Thursday, October 14, 2010

Buy, Borrow or...Are those the only choices?

How do you decide what books to buy? I've got books running out of my ears, and yet I can't stand to be without some of my favorites. Due to book-blogging and giveaway-entering, I've definitely got more books coming in than I have going out of my bookshelves. I now have a rule that I can't buy a book that's not part of a series I already started. If I win a book in a new series, that's fine; I can keep it. But I can't buy it. I won Shiver a few weeks ago, and I'm so excited to dive in because I wasn't "allowed" to buy it! It may seem like a silly rule, but it's the most strict I can be with myself. I just love reading too much to enforce a strict no-buy rule, but I could use some ideas.

What do you do to keep your book pile from growing? Do you borrow from the library or enforce a "book budget"?

9 comments:

  1. Any rule that helps isn't silly :)! I personally have frequented the library for years, and rarely buy books unless I've already read them and absolutely LOVE them, or there is a new book in a series I already love. I would buy more if I wasn't saving for insurance and college, but I control my spending in general fiercely, despite my love for reading. I just hit the library whenever I can, and try not to think about the new releases I'm dying to read... which is hard.

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  2. This is something that I really struggle with. I just recently cut back on the amount of books I buy. I am going to try and read the ones sitting on my shelf before buying too many more. Hopefully by then, some of the books I'm craving to read will be out in paperback! :)

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  3. My TBR pile was getting way too big (at the expense of my wallet). I recently got an e-reader, and I think this is helping. I don't like library books, because they're often stained and smelly, but e-books from the library don't have that problem... so I'll probably be reading more of those now. I also found NetGalley, so I've gotten some books for free there, too.

    As for paper books... well, I'm going to try not to buy any more of those until I've finished what I've got (which is close to 30 books).

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  4. I have the same problem! I'm thinking of getting a Kindle just because I don't have space for all these books...

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  5. I follow a book budget though not as strictly as I would like to be :-)

    I do not enforce a strict buy only from the series I'm reading like you do, but I try to avoid buying books from another series with a similar themes to a series I'm currently reading ... at least until I've finished or decided to stop following it if it's an exceptionally looong one.

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  6. That's a tough one. I take a lot of non-favorites to my classroom and share them with my students. I still have way, way too many at home, though. I've decided that I might start giving away more books on my blog. It's a toughie, though, because we get so attached to them! LOL. :-)

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  7. I forced myself to only buy one book a month, but I still get in trouble at the library! I was reading so much there for a while my husband really started complaining about the neglect!

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  8. Normally I don't purchase teen novels. I find a lot of them disappointing or something I would never read again. And at the moment I hardly have the time to read, so I thought it'd be better if I didn't buy very much. It's very difficult to stop buying though. Good luck breaking the habit :)

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  9. I wouldn't call it a "budget" per say, but I've always been pretty frugal when it came to buying books. I only buy something if it's REALLY important to me...unless I can find a good sale.

    As far as sale books go, I usually try to limit myself to (again) really important books. I'm often tempted to collect subsequent books in series that I own the first book of...but haven't yet read. With bookshelf room dwindling, I've held myself back on those non-read series.

    Ultimately my plan is to read what I own, see if I like it, and if I don't, give it away or sell it. Heh, we'll see how that works ;)

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