I recently came across the “Book Buying Habits” tag over at An Infinite Book World, you can read Alaina’s post here. Since I haven’t done a book tag for ages, I thought I would give this one a go, so today I will be sharing with you my book buying habits.
Where do you buy your books?
Anywhere and everywhere! My main source of reading material is Amazon, but I have picked up books from car boot sales, charity shops and the usual bookstores such as, Waterstones and W H Smith. I also like The Book People and The Works.
If I’m honest I’m a bit of a tight arse when it comes to buying books and will more often than not try to avoid paying full price for them, unless it’s something I really want to read or if I’m looking for a specific edition.
Do you ever pre-order books and if so, do you do this in-store or online?
Since I review quite a lot of ARC’s before they are published I don’t really need to pre-order. However, if I really like a book and want to keep a copy I will pre-order it. One such book was my most recent pre-order Alice: The Wanderland Chronicles.
On average, how many books do you buy a month?
This varies from month to month. It also depends on the format of the book. I do have a tendency to download any free books that I think I might enjoy, which can sometimes mean I’m downloading a book a day. However most of these are usually free.
As for books I actually pay for this would probably average out at between 1-3 books every month unless I come across any bargains or deals.
Do you use your local library?
Nope. I don’t even have a library card, although I think the kids might have one somewhere. They downsized our local library years ago and the atmosphere just wasn’t the same so I stopped going.
What is your opinion on library books?
I think they are brilliant! I love that they make books so accessible for everyone.
How do you feel about second-hand books?
Second hand books are fantastic. You can get some really great bargains for next to nothing. I can often be found scouring the local charity shops for some book bargains, although some of the previous owners can be page folders and spine benders which upsets me a little bit.
Do you keep your TBR pile on your main bookshelf, or no?
Yes and no. I read a lot of books on my kindle so I have several collections on there for my TBR books. Other than than all my other books are on my main bookshelf. They have their own shelf solely for books I have yet to read.
Do you plan to read all of the books you own?
Definitely! I never buy a book that I have no intention of reading one day. That said I do find myself wondering why I’ve purchased/downloaded some of them if I don’t read them quite soon after purchasing. I usually keep hold of them though as my reading tastes change. My TBR list has everything from classics to YA; horror to historical romance and everything in between.
What do you do with books you feel you will never read/did not enjoy?
I usually pass them on to someone else to read if they are hard copies. Kindle books usually just get deleted from my device.
Have you ever donated books?
Regularly. I only have a small bookshelf, hence the kindle, so I have to regularly cull my books. Ones that haven’t made the cut to remain get donated to charity shops, friends, relatives or sometimes sold on.
I also have regular clear outs of the kids books these usually get donated to the school.
Have you ever been on a book buying ban?
Never, and I can’t see me ever putting myself on one. I do try to restrict my purchases, especially of paperbacks due to lack of space but other than that I’m free to buy as and when I please.
Do you feel that you buy too many books?
Most definitely! In fact I don’t think there is a reader out there who doesn’t.
I really enjoyed this tag and in the interest of sharing the love I tag the following people.
Emma at Read Write Inspire
Debbie at My Random Musings
Emma at Devon Mum
Stephanie at Our Cherry Tree
Laura at Edinburgh with Kids
Plus anyone who reads this post and wants to join in.
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