Shopping for Books{Day 6 of the Book Blogging Challenge}

Posted October 4, 2013 by Stormy in Books / 5 Comments

I’ve decided to participate in the 15 Day Book Blogger challenge hosted by Good Books and Good Wine. This is definitely a move-at-your-own-pace challenged(which is AWESOME), so even though April did her challenge a month or two ago, she left the linkys opened. Yay! I should also note that I’m not doing these EVERY day–I might do one or two a week. I’m too much of a scheduler to try and do all fifteen days in a row!

15 day book blogging challenge

Day 6: Shopping for the Books!

I love this question, because like the neurotic strange dynamic person that I am, I have a VERY specific book buying routine. First of all, I shop for books in a variety of places. I hardly ever order online(except Kindle books), because I LOVE browsing bookstores. And my routines change for different places.

For used book stores, all my organization goes out the window(because I have yet to be in a well-organized used bookstore, which is part of their charm), but for other stores, there’s a specific way. And it changes from store to store.

For Barnes & Nobles, I start at the bargain book section. Then, social sciences. Then the B&N leatherbound/classic section. Then YA, then children’s, then general literary fiction. I hardly ever buy a book more than $10, so I very seldom actually buy books at B&N, but I like to think I will. And I ALWAYS check out the stationary section on the way out.

I do most of my in-store shopping at my local Hastings. I start at the “New in the used” sections, then clearance, then social sciences, then literary fiction, then science fiction, then YA. And I look for the green USED Hastings sticker.

Then, once I have a handful of books, I give myself a limit. Am I only spending 15 dollars today? Twenty? Ten? Then I sit in a chair and figure out how to buy as many of the books in my hand for that price. Yup, I’m an economical shopper.

So how do you shop for books?

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5 responses to “Shopping for Books{Day 6 of the Book Blogging Challenge}

  1. Shannelle C. (The Tracery of Ink)

    I rarely go to bookstores, and I spend all year saving up for one thing: books. So when i get to a bookstore and I see a book I like, and then I see more, I just grab. And then I stand there for minutes looking crazy while trying to decide which one to buy, and then once that’s done, I set the books down and promise to see them again someday, and I go pay for the lucky book that’s my choice.

  2. My shopping style is a bit sad. First, I start out at B&N looking at books. Then I decide that it would be cheaper to buy the book on Amazon, so I go home and get ready to purchase it. Then I remember that the library might have it, and if they don’t, they can purchase it for me. So I end the day, with requesting the book at the library and reading something else in the meantime. 🙁

  3. Wow, that’s REALLY specific, haha. I do try to stay on a general book budget, but I like it idea of sticking to one for an individual store trip. It’s also been YEARS since I’ve been into Barnes & Noble, even though I dream about going in there and buying everything all the time. I buy a lot of ebooks, shop on online book discount sites, and also go to used bookstores.

  4. I have one used book store, fairly new, as in about three years in business, that is totally organized! I really enjoy this one more than the others I have been to. I first frequented it in the beginning and they didn’t have a lot of books. I figured that was why they were organized. Oh no, they’re totally organized. One day I walked in and they said, we’ve created a new section with Cozy Mysteries. In the beginning, it only have about 30 or so books, but I was so impressed that they were willing to organize that much.

  5. Ooh, fun, I love hearing about people’s routines! I like that you have a specific route you follow in B&N, even if you rarely buy things there. I don’t usually go to bookstores unless I’m looking for something specific, or just killing time, so I don’t have a particular path I follow through the store.

    And the disorganization of most used bookstores is frustrating for me. I feel like since I have no idea what I’m looking through, I could be wasting my time. Maybe I should instead be thinking that maybe I’ll find a hidden gem in there!

    Man, I love Hastings. I wish there was one where I live. Back in my college days, I loved going there for bargain music CDs… you know, back when people still bought those!

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