My book buying habits and influences

I have mentioned it before and I will say it again, in case you’re not reading my blog often, or in case you’re a bit like me and have the memory of a goldfish. I am buying 99% of my books. As an international book blogger, I don’t have a library with tons of amazing English YA books I can take from and don’t always have the same opportunities to get access to books as other people on the blogosphere, from the US or the UK, can have. So, that story often ends up in me being broke and dying under a massive pile of books.

Today, I thought I’d tackle the strange subject of my book-buying habits, because it has come to my attention that I am sort of a strange species, when it comes to buying books.

My biggest book-buying influence: BLOGGING AND YOU.

Before book blogging, I spent a lot of time on Goodreads, on Amazon suggestions and just picked up the books that seemed remotely interesting.

Now that I’ve been book blogging for over three years, that rarely ever happen, because I know the books I need and WANT to buy. My Goodreads TBR has tripled and I have too many books to choose from to even know where to start. I forbid myself to look at Amazon and Book Depository suggestions, otherwise I’ll end up getting more books and that’s not good for my budget, at all.

When it comes to having to DECIDE which books I need to buy, I have noticed that I tend to rely a whole lot on what you all think. We all have people we wouldn’t make any big decision without in our lives. When it comes to buying books, I can’t (or don’t want to) make big, rash decisions without knowing what my trusted friends in the book community think. For instance, I’ll take anything Kat tells me to buy, just because she knows me way too much and knows the kind of books I could love. I’ll listen to many bloggers’ recommendation, knowing they have the same taste in books as I do.

HOW do I listen to them, exactly, since we all live a thousand miles away from each other? I read their reviews – I read loads of reviews, actually. I bother my sister and ask for her opinion, when I don’t know which one to pick. I sometimes add a book, because I heard tons of praise about it over on twitter, on my TBR ; but wait a little while and / or to see what people actually think of it, before getting it.

I think you probably got that I am NEVER buying books on an impulse.

There are exceptions to that, obviously. If you tell me there’s a new John Green / Morgan Matson / Lauren Oliver book being released soon, I’ll buy them without asking anyone, looking for reviews or anything else. Auto-buy authors, friends.

Writing this and thinking about it makes me realize that people in the bookish community influence me a whole lot, when it comes to buying books. Yet, I think I also know when and how to trust my gut, what I know I might enjoy and what I know I might not enjoy. Despite endless recommendations, I don’t think I’ll pick up the Red Rising series, because it seems quite violent and I don’t know if I can handle it.

I don’t buy books too often.

With the exception of my favorite, auto-buy authors, I never, ever buy books on an impulse and manage not to get books too often, as well. I told you before that I thought I was a bit of an alien here in the bookish community… DO YOU BELIEVE ME NOW?

It’s not that I don’t WANT to buy books all the time, believe me, I do. I think I say approximately twice a day that I’m in the mood to buy books. I spend loads of time on Goodreads thinking about the books I want to get next and over on Book Depository checking prices, adding books to my basket just, you know, to casually torture myself.

I think I kind of have my book-buying habits under control.

I have talked about it before in my TBR post – I don’t buy new books before I am almost done with my current physical – and e-books – TBR. If I dream of getting all the new books, I only order them whenever I feel like I actually can. That helps with the endless physical TBR problem for sure and… helps me with the control freak thingy.

I am lucky enough to be working and to have a decent budget to be able to get new books. Yet, if I often see people over on Youtube videos, in twitter, instagram stories or over in blog posts, showing off their book hauls of 10+ books… I just never buy ten books at a time. I think my maximum has to be 5 or 6 books, because I am a control freak and read the paragraph above with me trying to control everything, even my TBR.

I buy all of my books online

Book Depository, I’m looking at you – since I’m kind of mad at Amazon right now for denying me that signed copy of Turtles All The Way Down. I’m really thankful to be able to order books online, since I don’t have a library and / or a bookshop. I support my local English bookshops – we have a few in France – whenever I am traveling to Paris – which is not often – and the English bookshops around the world whenever I am leaving the country. Waterstone’s, Barnes and Noble’s, Hello Happy Places.

Basically: I think I might be a little bit of a control freak when it comes to buying books. I’ll free myself and get all the books and really be broke when I manage to get a library in my own house. WHY AM I SO DAMN REASONABLE. I ask myself that question every single day.

Do you buy books whenever you want to, or do you only buy books at certain times? Or do you have a great library and don’t buy books often or at all?

Who do you listen to the most, when you get new books? Book bloggers, friends, the hype, yourself?

Do you often buy books on an impulse, or do you manage to control yourself? Do you pre-order everything, or not? Tell me everything about your book buying habits, I’d love to know!

