Book buying habits

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

:-)

M

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4 Responses to “Book buying habits”

  1. Theresa says:

    I have a few favorite authors who I must buy asap (sometimes I luck out on a release day)others I save until I can buy them for my sony tablet. With hubby being military we can no longer afford (in sheer shipping weight) to buy paper books (paper or hardcover). Thank goodness for ebooks! Umm so to answer the question I usually cross my fingers and hope that it’s worth it.

    • Hey Theresa! Thanks for reading and commenting :) Oooh. Sony tablet. Niiice! I’m totally envious. And, like you, embracing the eBook revolution so far as cost and shipping is concerned.

  2. Dannie Hill says:

    Hi, Maree. I love reading and writing. My writing tends to foolow my reading habit– all over the place, but that makes it exciting for me.

    I live in Thailand and have the same problem with book cost– outrageous. My oldest son gave me a Kindle a few years ago and I love it. It did take some getting use to not holding a book in my hand, but since I work and writing from a computer I learned. The price of ebooks are what is so great.

    The big time writers still charge too much but new writers and indies have a big advantage over the big 6 in publishing. Yes, I have to weed through some books that are poorly edited but there are many gems in the group and the price is usually worth the weeding.

    I still love to hold a book but since I travel around the country it is so nice to take a small ‘tablet’ with all my books in it.

    Can’t wait to read your new book!

    • Dannie — welcome back, dude! I gotta say, I love paperbacks and I always will. But it’s much easier to juggle a bowl of cereal or a coffee while reading a Kindle in bed–love those left and right side page over buttons… magic. (Never could figure out how to hold my iPhone and “swipe” to turn a page with the same hand while holding a coffee cup in the other, either. My thumbs just aren’t jointed that way, whereas a light click as per the Kindle is easy peasy.)

      I agree about pricing, too. I admit to balking at paying around USD$10 for an ebook when I know I can buy the paperback for around the same price, or even cheaper once it’s been out a while. Maybe I’ll feel differently in a few years, but right now, that’s the way it is.