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Tuesday, 3 December 2013

The Book Buying Tag!

The booktube community over on YouTube is one of the loveliest I've ever come across because everyone is so welcoming and supportive. Most of the videos I've been watching recently have been all about books & I think there are some really wonderful and interesting tags around at the moment. I particularly love the book buying tag that was created by Megan Olivier because I'm generally quite nosy when it comes to other people's reading habits and I thought it would be a fun one to do!

Everywhere! I'm very guilty of frequenting the book sections in charity shops quite a lot, although I don't feel too guilty because at least charities are benefiting from my book addiction! I also tend find myself clicking on to websites like The Book Depository & adding books to my wishlist when I really should be doing other things.

I've also been known to slip a book or two into the trolley when I'm doing the weekly food shop because there are usually some pretty good deals & anything that makes food shopping slightly less dull is always a good thing. I do also think supporting high street book shops is really important, I love the feeling of stepping into a branch of Waterstones and more often than not I head to the 'buy one, get one half price' section to have a browse there.
I've never pre-ordered a book before, mostly because I'm usually not that up to date on upcoming releases. I totally would though if there was something I was particularly eager to read and I would probably pre-order online because I do love receiving things in the post!

This is a really difficult question to answer because it varies so much, sometimes I'll end up going a little crazy and other times I'll buy none at all. On average I'd probably say about 5 a month.


Unfortunately my local library isn't really that local and it's not the best. There were so many libraries to choose from where I used to live and I do really miss that. I still remember the day I got my very first library card, I was so happy and loved going each week to check out new books!

I think they're generally great. Of course there are occasionally a few books in there that are almost falling apart but if there's a book you want to read but don't really want to spend money on it, the library is a great place.

I love them & every time I'm walking past a charity shop or second hand book shop, I have to pop in and have a look around! You never know what you might find on the shelves and that element of surprise is a lot of fun. In my experience they're generally in pretty good condition and sometimes the little dedications that someone has written to the original recipient are so sweet. It all adds to the story of the book and I love that.  


There's no real rhyme or reason to the way my books are organised on my bookshelf at the moment. They're not organised by colour or in alphabetical order or by size and I quite like that higgledy-piggledy look. My to-be-read books are mixed in with books I've read because I think if I had a shelf completely full of books I haven't read yet, I'd get a little overwhelmed. 

Absolutely, I wouldn't hold on to a book I didn't plan to read because I think it should go to someone who would like to read it.


If I didn't enjoy a book I would either pass it on to a friend or take it to a charity shop. There are some books I own that I don't think I would ever read again, but I did enjoy them and I'm very happy to have them in my collection. I'm still totally dreaming of having a room in my house entirely dedicated to books. 

Yes! There have been a few books I've read and not particularly loved so I've donated them in the hopes that they'll find a home with someone who does love them. I think it's important to support charity shops and I know they're always grateful for book donations! 


Even if I did think I bought way too many books, I don't think I'd put myself on a book buying ban purely because I think it would make me want to buy even more! Last year I put myself on a make up buying ban and I instantly broke it, I don't think I'm very good with rules! 

Is there a such a thing? I think as long as I'm not holding on to books just for the sake of having them fill a space on my shelf it's okay. The art of storytelling is a beautiful one and I'll be forever inspired by people who can build up an entire world within their imaginations and then share them with the world. 

I tag you! 
Where do you buy your books from most often? 

Love, Jennie
xoxo

51 comments:

  1. Such a great tag!I usually buy books from either amazon or the supermarket but I'm going to start going the the library more! xx

    Sweet Electric Blog

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    1. It's a lovely thing to support! xo

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  2. What a great post! I love books too; to get lost in an entirely different world on a rainy Sunday afternoon is my idea of a perfect day :) I could never have a kindle, I love the smell of books too much & the finds you can come across in little bookshops <3

    Sophie xx soinspo

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    1. It really is perfect! I agree, I can't get on with reading on a kindle even though it would be super handy for traveling! xo

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  3. Aw I loved this book themed post, I really want to get back into reading and have a stack of books to get through! x

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  4. I used to buy my books from book sales and things, never really buying much from the high street so that I could discover older ones, but now that I've got a kindle I mainly buy them for that. I kind of miss having books though, so make a point to get one every now and again. I don't think there's such a thing as owning too many books either!

