15-Day Book Blogger Challenge:
By Zara D. Garcia-Alvarez / @ZaraAlexis
How I Shop for Books
The word, “bibliotaphe,” means book hoarder.
I am one.
I see a book, and even though I already own more than 2000 in my collection, if it’s a book I’m interested in reading, then I’m compelled to buy it. It’s a very expensive disease.
How do I personally shop for books?
Well, based on recommendations from the reading and publishing community, I usually keep a keen eye on new titles, check their book summaries online, make a list of favourites, and then go hunting,
I usually dedicate an afternoon to perusing my favourite bookshop and aside from my “To Buy” list, I usually end up finding a great, older title that I wasn’t expecting. This is especially true when I visit my favourite used bookstore.
Depending on my book budget and the last time I actually went book shopping, I’ll mentally calculate the consequences I might have to face when my husband sees the amount of books I want to buy if I actually buy them, and also how many I can actually carry them out of the store without causing injury to myself.
I tend to gravitate towards literary fiction and poetry, but young adult paranormal fiction also finds itself in my book bag as well.
How do I decide which books to buy? Here’s the mental list I carry with them while browsing a book shop:
- Did the cover and its cover design originally draw me in when I first looked at the book?
- Who is the book’s publisher? Am I familiar with the publisher?
- Have I read another book by the same author and enjoyed it?
- After I’ve read the synopsis on the back and on the flap jacket, am I still intrigued?
- After I randomly choose a page in the book and read a few lines, is the writing style something I would enjoy reading?
- Is the copy in the trade paperback format?
- How affordable is the book?
- Do I already own a copy of this book in another edition?
These are some of the things I consider before purchasing a novel.
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How do you shop for your books?