Hello guys! I’m trying my best to be more active on posting in this blog because I’m just lazy. I’m not even gonna pretend I was super busy haha. So for this discussion post, I present the question: do you shop specific books or are you a browser? You already know 🙂
Personally, I will classify myself as both. Yes, yes, really cliché way to answer this question but it’s true!
Let me elaborate: while I do go to bookstores to browse most of the time, I always have this floating list off the top of my head of some books I want to purchase when I get the chance. Since I love shopping used books, this makes it for a more exciting fact because I can browse for daaaays. I always go out of the shop with waay too much books than I need because I can a) grab the books I know I want to and b) grab the new, shiny books that I find! Isn’t that charming?
Now, I haven’t bought any books at all for the most of this year because I ran out of bookshelf space and space for new bookshelves so I had to stop buying physical copies. BUT during my binge buy last year (holidays and I went through a tough breakup so, retail therapy) I can definitely say I went into the stores with a purpose. I had a list guys, which is rare for me because who has time for those, and within the time span of 6 months (May until December) I managed to acquire 400 books. It was bad haha. Now I have about 530 physical books, most of which are unread, that has to be dealt with before I can have space for new ones (don’t even get me started with my ebooks).
So, is it better to be a browser or to have a list of books to buy?
Pros and cons: Browsing
Off the top of my head, some of the good things about browsing would be, it gives you a chance to look for new titles or authors that you might not have known of before, or it could potentially let you discover books about certain topics that you didn’t know existed. It basically will let you look through the majority of the catalog of books.
The cons on the other hand would be: it’s very, very bad for the wallet. I know this first hand and I will definitely tell you to plan out your book buying if the cash is strapped (which obviously never happens because books first right? lol) other than that, I recommend browsing to your heart’s desire (it’s great to relieve stress, unless you’re broke then is it stressful?)
Pros and cons: Planning books
Off course, the good thing about this is, it helps you stick to your book or budget limit because it helps eliminate all them distractions. It could also POTENTIALLY help us control our overwhelming TBRs by limiting our books and forcing us to read it before buying new ones (hopefully?)
It, on the other hand, could make book buying a freaking chore. We got the list, go in, grab said books, pay for it, then we’re done. Out, no browsing, not even a chance to breathe in that freshly printed smell. That’s sad. If it works for you, it would be great but I’m going out on a limb here and declare that most bookworms would rather be buried under book piles than treat it like grocery shopping right?
The conclusion: we should do both. I do both, I hope you do too, and we should all share the goodness of both browsing and looking specifically for books. Because book shopping is fun. Let’s keep it that way, eh?
This was a really fun question to answer 🙂 So, are you guys either? Or both? Did I miss more points about this? Please comment down below, let’s talk about it!
Lots of love,