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I order most of my books used online... Once in a while I'll buy them at a bookstore...
SInce I buy used, I probably spend on average maybe $8 per book... usually less.... That's why I buy so many and my TBR pile grows and grows...
However, I am doing the 50 book challenge this coming year and decided I will buy ONE book after every ten I read.... thats it.... so at the end of next year I will have read 50 and only bought 5.... wish me luck.
Are you starting your challenge on January 1, or now?
God bless Amazon, etc. Otherwise my butt would be broke. :)
I probably average 30 books or so in a good month, sometimes double that if I can find two booksales. My best haul was 22 gorgeous books from a sale for $3. Oh yes, I am addicted.
Unless there's a specific book that I *really* want and know when it is coming out, most of my books are from Christmas and my birthday.
I did have to buy over 230 dollars worth of books at the beginning of this term, so that maxed me out for a good while.
I've been in grad school for more than 5 years, and before France, I was buying 30 books a semester, mostly from Amazon or sometimes from eBay. I do have access to several libraries here for my research, so I still read 2-4 books a week. Before I left the US, I had 132 books out from the university library!
I probably average 3-6 books each month. I prefer new books, but I'm learning to buy used. And I love paperbacks much more than hardcovers.
Yes, I'm a pusher. LOL.
Are any of you on BookMooch.com or PaperBackSwap.com? Great way to get rid of books you don't want — and get books you do!
I just checked out BookMooch yesterday. I honestly don't have anybooks that I would get rid of, or even trade.
I'd rather buy someone a copy of a book that I like, than lend them one of mine. Seriously. I have to be literally in love with you, for me to trust you taking books off of my bookshelf. Literally in love.
Strange huh? Strange but true.
The only books I ever got rid of were that Paolini kid's books, which I gave to a friend.
Man, that website looks like it'll be really useful but at the moment it has nothing local to me. Bummer!
I think 5-10 books a month would be ideal, but right now can't justify it.
Do you keep all of your books, or get them and then pass them along after?
I always keep my books unless I don't like them... but that is very very rare. I'm pretty good at choosing exceptional reads...
I hear you with starting at the new year - I have been waiting to do that, too, just to make it easier to remember when my end date is. Are you doing a standard 50 or setting your goals higher? If you read 20 in two months, it sounds like you could easily get to 100.
Then I will have an excuse ot buy a ton of books because I won't have ANY left to read.... ;)
probably about 75-150 a month, equal number of new and used books.
that's no exaggeration.
btw, if any of you ever find yourselves in baltimore on a weekend, go check out The Book Thing of Baltimore. they giveaway - yes, as in completely free, no hidden strings - books. check out the website for more info. it is truly a rare treasure. i love that one of their house rules is, "Please, be greedy!"
I am EXACTLY like that. Maybe it's because I've loaned books to people and never gotten them back. Maybe it's because the books I DID get back (which most likely were lent in pristine condition) were tattered and torn. And maybe it's because I'm guilty too -- I have books from friends who moved away and from people I don't talk to anymore. I also mucked up one of my sister's books somehow and bought her a replacement; I felt terrible for "ruining" her book, because she's anal about her books too. :) If I can't trust myself, I probably can't trust anyone else either! :)
I also find it impossible to walk out of a charity shop without buying a book- I figure it's okay because my money is going to a good cause.
I never buy myself brand-new books. I feel I'm being eco-friendly by 'recycling' other people's copies.
22> I only buy used books too, I agree it's the book lover's "recycle" program. That and the original prices on new books can be quite excessive for something that I'll finish in a day or two.
Speaking of saving money, I remember as a kid my best-friend and I would only buy books that were 300+ pages because we felt we were getting our money's worth out of the change we collected to buy our precious books! :D
If it has already been published, then I add it to my wishlists and hope somebody buys it for me.
If I go a whole month without buying new releases, or if I have a coupon that is going to expire before I can use it on something I'm waiting for, I buy myself one item from my wishlist.
So how much I buy a month depends on whether there are lots of new things out, or I'm just buying myself one thing from my list.
I have a monthly book budget. Typically I'll use it for one (sometimes 2) new books that I actually need for school/research purposes, and then whatever's left gets spent at the used book store. So some months 2 new books is all I'll end up with, if the new one(s) was/were expensive, and other months I'll make out like a bandit :D
I just mooched two Dorothy Sayers mysteries. I do love Lord Peter.
