Personally I tend to have a reasonable idea of what I want to buy when I head into a bookshop, or I at least have it narrowed down to a few. There are so many books on my TBR list that have been there so long that I try and stick to buying them, or borrowing them from the library so that I can make a good dent in that list.
However, the other day when I was in Waterstones, armed with the voucher my boyfriend had bought me as part of my birthday present (I had already spent some of it on the amazing A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas and the as-yet unread A Darker Shade of Magic by Victoria Schwab), I decided to try something a little different.
I decided to pick a book I had never heard anything about, and simply go off the blurb on the back. ‘So what’s the big deal?’ I hear some of you ask. ‘That’s how I buy most of my books! That’s how buying books should be!’
Well, yes, that should be how buying books goes, but personally over the years my method of choosing books has altered considerably, especially since I joined the book blogging world almost two years ago. These days I’m inundated with so many bookish recommendations through blogs and simply existing in blogosphere, that my TBR list is mostly composed of books I’ve heard about and now want to read. Occasionally I’ll see a book that catches my eye in a shop, but now instead of buying it on a whim I tend to check it out on blogs and Amazon first to see how good the reviews are, and then if it’s lucky I might add it to the very back of my extensive TBR list (which basically means I hope to get to it sometime in the next year!).
However, seen as I’m trying to get out of my little reading rut (and I’m making progress on the ebook front – I’ve managed to read a few non-fiction books on my old Kindle!), I picked a random book off the shelf that I liked the look of, and that book was Daughter of the Forest by Juliet Marillier. It was in the fantasy section (so a fairly safe bet!) and I was really drawn to the really simple, but intriguing cover, and the story sounds pretty interesting.
Hopefully I’ll really enjoy my random read (after I finish my current book The Forbidden Queen by Anne O’Brien), but the main point of this post was to talk about book buying habits.
So am I the only one who finds they rarely pick up random books anymore? Do you just read whatever catches your eye in the shop, or are you a ‘stick to the plan!’ kind of buyer like me?