Good evening everyone, it’s time for Amber’s Rambles, a feature in which I occasionally ramble. 🙂
Hello! Welcome back. This is my first official post for my three part series of “Book Buying Bans, Binges and Budgets“. Last week I had my introduction which you can read here. In this discussion, I will be discussing book buying binges, a reader’s dream…and nightmares.
So it’s summer time, let’s assume you have all this free time, you haven’t read in a while but now you have the chance! Therefore you decide to buy some books, you know, because you’re a little bit behind the book crazes these days.
But wait, what about all the other books from past years you want to buy? You figure you’ll buy a few of those too and a few new ones. Before you know it though, you’ve bought 10+ books and what you thought would be just a little casual book shopping has become a full blown book buying binge.
But wait. . . What exactly is is a book buying binge? Let’s examine it word by word.
1.a written or printed work consisting of pages glued or sewn together along one side and bound in covers.
1.obtain in exchange for payment.
1.indulge in an activity, especially eating, to excess.
So… according to those definitions, a book buying binge is indulging excessively in printed work by paying for it.
Ah ha… Well, that is certainly what I do.
Book binging is the story of my life, even more so since I began blogging about books. It’s all just so complicated, I’m going to break this down into sections now! By buying methods. 🙂
Yes, these seem to be my worst temptation, it’s convenient, you don’t have to do any real searching other than the chosen website’s search “bar” and the books get delivered right to your house! What more could you want?
There are so many choices when going the online route, there’s Barnes and Noble, Amazon, and Book Depository, all of which seem to be the biggest online sources for books.
Then there are secondhand retailers such as Thrift Books and Book Outlet which often have books extremely cheap and in pretty good condition.
If you’re like me, you search through each of the websites and may try to find the cheapest price. What can I say? The more money I save, the more money I can spend to buy more books. That makes sense, right? At least it seems that way.
So then you decide to buy a few recent books here, a couple older books there, maybe one or two books you’ve been dying to read “forever” and suddenly…you’re out of a hundred dollars easy. It doesn’t sound like much as you buy books from the different websites, $50 here, $30 there and then it adds up. Oh, how it adds up. . . On the bright side, you can expect mail for the next week or so, that’s a plus, right? It’s two enjoyments in one! Books and receiving things in the mail! What a great joy.
Book stores are fantastic, if you live in a large city, there are probably at least a few book stores around you. I live in smaller city and there’s a Barnes and Noble here and a little “booktique” called the Chandler Booktique inside my local library, which I like to frequent regularly.
There are a number of times when I would go in Barnes and Noble and just fill a basket of books, some of which I put back, but I still bought abundantly. Every once in a while I may end up buying a book there just because “one book won’t kill me”, this is after I’ve already purchased a ton of books, of course. I was just in there last week and I found Throne of Glass in purple. Now I’ve never read the Throne of Glass series and Heir of Fire is the final book, I almost bought it just because it was purple and gorgeous looking. I didn’t though, I have a little bit of self control. 😉
Surprisingly, those are the only two official book stores I know of in town.
The Chandler Booktique sells gently used books for very reasonable prices. The most I’ve ever spent on book there was around $5.
There’s a great selection of classics at pretty much any given time. That little tiny cart there in the picture contains books that are sold for, I believe, 25 or 50 cents each. You can’t get much better than 25 or 50 cents for a barely used book.
I’ve walked out of there with several books before telling myself “Okay, I have to go check the children’s/YA section, then the fiction section, the poetry section, the 50 cent books and the classics”. Then I will re-check each section in case I missed something. 🙂 That can’t be happening, haha.
It’s really interesting having this book store inside a library because it’s kind of like “Well, why not just go check out the book from the library?”, I’ll be honest, I like just buying a new book. Even if it has been used, there’s just a great feeling about having a brand new (to me) book that I luckily found. Plus they don’t charge tax for the books which is so great.
In my college town, even smaller than my current city, there is a Hastings, which sells books and dvds and a book store called The Dusty Bookshelf. I never bought any books at Hastings since I just never found any I was interested in. The Dusty Bookshelf is a complete different story.
Now this lovely place is quite amazing. There are so many large book shelves filled with books and then even books stacked in corners or along the bottom of the floor and everything.
It was literally a five minute walk from my college dorms, a reader’s dream/curse. It wasn’t much for me to walk in there and pick up three of four books at a time. I did so quite often. There were also times I’d just go in and look at the different sections, seeing if anything piqued my interest. The Dusty Bookshelf also contained a cat named Cleo! Unfortunately, I just discovered Cleo died last year. 😦 That certainly puts a downer on my otherwise happy reminiscing mood. Onward I go. . .
My favorite! This is going to be a combination of online shopping and book stores because sales are found among both! Thrift Books already sales book for super cheap but occasionally they’ll have sales that are like “20% off whole purchase” or “Buy three get one free”. It’s always super tempting to buy books then because, hello, they’re on sale!
Book Outlet occasionally gives out coupons for “$5 off a purchase of $35 or more” or “$20 off a purchase of $60 or more”. I’ve never been lucky enough to receive a coupon or buy books from Book Outlet when they were having an amazing sale like the one mentioned above, but that’s probably a good thing because I would go insane with book buying.
Book sales are so amazing and so bad if you don’t limit yourself. Every year, the library here has their annual Friends of the Library three day sale. The Friday night is the preview night for “Friends”, who have memberships or anyone who wants to buy a membership or pay $5. I went there on the preview night and came home with 23 books.
Let me tell you, I had my hopes low, but I brought three bags with me. Yes, three! I filled two of them. 🙂 That was after putting around ten books back as well. And then deciding not to get other books when I was looking through them originally.
The annual sale is great because the majority of the books are only one to two dollars. One. To. Two. Dollars. That’s just like, oh my gosh, “wow”. It’s no wonder I bought so many books.
I also went back the next day and bought six more! I spent a total of $12. Four of those books were hardbacks which would have cost around $12 just for one, so that’s like, ridiculously amazing. If you’ve seen my Stacking The Shelves #4 post, the majority of those books are from the library sale. 🙂
Book sales are awesome. They just are.
Now that I’ve discussed online shopping, book stores and book sales, it’s no wonder people can go on complete book binges. It’s inevitable, so many choices, so many books, what are you to do? Well, after you buy so many books, there’s only one thing to do…go on a book buying ban. This is a complete foreign concept to me, like what? What do you mean a book buying ban? Like you don’t buy any books? Like at all? Not even if they’re on sale? Not even if it’s the last copy in a book store? Don’t ask me why you would go into a book store when you’re on a book buying ban, I don’t know why, but it sounds like something I would do. Oh, the temptation…
Yeah, I know. It’s crazy talk, but some people actually do it. They’ll ban themselves from buying books. Supposedly.
How exactly does a book buying binge happen though? Do you just set out to a buy a huge amount of books and justify it somehow (ex. Well I won’t be able to buy any books in *insert amount of time*)? Does it happen accidentally until you realize how many books you’ve really bought? Who knows?
Now I have some questions for you all. 😀
What do you think qualifies as a book buying binges?
How often do you go on book buying binges?
What is the most you’ve spent on a binge?
Do you ever try to justify your buying binges?
Where do you buy the majority of your books?
Have you ever done a book buying ban? And for how long?
Let me know! I may choose a couple comments to be spotlighted next discussion. 🙂 Stay tuned for next week where I delve into the topic of Book Buying Bans.