My main issue is that whenever I'm feeling the least bit melancholy, I go to a bookstore and spend a couple hours browsing. I always leave with something, usually with lots.
That's actually the only reason I frequent large chain bookstores - the little stores which I prefer for a variety of reason (price, community loyalty, depth of selection, etc) just don't have the wide variety of books required for several hours of browsing.
My main issue, Jordan, is that I spend hours browsing bookstores when I am melancholy or full of glee. And, either way I end up spending money... bad habit, I tell ya. Just can't kick it.
I actually love large bookstore chains. Thats why I love New York City... 4 story book stores... who would have thought?
The upside (maybe downside) to this move is I'm now like a minute away from Borders to the south and a HUGE local used bookstore to the north! :D This could be dangerous!
1) my brother got a job at Waldenbooks, and his manager allows, nay, ENCOURAGES the whole family to use his discount. Therefore I have bought more books new in the time since he's worked there than probably any other time in my life.
2) Since joining LibraryThing I have done my best to convince myself NOT to buy books, but to read from the huge TBR pile (two large bookshelves about about 7 boxes of books at my parents' house, eek!) so that I can determine if they are ones I feel the need to keep or not. This has not been entirely successful; see 1).
3) I bought books for 6 nephews and several friends for Christmas.... again, see 1).
Wish me luck with 2).
Today, though, I went to Barnes & Noble and put the novel I wanted to take home back on the shelf after carrying it around for a few minutes, undecided. Victory!
I buy pretty much only from Amazon or Borders. I am a substitute teacher married to a PhD student, so we are in the same broke boat as some of you here! I can't tell if it's because I'm broke or cheap, but I refuse to buy anything that isn't discounted. I only buy from Borders when I have a coupon. Amazon pretty much discounts everything (at least the books I'm interested in).
I'm a picky little chick, so I really don't like used books. I do buy ones with remainder marks, but other than that, they have to be in brand new condition.
I was a Moocher at one point, but it really didn't work for me. One, I care about book condition too much. And two, I was listing books that were really popular, always on wishlists, always most requested and then when it came time for me to find a book that I wanted, all I found was an abundance of romance novels and mysteries- stuff I have zero interest in.
Oh yeah! And I'm moving to Texas this summer (from Kansas). Moving books stinks! When I moved from Washington state back to Illinois, I ended up selling/giving away half of all my books. Won't be doing that this time!
I can now enter a bookstore and leave without buying anything, if there's nothing that really takes my fancy.
I have installed a (large) box in my appartment that is my official TBR pile; if the box is full, there can be no new books. There are a couple of flaws in this concept though. It means that I always start reading the larger books and neglect the little ones (they take up less space in the box). Also, I found that I can pile on top of the box...
There's a major booksale coming up next month too. I'm afraid I'll need to find a bigger box now.
anyway if anyone has suggestions for places to go that aren't big chains and expensive, i'd love it. it seems like my part of the world doesn't have a whole lot of 2nd hand bookshops.
yay for BM though! I used to not want to give away any of my books, but eventually i got over it and now i keep only special books or first editions, but most other books i send off into the world to be enjoyed by others. I figure if I really want it again later I can mooch another copy to add to my library. It makes me happy to know they are off somewhere making someone else happy, and thats better than them sitting on my shelf I think. :)
I must be a packrat... if I like a book, I keep it, end of story. Part of that is because I want to have a good library built up for my children when we start having them... and also because I love having oodles of choices when I wander into our computer room and pick a book.
I manage BM and PBS by buying books especially to list on those sites when I'm at a booksale or thrift store. It's fun to try to guess what people will mooch quickly. I've been very, very right at times — and also very, very wrong, lol.
Right now, I'm buying very little books... the only time I do is when someone gives me book vouchers/tokens...
But it's too hard to pass up some of the Borders coupons or a nice thrift store with a large selection. My book buying is equivalent to my movie buying. I go in spurts and I usually buy a lot and run out of space.
It's about time to buy another book shelf.
All this buying, and not enough time for reading. :(
I was actually just thinking this morning how I didn't have a big compulsion to go and buy books right now since I currently have more fantastic-looking books than I have time to read (and many of them need to be done before they are actually released). Not 5 minutes after this thought was in my head, I got an email reminding me that everything at Half Price Books is 20% off this weekend for Memorial Day and now I'm trying to figure out how to convince my fiance that I HAVE to go.
