Here we go again with another tag post: this one I saw some time time ago on the blog of fellow book lover Bookforager, to whom go my thanks for the inspiration. Reading the questions I realized that they are directed more toward a reader of physical books rather than a convinced used of e-readers as I am, but still I found the way to answer them all the same.
Where do you buy your books?
Online, of course: there is much to be said for the instant gratification of seeing a book I’m interested in, going to my usual online store, buying and downloading my choice, all in a matter of minutes. I have to admit I sometimes miss the sheer joy of browsing the aisles of the bookstores I used to frequent way back when, and finding something delightfully unexpected, but on the other hand these days I have a list of “wanted” titles that goes from here to Alpha Centauri, so I hardly need to add the unexpected to that oh-so-long queue… 😉
Do you ever pre-order books? If so, do you do this in store or online?
I don’t pre-order but prefer to create alerts on my computer warning me of the publication date of books I’m interested in, particularly when it’s a matter of series I’m following. And on that day I visit the e-store and come away with my prize(s).
On average, how many books do you buy a month?
I’m much better off not knowing! 😱 Jokes aside, between the books I own and the e-ARCs I get from NetGalley (or much more rarely from Edelweiss) I often find myself with more books than I can deal with. And NetGalley’s ARCs tend to take precedence because they have an expiry date, so I tend to read them first.
Do you use your local library? If so, how many books can/do you borrow at a time?
I have not visited my local library in very long time, not since I was a teenager (dinosaurs still roamed the Earth…), but I have very fond memories of the “treasures” I found there. Back then, however, I did not read so much speculative fiction as I do now and I wonder if today’s library offerings would be suited to my changed tastes – probably not, since, as I remember, the library was stocked mostly with mainstream books. If memory serves me, I could borrow up to three books at a time, but sometimes I took a few more using my mom’s card as well as mine.
What is your opinion on library books?
As I said, I remember my trips to the library with great affection: I can still see those rows of books, most of them bound with fake-leather covers in deep green or blue or red and gold lettering, and how I used to go for the bigger tomes…
How do you feel about second-hand books?
If they are kept in good condition I have nothing against them, but I still prefer new books. And given my years-long relationship with e-books the question has now become somewhat redundant.
Do you keep your read and to-read piles together/on the same bookshelf?
What physical books I own from the past have all been read – with the exception of C. J. Cherryh’s Cyteen, but where my e-books are concerned I have a folder for the unread ones on my computer, regularly backed-up on a pen drive, where I also save the read ones, in a separate folder. And in both cases I have sub-folders divided by author. Neat, isn’t it? 😉
Do you plan to read all the books you own?
In a perfect world, yes. But… is this a perfect world? Inquiring minds want to know…
What do you do with books you own that you feel you’ll never read/felt you didn’t enjoy?
I keep them all the same: they don’t take much space on that pen drive anyway, and I might change my mind one of these days, who knows?
Have you ever been on a book-buying ban?
More times than I care to remember. It didn’t work, though, not for long…
Do you feel that you buy too many books?
Is water wet?
Is summer hot?
Is chocolate delicious?
Ok, you get the meaning… 😀
If you enjoyed this tag, take the plunge and let us know more about your books buying habits!!