Join together and let's discuss! Breakfast with the Bookie is a weekly feature on the log where we all join together and discuss YA everything! From pet peeves to cliches to genres to advice! The list goes on and on! It's held every Wednesday morning ( or afternoon depending on where you live) so that you can read it with your cup of coffee ;)
This Week's Topic - Reviewers : Do You Still Buy Books?
Okay so I understand that we are ALL book reviewers but this one is manly for the book bloggers who receive book for review from publishers. I curious, do you guys still buy books? Do you still buy book even if you receive them for review? Do you still buy a book even if received an ARC? Do you still buy books even if you are piled under the ones you receive for review?
I have never been a big book buyer. I spend time in bookshops almost every weekend, but nine time out of ten, I come out empty handed. My mum drilled into me long ago 'don't buy something if you don't love it'. I love books and reading in general but when I take the whole concept apart, I only have a few favourites.
I started my blog thinking that an amateur blogger who has a limited vocabulary will NEVER get ask to review something for an author or publisher and I accepted that. I blog for me, it's something I love and I would keep doing it even with no strings attached. I was very surprised when an author contacted me to review book ( and send it all the way to Australia) ten days after I started my blog, I had exactly five followers so you could imagine my surprise :)
From there my blogging blossomed! Three months later I was asked to review for Penguin and then many other publishers. Even when I started blogging most of the books were from the library, I tend not to go back and re-read books, I find that there are so many books out there it would be a shame to spend precious time re-reading a book I have already read! Anyway, I stopped buying books altogether once more review copies started coming in. The last printed book I bought was in July, it was an hardcover copy of The Carrie Diaries by Candance Bushnell.
Don't get me wrong, it's not that I can't afford to buy books in fact my parents give me a weekly BOOK BUYING ALLOWANCE ( $5/week not much but still). I simply find that I haven't got the time to read books I bought along with those I get for review. For example, I bought a copy of Hourglass by Claudia Gray one year ago and it's still sitting on my shelf - unread. The books I buy just end up sitting on my shelf collecting dust.
Another reason I don't buy book anymore is because everything I want to read comes in the mail for review from publishers! I'm SO SO SO grateful for all the lovely publicists at publishing houses who are willing to send book to bloggers, thank-you! I don't usually go out and buy a finished copy if I receive an ARC but then again, Australia's ARC distribution is extremely low, we just get sent finished copies ( with the pretty covers =P )
So I for one, don't buy books anymore, although I would probably pick up a copy if I REALLY wanted it ( I counting down the days til paperback release of The Rise of Regenade X, I will cry if I don't read it soon). Otherwise, I would go to the library and get a copy ;) What about you? Do you still buy books?
Badass Bookie xx