Let’s Talk Bookish: How do you decide what books to borrow or buy?

Let’s Talk Bookish is a weekly meme, hosted by Aria @ Book Nook Bits where we discuss certain topics, share our opinions, and spread the love by visiting each others’ posts.

This weeks topic is: How do you decide what books to borrow or buy?

Do you buy a lot of books?

I used to think it would be so cool to have a home library – but then reality hit and I realized I don’t have the space for a full library or a room dedicated to books, so I stopped buying as many books. I do subscribe to both Fairyloot and Illumicrate but even with those, this year I’ve been skipping more and I plan to continue to skip months unless its a book I *really* want. I just don’t have the space for as many books as I would love to own.

Do you borrow books from a library, or from friends?

Me and my local library are bffs! I LOVE my library! I also extensively use the digital library for audiobooks – which are most of my reading these days. I don’t have many local friends who read, so while I wish I could borrow and lend books to friends, it doesn’t quite work out.

What do you look out for in books you buy?

I typically will only buy a new book after I read it already and loved it so much that I can see myself rereading it! I don’t buy used books that often these days, since I know I can grab them from the library, but sometimes I’ll pick up used books by authors I already know I like but I haven’t read some of their older works, and I see it for under $5 at the used book store. Occasionally my local thrift store will have some nice books too, but I’ll only buy it if its in excellent condition and something I plan to keep (unless I read it and dislike it, of course!)

Are there any book genres you typically buy more of?

I have almost an entire bookshelf dedicated to Cassandra Clare books at this point, so fantasy books and worlds that are very in-depth are books I love to buy. I love to read romance but I honestly don’t think I own any pure romance books, since for me, those aren’t books I reread.

Do you prefer to borrow or to buy books?

As mentioned above, I definitely prefer to borrow books rather than buy them. My local library is wonderful and I use it all the time – the librarians know me at this point lol! I love the ability to check out digital audiobooks as well. Even with audiobooks, I only buy them if they aren’t available from Overdrive/Libby – usually Audible exclusives. I much prefer to borrow since I lack the space for books!

How about you – do you borrow a lot of books or do you prefer to buy them?

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4 thoughts on “Let’s Talk Bookish: How do you decide what books to borrow or buy?

  1. Welllll, I can relate to you on so many levels, here. But for me, it’s less a space issue and more a money issue. I have to be very selective–like you–in what I buy. And I also would, typically, rather buy books that I know I love and will read again.
    I use the library ALL THE TIME. Also, I use the Libby app, Scribd, and Hoopla to try and read books that I may not find at the library. Every once in a while will I want to book that I can’t find anywhere. 🙂 And I may splurge then, if I feel it’ll be worth it. 🙂

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    1. Very good point about money being an issue as well – space is my first obstacle, but even if I had unlimited space, then yeah money would be the next obstacle… ^^;
      Libby is my favorite app! It has the biggest selection for me, and Hoopla is great too. I’m not as familiar with Scribd but I’ve heard good things 🙂 And I agree – if you can’t find the book anywhere to borrow, if you think you may like it, then its worth it to buy it and experience it! 🙂 Thanks for reading and commenting! 😀


  2. I really wish I could borrow book but unfortunately there aren’t any libraries where I live and the ones that are available don’t have the type of books I like to read so it don’t work for me
    I totally relate to not having enough space that’s why majority of the books I read tend to be e-books since my kindle has loads of space for a lot of books!
    This is a great post 🤩🤩

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    1. Aw I’m sorry, that is difficult when you don’t have access to libraries 😦 But thank goodness for ebooks at least! That’s true, Kindle’s have plenty of space so that is a plus to digital copies! Thanks for reading~! ❤

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