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?