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!