Earlier this month I was tagged in a “Book Buying Habits” tag over at My Eclectic Reads. Since I haven’t written about books or reading for ages, I thought I would give this one a go.

I’m still attempting to read 52 books this year but am still really quite behind – so maybe it’s time to buy some:

Where do you buy your books?

I generally shop on Amazon because I don’t have a lot of spare time to go the shops. I have a Kindle and prefer to buy ‘throw away’ fiction on there rather than have to get rid of actual books when I’m done reading. I do enjoy browsing round Waterstones and LOVE the smell of bookshops – but this is a rare activity nowadays.

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

The only books I’ve pre-ordered are the Harry Potter books and I did this in-store for every addition after the second. I’m a little sad that my kids won’t have the suspense of having to wait for the books!

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

This massively varies from month to month and depends on how much time I have. Over the holidays, I bought at least 6 and read them all in that time. June was similar as I had a couple of long train journeys (without the kids!) but I don’t think I bought any in May.

Do you use your local library?

No – at least not often. I was in the habit of going with Katie but it takes time and we don’t have a lot to spare on weekends. I really should though as it’s a great way to save money.

What is your opinion on library books?

I find ‘flap’ book stressful from the library as I’m always worried the kids will rip them. They also like to re-read books all the time, so giving them back can be a difficult concept for them. But in principle, libraries are amazing. They make reading accessible.

How do you feel about second-hand books?

I’m not a massive fan of second-hand bookshops purely because I find browsing quite difficult. I like those tables in Waterstones with all the books laid out. I’m the same when it comes to clothes shopping – I hate rummaging. But I’m happy to buy a second-hand book off Amazon – you can get some bargains that way!

Do you keep your ‘to be read’ pile on your main bookshelf, or no?

I don’t really have a big ‘to be read’ pile – it’s max 2-3 books which I can read in a week. Usually, I’d just keep them in a little stack by my bed and then they’d either get take to the charity shop or if very good, would be give a hallowed space on my bookshelf. If I think the kids at school will like it then it might also just get transferred there. I’ve purposely picked up some ‘teen’ reading this summer to restock my classroom a bit!

Do you plan to read all of the books you own?

I have some textbooks with chapters that are relevant to me – so I don’t think I’ll ever read the whole of every book I own. But if it’s fiction then I’ll definitely read it – I currently only own one book I haven’t read!

What do you do with books you feel you will never read/did not enjoy?

I usually pass them on to someone else to read or take them to the charity shop. If they’re Kindle then there’s not much you can do but delete!

Have you ever donated books?

All the time – either to charity shops or to jumble sales and the like.

Have you ever been on a book buying ban?

Not one that’s intentional. I wouldn’t buy books right now because I’m trying to save some money – but I could just go to the library instead. But I’ve not intentionally thought ‘no more books’  – I’ve just cut back on everything I can. Coffee included.

Do you feel that you buy too many books?

I probably should use the library more but Kindle books are very convenient and often not much money!

I think it’s always good to reflect on purchasing habits no matter what the purchase. So I’m tagging Vicki at Tippy Tupps. Plus anyone who reads this post and wants to join in.

P.S. I feature an illustration by the talented Alison Soye every Friday – this is no exception! Please check out her Instagram and follow her there to see more of her beautiful work!

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