Do you prefer to own your own books or do you prefer to borrow them from your local library?
I prefer to own the books that I read. The reason being, I don’t have to worry about having a time limit to read the book before returning it to the library. I can spend as much time as a I want reading the book and I can go back to re-read it as often as I want to so long as I own the book.
There have been a few instances where if I’m not sure I’m going to like the book or not, then I’ll borrow the book from my local library so I’m not out any money if I don’t end up liking it. For instance, when I read Lemeny Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events, I borrowed that from the library. I checked out two books from the series at a time and I was able to read the two books I had before my time limit was up. I did end up liking the series but I wasn’t sure before I read them. Plus, there were a lot of books in that series to have to purchase if I wasn’t sure I was going to like it.
Today, I not only had a day off from work but I was free to go do what I wanted to do. It’s my first free day since Christmas. I finally have a day where I can go to the local bookstore in my town and spend the gift cards that I got for Christmas. I had fun shopping at my local bookstore, as always. I was there from shortly after 10 am til about 1:30 in the afternoon but I could have spent a lot longer there if I’m being honest. The only reason I didn’t stay any longer is I ran out of money on my gift cards.
Anyway, here is a list of all the books I got at the bookstore on this trip…
The Winter of the Witch by Katherine Arden The Last Seance by Agatha Christie A Tale of Magic by Chris Colfer (autographed copy) Creep by Eireann Corrigan The Monster of Elendhaven by Jennifer Giesbrecht A Lush and Seething Hell by John Hornor Jacobs The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen The Eyes of the Dragon by Stephen King Fireborne by Rosaria Munda Warlight by Michael Ondaatje
In the world today, it can be hard to find more time to read when there is so much to do. Maybe your job demands a lot of your attention or you are very busy with school or you have a family to take care of. There are so many things out there in the world that require your attention so that may leave you with very little time to read.
Set yourself a goal to read a little each day. It can be something small, like you can agree to read maybe one chapter a day before going to bed or spend your commute to/from work reading (as long as you’re not the person driving the vehicle) or maybe you can dedicate the last 5 minutes of your lunch break to reading a portion of whatever book you’re on. Whatever it is, start off small with something that is easily obtainable. Once you get yourself in the habit of reading a certain amount everyday, then you can extend it little by little. Like you can extend it from 1 chapter to 2 chapters or maybe reading the last 10 minutes of your lunch break or whatever.
Choose something you’ll enjoy….
Making time for reading will be easier if you are reading something that you really enjoy. Reading will seem a lot more interesting and fun if you’re reading something that captures and holds your attention, thus making it less like a chore. Also, if you run into something that you don’t like, don’t power through it or force yourself to read it. If you’re not enjoying it, move on to the next one.
Keep a list….
Make a list of books you’d like to read and keep it on you. That way, it will make it easier to choose books to read the next time you’re at your local library or bookstore. If you need help finding books to read, you can find bloggers who can offer suggestions that are to your tastes.
When you read a book you enjoyed, share it with other readers. They may be able to recommend something to you and you’ll find other books to read.
If possible, create a quiet space for you to read in that is free of distractions and too much noise. For example, I have all my books in a spare bedroom of the house. I also have a little loveseat in there as well to relax on when I’m reading. My hubby refers to that spare room as my library.
I was able to make one more purchase today at my local bookstore. This may be the last time I am able to make a book purchase for a while. I kind of went book crazy while I was off from work and I’m going to have to save my money for a while before I can buy more books again. The good news is I’ll have plenty of books to read for a while.
Anyway, you can see below what I was able to purchase with the money I had left. I think I’ve made out like a bandit but I’m pretty happy with what I’ve got.
“The Collector” by K. R. Alexander “The Fear Zone” by K. R. Alexander “Remember Me” by Chelsea Bobulski “The Ghost Road” by Charis Cotter “The Girl in the Locked Room” by Mary Downing Hahn “After the Fire” by Will Hill “The Complete Horowitz Horror” by Anthony Horowitz “Ghost and Bone” by Andrew Prentice “The War in the Dark” by Nick Setchfield “The Spider Dance” by Nick Setchfield “The Shapeshifters” by Stefan Spjut
I’ve made another purchase today. Came across a used book store that advertised books at half the price. The books I got looked like they were new or at least in really good condition on top of sounding really interesting. I was really happy with my purchase. I just wish I could have spent more time shopping because I’m sure I would have found more stuff to read.
