I have an unhealthy book-buying obsession, particularly when it comes to purchasing entire series in a single sitting without having read a single installment in said series. While this method proves rather unfortunate when I’m assigning a one star review to the first book in the series, my inner perfectionist is overjoyed to see the entire series (with matching covers, of course) perched on my bookshelf.
Without the added stress and time consumption of school, summer equates to one thing: ample time to read, whether it be by the pool, at the beach, or in the comfort (and air conditioning) of home. June, July, and August also happen to be the months during which I spend the greatest amount of money on… you guessed it – books. Despite my book hoarding tendencies which will likely bury me alive, I’ve gone on several shopping sprees over the past several weeks and have gradually been adding to my growing collection.
I am entirely unembarrassed to admit that I have a book buying obsession, and it’s gotten a bit out of hand recently. Book buying bans are essentially out of the question, so how do I go about restricting the number of books I’m purchasing during my countless trips to the bookstore? Stretching every last dollar so that I’m getting the greatest possible number of books for the smallest sum of money? Prioritizing which books I want to purchase immediately versus which can wait a few months? I’ve amassed a few tips and tricks that have worked well for me in the past with the hopes of helping a few fellow bookworms.
So since I have been gone awhile I decided to show you my latest books I’ve picked up. Some are a little beat up as I often peruse used bookstores as well as places like Barnes and Noble, but who doesn’t love a book with a little character?
I’ve never been a huge fan of audiobooks (I expressed my full-fledged dislike of them here), so the majority of the books that I acquire are either physical copies or ebooks. Considering I’m a poor high school (almost college) student and dedicate nearly all of my money to purchasing books, I try to be as resourceful as possible. Then again, I still shouldn’t be trusted in a bookstore with a credit card.
All of the bookstores near my house have been offering great deals and discounts recently, ranging from buy 3 books get the 4th free to 15% off a single item. That’s as much of an excuse as I need to stop by for a few books! If you’re finding yourself in a bit of a post-Christmas lull or are also planning on taking advantage of similar bookstore promotions, hopefully this list can provide you with a few suggestions!
The holiday season tends to bring with it a hoard of giftcards. Personally, I find it challenging to save up these giftcards and often spend them throughout the month of January. If you seem to have made a similar habit of disposing of your giftcards quickly, hopefully this guide can provide you with a few recommendations for those bookstore giftcards you’ve amassed over the past several weeks.