I’ve been away for such a long, long time, dear readers! I’ve been slogging it out in the trenches of tech week and the running of the play I’m currently managing… I’ve been pulling extremely long days and any time I haven’t been at work or the theatre I’ve been lying on my couch staring at the ceiling trying to summon enough energy to go to bed. I’ve only read 1.5 books this month so far and basically I’ve been a zombie version of myself.
This week, however, I managed to muster some energy and money and went a little wild. I went on a BOOK BUYING BINGE! I have bought, I think, 15 books over the course of the last four days.
So seeing as I have spent the last few days just indulging in the most ridiculous lack of self-control I figured now would be a good time for me to try out the Book Buying Tag! So without further ado…
Where do you buy your books?
I buy from all over… I can find a book to buy pretty much anywhere I go. But my primary go to sources are my local Barnes & Noble and Amazon.com. I also frequent Half Price Books to discover older titles that I may missed, and I try to hit up Between the Lynes in Woodstock, IL when I feel guilty about buying a bunch of books online and I need to get out and support a local independent bookstore.
Do you ever pre-order books, and if so do you do it in-store or online?
I do pre-order books. I usually do an online pre-order for those mega hyped YA titles or books by my favorite authors. The only books I’ve pre-ordered in-store are the Harry Potter books because of the midnight release parties and the fact that if I didn’t have the book in my hand at midnight when it came out I knew I would have them spoiled by someone.
On average how many books do you buy a month?
It depends on the month… If it’s March, June, September, or November it could be as high as 20. If it’s January, May, July, or August it could be as low as 0. And the rest of the year are pretty moderate. It all depends on what I have going on in my life and how my finances are holding up.
Do you use your local library?
I didn’t use my local library for a really long time. I had HUGE fine because I lost a book back in high school and it kept me away for roughly ten years. But last summer I was TOTALLY broke with no book money at all, so I cowgirled up and went back to the library hoping that my past misdeeds had somehow disappeared. They had and I’ve been a library regular ever since.
If so, how many books do you borrow at a time?
I try to limit myself to six books max at a time. Otherwise I doubt that I would have a prayer of reading them all, and I certainly don’t want to horde books that other people may want to read.
What is your opinion of Library books?
I’m not the biggest fan of hardcover books and library books are usually (justifiably) hardcover. I’m a gal who needs her books to be portable and library books are usually stay at home books. Also I have tiny hands and hardcover books can be uncomfortable… all that said, I’d rather have a hardcover library book than no book at all.
How do you feel about secondhand books?
I LOVE secondhand books! I love giving books new homes. I love reading marginalia. I collect secondhand editions of ‘Moby-Dick’ and ‘The Scarlet Letter’. I also love the secondhand price point. I actually just bought gently used copies of ‘Amberlough’ and ‘Americanah’ today before I sat down to write this blog. Cheap secondhand books are a great way to give books you aren’t sure about a chance without being out too much money. I also LOVE donating/reselling my old books to make room for new ones.
Do you keep your ‘Read’ and ‘TBR’ piles together on the same bookshelf or separate shelves?
This might be blasphemy, but I keep them together on the same bookcases. They’re all mixed in together. I only separate out my Currently Reading pile, which resides on my nightstand, next to my bed. Only my Book of the Month Club books and YA books have their own shelves.
Do you plan to read all the books that you own?
Let’s put it this way, I HOPE to read all the books I own. I don’t know if I ever will though unless I stop buying books right now and somehow get like three months off to do nothing but read 20 hours a day.
What do you do with books that you own, but feel you will never read/didn’t enjoy?
I will donate them to the library or if I’m looking to get new books to replace them, I’ll sell them at Half Price Books (most of the YA I read ends up at HPB, because I only keep the YA books I give 4-5 stars). My feelings are maybe I didn’t love something, but my donating or selling it can get it into the hands of someone who might fall in love with it… and that makes me happy.
Have you ever donated books?
Yep. I donate to the library, school libraries, hospitals and jails.
Have you ever been on a book buying ban?
Yeeeeeeeeees… Every summer I put myself on a ban. I tell myself that if I can go from June-September without buying more than nine books that I can splurge on my birthday (Sept. 11). It’s hell but having a library card makes it a lot easier.
Do you feel that you buy too many books?
I know that book lovers are never supposed to say that they have/buy too many books… but I’m going to say yeah… I probably buy too many books. I say this because sometimes I’ll end up going a week without grocery shopping because I went overboard at the bookstore. I have very little self-control when it comes to books… so yeah.
There you have it, my Book Buying Tag! As always I challenge my fellow Bookish Bloggers to take a crack at it. Come on ladies, get down with your bad selves!