Fellside by M. R. Carey Witchlanders by Lena Coakley The Outsiders by S. E. Hinton (50th Anniversary Edition) The Invited by Jennifer McMahon The Mile End Murder by Sinclair McKay The Cutting Room: Dark Reflections of the Silver Screen by Ellen Datlow
I almost forgot to mention, I got to make a second purchase at my local book store. I got “A Stranger in the House” by Shari Lapena (paperback), “What the Night Sings” by Vesper Stamper (hardcover), “Enter the Dark House” (Welcome to the Dark House & Return to the Dark House) by Laurie Faria Stolarz (paperback). I just love going to my local book store. Plus, I’ve noticed that they’ve rearranged the store a bit so I had to spend some time getting myself reacquainted with where stuff is. I didn’t mind them rearranging the store since I normally make sure that I have plenty of time to shop when I go to the book store because I know I’m going to spend a while in there anyway.
I got to do a little shopping today. As always, I had fun browsing the store looking for books. I could live at the book store if they stayed open all the time. If you’re mildly curious to see what all I bought, you can check out the list below.
“If You Go Down To The Woods” by Seth C. Adams (paperback) “The Saturday Night Ghost Club” by Craig Davidson (paperback) “Haunted Nights: A Horror Writers Association Anthology” edited by Ellen Datlow and Lisa Morton (paperback) “Splinter in the Blood” by Ashley Dyer (paperback) “Tomb of Ancients” by Madeleine Roux (hardcover) “Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark” by Alvin Schwartz (paperback) “More Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark” by Alvin Schwartz (paperback) “Scary Stories 3: More Tales to Chill Your Bones” by Alvin Schwartz (paperback)
What do you look for in a book? How do you go about finding that next book to read? I’m always looking for more books to read despite how many books I have on my shelves or stored on my Kindle Fire. Some people would go so far to say that I have an addiction to reading. Normally I enjoy browsing through my local bookstore. I can even order online through their website in the comfort of my own home. I like going through the racks and reading the synopsis on the back of the book, or on the inside of the dust cover, whichever the case may be. If there’s one that intrigues me, I’ll give it a try. So, I’m always browsing for that next book. However, I’m not above taking recommendations from other book lovers that have the same interests as me or can recommend something based on what I’ve read previously.
I wanted to talk about my recent trip to the local bookstore in my hometown. I just love going in there. Just the smell alone is wonderful (yes, I like the smell of books). But they also have a little coffee shop in the right hand corner of the store as soon as you walk in so there is usually a coffee smell mixed in there as well. Even though I’m not really a coffee drinker, it’s still a pleasant smell. Anyway, I had lots of fun browsing through the isles to look for some new books to add to my collection. I wouldn’t be surprised if they had thought I moved in with as much time as I spent in there shopping. I also saved a pretty good amount while I was there. Since I was a “member” and had their discount card, I saved 10% off my purchase (which came to about $19.50). Then I had a coupon for $25 off (it’s one of the coupons that they give you when you sign up for their membership card). So I got to save almost $45 total on my purchase….who can complain about that? *big smile on my face* Anyway, I had fun shopping and it was a very pleasant experience. Also, if you are mildly curious as to what I bought…..you can check out the list below.
“The Thief of Always” by Clive Barker (paperback) “The Mansion” by Ezekiel Boone (hardcover) “Ghostlight” by Sonia Gensler (hardcover) “The Rules” by Nancy Holder & Debbie Viguie (paperback) “The Escape” by Hannah Jayne (paperback) “Watching You’ by Lisa Jewell (hardcover) “Misery” by Stephen King (paperback) “Bird Box” by Josh Malerman (paperback) “Little Monsters” by Kara Thomas (paperback) “A Head Full of Ghosts” by Paul Tremblay (paperback) “The Chalk Man” by C. J. Tudor (paperback)
Everybody has a favorite spot to read. Whether it’s at their local library, their favorite bookstore, the coffee shop down the street, etc. There are plenty of places for you to relax and enjoy a good book. My favorite place to read is at home. I have a spare bedroom set up as my own personal library and that is my go to spot for curling up with a good book. There is a small couch in there that folds out into a bed so it doubles as a bedroom when we have company over but that doesn’t happen often. Also, I tend to read in bed just before I turn in for the night. I have a few different reasons for picking my home as my favorite spot.
One, it’s quiet enough for me to do my reading. I don’t like a lot of noise or any other distracts going on around me when I’m trying to enjoy a book (especially if the book is getting really good).
Second, I find reading to be a relaxing after a long hard day at work. There is something soothing to me to sit down with a good book when I’ve made it home after work. It’s also kind of like giving myself a reward for all the hard work that I’ve had to put in for that day.
Last, but not least, I don’t have to spend the extra money on gas to go out of my way to go read somewhere. I’m already going to home anyway…. Plus, if there’s bad weather, I’d rather be at home anyway instead of being out and about somewhere.