I haven’t done a bookish tag in for-ev-er. But, since today is Saturday, I am trying to be social, this one felt perfect. When I saw this tag on Caffeinated Fae’s site I knew I wanted to try it myself! And, since I can’t do a tag without going down the rabbit hole I followed the tag to Stephen Writes, My World of Books, Use Your Words, The Bookish Butterfly, and Kristin Kraves Books. Make sure and check them all out!
1. WHAT DO I LIKE ABOUT BUYING NEW BOOKS?
I think of my books as my friends. I love holding in my hands the possibility of an adventure with this new friend and I never feel lonely or afraid when I have a book with me. Buying books is sanity for me.
2. HOW OFTEN DO YOU BUY NEW BOOKS?
I go through seasons with buying books. Sometimes, I will purchase just one new book because it has caught my eye. Occasionally, I splurge and bring home several. I rarely go a solid month without buying one and the more I try to limit myself, the more I buy.
3. BOOKSTORE OR ONLINE SHOPPING: WHICH DO YOU PREFER?
I don’t have a preference. Now that I live in Chicago I can actually walk to an independent bookstore. This is my favorite thing to do and I would like to buy all of my books from them. I’ll admit, I also like to buy online too. I call this retail therapy. What I do is put books onto wish lists and then when I get really really mad at the world I just buy them all. I don’t even review my order. The box comes and it is like a time capsule of all the times I put aside a little something for future-me. Come to think of it, I haven’t done this in quite some time!
4. DO YOU HAVE A FAVORITE BOOKSHOP?
I have favorite stores in all the towns I have lived in. Here in Chicago I have two – Unabridged Bookstore (the one walking distance from my new place) and Women and Children First. Both are independent bookstores and I love them both equally.
I also like ordering things from book depository online.
5. DO YOU PRE-ORDER BOOKS?
I have! I don’t always because sometimes I just put what I want on my wish list but I have certainly made sure that Penny Reid’s new romantic comedy was on my Kindle as soon as possible.
6. DO YOU HAVE A MONTHLY BUYING LIMIT?
Nope. I’m lucky that when I ask family for gift cards they give me gift cards. I’m also the first to budget tightly on other things so I always have a little left over for books. I consider myself very lucky.
7. HOW BIG IS YOUR WISH LIST?
It is as big as my to-be-read list on Goodreads. But, instead of having a monthly buying limit I have a bookshelf with four shelves. I cannot have more un-read books in my house than I have room on these shelves. Otherwise everything in my house would be made of bookshelves (bed frame, kitchen counters – its all possible according to Pinterest!)
8. WHICH 3 BOOKS FROM YOUR WISH LIST DO YOU WISH TO OWN RIGHT NOW?
Right before everything shut down for COVID19 I ordered everything on my immediate want list so I don’t have anything. I’m sure I could head over to my TBR and figure out which three I wanted next but those four bookshelves are crammed full of books.
I’m tagging anyone who wants to participate with this tag.
Tell me, please!
What are your book buying habits?