Dianne over at Unfinished Work created this book poll, asking us about our reading/book habits. I love it! Answer any of these questions yourself in the comments, or let me know if you do it on your site, and I'll come check it out.
Where do you most often buy your books? Online? Secondhand stores? Big name bookstores?
I almost never pay full price for a book in a big store (or even the 10% off). I bring home a good deal of books free on the library free table, I buy at a lot of booksales or half price stores. Lately, I have bought a LOT of books at a new Overstocks store. I can look and browse, and each new book is just $4 or less. This is horrible for me (and my bookshelves). I also take advantage of Costco's great book prices, and spend a lot of time and money on amazon.com.
If you buy online, which do you prefer - B&N or Amazon.com? Ebay? Christianbook.com? or elsewhere?
I like amazon.com for their prices, free shipping (which "makes" me up my order to $25 to take advantage of that), and their reviews and recommendations are the best.
Do you put your name in your books? If so, are you a bookplate or stamp person?
I usually only write my name in a book if I loan it out.
How do you feel about loaning books to others?
I love to loan a good book that I've enjoyed to a friend. I would love to be able to buy books for people that I know that they would enjoy, but the next best thing is loaning a good book to someone that I hope that they would enjoy.
Do you highlight or mark your books as you read?
It depends on the book. Nonfiction books I usually do mark up (especially Christian discipleship type books), and occasionally a well-written scene in a novel.
How often do you visit your local library?
Two to four times a month. I spend most of my book dollars on nonfiction that I want to keep, and get fiction from the library and from friends. Amanda has quite a voracious book appetite, so we have to keep her supplied at the library.
Do you collect any certain kind of book?
What do you do when you're done with a book and no longer want it?
I give them away if anyone is interested, but most often end up giving them to my library, goodwill, or selling them to a used bookstore.
Do you keep a list of or catalog the books you own?
No, and I don't really want to. I'm trying to be more ruthless about getting rid of some books so that I can keep the books I do have handy where I can get to them. I've been frustrated a few times looking for a book I know I owned, later finding it in a box in the attic.
Any other weird book habits you'd like to share?
Not really. I do really love books. There's something about being in a bookstore or even browsing online that makes me happy. It is my one shopping vice and I do spend more money on books than clothes or jewelry or shoes or any of that stuff. I have recently started feeling like there are way too many books and too little time. . . .
I feel like I just had a little book chat with Dianne, and I'd love to have a little book chat with you. If you answer these, let me know!