I was wondering where you like to get the books you read from. Are they all just from the library? A bookstore? A thrift store? Amazon? I'd love to know because I'm always looking for more books to read and sometimes my library won't have it available at that time.
First of all, I have to say that I adore this question! What bookworm wouldn't love talking about their book-shopping habits? Let's start with the basics, shall we?
Books I Already Own
I own 28 books right now that I have been intending to read but have never read. They are, of course, set apart from all the books I have read. Here's a picture of 27 of them:
If you own books but have never read them, that's a great place to start. When you're done, you can choose whether to give them a coveted spot on your bookshelf or pass them on to someone else. I read my own books when:
- I am house-bound.
- A book is staring at me across the room.
- I feel motivated to whittle down the list of books I own but haven't read. :P
I always have multiple books in my possession from multiple friends. It's a kind of trust system. It strengthens the friendship and helps us to literally get on the same page. :) I borrow books from friends when:
- They are desperately urging me to read the book.
- They have a book I haven't been able to find elsewhere.
- I started a book while at their house and want to finish it.
The library is an amazing resource for free books, but the time limits and limited availability of books there makes it a little more complicated. I use the library when:
- I'm not sure if I want to spend money on the book.
- I see something on the shelf at the library that grabs my attention.
- It's a short-ish book, usually under 300 pages.
- I'm bored with my own book selection.
- The book is at least a year or two old...(they rarely have brand-new releases, and if they do, there is a waiting list a mile long).
Half Price Books
I love the deals I can get at HPB, but you have to be smart with this one. Usually, I shop at HPB when:
- I have just sold books to them. (When you sell at HPB, they usually give a dollar or two per book in cash and a coupon for 10% off.)
- The book I want is in good condition. (Don't settle just because their selection that day is a little beat-up.)
- I have a gift card.
- The book is under $7. (This is my little quirk. I can't justify spending more than $7 on just one book, especially when I often walk out of HPB with three books for that much.)
- They have a $1 or $2 book that I am interested in (usually in their sale shelves outside the store).
Amazon is a perfect if you want a good deal on a new release. I bought the final book in The Lunar Chronicles from Amazon because I didn't want to wait around. Free 2-day shipping with an Amazon Prime membership or their pre-ordering option don't hurt either. :) I shop on Amazon when:
- It is a new release that I can only find there or at B&N.
- I pre-ordered it.
- I'm only buying one particular book.
- I know it's a book I want to own.
- I don't feel like going to a store.
- I have an Amazon gift card.
- I can't wait for the library!
This site has amazing deals on all kinds of books, with an especially wide young adult selection. However, their site is difficult to navigate, and they're not likely to have a specific book. I buy from Book Outlet when:
- I have several books in one order. (The shipping kills me after free Amazon shipping). :)
- The deals are actually better than what I could find elsewhere.
- I want to try a book I don't know a lot about.
- I have a coupon, or there is a sale going on.
Barnes & Noble
Good ol' B&N. Many people might be surprised to find that I don't buy books from here. They rarely have the best deals. I shop (shop, not buy) at B&N when:
- I just want to see a book before purchasing it elsewhere.
- I am "window-shopping."
- I want to read the first pages to see if I'm even interested in the book.
- I want to discover new books I've never heard of.
- I want to give strangers advice on which books they should buy. (I always think this, but I never do it.)
I have also received a lot of books through blog giveaways, Goodreads giveaways, or Twitter giveaways. Sometimes people just give books out on Twitter or on their blog (without a drawing). I always jump on those if it's a book I'm even remotely familiar with. I get books from giveaways when:
- There are no more than a few hundred people entered.
- All I have to do is Tweet about it or enter my email.
- All I have to do is contact them super fast and say, "I want the book!"
Launch Teams & Publicity Campaigns
I have been on at least two launch teams now (Simply Tuesday by Emily P. Freeman, Looking for Lovely by Annie F. Downs). You get a free copy of the book when you are selected for a launch team (even if it's an ARC- advanced reader's copy.) I also can get a free book through the Blythe Daniel Agency and others simply by blogging an honest review. That's how I got The Dating Manifesto by Lisa Anderson and Praying Upside Down by Kelly O'Dell Stanley.
I get books from launch teams when:
- I "know" the author well through reading their blog regularly.
- I trust their message is something I can promote.
- I know I'll all-around love their book.
I get books from publication agencies when:
- It's a book that sounds interesting to me personally.
- It's a book that will be interesting to you, my blog readers.
There you have it! All the places (I think) that I buy books. All my book-shopping stops have been revealed.
Currently on my nightstand are three library books, three borrowed from three friends, and one of my own.
If you have any bookish questions, send them to me in email or put them in the comments below. I can't wait to answer them!