April’s been and gone. Easter treats have vanished from the cupboard. Diets have begun again in earnest. Or maybe that’s just me?
Anyhow, I’d be interested to know what your reading habits happen to be–yanno, being
nosy insatiably curious and all.
Me? Given the sheer number of books I can power through in a month, and given the horrendous cost of books in New Zealand, I tend to order new releases or book recommendations from the library. If I read a book and it’s a keeper, I’ll then wait till it’s out in paperback to buy it… and take great delight in reading it all over again and finding a special place on my bookshelf (or in a folder on my Kindle *g*).
I do this with whole series, too, like Lilith Saintcrow’s Jill Kismet series, for example. Ordered the 6 books in the series, one by one, from the library. Loved them! Then bought the whole series in paperback to re-read and savor at my leisure. Yep, I’m one of those people who can’t think of anything better than grabbing a 10-book series I’ve already read, and sitting down to devour the books again, one after the after. Mmmm. I seem to sense a Robert Jordan-fest happening sometime in the very near future.
I’ve mentioned Sarah Rees Brennan’s “Demons” YA series before, I’m sure. Daughter and I argued over who got to read them first when I got them from the library, and DS, being a slower reader, didn’t have a chance to read them before they had to go back. But I’ve just bought the trilogy for our home collection, and now I’ve re-read them, he gets to take his time with no one begging him to hurry! (Better still, turns out the author signed the first book in the series, The Demon’s Lexicon–she must have signed a heap in bulk and the UK warehouse just happened to ship me one: cue embarrassing fan-girl moment from moi.)
If it’s a book I like, but aren’t absolutely dying to read right now, this minute, I’ll often wait till it’s been out for a while and the price drops. I find I can afford to buy far more books via online stores that way, so I no longer feel bad about resorting to such measures. Hey, when you read on average twenty books a month, the book budget gets blown sky-high if you don’t watch yourself.
The only time I do tend to suck it up, gulp, and fork out $22 for a paperback, or $35 for a Trade, and a whole heap more for a hardback, is when I’m buying books for gifts. If I see the perfect read for someone, price isn’t an issue.
So for me, it’s new releases and recommendations of new-to-me authors ordered via the library. Keepers, and any new books from series I’m collecting, purchased from online stores around six months after they’ve been released at a discounted rate. Gifts of paperbacks, trades, and the occasional ($$$ ouch!) hardback bought at full price (because when it comes to that special gift for a special someone, price isn’t so much an issue.)
What are your habits when it comes to buying books?
- If it’s a series, do you dive right in and buy the first one and hope it’s a keeper?
- Can you afford to buy all the books you want on a whim?
- (And if the answer is “yes”, can I please be your new BFF???)
- Are you a dedicated library-goer?
- And if you love a particular library book, do you then go out and buy it for your keeper shelf?
And now to my April reading list–only posted a day late!
- Shadow Heir by Richelle Mead
- Aces Wild by Taylor Lee
- Buried Thunder by Tim Bowler
- The Banshee and the Linebacker by P.R. Mason
- Conference Cupid by Eden Elgabri
- Goddess of the Hunt by Tessa Dare
- Alien Mate by Eve Langlais
- Forgotten Mistress, Secret Love-Child by Annie West
- All Hallows Heartbreaker (My Immortal Knight, Bk 1) by Delilah Devlin
- Almost Perfect by Denise Domning
- The Survivors by Amanda Harvard
- Heartbreak Hero by Frances Housden
- Alone by Marissa Farrar
- The Repossession by Sam Hawksmoor
- A Million Suns by Beth Revis
- Bumped by Megan McCafferty
- The Demon’s Lexicon by Sarah Rees Brennan
- The Demon’s Convenant by Sarah Rees Brennan
- White Cat by Holly Black
- The Demon’s Surrender by Sarah Rees Brennan