Everyone has their reasons for buying books.
In fact, some people have multiple reasons for purchasing a wonderful book and I think that’s what builds up a bookworm identity. People pick up books because of its cover and the hype maybe.
So, why do you pick up a book?
Hello! Welcome to the third edition of Dreams and Discussions, a monthly feature where I discuss and dream about all the bookish and blogging thoughts I have.
By now, you guys are used to the procedure. So, grab some marshmallows or the nearest snack and let’s begin with the fabulous discussion, and then a lovely list and a wonderful quiz (hopefully) which will be horribly inaccurate.
The Process Of Buying Books
Finding The Right Book
There are so many factors that contribute towards buying a book (more on that later) and most of them go through the bookworm’s crazy mind like –>
- Is this too expensive because I’m kinda broke?
- Hey, wasn’t I on some book diet or something? Meh, who cares?
- OOH COVERRRR *squeals*
- Hey, I’ve heard of that book…maybe? #goldfishmoments
- So, um, THIS BOOK IS SO BIG OMG…did someone bring a suitcase?
- W…W…WAIT, I already have this book but this cover is WAHEY prettier #rude
- Okay. Nope. don’t buy *twitches* BUY NOW
- Ohh, there’s a sale!!! Nope stop fooling for the trap. Okay, who cares, BOOK.
That’s just a few of our crazy thoughts and I’m sure they’ve very relatable (or not, and I just confessed that I’m crazy? haha)
Second hand, or New?
Second-hand books are usually way cheaper and sometimes they’re in great condition. Personally, I don’t really have a preference but there’s a lot of pros and cons of each like –>
Pros of second hand
- That whole ‘bookworm to bookworm’ right of passage things
- It’s cheap
- Um, it’s cheap
- Did I mention it’s cheap?
Cons of second-hand
- Not always the best quality
- Sometimes used
- Just not preferred sometimes
Pros of New
- It’s new
- wonderful condition
- like, um, it looks pretty
Cons Of New
- It costs money, dude
- You feel like you have to take care of it more?
What If I don’t like it?
Millions of what-ifs are running through bookworm’s minds but this seems to be a major one. You haven’t read the book, and you’re spending money on it, and then you simply do not enjoy that book? What if there’s no way to return and it takes up shelf-space. And the unwanted book is just the worst bookworm dilemma. Do you eat it, rip it up, sell it? Some people just give away these books but what about that money slipping down the drain? It’s really hard to pick up a book and KNOW you’ll like it since you never REALLY know what a book will be like until you’ve read it. Mikaela @ The well-thumbed reader discusses this.
Buying THE BOOK
This actually really scary but REALLY exciting because hey, you’re welcoming a new child to your family. I’m just constantly stroking the cover, fiddling with my notes and coins and sweating nervously in the queue. And then the doubts start creeping in.
- Omigosh, do even have the correct amount of money?
- Wait, I think the person in front of me might steal my book
- Do I need this book?
- Is there enough self-space for you?
- Will I want to keep it forever?
- What if I don’t like it…
- Hey, wait, what will people think of this book?
- Actually, I don’t want this book
- Okay, you know what, do I even want to talk to people and RISK my life for a book?
- I could just get it from the library and save this precious coin
- Am I sane…?
IS IT JUST ME WHO PONDERS THIS? Gosh, these thoughts are racing through my mind the whole time. It’s a surprise I can even buy a book.
The Aftermath Of Your Purchase
Now that you’ve brought the book, there’s a whole load of consequences.
- Is there even enough shelf space for the book?
- Will I damage this book because it’s paperback
- I just bought a book…
- Will i even start this book straight away because…
And the list goes on. Well, it really doesn’t because I actually can’t think of anything else. #help
Types Of Book Buyers
1. The Caving At Covers Buyer
Sometimes, COVERS ARE JUST TOO GORGEOUS TO RESIST. I mean look at it, it’s so artsy and gorgeous. There’s no disgusting sticker to ruin it and you just simply need that precious gem in your bookshelf. I mean you might do Bookstagram or just generally cave in at the sight of a wonderfully-looking book. You’re not judging the book by its cover, you’re simply accepting a wonderfully looking book to be accompanied by others like it. Perfectly natural to want to buy this book because what would borrowing do? You’d have to give the beautiful thing away?
2.The Sale Seeker
It is a well-known fact that all bookworms are #broke so it’s no wonder that we go on seeking the perfect sale. Buy one get one free, it’s already in the bag. Half price, sorry, I just brought that book. You are constantly flapping your arms about, feasting your eyes on discounts and cheap books. Sales are literally the best thing that has ever happened to you, because who doesn’t want a cheap book? Forget about what the book is, if it’s got that sale sticker, you’re buying it no matter what. Half your shopping trip is digging out books with a sale. #proudtopenniless
3.The Peer Pressured One
Maybe you’ve got a very unimaginative title, but any hyped book and you’ve got to have it. You have this fear of being left out of the craze and you simply MUST say that you’ve bought that book. Slightly proud of your reading of the super-hyped up book, there’s no reason NOT TO buy that perfectly popular book. I mean everyone likes it, so why shouldn’t you? If you ever want to make this bookworm broke, simply flash some beautiful books in front of them and you have practically robbed them of all their money.
4. The Author Admirer
This fangirl is a fangirl. Yout practically stalk the author they love and they hunt them down. You know the title of the author;s new release before it’s even written. The only reason you buy a book is because your favourite author has written it. Whatever they write, must be good, right?
5.The Fussy Format Hoarder
Let’s face it, every time you see your favourite book format, you’ll add it to your bookshelf. You just love rulingThey see a hardback. Let’s hoard it. They find a paperback. Add it to the collection. Clicked on an e-book. Let’s add it to my endless basket. Stumble across an audiobook. That’s part of 26th book playlist.
6.The Series Scavenger
You’ve never brought a box set. Oh no, you;d rather live your whole life hunting around for books in a series, completing your collection from various bookshops. A 20-book long series, you buy them all separately. You don’t see the point of buying books if it’s easy. You want to wait for that new release and find it a month she shelves. Getting series is a challenge and you enjoy it thoroughly.
7.The Logical Worm
You actually look at all aspects of the book including the blurb, the cover, the previous reviews, size. You keep your budget in mind and actually find out if the book is worth your money. You’re not irrational and make good decisions. Most of the books you buy are really wonderful and you enjoy them. You buy books for friends, find the best deals and your talent is just buying book professionally.
8.The TBR Tracker
Your TBR is always shrinking. Yes, you heard me right – shrinking. You’re like 1% of the bookworm species, who actually has a TBR with this rare condition. You plan your monthly TBR’s and when you go to a bookshop, you buy the book that is next on your list. Once you’re home, you don’t abandon it in their bookshelf for 500 years, you actually read it. Yes, YOU READ IT.
As always (well not really) there’s a quiz.
WHICH IS HORRIBLY INACCURATE SO DON’T BLAME ME.
Well, do, because I made the quiz but you know safety warnings an’ all. Anyways, here’s the link for you to find out what book buyer, YOU are –>
Why do you buy a book? Do you face the book buying dilemma of not liking the book after purchase? Do you relate to some of these thought processes or am I just crazy?What type of book buyer are you? What did you get in the quiz, was it accurate or not? Tell me all about your book buying experiences and your take on book buying!