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    1. It's nice to get a book every one in a while to switch things up a bit! xo

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  5. Such a great tag, this was really interesting! I love buying second hand books too, especially as a pound is a lot less to spend if you end up hating the book than almost a tenner x

    Claire | AgentSmyth

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  6. I will definitely be doing this tag Jennie, thanks for sharing it with us! I probably buy most of my books currently from local high street book shops, I consciously make an effort to buy one every so often so that I feel I am doing my bit, if I am buying online I head to The Book Depository too, it is nice to get hooky post, but obviously the majority of my reading picks come from my work nowadays! :)
    xx

    www.thelibrarian.co.uk

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    1. Yayy! Looking forward to reading your answers! Supporting the high street is really important and it's nice to pop in and spend a little bit of time wandering around! xo

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  7. I think it's lovely that you donate the books you weren't so keen on to charity shops! You are really thoughtful Jennie <3 xxx

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  8. Ooh I know what you mean about buying second hand books, the idea that somebody else had sat down and read the story is a nice idea and I love the tatty round the edges look :) I haven't been buying books in a while, my to-read list has grown so large it just doesn't make sense any more!

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    1. I like that the book has had its own little life before coming home with me! xo

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  9. As a bookworm myself, I really enjoyed this tag! Great post!
    x
    thegirlsnextdooruk.blogspot.co.uk

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  10. Loved finding out about your reading habits - like you I'm pretty nosey about things like that as I love to read and not too many of my friends read much so it's nice to chat to other people who love it as much as me!
    I am trying to conciously make time to read a lot more as I had been neglecting it recently.
    I keep my books seperate I have a shelf for my favourites that I've read and then two huge boxes one for those I've read and one for those I haven't.
    x

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    1. I'm the same, it's nice to have a good old chat about books sometimes! I like keeping some of my favourites together too <3

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  11. What an awesome tag. I think books are under appreciated nowadays. Aside from pretty coffee table books, reading books have declined (in my opinion anyway). While I admit that carrying a device like Kindle makes for easier travel with books, I miss the turning of the page and even the smell of books.
    Nowadays, I purchase books from local stores. The chain stores are great for discounts but I love seeing and supporting the local places. A favorite of mine in San Francisco is Green Apple Books. They are great!

    xo,
    nancy

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    1. Kindles are so great for traveling, but I don't think you can beat a physical book! xo

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  12. Wait, what?! THERE IS A BOOKTUBE COMMUNITY?! Oh my word, I need to discover this. That sounds so amazing. Eeeeeeeeee.
    Love from Jasmine @ rabbit-wood.blogspot.com
    xo

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    1. There is and it's every bit as amazing as it sounds! xo

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  13. I've been loving all the book related post you've been doing lately. And I have to remember to do this tag! It's a great one! :)

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    1. I had a lot of fun writing it! xo

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  14. It's lovely to meet another bookworm!

    I get most of my books from Amazon, but I do love poking around in The Works. I picked up a copy of the second cookbook from the Hummingbird Bakery today at a bargain price. Charity shops are always fun, but I never find anything beyond the usual mass-market stuff/

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    1. The Works is SO good for bargains! xo

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  15. You should do a video tag sometime! -Hanna Lei

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    1. I'm thinking about making videos again soon! xo

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  16. What a great tag! I absolutely love books, I worked in a waterstones while i was at uni and it was amazing. Lovely post x

    lamourjosie.com

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  17. Such a great tag :) especially for someone who likes books :) I LOVE BOOKS ! would you like to follow each other dear :) xx
    www.ambifashion.com

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  18. I loved reading this tag, I really love books and have always enjoyed reading! xx

    www.ohsoaddictedtobeauty.blogspot.com

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    1. It's a lovely way to escape for an hour or so <3

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  19. this is such a wonderful tag! I love the out of the box questions ;)
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    Ester @ Drawing Dreaming

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  20. love this tag! i popped into oxfam just yesterday and found two books i have been wanting to read. i actually have a kindle that my dad got me when i was studying abroad as it was so handy, and i love it, but now and then i have to hold a paperback and physically turn the pages. x

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    1. Ohh it's lovely when you find books you've been wanting to read! xo

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  21. I need to do this tag at some point, it's so lovely and original!
    Anja x

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  22. Great! I got Perks of Being a Wallflower and Tales of Beadle Bard. Two lovely books to read..I hope Baby Ralphie Bun is feeling okay now..A hug from me and Whyt xx

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    1. Thank you sweet, he's feeling much better <3

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  23. I love this tag! I went to Waterstones at the weekend to see how much was on my loyalty card, forgetting I'd already spent it... but then bought myself new books anyway! Oops :)

    Sophie
    http://what-sophie-said.blogspot.co.uk/
    xxx

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    1. Never feel guilty about buying books, it's always allowed ;) x

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  24. I loved reading this, since buying a kindle I tend to pop into waterstones, look around, note down all the books i fancy and download them when i get home x

    lillies and lipbalm

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  25. Brilliant tag, a nice antidote from the usual beauty and fashion-related ones!

    Nell at And Nell Writes

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  26. This was great! I love the booktube community.

    I did it on my blog as well :)

    http://www.projectpringle.com/2013/12/the-book-buying-tag.html

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