ago. It is the first book in a series that is still on going. And to be honest, it’s like I am reading a new book. I can’t remember reading the story. So it is both a rerun and new to me.
I am very proud of my book collection. And excluding the unread pile, I have read them all at least once, and some of them I have read so often that I had to tape the spine back together. I enjoy books; I like the feel of them in my hand as I read them. I like looking at how far I am into the book.
So yes, I may be rereading a book, but how many of us can say that they haven’t watched an episode of some TV show more than once. Or how many times have you watched that fantastic movie.
So yes, it may take me more time to get through the book. But you cannot judge. After all, I have no commercials.