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15 Day Book Blogger challenge: Day 6, How I shop for books

April over at Good Books and Good Wine is hosting a 15 day Book Blogger Challenge, which you can read all about here. It seems like a great idea, and I’m loving the idea of putting something random and exciting into my blog at a time when my real life makes me want to sleep rather than blog!

April’s 15 day book blogger challenge

Since I’m skint, a lot of the time I browse using these steps but then end up getting books from the library! This is how I buy the books I do buy though.

ImpulsivelyThese are books I didn’t go looking for. They might be on my goodreads TBR shelf (as was the case for Under the Never Sky), they might be an author I’ve liked previously (e.g. the Emperor series by Conn Igguldon) or they might be something totally random that just jumps out at me when I’m browsing!
–> These books basically all come from either The Works, the second hand book shop, or the library – more budget friendly places for impulse buying!

Planned
These are books I actively went searching for, either because I read a great review or because it’s a book I’m really excited for (particularly a sequel). If it’s a new release I can’t possibly wait to have (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Winds of Winter, anything by Robin Hobb), I’ll hunt around for the cheapest and buy it.
–> These are favourites that I plan to re-read, so I basically always buy the hard copy rather than the kindle version.

If I can be a little more patient or if it’s a slightly older release (eg Requiem), I’ll see if I can reserve a copy at the library first.  It sometimes means a bit of a wait, but it’s a lot cheaper! I generally have a long list of reservations at the library because that way I can read one while I wait for the others to come in. I’ll browse through goodreads or use the Amazon ‘Customers who bought this item also bought’ feature to find books to go on the reserve list.

If I can’t get a copy at the library, I’ll look at the prices for hard copy v kindle. Then I weigh up whether I’m happy with either of those, and decide whether to buy it now, or stick it on my wishlist for later in the hope that the price goes down/I can find it in a second-hand book shop/I somehow magically come into money.

Not particularly exciting, but that’s how I shop for books!  How do you buy books?

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