I first saw this on Zeezee with Books awesome blog and wanted to do this tag! Thanks to BookTuber Megan Olivier for creating this tag.
Where do you buy your books?
I buy most of my books at Chapters (Yay points!), however this year I have also placed an order at BookOutlet (before they showed their hand) and Book Depository. I don’t tend to prefer Book Depository as it’s just as expensive as other places and shipping takes a long time, however, for the book I ordered I wanted a different cover version than the US/Canada one. BookOutlet is so-so for me: The prices are generally fantastic, however I feel the need to fill my cart to get free shipping even though shipping is only $5 and still means the books are cheaper than normal. This leads me to either buy more books I’m less interested in or wait until I have loaded up to hit free shipping which may mean certain books I wanted to buy sell out. You can find some real gems on there for great prices but they don’t always have what I’m looking for and you risk stickers, marks and slight damage. Overall, I was happy with every time I ordered from them and mostly bought things I was interested in reading, but they really reacted badly to when called out recently and I’m not planning on buying from them until I see progress. Chapters I love. Because points, sales and free shipping (mostly). Also I love going to their stores (though they have been pushing their lifestyle products more and that crams the books into smaller spaces which I don’t like).
You’ll note the lack of indie bookstores or secondhand sources on here. A few reasons for that: mostly that there aren’t any in my area and another reason I’ll explain in the library section below. I do go to library book sales when they happen, but again there’s more to that I’ll explain below. If there were indie or secondhand places in my area I would shop at them, though not exclusively, as I typically am looking for specific things at specific, aka fast, times.
Do you pre-order books? If so, online or in a store?
I have only pre-ordered one book and wish I had pre-ordered one other book in my life but didn’t because I didn’t want to wait for shipping. I ended up not being able to get it the date of release and had to wait for shipping due to my work schedule and the location of the bookstore (we have since got a Chapters much closer than that one was so this isn’t an issue now). The book I did pre-order was done online and it magically showed up a week early!
On average, how many books do you buy a month?
This varies widely. Most months it’s 0-2. One or two months a year I go ham and buy 10+.
Do you use your local library?
Yes! Mostly through the Overdrive app (I can’t stand Libby and have refused to switch over). I have my local library card and use my mom’s card in a different system to gain access to the province-wide resources. The libraries have different selections, wait times and pro/cons so I use both (yes I have permission from her to use her card).
How many books do you and can you borrow at a time?
Physical books from my local library is unlimited, I believe. My local Overdrive is 20 with 15 holds. My mom’s Overdrive is 10 and 10.
What is your opinion on library books?
A little TMI that I’m a bit iffy on sharing and will seem out of left field for a second: I’ve had bed bugs. I’m highly allergic to them and still have nightmares about it, despite it being several years since the experience and the fact I almost never have nightmares. Libraries are a potential source of bed bugs due to their nature – many people and objects going into different homes and coming back. So while I do like to borrow books and still have since the experience, I also get a lot anxiety about it due to the bed bug risk. Library book sales are about the only good spot for secondhand books in my area (besides Value Village, which same issue) and I want and have bought books there in the past, but I still get scared I’ll get bed bugs again. So overall, I generally use Overdrive or buy new despite loving libraries since this experience.
How do you feel about charity shops and second-hand shops?
This has pretty much been answered: I would love to buy from them but there aren’t any in my area and I have anxiety issues about it that I need to overcome.
Do you keep your read and TBR books together on the same shelf?
Yes. Sorry to those that just cringed from that. It’s easy for me to know which I have and haven’t read, if that helps.
Do you plan to read all the books you own?
Ideally, yes. Practically, I know it won’t happen.
What do you do with the books that you feel you will never read or that you didn’t enjoy?
Some I donate, some I keep. If there is a reason or memory associated with the book I’ll keep it if I’m not going to read or if I didn’t like it, though that’s rare and I can be ruthless about purging my shelves.
Have you ever donated books?
Yes! Though, again, there are a lack of places to do so in my area. I’d like to donate to women’s shelters or other good, similar causes. Right now I sometimes give to the library which have a narrow set of acceptance criteria and the rest I donate to my neighbourhood.
Have you ever been on a book buying ban?
Not really. Before I had disposable income, and even once I did I almost never bought books. Part was growing up in a tiny house with no room. Once I had disposable income I started buying absolute favourites and had about 30 books upon graduating from my Bachelor’s. Shortly after this I discovered BookTube, had situational depression, had a little more income and got sick of spending literally no money on myself. Since then I have gotten more disposable income and can and will buy books I know I will only read once then donate.
Do you feel you buy too many books?
Yes and no. I am financially stable and I read a lot, so while I generally buy more physical books then I physically read, it’s not hurting me or anyone else.
Bonus question: Have any of these answers changed since Covid-19 hit?
For me, no. My life, being an essential worker through all this, has generally been the same and that includes my book buying habits.
Would any of your answers to these questions change due to Covid-19?