Book Buying Tag

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Yesterday was Black Friday in the United States – a day full of shopping deals to kick off the holiday season. While I don’t like the hype surrounding the day, there are times when I just can’t pass up a good sale (eek – my wallet is hurting). I actually didn’t buy any books on Black Friday, but I figured we could stay on brand with this Book Buying Tag.

1. Where do you buy your books from?

Predominately secondhand bookshops and independent bookshops (with some overlap). Rarely from Amazon or other chain/big-box stores like Barnes & Noble. Frankly I just hate paying full price and if I do, I want to support an indie.

2. Do you ever pre-order a book and if so do you do this in store or online? 

Rarely am I excited enough for a new release that I order it – I can count on one hand the number of times I’ve done this in the last few years. I did just pre-order Sally Rooney’s Normal People because I’ve heard it’s INCREDIBLE and I want it in my hand as soon as it’s out in the US. It’ll be a nice surprise at my door in April 2019 because I know I’ll forget I ordered it!

3. On average, how many books do you buy a month?

It totally depends. If I make a trip to a library sale or used bookstore I can average anywhere from 5 to 15 a month. If I don’t, it’s closer to 0-3 depending on if I buy any ebooks on sale or if I swing by my local indie.

4. Do you use your local library?

Yes! I love libraries, want to support them, and love all of the services they have to offer, including free ebook downloads which I absolutely take advantage of.

5. If so- how my books can you/do you borrow at a time?

I think I can borrow up to 100 but the most I would ever take out at a time is probably 7 or 8.

6. What is your opinion on library books?

I love picking up books I know other people have read; I like the history. I also like not worrying about bending the spine or anything because someone else already did.

7. How do you feel about charity shop/secondhand books?

I mostly own secondhand books. If I want to own a book, I don’t much care if it’s used or what edition it is or if it’s hardback or paperback. Plus they’re cheaper so I’m all for that.

8. Do you keep your read and TBR pile together/on the same book shelf or not?

I mix them because my shelves are alpha by author’s last name and I like them all to be shelved (except the ones I’m currently reading.)

9. Do you plan to read all of the books that you own?

Hopefully but life is short so who knows?

10. What do you do with books you that you own that you feel you will never read/felt you did not enjoy?

After checking with friends to see if I can give any away, I donate them to my local thrift shop. If I think I can get money for them, I sell to my local used bookstore. Absolutely no use in wasting precious shelf space on books I don’t care about.

11. Have you ever donated books?

See above!

12. Have you ever been on a book buying ban?

Not really, though it tends to naturally happen.

13. Do you feel that you buy too many books?

Compared to most hardcore readers, absolutely not. According to my tracking spreadsheet, I’ve spent about $375 on books this year, averaging out to something like $6 a book. I do like those numbers, but I also own (and buy) tons of books that have been sitting on my shelves unread for a long time, so I could probably stand to buy fewer books. Isn’t that always our struggle?!


Interested in doing this tag, or at least reflecting on your book buying habits? Let’s discuss!

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