A few weeks ago, I saw this post on So Obsessed With about “admiring and acquiring” and other things to do with book buying. Now, the more I see of the book blogging community, the less surprising it is to see many people with huge stacks of books they’ve never read and are unsure if they ever will before giving them away. So, reading this post, it wasn’t that surprising to hear that plenty of people buy more books than they can handle, but it did get me thinking about my own book buying habits.
I love books (well, I guess that’s a bit obvious), but I really don’t buy them that much. Well, I suppose I buy a lot compared to the average non-reader, but I really only buy a book every few months at most. I’ll either use a gift card or coupon for Barnes and Noble, get cheaper books at Half Price Books, or randomly grab a book at Target or Kroger or something. I never go on personal book buying bans because I really don’t buy enough that it would make a big difference.
I think there are multiple reasons that I don’t buy as many books as the average book blogging.
For one, I’m a college student. I don’t currently have a part-time job, just jobs during the summer break, so I don’t really have money coming in regularly other than interest on money in the bank. I also do my best to save my money, sticking it in the bank right away so I’m not tempted to spend it while physically holding the money.
If I buy a book online (which I often do when I have a coupon), then I buy it through my parents’ credit card, since I don’t have one of my own, which means I then need to pay them back and they would also know just how much I’m spending on books. They love that I read, but if I bought every book I wanted to, I’m sure I would eventually get a small lecture about the best way to spend my money.
And, the third reason would probably be that I simply don’t want to buy all the books. I want books that I’ll reread over and over and over again. It’s kind of ironic, since I do seem to reread more books than most bloggers, but I tend to reread the same books again and again, merely adding a few more every year. I very rarely buy a book before I’ve already read it through the library, so I tend to only buy books that I give a 4, 4.5, or 5 stars. There are even some books with higher ratings that don’t end up on my shelves because I just can’t see myself rereading them a lot. I have a list of books I’d like to buy, but sometimes I’ll have a coupon and will look at the list and just really won’t feel like rereading any of the books listed, so I just don’t get anything.
Now, these aren’t the only books I bought last year, but they are the only ones that I bought for full price, most online. The Distance Between Us was the only one I bought before reading without it being part of a series I already love, and that was very unusual. I also bought some books though Barnes and Noble Marketplace or whatever they call the part of the site that sells books secondhand, and the rest are from Hall Price Books and were never full-priced.
Is there a part of me that would rather than buy every book I love and pre-order every book I hope to love? Of course! Do I look at other people’s book hauls, full of elusive ARCs and plenty of books that they bought with their own money, and get really, really jealous? Um, yeah. I mean, I’m a huge book lover, and there’ll always be a part of me that wants to have my own personal library with wall-to-wall bookcases covered with books and books and books.
But I’m happy with my book buying habits. I’m proud of the fact that I’m not going overboard even though I don’t have to worry about paying the bills at the end of every month – I’m relieved that I shouldn’t have to make too much of an adjustment when I’m out on my own and do have to worry about that. And I’m not trying to show off or anything – everyone does their own thing, and I’m just happy that I’m happy with my own habits.