Grey Tags // Buying Books – Anonymous Bookaholics Tag

Another study week, another tag. 

This course I’m doing is stressing me out. I’ve lost how many times I’ve cried already and I’ve only just started.

I’ve not been doing a whole lot of reading to be honest because all my brain power is being focused on studying but phone games and reality TV have become some of my best study companions. I’m able to take a break from studying and turn my brain off to give it a rest while I play Tasty Town or watch an half an episode of the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills & New York City.

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I think my brain would be fried if it wasn’t for those breaks, and mum telling me it’s time to put the laptop down as soon as I start crying.

I was a mess last night. Even after I stopped it took me ages just to slow my breathing. As it turns out, I don’t take feeling stupid very well. Big surprise.

Thank god I’ve given myself permission to not worry about blogging and just stick to one easy post a week.

And I thank the blogging gods for gifting me with the brilliant Jillian @ Jillian The Bookish Butterfly for tagging me in so many of these tags so I don’t even have to choose what to post! Jillian, you have made this very exhausted girl’s life a hell of a lot easier!!!

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The Questions

1. What do you like about buying new books?

I love adding to my library and seeing my collection grow.

On days when I don’t want to go to work or study or am just plain disheartened by the monotony of my life, I look at my bookcases and remind myself that I have loads of worlds I can explore when the one I live in makes me restless.

They’re also a good reminder of why I’m working and studying—so I can buy more books. And you know, eat and pay my bills. But priorities.

Still, I usually can’t afford to buy books very often . . . I might have to make trips to the thrift stores a more regular thing over the coming months of study so I can reward myself with good book finds and keep myself motivated.

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2. How often do you buy new books?

Lately I have bought quite a few from thrift stores because I was looking for a winter coat for work but could seem to find one. I let myself buy cheap books so I didn’t feel like all the trips were a waste.

But ordinarily, I usually buy books once a month, if I’m lucky. And when I do it’s normally one or two.

Unless I pick up a lot of extra shifts and then sometimes I’ll buy a bunch at once but I have done that in ages! Honestly most of my book buying happens in January, after I’ve had the extra Christmas time shifts. They’re usually my treat for my birthday and getting through all the extra hours of work.

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3. Bookstore or online book shopping: which do you prefer?

In an ideal world, it would be bookstores because I love the instant gratification!

But book stores are expensive so it’s rare that I can afford to buy books in store.

However when I need an inexpensive and cheap book fix, the thrift store or Big W (Australian department store) are usually my go tos depending on who much money I have and if I want a new release book or a backlist treasure find.

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4. Do you have a favorite bookshop?

If I’m shopping online, Book Depository.

If I’m look for a new release or a very popular backlist book, Big W.

If I want something really cheap, then any thrift store. There’s also something extra rewarding about finding a book that’s been on your TBR for ages for only a couple of dollars.

If we’re talking a proper book store? Then I guess I gotta go with Dymocks as they’re the easiest place for me to go to since they’re near work and it’s a pretty big store, with the largest YA section I’ve found in SA.

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5. Do you pre-order books?

Not very often. Usually I only pre-order V.E. Schwab books because she’s my top auto-buy author.

I know that pre-ordering really helps authors but unfortunately that’s just not something I can afford to do.

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6. Do you have a monthly buying limit?

No, I just know when I can and can’t afford to buy books. I go by what I can afford at the time.

I’m pretty strict with myself in general so I don’t feel the need to have a monthly limit.

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7. How big is your wish list?


Because I don’t buy books often, the list for books I want to buy grows faster than I can purchase them.

A lot of the books on my wishlist are mostly books I’ve read from the library and loved so much I want to own, or are books by my favourite authors.

I don’t really like owning books unless I love them so much I know I’ll want to reread them.

Because of that, I do actually unhaul almost as many books as I buy. It’s usually books for a series I used to love, but have since lost interest in.

I used to resell them or donate them to thrift stores but now that I see my cousin once a month, I give books I don’t want to her.

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8. Which three books from your wish list do you wish to own right now?

☁️ The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo

☁️ A Gathering of Shadows – Collector’s Edition (Also in making this list I saw this is only $20 ON BD so I might have to get it next week since I picked up 2 extra shifts!)

☁️Tied for third place
☁️ Dangerous Girls
☁️ Sadie
☁️ Sawkill Girls
☁️ Bad Romance

You can’t tell me to pick just three books I want. That’s blasphemy.

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I tag

☁️ Avery @ Red Rocket Panda

☁️ Alana @ The Bookish Chick

☁️ Ilsa @ A Whisper of Ink

☁️ Aurora @ Aurora Librialis

☁️ Mahana @ Sapphic Library

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Past Awards

☁️ Tag // The Blogger Recognition Award

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☁️ Grey Tags // Shockingly Intelligent and Mind Blowingly Stupid – The Entertaining Blogger Award

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All this talk about buying books has just made me want to buy more!

Where do you buy your books?
How often do you unhaul books?
What book is at the top of your wishlist?


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8 thoughts on “Grey Tags // Buying Books – Anonymous Bookaholics Tag

  1. Like you, it’s blasphemy to pick one book I really want to buy, since I feel like it changes almost daily. I just want ALL the books.

    If I can get to a bookstore, I will buy books there as soon as the opportunity presents itself. Like right now, where I work is surrounded by bookstores that I go to after work. I will buy books from Barnes and Noble or Books A Million online if there is a sale. And, of course, can’t forget Amazon.

    My most recent unhaul was actually this spring when my school held a charity book drive. Prior to that, it was every few years I make myself do a purge of my bookshelves.

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