Do You Have A Book Buying (Or Borrowing!) System?

November 5, 2016 Discussions 6

I rarely buy books anymore. Mostly because of how large my TBR pile is. And especially this last year or so, when I do buy books, it’s to get a physical copy to replace my eARC or physical ARC copy.

I have been borrowing a ton of books from the library though! My system for the library is to look through my bookmarked books to see which ones are available to download right away. Which ever one appeals the most is the one (or 2 or 3) that come home with me that day. I mostly do ebooks because then I don’t have to wait to get a ride to the library.

If I’m adding books to my library bookmarks, or requesting the library buy a book, it’s usually because a friend (blog friend or RL one) has recommended the book and I like the sound of the blurb. Sometimes it’s also a book in a series I’m reading and know I want the next book in.

Before I started my blog, and actually BOUGHT BOOKS all the time, my system was completely different. I would go to the bookstore, check out the sections for my favorite authors, and if there was a book I hadn’t read by them yet, it would go on my stack of buying that day. Then depending on how much money I had during that shopping trip, I’d check out the rest of the fantasy/sci-fi section for titles and covers that caught my attention, even if I had never heard of the author. If I liked the blurb as well, the book would go on my buying stack, and I’d move on until I reached my spending limit.

Since blogging, I rarely ever go browse for books I’ve never heard of anymore. Partly because my TBR is too big, and partly because I don’t actually buy books much anymore. Sometimes I’ll add a random book to my library list, but more often than not it’s only ‘random’ because it was a GoodReads suggestion that caught my attention while checking reviews of some other book!


What about you? Do you have a system for buying or borrowing books? Do you only check out books on your TBR pile, or ones that were recommended to you? Do you only stick with authors you’ve heard of, or do you snag books you know nothing about because the cover or blurb caught you?

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6 Responses to “Do You Have A Book Buying (Or Borrowing!) System?”

  1. Amy @ Pages of Starlight

    I don’t randomly buy books anymore. I used to, long, long before my days of blogging, but the last few times I did that and bought a book I knew nothing more than the covers told me…the book turned out kind of awful. I do have a system, though, for buying books.

    First of all, Goodreads. I put all the books I want to read on my Goodreads TBR list. Then, because when I have over a hundred books on one shelf it’s too messy and unorganized for me, I added ‘tier’ shelves. Currently I have three and each book on my TBR shelf is on one of the three tiers, in order of how much I want to read it. Tier 1 is usually sequels, books I really, really want and authors I like. Tier 2 is mostly books that sound good but that I’m in no hurry for an tier 3 is a lot of ‘maybe’s’. Usually, when I order books, they come off tier 1. Of course, shuffling has to be done occasionally as my interest waxes and wanes, but it’s a pretty decent system for me and helps me decide which books take priority.
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    • SilvaraWilde

      I used to be really good at picking books I knew nothing about, and ending up with new favorite authors. Somewhere along the way though I seem to have lost the knack. Or at least, it’s not as good as it used to be.

      I like your system. Sounds much more organized than mine is. Though admittedly I rarely buy books anymore unless I’ve either already read them and must have physical copies, or it’s a favorite author and needs to have a physical copy to go on my shelves with the rest of the series.

  2. Wendy @ Falconer's Library

    I used to pull my checkbook out in bookstores and write down titles of books that looked good on the back, then look them up at the library. You can just imagine how long ago that was.

    Nowadays, I pull out my phone and look at my TBR on Goodreads, then see what’s available at the library. Sometimes I do that there at the library, sometimes I do it from home and put books on hold.

    I only buy books for my classroom, which I do based on finding good deals, specific requests from students, trying to balance my collection, and yes, “ooh, I want to read that!”
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    • SilvaraWilde

      I haven’t used a check in so long! *laughs* Sometimes what I do now, especially if I’m in a hurry, is snap a picture of the cover if I’m out in a store somewhere. To remind me to see if the library has it, or if I can request that they buy it. Sometimes I even remember to look in my phone to see what book pictures I have and do so! (Other times I’ll forget until a month+ later and come across it on accident when looking for something entirely different…)

      I always forget you’re a teacher! What grade do you teach?

    • SilvaraWilde

      The closest I get anymore, would be the “If you liked, you might also like…” that GoodReads does when you’re looking at reviews for a particular book. My library also has it to where once you have at least 1 book checked out, you can go into your account for recommendations. These change depending on what you’re currently reading, and I’ve found a few books I hadn’t heard of before that way.

      But mostly I just don’t have time to add anything to my stacks, as it is even if I didn’t add a single book to what I already have (hah! never gonna happen!) it would take me 5-6 years just to get through what I own, and what is on my “want to read” lists!

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