I am having so much fun doing these posts, y’all. And still learning all the things from each of you, which is so awesome! Anyways, today’s prompt is all about how we shop for books, because let’s face it, plenty of us would go without new shoes, food, and cable before we go without books. And if you are currently being frugal, you can always modify this to how you decide which books to borrow from the library. This post is part of a 15 Day Book Blogger Challenge that I started because I was feeling burnt out and then inspired. Check out the challenge here.
Describe How You Shop For Books.
Y’all, this is kind of a hard topic to write about because it really has been awhile since I have gone to a store and physically bought books – right now I am trying to be frugal, doing some culling, and getting through the pile of books that I already own, so I am doing this from the point of view where I was spending money right and left on plenty of things.
Usually, when I buy books in a store it is because I am at a book signing, so I tend to make the two hour trek to Oblong Books to buy books and to also meet the authors. I tend to feel smug and uppity about buying books from there because I feel like a bad ass supporting an indie store and shopping ‘local’. Where I just moved, there is NO local book store. How awful is that? I’d have to drive 20-40 miles to find one.
So, at Oblong Books, best book store ever, I would usually walk in and go immediately to the section where they have books by the signing authors for sale. Typically I would buy two of each book the authors are signing. However, if I am not feeling so rich, I just buy one copy of the books the authors are signing — unfortunately that has happened a few times.
Then, after buying my copies to get signed, I meander over to the young adult section. I browse and browse and browse. Usually I mock books that were awful in my head, or ones that kind of have a reputation. Then, I end up pulling books that have pretty covers or books that my friends have recommended — so my last few trips I bought: Bittersweet by Sarah Ockler, Such A Rush by Jennifer Echols, The Day Before by Lisa Schroeder, and Long Lankin but I totally forget the author. All purchased based on friend recommendation or cover. I used to purchase things just because I had heard of them, but ain’t nobody got money for that anymore. Like, there was a time where I was spending money and space on any book that got super popular — like 50 Shades Of Gray, which I actually have not purchased, but if it was released during my pre-frugal days, I probably would have bought it.
OH OH, and if it is a book that I think my sister absolutely needs to read, I buy it, because I have a much easier time spending money on books for other people these days.
What about you? What are your shopping habits like?