About half the books I buy are new which I usually order from my local book shop. It's a tiny shop so I don't usually find anything I want to buy off the shelf.
The rest come from a combination of charity shops, early reviewers, library sales, readitswapit, or ebay.
It was wonderful to be able to acquire the books and now I have to discipline myself to stop. Come the start of the upcoming semester I probably won't buy more than a handful for the next year.
The accumulation! It's insane!
Although admittedly, I don't think I buy a crate per month. Although some months are better than others.
This year I have started to read what I already had and to date I have only bought 8 books this year. I'm not sure why? My reading has slowed down as I've concentrated on studying so that may be a reason. It could be the recession?
It could be that Whitcoulls bought out the NZ and Australian chain of Borders and not surprisingly all the good weekly coupons I used to get have dried up. Whitcoulls is the worst book chain-store in NZ (and of course the biggest) and the most expensive and tight fisted. I used to get 50% off any book vouchers or at the very least 30% of a DVD etc now I get buy THREE books and get 25% off them all. pffft.
I got about eight books for Christmas, yet knowing they were coming I bought three just before that, and KNOWING I'D GOT THEM ALL SITTING RIGHT HERE I ordered another seven a couple of days AFTER Christmas which were delivered today. I already have hundreds of unread books glaring accusingly at me from amongst the hundreds I have already loved.
It's only a matter of time before I succumb again - temptation is everywhere, in charity shops and department stores, on market stalls, online...
I bought a bag from Barnes & Noble - one side has a quote by Abraham Lincoln: "My best friend is a person who will give me a book I have not read."
On the other side, it has a quote by Erasmus: "When I get a little money, i buy books; and if any is left, I buy food and clothes."
How very appropriate!
I have a pretty, metal bookmark with the Erasmus quote on it. It was one of many book-centered gifts that I got when I finished my Masters of Library Science.
(It is cited with further reading, so I do believe that this condition exists...and I'm pretty sure everyone here suffers from it, to one degree or another *grin*)
I think I buy an average of 20 a month, more if I have more time or vacation. I just went on a one week vacation and brought (and finished!) 8 books. So I guess its relative to whatever is going on at the time. Although, even when I don't have the time to read.. I still manage to buy them and they wait patiently for me anyway :)
I hide them from my husband, too. It's not so much that he cares I spend the money, but I know he realizes how many books we own that I've not read. There are at least 100, I know it. I feel bad bringing even more into the house when it just adds to the problem. I know at this point I'll never catch up with the sheer amount of books waiting to be read. By the time I read two or three of them, I've bought at least that many more.
Such is life. :D
At the moment, though, I've banned myself from buying any new books that I don't need for school until I've read everything that I have in my dorm room. Wish me luck.
I must say, you are evil in the best of all possible ways for having brought this to my attention.
I think the worst things about my addiction are the desire for brand new books (which is costing me a fortune) and space. I've got 12 bookshelves filled with books in my room and they're slowly taking over the house.
Had a binge yesterday in Waterstones, bought five books and have nowhere to put them. Does anyone have a cure for this?!
Got word today that the library's used book sale is happening again today and tomorrow... somehow I missed this until just now. At the one in October I came home with about 30.
Sigh. Here we go again.
I must confess though that this thread pushed me over the edge and I finally bought the Robert Frost collection that I've been holding out on buying. I blame all of you!
If only I had a one book a week habit. Packing sure would be easier!
I bought 6 new books yesterday alone if that helps.....
I do so love a good boxed collection. and this summer, at the bookbarn... I intend to spend $100 in one visit and come out with no less than 75 books. I'd say 100 but since I don't want ALL paperback romances, 75 is a good number. I'm on the look out for a Grimm's Fairytales book.
I think with my tax refund I might also get myself Wicked, Son of a Witch, and True Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister.
The new Coldplay CD is on that list as well. ^_^
My largest tax refund ever and so long as I have enough left over for a summer course... I can spend or save the rest as I see fit. ^_^
EEEEEEEE! Books. ^_^
I've also arranged to start volunteering back in the Mind shop, so I'll be able to keep an eye on the books coming in there again, and pop into all the other local ones on my way back to the bus station every week! AHAHAHAHA!
