I saw this tag completed by Molly @ Silver Button Books last month (to the day, as it turns out) and I put it in my back pocket, so to speak, as something I might like to do in the future. I haven’t had anything to review for the past week, so as an avid book-buyer myself I thought it’d be fun to take a stab at it. Be sure to check out her post as well!
1. WHAT DO YOU LIKE ABOUT BUYING NEW BOOKS?
I’ve always been a bit of a collector and since I became more passionate about reading years ago I have loved having my own little library of books, to read and share with others. I especially like buying physical books because aside from the writing they can be beautiful objects in their own right.
2. HOW OFTEN DO YOU BUY NEW BOOKS?
At least once a month, though how many often varies. Sometimes I’ll amass a bunch of physical and digital purchases, and other times I’ll only have one or two of each.
3. BOOKSTORE OR ONLINE SHOPPING: WHICH DO YOU PREFER?
This depends on the situation. If I’m just browsing, I love going into an actual bookstore. The sense discovery when coming across a new book, or one I hadn’t put as much thought into buying before, is always fun.
This becomes tricky when I’m specifically dogged about getting a specific book, though. If I don’t know whether a bookshop has it and it turns out they don’t, I’ll be more ruffled by the experience because I won’t have been in a browsing mood, so in those cases I usually prefer to secure a purchase online.
4. DO YOU HAVE A FAVORITE BOOKSHOP?
Here in Kingston, my favourite a little independent shop called Novel Idea. I don’t go there as often as I feel I ought to, but I still make a point to every once in a while. In Toronto it’s a chain of used bookshops called BMV (Books Music Videos), which has a huge selection of books in like-new condition at really good prices. It was a godsend when I was in university.
5. DO YOU PRE-ORDER BOOKS?
I’ve usually got a few pre-orders here and there, especially if it’s an author I like and I feel like they could use the support, but it’s not something I do with most books I buy. I’m particular about books matching their siblings by the author, which I often have in paperback, so I prefer not to have hardcovers unless they’re something more special. Hardcovers are also fairly more expensive, so there’s that too.
6. DO YOU HAVE A MONTHLY BUYING LIMIT?
There isn’t a hard number, but I typically have a rule to not buy more than I can afford at a given time. I love books, but there are needs that take precedent. I also make a point to not buy books in a series unless I’ve finished all or most that come before it, just so I don’t end up hoarding a series that I won’t finish for a while.
7. HOW BIG IS YOUR WISH LIST?
I have a custom shelf on Goodreads labeled “To-Buy” that is currently at 48 books. The funny is, it’s hardly a comprehensive list of all the books I want to eventually own. I use my To-Read shelf (numbering 329 books) as a list of books to keep in mind as potential reads, rather than what I definitely will read, and I’m certain there are a number of books there that I just forgot to add to the To-Buy shelf. Also, any books that I know I don’t need reminding about don’t get added either, such as the novels in the Discworld series. This answer feels longer than it needed to be, but here we are.
8. WHICH 3 BOOKS FROM YOUR WISH LIST DO YOU WISH TO OWN RIGHT NOW?
Pulling just from the 48 on my to-buy list, I’d have to go with Devolution by Max Brooks, The Deep by Nick Cutter, and The Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath graphic novel by H. P. Lovecraft and I. N. J. Culbard.
As Molly did, I invite anybody interested in participating in the tag to do so. Let me know if you do so I can check it out. 🙂
Thank you for reading!