Book Buying Habits Tag

This tag looks like a lot of fun (and I’m pretty obsessed with doing them at the moment). I really enjoyed answering these questions because they’re based around buying books, and hey, that’s my favourite thing to do…


1. Where do you buy your books from?

The majority of my books come from the amazon marketplace, where you can buy used and new books from £3. I also find a lot of books in charity shops or supermarkets, where they are also a lot cheaper. The books in my local charity shop are £1, and books in supermarkets tend to be on a two books for £7 deal which I never refuse. If I buy from a bookshop it tends to be Waterstones, however I rarely buy full priced books, so I only shop in there if there are discounts or I have a voucher.

2. Do you ever pre-order books?

I used to pre-order a lot more when I was younger, but I don’t tend to do it anymore. The books, again, are full price and therefore very expensive. I tend to wait until the book has been out for quite a while and the price has dropped.

3. On average, how many books do you buy a month?

Now this is a difficult question. Some months I won’t buy any, and some months I go crazy and buy 30. I have tried so hard this year to not by as many as I usually would, I’m trying to save money and to use my library more. I would say on average I buy between 5 and 10 books, but like I said this is just an average.

4. Do you use your local library?

YES. I love to use my library! I did a post on why I love going to the library so much, you can find it here… Why I Love Libraries

5. How many books does you library let you borrow at one time?

I think my library lets you borrow 20 books at one time, however I have never taken that many out! I tend to take between 4-8 books out at once, anymore and it gets a bit too overwhelming.

6. What is your opinion on library books?

I think they are fantastic. It is a great way to experience a book without having to buy it for yourself, in case you don’t end up liking it. I love how many books there are, there are so many books/authors I have never heard of before which I pick up and end up loving. It’s definitely a great place to find some hidden gems you may not have found otherwise.

7. How do you feel about second hand books?

I really love them, I think they are great. I don’t mind if the spine is broken or they aren’t in the best condition because the story inside doesn’t change. I am slightly fussy, I mean I wouldn’t buy it if the pages were all ripped or there was writing inside, but a little bit of damage doesn’t bother me.

8. Do you keep your TBR pile on your main bookshelves?

Yes. I keep my shelves in rainbow order, and these comprise of my TBR books and ones I have already read. I love how aesthetically pleasing they look that way, and it works for me.

9. Do you plan to read all of the books you own?

I hope I manage to get to them all at some point. I tend to unhaul books quite regularly if I don’t think I’ll ever read them to save space. There are some books I have got on my shelves that I have had for years and am still yet to read, but I hope one day I do pick them up…

10. What do you do with books you feel you will never read/did not enjoy?

I unhaul them. I give them to family first if they are the types of books they usually read. If not, I take them to a charity shop and hopefully someone else likes them.

11. Have you ever donated books?

Yes, I do it quite often.

12. Have you ever been on a book buying ban?

I haven’t been on a strict book buying ban, but this year I am tracking how many books I buy and how much money I spend on them to see how crazy I go some months. But I have never put myself on a ban (there would be no point, I wouldn’t stick to it…)

13. Do you feel that you buy too many books?

Personally, no. For me, reading is my biggest hobby and therefore I don’t feel guilty buying things I love. I feel that people are very quick to judge about how many books I have and how much money I must have spent on them, but at the end of the day it’s my hobby and it’s what makes me happiest. Like I said earlier, I am keeping track of how many books I am buying in comparison to how many I am actually reading.

I hope you enjoyed this tag! Love, Karis x




11 thoughts on “Book Buying Habits Tag

  1. Amy says:

    THAT Last answer is me! I normally have my Amazon packages delivered to work and we have a joke about my love for books. But I keep being asked how much I spend one books. Honestly I love books and buying them. They give me a joy I haven’t experienced anywhere else. Why not spend money on something that makes you happy and gets you through a hard day?

    Great tag!

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    • karisbooks says:

      Ah yay, nothing makes me happier than when I get a package of books! When I get them delivered my family just know the delivery is for me, they’re so used to it! Who cares how much we spend, it’s our money ☺️☺️☺️

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  2. Margaret @ Weird Zeal says:

    I also love using my library – it’s so easy to get any book you could possibly want, completely for free! Still, it is nice to own the ones you love. I’m also keeping track of how many books I buy this year, because I bought a lot (too many) last year, and I’m very proud that I’ve only bought 2 so far this year!

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  3. karathehuman says:

    Another lover of second hand books! I don’t even remember the last time I paid full price for a book. My thinking is the same as yours: the story is same either way! Plus, second hand books sometimes come with leftover treasures. Once I found some Chinese New Years cards and some other Chinese trinkets in a used book I bought. I love finding stuff like that. It’s like little hellos from past owners.

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