I manage BM and PBS by buying books especially to list on those sites when I'm at a booksale or thrift store. It's fun to try to guess what people will mooch quickly. I've been very, very right at times — and also very, very wrong, lol."
YES! I'm glad that I'm not the only person who does this. The only things I'll give away on bookmooch are pb's I pick up at library sales just for that purpose. The shipping is low on those little books, and it lets me mooch a lot without giving away anything from my lovely book collection.
BTW my book addiction ran a bit mad today - 3 books arrived in the post and 4 from two charity shops in town. Tomorrow I'm going back to cover a few more charity shops before I go bury myself in books and chocolate for the rest of the weekend!
I love that I'm not the only one who is 'collecting' her books. For me it's a little of 'oh my kids might want to read this' but it's also the idea of having my own library. This is *my* library of books. Nothing that I don't like or want. It represents me; my tastes, my interests, my curiosities. When I'm gone, my friends and family might just discover something about me that they never knew just by virtue of the books on the shelf. Heck, I discover things about myself just by looking at the books I acquired as a child, teenager, and then young adult! It's a fascinating idea to me, one's bookshelf as a representation of self...
As to buying books, I'm very bad at that. I used to buy 20-30 books a month, but I'm not the quickest reader and on good months, I read up to 10. This lead to me owning way more unread books than read ones. I also have no space on any of my four bookshelves for books, so I worked out a deal with my roommate. For one year, I would try my hardest to not buy any books at all (this deal was made yesterday, so I have until February 17, 2010 before I can buy another book). For every book I read during the year, I'm putting $5 or $10 aside and if I haven't bought any books throughout the year, I'm taking that money and going on a massive book buying binge. I have a feeling that's all that'll keep me going throughout the year.
>110 RebeccaAnn: RebeccaAnn - I cling onto books I love, books I might read again, and books I want to give a second chance at life too. The duff ones or quick reads go to the charity shop. Though my Twilight series ain't going anywhere - I'm too in love with all the men in it! Your book binge plan sounds incredible but I just couldn't do it - I'm living on a pittance but it STILL all goes on piles of books, I just can't discipline myself enough!
I'm very much looking forward to my great Book Buying Binge come April, 2010.
Glad to be an inspiration!
I understand completely about your massive TBR pile. I finally got all my books put into my LT library and I think I came out to 400ish, only about 60 of which I've read (I borrow from the library and friends a lot so I've definitely read more than 60 :P ). I cringed when I realized I own roughly 350 books that I haven't read...
Although, I can't ban myself from the library! I would go crazy so I figured I, with the support of my roommate who is getting a bit irritated at the books I own which take up so much space, would do my best not to buy books for a year! Then with the money I saved, I'd splurge. A great incentive to read more books this year because I'll get to buy more next year!
No, I haven't! It sounds really interesting, though... Sigh. Looks like my 'to-be-read' shelf is about to acquire another volume :-)
Although, eleven of them were used, so that's a tiny bit better, but still. I was doing so good!!!
Only I don't want therapy for it! I want to keep buying! Muwhahahahaha!!!
I don't even know how many books I buy in a month! I suppose I could figure it out if I looked at the add dates of my library. Actually, that's a good idea. Hang on.
Hm. Didn't help much. In April I added 31, and in May I added 68. But I found a secret stash of old books in May. And I've already added 11 for June.
Sooo, I think I'm going to go with 30. Ack. I think I never really wanted to know.
Problem is, I work at Borders. So it's SO EASY, because of the discount, and then you know about every sale ever, so.. Things just pile up, I suppose.
When I go to England (which is about once or twice a year on business) I make a big long wishlist and go all out on books (last time I got 14 in one day, the time before that 33). I just love how medieval history is so big there, in comparison to over here. Also, I like reading in English instead of Dutch, and English books are about twice as expensive here, so when I get the chance, I buy them in the UK much cheaper. The only thing holding me back then is weight restrictions on airline luggage, but I haven't gotten in trouble yet :D
Free shipping from England to Florida is WIN!
In 2007 I got 94 new books (I was still in school)
In 2008 I got 168 new books (I finished school and got a job)
In 2009 I got 94 new books, so far. I just went on a trip to England, and got 42 of those 94 books in the two weeks there. And if I was allowed to take more weight on the plane, I would've gotten more.
