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17 November 2011 @ 12:16 am
book buying habits?  
Do you have good/bad book buying habits?

I hadn't been in a good used bookstore for a few years and went overboard. They were mostly books I'd been looking for/good reference books (everyone counts poetry as essential reference, right?). I love to own books. I love just looking at my bookshelves, because it makes me think of home, family, and childhood.

Do you happily hoard your books or try to pass them on after reading them? I know a few heavy readers with loads of favorite books who just don't like having books sit around their houses, so that's why I ask.

Personally I'd much rather buy books than anything else. My Social Security Disability payment goes up by $24 starting in January and I'm going to spend it all on books. I rarely spend more than $5 on any one book so that'll mean four or five new books per month. Being rather OCD I've developed a rotation system so I can fill out my sparser genres.
c l e o d o r acleodora on November 17th, 2011 07:25 pm (UTC)
We don't have any good used bookstores here, so when I get to go to one I tend to go overboard too. To the extent that even though I don't get to go very often, my 'to read' pile consists of about seventy books >.<

I usually hoard my books. Books I love, I'll want to read again over and over, and books I don't love, well, it's just easier to keep them. I used to put books on bookmooch.com if I didn't think I'd read it again but posting books is such a hassle so I don't use it much anymore.
meredith caitmabith on November 17th, 2011 08:42 pm (UTC)
Yeah, we don't have a good used store here either. Though when I buy books it's almost always because I've already read it and loved it.

We have a super good library with good buyers, and they'll usually purchase most things I ask them for, so I read for free and then buy the ones I know I'll read again. My dad always brings me a few books when he comes down though so I still always have some books I've never read around.

The thing to do is sort and find the books you don't love and take them all to the next used bookstore you go to. Then you can sell them and use that money to buy books with.
Who fears lunacy?: Luthienlunarkissed on November 17th, 2011 11:44 pm (UTC)
The fact that I have a painful time coming out of a bookstore without buying something could be seen either as a good or a bad habit. Good because yay a new book! Bad because it often joins the pile of 70 other books I've gotten on my binges. Used bookshops are too tempting to lose control in.

I hoard the books that I really like and love, but books that I don't imagine I'll read again are given to friends or taken in exchange to the used bookstore for store credit. Why take up precious space with books I won't be reading?
meredith cait: reading over your shouldermabith on November 22nd, 2011 12:39 am (UTC)
Oh yeah, I definitely don't mean keeping books you don't like. I just know some people who read a lot, have lots of favorite books, but don't like to keep them around.

Well at least there's another item in the pro column for going overboard in used (or independent) bookstores: supporting local businesses (even if they're not local to you).