I thought this would be a very interesting discussion as every book blogger’s answer will be different. I read a lot of books and so I’d like to share where I get my books from.
Number one on my list is the place where I get a lot of my books from: the library. I may have just a slight obsession with borrowing books. My library is really good and has a really wide range of Young Adult books. I know I’m really lucky as some people can only take about 5 books out a time and my limit is 12 books. I can also keep the books for 3 weeks but you can also renew them at the library or online, which is great. I usually keep them until I’ve read them.
Charity shops are really great for buying used books at a really cheap price! Most of the books I get are in really good condition too so they’re great additions to my bookshelves. I do get irritated when I visit charity shops though as some of their bookshelves are arranged appallingly! I know that I could do a much better job, but that’s just me!
I have been buying a lot of new books lately as I’ve had money from both my birthday in October and Christmas. I like to get my books from Waterstones as I think it is important to support our bookshops. My Waterstones is quite big and has a lot of great books and it also runs a teen book group, which I will be testing out in February!
The Works is really cheap for books but I’m not too keen about going in there. I do like their offers but I’m a Waterstones girl at heart!
On occasion I will buy my books online and when I do it is primarily from Amazon. They have some really good deals and I can get books at a discounted price. However, as I’ve said a few times in this discussion, I don’t like to take business away from bookshops.
I don’t get a lot of review copies at the moment and so the majority of books on my Kindle are ones I have bought from the Kindle store or from NetGalley. NetGalley is really handy and there are some real great books to find on there. I’m so glad that I found it!
Where do you get your books from?
Sophia Lin10 January, 2013 at 1:05 am
I get most of my books from the school library. During the summer, the county library. Unfortunately, mom only goes there once a month T_T. My friends sometimes let me borrow their books as well. *o* (my mom isn’t a fan of buying books.)
Since I started Bookwyrming Thoughts, most of my books are usually super-mega-awesome deals (and I mean really good ones) or free. They’re usually free though.
I also have signed up for NetGalley but I don’t use it since I can’t seem to find my Kindle App email address… T_T I might sign up for Booksneeze though. Still deciding, lol.
~Sophia @ Bookwyrming Thoughts
Clover10 January, 2013 at 12:28 pm
I really want to read more books from the library. Before book blogging, that is where most of my books came from. Now it’s mostly review books from publishers but I’m challenging myself to read a certain number of books that I’ve bought/acquired on my own a month. I also trawl my local charity shops for bargain finds, buy from my local independent bookstore and I use a bookswapping website with some regularity.
Rebecca-Books10 January, 2013 at 4:26 pm
I have to agree. Most of the books I read are from the library, a review copy or my own. It’s a great advertiser for libraries, you can see that people do still use them, especially here in the UK with nearly every other day the newspapers saying all the libraries are going to be closed. I hope not.
On a final note, as a Waterstones employee, I say thank you for your allegiance to us 🙂
Sophie_Louise10 January, 2013 at 7:22 pm
I love Waterstones! It’s my favourite book store because they have such a huge selection and they are all so neat and always in great condition. It really annoys me when I buy a book and find out there’s a tear in a page or the binding is messed-up. I loved scrolling through my Kindle and looking for those great deals! I really enjoy reading on a Kindle-it’s different but I love it!
Great post Lucy!
Emma10 January, 2013 at 7:39 pm
I totally agree! I’m very lucky to work I a library and I love borrowing even more books than the pile I have at home! I think we should support out libraries. I know many of mine aren’t surviving very well, and I feel sad that’s happening! I need to do something! A stand maybe? Haha! Any days, I will always buy my books from Waterstones. We too have a massive Teen/YA section and its just beautiful. Being a surrounded by books, I’m always in there for hours. But then I also receive them from the publishers as well, which I love! I have this massive grin on my face we they pop through my letter box! :-).
Brilliant post, Lucy! 🙂
Zoe Crook10 January, 2013 at 8:13 pm
Great discussion! Such an interesting topic. I LUUURVE libraries, but my local one isn’t very good, unfortunately 🙁 I also buy books from charity shops, I don’t care if they’re second hand… some of them are really good quality and very cheap which is amazing. I am also a Waterstones girl too – YAY FOR WATERSTONES PEOPLE! 😀 I sometimes also get books from The Works but they don’t do that many YA books. When they do, however, 3 for £5 is great.
Most of the time I buy books from online or WH Smith though.. it is the easiest for me 🙂
Thanks for posting, Lucy! =)
fiona hadfield12 January, 2013 at 7:22 pm
YAY for Waterstones people! (I work for a little one as a kids bookseller) and I always love when people like to buy from bookshops. It is so important at the moment to support your local bookshop 🙂
I need to use the library more now I live right by one (almost) but I can’t stop myself buying books. I have an addiction lol
This is a great post though, more blogs should do posts like these! 🙂