I will slow down now, though I am keeping my eye on some books on Amazon, and I might ask an "order" as my birthday present :D.
The funny thing is, I tell myself this all of the time!
...Or I would if I could find a close bookstore.
Bookshops make me happy, and when I've had a hard day, I pour out my books on my bed, and look them over. My dad passed away last December, and I've inherited a large chunk of his books, so I can't buy any more books for myself (my unread pile is distressingly high)...but I can buy books for my sisters and girlfirends.
I don't need to own them. I just need to bring them home with me.
PS. The last time I went to the bookshop I didn't buy any books, but I just couldn't leave emptyhanded. So I bought three posters. As Nigerians say, "At all, at all, na winsch!"
Good to know I'm not alone though!
Downside is that whenever I do go to England I go overboard in buying books so I can refill my stash.... Ah well ;)
Who needs sex, drugs and rock and roll when you can have chocolate, a mug of tea and a pile of books?! OK, well, drugs and rock and roll anyway. ;-)
That's what I always, but strangely not many of my friends and colleagues see my viewpoint. All I am doing is spending whatever they spend in the weekends on booze and partying on books and gadgets... much better!
Seriously though, who wants to wake up at midday, £50 lighter, in a drunken mess when they could breeze into town along a sparkly river, drift around an English country market, pick up a few books at a second-hand shop and then wander home with a fresh milkshake and sit by the river reading?! That was my favourite thing to do while I was at university, utter bliss...
Traveling a lot means walking by airport bookstores way too often. I end up with way too many impulse buys! If I combine BookMooch (I only get rid of books I know I won't read again), used, and new I probably average about books 15 a month.
Hmm. I stumbled across the freebies kinda on accident. Lemme see...
If you go to Amazon, go to Kindle books, and go to "Big Deals On Kindle" (it's on the left nav bar), they have some selections there. One way I did it was to click the "Kindle Bestsellers" and then sort by price (low to high) - it will give you the freebies first. If you find one you like, it usually starts suggesting other titles you might like, often about 5 that are free and 5 that are not, so that's how I ended up finding them. It may take a bit, but there are some good titles on there. Best of luck!
@152/BooGirl - That, quite simply, is awesome. Woo hoo!
Even though South Florida isn't exactly a book-reading type of place in general, I've managed to find a few places where I can buy used books.
I can't remember the last time I bought a book new. I'm a fast reader, so if I absolutely have to read a book I can't find anywhere but in the stores, I'll spend a few hours at Barnes & Noble's and read it in the cafe.
I buy a lot of books online, mostly on AbeBooks or Amazon.
My other main sources are Goodwill and the main library here, which has a "used and donated books" pile bigger than my house!
My boyfriend usually applies the brakes on my book spending, which is much needed. I just can't do it myself!
I always buy cheap books. I don't mind what condition books are in, as long as they are readable, so I'm not picky. If a book is above $5, I probably won't buy it.
That way, I can buy hundreds of books a month but not feel guilty about it when I check my bank balance. :)
i never buy. and i only spend more than 5 bucks when its a beautiful dated hardback.
I also buy books on Amazon from time to time (usually used and under $5, shipping included), and very rarely new. I would say I spend maybe $200-$300 a year on books, but I buy more than a hundred books a year.
I don't know what's going to happen when I'm out of college and earning money...
I think I've gotten about 200 books in the last few months...mostly free for my nook, so I haven't spent much money at all!
I don't use Amazon as much as I used to, unless I find something I've been wanting for a good price. I get a lot of things through paperbackswap.com so at least that helps me keep something in my wallet.
I get paid this week, so I may have to head to the used bookstore in Savannah - and I'll probably leave there with a couple dozen books (they have excellent prices!)
Now that I have a job, my library has almost doubled in about eight months.
I get a lot of my books from PBS.com. I can pay $11 for three book credits--three books at B&N could cost me $40! So PBS is usually where I do all of my book buying now. Though I do still buy from B&N. It's my favorite store, I have to support it! Oh, and I recently got a NOOK, so I've been spending money on ebooks too.
But since I am working at a library, I now borrow books at an alarming rate -- there seems to be books that I can't just pass up. I have about 12 books checked out right now! Haha!
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