It’s been a while since I last did tags like this, but I came across this tag at Kristin Kraves Books and I thought it would be fun to share a bit more about myself with you guys!
If you are here for the first time or have not been around long, welcome! I’m so glad that you are here and I hope you’ll enjoy this book tag and know what kind of reader I am 🙂
What do you like about buying new books?
I don’t even know what it is about book buying that attracts me so much, quite honestly. I don’t even know why I keep buying books despite the fact that I’ve already had many more, so many more than I can possibly read!
But I think buying books kind of gives me a sort of assurance. I could always make do with Scribd if the specific book I want to read is available, but having a book as my possession is totally different from just checking it out from the library or online stores. There’s always a comfort that I do own that book and I could always go back to it whenever I feel like.
That’s what I think is the primal reason why I keep buying books and just cannot stop doing so.
How often do you buy new books?
Quite random. But I can assure you the time when I was happy just by buying 3 to 4 books a month has long been gone… I no longer count how many books on average I buy books in a month. But I think the temptations come on a regular basis thanks to my bookish friends both on Twitter and here at WordPress, I would say I tend to cave in such temptations nine cases out of ten.
Bookstore or online book shopping–which do you prefer?
If I had the luxury of buying books at bookstores, I would definitely prefer bookstores. There’s nothing like going to a bookstore and actually hold books in my hands, and peruse them until I decide whether to buy them or not.
But sadly, there’s not a single – I repeat, NOT A SINGLE – bookstore that sells English novels. There are English related books of course, but the majority of such books are like how-to books where English gurus share some tips on how to decipher sentences, or textbooks and exercise books specifically for specific tests. I’m sorry to say, none of those books interests me. I WANT NOVELS, I WANT TO READ FICTION! So… living in the countryside really sucks.
Long-winded answer is, I mostly buy books from online stores. That’s the only option that is available for me at the moment.
Do you have a favorite bookshop?
As I said earlier, I don’t often go book-shopping so I only know a couple of bookstores.
But Books Kinokuniya Tokyo in Shinjuku, Tokyo would certainly be my favorite! It’s got an eclectic, wide variety of collection there and the store occupies the entire floor! I went there with my friends in Tokyo last month and it was sheer heaven. I could have spent the whole day if I had had more time. Let me share some pics to show what great a shop Kinokuniya is!
Photo courtesy: @Karimama12 on Twitter. Thanks, Nono for snapping those pics on my behalf!
For more information about Books Kinokuniya Tokyo, see here. (Just in case you’re visiting Japan…)
Do you preorder books?
Not so often, but yes, I do.
That said though, new books especially hardbacks tend to be a bit steep in price, so I usually wait until they are marked down to the price I can easily afford to.
Do you have a monthly book buying limit?
I used to set up a monthly budget, but not anymore. My credit reports sometimes remind me to tighten my belt and I stop buying any further, but at the moment, I don’t have a monthly book buying limit.
How big is your wishlist?
I think my wishlist is not that long… compared to that of yours, I think mine is much shorter, in fact.
The thing is, I am a 100 % mood reader. I throw books in my wishlist whenever they catch my interest and intrigue me, but you know, my mood changes and so does my taste in books.
So it often happens that one moment I am so in the mood for reading horrors but the next time I go back to the wishlist I don’t even know why I added them to the list to begin with.
I keep doing that, so my wishlist is relatively slim, I think.
Which three books from your wishlist do you wish to own now?
If I were to pick three books from my wishlist, I’d choose these three.
First, High Cotton. This would absolutely be a cover-buy. I remember seeing this book at Susan’s blog and that she raved about it. The premise sounds like a family drama and I love good family dramas. What other season could be best to read good family dramas? I think Fall is the best!
Next up, Hope Never Dies. I keep forgetting to buy this book but this has been on my TBR for some time. Look at the cover – a mystery featuring Barack Obama and Joe Biden couldn’t go wrong!! I really want to get my hands on this one.
Last but definitely not least, The Gospel According to Luke. If you have known me well, TOTO is one of my favorite bands.
Although I don’t get to listen to music as much as I used to ever since I became a huge bookaholic, I still want to read this book and get to know a bit more about Luke. I recently watched an interview video on YouTube and I chuckled when Luke said he casually chided the writer, Paul Rees for making him sound like a news reporter or something (which he is not) and demanded that he rewrite the whole thing so it sounds more like Luke. It’s so Steve Lukather! Don’t you think?
This concludes Anonymous Bookaholic Tag. I hope you enjoyed reading this and got to know me a little bit better now!
Thank you for dropping by as always, and I will see you in my next post!
Happy reading, guys!