My Pattern for Buying Books

14 April, 2015 / 2 Comments


I totally have a pattern for buying books.  Unless a sequel is coming out that I’m super pumped about and just cannot wait to read it, I typically always stick to my little pattern.  I don’t mean to; it just kind of happens.

My pattern

  1. I go check my email and see that there is an email from Kobo telling me about a promotion!
  2. I click on the link that takes me to the books that are on sale or that the promotion code applies to.
  3. I browse through the list of selected books, adding to my cart any that I recognize as wanting to read (the odd time I will find a new book this way, but it’s more likely that I just look for and pick up books that I already know I want to read – sometimes I will check with Goodreads if I’m not sure).
  4. I buy a bunch of books with the promo code or that are on sale.

The result and why it’s hard to change my pattern

As a result of buying batches of books at a time, I always have a pile of unread books.  With accepting ARCs to review, borrowing the odd book, and continuing series as they are published or after I read a new book that is the first in a series (aka books that I don’t already own, because I only buy the first in a series in case I don’t end up liking it), I almost have no time to read these books that I purchased in a bundle!  But, then the next promo email comes my way from Kobo and I’m right back to buying more books.  Why?  Because how can I not buy books that I know I am going to read eventually when they are on sale now?!

Share your story: Do you have any kind of pattern when it comes to buying books?  Do you find that you are buying more books than you have time to read (and feel like you can’t buy a regular-priced book because you already own so many)?

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2 Responses to “My Pattern for Buying Books”

  1. Wendy

    A pattern? No. I just walk into Chapters and buy whatever catches my eye! And, like you, I have a stack of unread books. At least we know we will never (or rarely) be without something to read and that’s a good thing. Oh, and by the way, I am reading Finding Jake and quite like it.

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