I feel like given how many books I’ve brought this month, mainly because of YALC but also because I have no self-control, I definitely need a bookaholic’s anonymous club. Is there a twelve step program for curing an addiction to books? But then again do I really want to be cured?
I may not know the answer to the first question, but to the second it’s a huge no from me.
I was tagged by Izzi at Ravenclaw Book Club. Thanks so much for the tag Izzi, I am slowly making my way through my queue but I am aware of how behind I am. I’m so sorry it’s taken me so long to get around to this one but I hope you enjoy reading my answers. As for everyone else you should definitely check out Izzi’s original post and also her blog while you’re there.
What do you like about buying new books?
I’ve never actually thought about it in too much detail before. I just like owning books, especially when it’s a series I love. I like being able to browse my bookshelves if I’m not sure what I want to read, and pick up something at random that I know I’ll love. I like having all the gorgeous covers on my bookshelves and making them look pretty as they’re slowly filled up with books.
I love the excitement of seeing a dispatch notification email from Amazon, waiting for the parcel to arrive and then seeing it in my room because it was delivered while I was at work. I love collecting books in series and finally having the whole set with matching covers. There’s loads of little reasons but I guess the main one is I love reading and I love owning books.
How often do you buy new books?
Just, whenever. There’s not really a particular day or time or anything; it’s just whenever I see something online on Amazon or in store in Waterstones I want to buy, or when I’ve just gotten paid and have money to spare.
Bookstore or online book shopping – Which do you prefer?
Online book shopping. I’m always buying books off Amazon for two main reasons; one is that they’re so much cheaper online than if I go into my local bookstore down the high street, and second is that there’s so much more variety as well. The only downside is the time it takes for them to be dispatched and delivered, but honestly I can deal with that if it means pre-ordering a book I really want cheaper than the retail price.
Do you have a favourite bookshop?
I do love Waterstones; no matter where I am if there’s a Waterstones nearby, regardless of if I need or want to buy new books, I will have to go in. My favourite shop is the one in Piccadilly Circus in London; it’s the biggest one I’ve been in and there are so many floors all filled with books. I could literally spend hours in there.
Although the other day I went into the Foyle’s down Charing Cross Road, also in London, and I spent about half an hour just standing in front of the bookshelves browsing. I didn’t buy anything but there was so much choice. Still as there’s no Foyle’s near my home I’ll stick to Waterstones.
Do you pre-order books?
Yes. At any one time I have tons of pre-orders I’m waiting on; although at the moment there are only four books I actually have pre-ordered off Amazon. I will probably go on a little bit of a pre-ordering spree soon, there are so many new releases I am excited for and I want them to be on their way to me the second they’re released.
Do you have a monthly book buying limit?
Depending on what other outgoings I have in any given month I try and stick to between £45 and £50 for books. However the real question is not whether I have a monthly book buying limit but whether I’ve ever stuck to it; and the answer to that question is no. I will always always go over budget when it comes to books. It’s actually something I’ve started planning for; £50 for books in August and another £25 for when I can’t resist buying more!
Book buying bans – Are they something for you?
Yes but not in the traditional sense. I won’t cancel any of my pre-orders if I’m ever on a book buying ban, and I will carry on buying subscription boxes – at the moment it’s Fairy Loot, and before that it was Owl Crate – but I will stop my impulse buying. It works well for me, and in the end there’s nothing better than walking into Waterstones after my book buying ban is over and going crazy again!
How big is your wishlist?
If everything on my wishlist were actual physical books with me right this second I’d be crushed under the weight of them all. I don’t have an actual number but it’s a lot, and since I started blogging the number has just kept steadily growing.
Which three books from your wishlist do you wish to own NOW?
A Conjuring of Light by V.E. Schwab
After the ending to A Gathering of Shadows I would give anything to have a copy of this book in my hands right now. Plus I love V.E. Schwab so I know this book is going to be beyond amazing.
Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor
Laini Taylor wrote one of my favourite series of all time, Daughter of Smoke and Bone, so seeing that she had another book coming out was great news for me. The release date for Strange the Dreamer has been pushed back though, which means the wait has become pure torture.
Heartless by Marissa Meyer
An Alice in Wonderland retelling written by Marissa Meyer, my favourite fairytale retold by my favourite author. It’s like something from my wildest dreams, and I reckon this book will quickly become one of my favourite reads of 2016.
- Cat at The Book Finch
- Grace at Kimmie.gg
- Jill at Rant and Rave About Books
- Lauren at Lauren’s Page Turners
- Marie at Drizzle and Hurricane Books
And if there’s anyone else out there who wants to take part, consider yourself tagged. Just send me a link to your post in the comments so I can see what your answers are.