You guys, April from Good Books and Good Wine came up with the best Blogging Challenge! And I’m totally participating because it is the best idea ever! Anyway, she came up with 15 challenges (one a day). You should totally participate, too! Here’s the cool graphic and challenges April put together.
It’s Day 6 and today I’m sharing how I shop for books.
So, I’m a librarian, which means that I am pretty much surrounded by books. Which is totally awesome, of course, but it makes my book buying habits a little different, I think, than non-librarians.
Don’t get me wrong, I like owning my own books, and in a perfect world I’d have one of these . . .
But even then I would still be a frequent library user. For one book stores rarely have backlisted items. I think libraries make it so easy to try new books without the fear of wasted money. Anyway, back to buying books.
When I walk into a bookstore, I head straight to the Teen Section. I know, this shocks everyone 🙂
Although I love browsing the shelves of book stores, I rarely buy books on a whim. I pick up books I’ve either read before and loved (I do this a ton, actually – buy books I’ve read from the library) or buy books that I cannot wait to come into the library.
If I’m at a Used Book Sale, though, I totally pick up random books that I know nothing about. If they are only a couple bucks, I feel like it’s worth the risk of me not liking it.
Now, if I’m at an author signing, I always buy books by the authors. I feel like it’s the right thing to do, to support the bookstore (especially if it’s an independent bookstore) and to support the authors. I don’t go to that many signings, though.
Anyway, that’s how I shop for books. How do you shop for books?