Book Buying Tag

The tag I am answering questions for today is the Book Buying Tag. I found this tag on Maija Reads, but she says it was created by Megan Olivier over on Youtube. There are 12 questions.

1. Where do you buy your books from?

I usually buy my books from Amazon or Thriftbooks.com if I’m shopping online. I pick up books from my library’s small booksale room or Salvation Army on occasion. And we have one small bookstore in town that we go to very rarely, even though I always mean to go more often.

2. Do you ever pre-order books, and if so do you do it in-store or online?

I’ve only pre-ordered one book before. It was Obsidio that came out this year. I pre-ordered it from Amazon.

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

It only have data from the past 13 months. Counting them up and finding the average says I’ve bought 10 books each month on average. My highest amount purchased in one of these months was 31 and my lowest number purchased was 3. The 31 book month was when I placed an order from Bookoutlet for the first and only time. I went a little too crazy with the low cost of the books and just bought too many at once. And I’ve only read 2 of those 31 books so far.

4. Do you use your local library?

Always. We’re there at least twice and sometimes three times a week.

5. If so, how many books can you/do you borrow at a time?

The only checkout limit I know of is in the digital catalog. For ebooks we can check out five books at a time and have five more on hold. I don’t know of a limit to the physical books. We tend to hover between 80 and 100 items checked out at once between my husband, my daughter, and I.

6. What is your opinion on library books?

I love them! Especially for kids books. My daughter usually has at least 50 checked out at once and picture books are so expensive. There is no way I could keep up with her reading wishes if I had to buy everything she consumes.

I love the library for myself too, but I like to underline and highlight in my books these days and I obviously can’t do that with a library book. I do read whatever I can get from the library first though and try to only order what is not in the system or books that I want to own to read again.

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

I love these too! We don’t have many in the area these days, but our library has a very small room with a few bookshelves of books for sale. If I just want to fill a retail therapy need that’s the place to go. Hardcover are 2 for $1 and paper back are 3 for $1. If I’m not looking for something specific I can usually find something that interests me and the price can’t be beat.

8. Do you keep your read and TBR pile together/on the same book shelf or separate?

Sort of. Whatever I’m currently reading is in a basket on my desk. The things I’m hoping to read very soon are in a pile under my desk. Everything else is on the bookshelf. One shelf on the bookshelf, so far, is for books that I’ve read and plan to keep to reread again at some point.

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

I plan to, but it will take many years.

10. Have you ever donated books?

I have in the past. There is one library in the area that takes donations year round. It’s out of the way though so we don’t make it there often. I end up putting books I don’t want any more in a box and then the box gets put in the closet and forgotten about for years before we finally do something about it. That happens with everything we plan to donate though.

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

No. We don’t have much in the budget for anything extra right now, so when I can manage to squeeze a few dollars out for buying books I do so with glee. I can’t take that small joy from myself.

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

Probably. I bought 121 books in the past 12 months. I’ve finished 127 books so far this year. That sounds great. Except a large portion of those books I read were from the library and some were from my backlog of owned books. I’ll never catch up if I keep buying books at the same rate. I’ll have some more stats about my 2018 reading at the of the month, or maybe the beginning of January.

What about you? Do you buy too many books?

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