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145 thoughts on “My book buying habits and influences

  1. This was so interesting to read! I definitely rely on recs too. And sadly I can’t afford to buy books on impulse either (I wish!) I think that’s probably a good call on Red Rising for you- as much as I love the series, if you don’t like violence it could very well be too much for you (my sister is very squeamish and I wouldn’t give it to her)

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    1. I tend to be able to handle violence a bit better in my books than in movies – I just can’t handle it in movies haha, but yes… I think it will be better for me to stay away from Red Rising anyway ahah 🙂
      Thank you so much for your comment! ❤ ❤

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  2. I don’t know what to say. I mean, I’m in awe as usual because you are a real AWEsome person (sorry!) but seriously, it’s great that you buy majority of your books and keep a check on your TBR at the same time. I don’t buy books, often. I think the last three books I bought were in November. That’s it. Yup, I feel really bad but I live in a city that’s currently focusing a lot on ‘reading’ and being a ‘literature capital’ so the libraries are pretty cool (though the fines are super high and I feel like I wouldn’t be able to have dinner if I don’t return the book on time). My cousin is a massive reader AND an impulsive buyer but he often DNFs books and doesn’t ‘love’ them like…well…we booklovers do. So he mostly passes down his books to me quite easily–he’s like a library too but I don’t have to return the book to him ever so that’s cool XD My father is another impulsive buyer but he loves buying gifts for everyone and mine usually include gift cards so the few books I do buy in a month are all from his gift card. AND NOW I FEEL BAD because ugh, I should really be buying books more and helping out the authors I love ❤ Soon, soon. As for the few times when I do go for book shopping, my mom keeps a check on the books I'll be coming back home with and acts like a metal detector when the number exceeds 3. Beep, beep, beep. But here the beep is for a curse.

    I loved your point about listening to the book bloggers and friend's recommendations because hell, yeah! Apart from the auto buy authors, picking up a book is always a tough decision to make and what's a community for? Loved this post, Marie!


    1. Oh wow, thank you so, SO much for your sweet words, Fanna, that means so much to me ❤
      It's so great that you have such a great family of book lovers or book-gifters around you, that has to be the best thing – your own personal library with your cousin giving you all of his books, that's pretty cool – and no fine there so YAY 😛
      HAHAHAHAHa, it's funny, I could totally see my mom doing that just as well with the books I get, whenever I order new books and a package arrives at home, hahaha.
      Thank you so, SO much for your sweet comment, Fanna ❤ ❤

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    Whenever I see bookworms all over social media being like “ok I’m going on a book buying ban” I’m like “can’t RELATE MATE”. I can’t afford hardbacks at all and only a few paperbacks.
    But I’m so grateful to the blogosphere for telling me everything about new releases and hyped books for I now know what I want to buy and it’s amazing. I haven’t bought a book I gave less then 4 stars on in a while. Ya’ll bloggers are doing a great job truly I should send you all some cookies.

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    1. AWWW YOU ❤ Thank you so, so much you are the sweetest!! ❤
      I feel like, in a way, I'm often on a book buying ban? I refrain myself from getting books a whole lot, I'm trying to be responsible and to budget everything, I know I'm lucky enough to be able to afford my books, but… I don't know, I am responsible ahha. Also, I see SO many bloggers with book buying bans and MASSIVE BOOK HAULS and I can't relate at all. Also it makes me sad, because we can't all do these massive book hauls, then get mad about it sometimes :/
      YAY! That's so, so amazing to hear! I haven't gotten a really bad book I hated in a while, either. It's fantastic, to be able to rely on amazing recommendations like that 😀
      Thank you!! ❤ ❤


  4. This is completely unrelated to the content of the post, but your GIF game is always 100% on point and I wanted to take a moment to appreciate that! 🙂

    I am super lucky to have access to a lot of books through libraries, so I *try* not to buy too many books. I can’t even imagine buying 10+ books at a time D:
    I usually just buy one book at a time, maybe two, and three is tops for me. The only exception is if I’m shopping at a thrift store or a library sale or something like that. I bought four or five books at a library sale about a year ago because they were all incredible deals at the used-book prices!

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    1. Awww thank you! That’s SO appreciated, seriously I spend sometimes more time looking for GIFs than I do to write the post 😂😂 thank you!
      I’m glad you are also not a big book buyer, somehow I feel so guilty whenever I get tons of books all at once… I’d rather take a small amount of books every time 🙂
      Thank you so much for your sweet comment! ❤ ❤

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      1. I seriously get stressed out about spending more than $20 in one shopping trip for anything other than groceries or clothes (but I really don’t go shopping for clothes very often). Two hardcovers and I’m already above the stress threshold :3
        The Gilmore Girls one in here is especially great!

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  5. I salute your discipline! In the past two months i went absolutely nuts when it came to buying books. Keep telling myself: in March you are only allowed 5, so pick wisely… we’ll see how that goes 😀

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    1. Aw thank you haha, I don’t know how I do it, I want all the books, sometimes I am losing my mind 😂😂 I hope you’ll find great books to pick this March… so many amazing releases this month, it’s the wooooorst 😂

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    1. I sort of have a guilt mechanism rooted in my mind: I tell myself that I have to read them and that is the only way that I can get more books, hahahaha. Seems to be working 😛
      Thank you so much for your comment, Nicole! ❤


  6. I am feeling like I need to get my book buying under control. I tend to buy the books I am interested when they go on sale not when I’m in the mood for them, so they sit for quite a while. I don’t even want to count how many are unread on my shelves. But this year I am putting in more effort to read off my shelves. Great post:)

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    1. Oh I understand that – whenever there are sales, it can be hard to resist, haha 🙂 I hope you will be able to read all of your backlist titles this year! 🙂 thank you so much! 🙂

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