Book Junkie

I am a junkie.

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Ahem, A book junkie.
I will never own a Kindle or an Ereader. I do not listen to audio books. I want to feel the weight of the story in my hands, I want to turn real paper pages. I like to see how far I’ve come and how far I have to go. Fiction, non fiction, Sci-Fi, chick lit and classics. Even some YA and children’s volumes. I’ll read it all. What I grab depends on my mood. And yes, I’m one of those bibliophiles who typically have 4-5 books going at a time. Rainy days? Tea and Hemingway or maybe some history. Sunny day? Margarita by the pool with Elizabeth Gilbert or some easy Chick Lit. I can spend hours in a bookstore, even longer in a library. I’m that weird girl you see sniffing old books in antique stores. ( If you happen to be rich and you DON’T have a giant library with a hidden door to a secret lair then give me your money, you’re obviously spending it wrong. ) I buy books I love. I buy books on topics I love. I buy big books full of beautiful photos. My house is filled with books, roughly 700 at last count, because I enjoy surrounding myself with things I love.

 

Of course, this can turn into an expensive habit. The thing that makes  me cry the most about the up trend in E Readers is that it’s driving up the price of my beloved books while lowering the publishing rate. 

And I’m a girl on a budget. 

But Jane Austin help me, I just can’t kick the habit. So I have to find a way to feed my addiction without holding up the local Barnes and Noble with a really sharp bookmark until they fill my reusable Faulkner bag with the goods (and maybe a chocolate croissant from the cafe).
First there’s the library. A glorious place where I can wander and choose not just books but movies, magazines and music, and best of all it’s all free. This feeds the reading part of my little “problem”. Of course there’s books I HAVE to own, like the new Harry Potter volume, or a book I fell in love with. I will splurge on those tomes through a bookstore. (preferably with a coupon). Pre-orders on popular volumes will also save you money. If I don’t need it new, my two favorite used book websites are Thrift Books and Better World Books. here’s the lowdown on each:

Thriftbooks

Thriftbooks has low low prices, most under $5. They run sales often, have special bonus buys called ThriftDeals where you can buy more and save more. They email out coupons fairly often too. There’s a great program called Reading Rewards; once you reach $50 in purchases you get a $5 off coupon. Shipping is always free on orders over $10. You can create Wishlists that will notify you when a book you want becomes available. They offer discounts for telling a friend… hint hint…if you order, please use my link above and you will get an additional 15% off!

BetterWorldBooks.com

I could go on forever about this site. So here’s the lowdown from the website: They believe that education and access to books are basic human rights. Basically, you buy some books, they match every book sold with a book donation to someone in need. All books are available with free shipping worldwide. And in case you’re concerned about your eco-footprint, every order shipped from Mishawaka is carbon balanced with Green-e Climate certified offsets from 3Degrees, a leading green power and carbon balancing services firm. So far, the company has converted more than 117 million books into over $15 million in funding for literacy and education. In the process, we’ve also diverted more than 73,000 tons of books from landfills. http://www.betterworldbooks.com/

 

stack-of-books-vintage-books-book-booksIf you’re looking to build your library but don’t want to spend like Gatsby then scope out rummage sales, consignment shops, yard sales, and used book stores. All are great ways to hunt down new tomes for your collection, especially pricey ones, for a song. Most libraries have yearly sales as well. Don’t like the library covers and stickers? No worries, they can all be removed. Three Books a Night has a great post on how to do this here http://www.threebooksanight.com/how-tos/remove-library-plastic-sleeves/

I know, I know. Buying used books doesn’t help my rant about the cost of books being on the rise. And buying books online doesn’t help brick and mortar book stores stay in business. But a girls gotta do what a girls gotta do. I still frequent my local bookstore, but I admit I check out the sale stuff first, and I always have a coupon loaded and ready on my phone. On the off-chance I have books I no longer want on my selves they never ever ever go into the landfill. Donate them to hospitals, libraries, retirement homes, or send them off to Better World Books. It’s OK to have a little addiction to the written word. It’s also easy to stay on budget and do some good for the world with that addiction as well.

 

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7 thoughts on “Book Junkie

  1. Exactly. Unfortunately, I seem to have acquired hundreds of books (maybe a thousand, all told) which are nicely fitted into bookshelves. Many of the books are so unclassifiable — humor/romance/satire/lists/language-play — that I don’t even know where to place them, particularly if the author is not a well-known name. With Bill Bryson I can at least plop them all together but so many are one-off masterpieces, like “The Man Who Wrote Dirty Books” (an epistolary romance/satire novel by Hal Dresner) or “Girls’ Poker Night” (Jill Davis) or Pulitzer Prize-winner Edwin O’Connor’s savage fairy tale, “Benjy.”

    So now I’m culling a couple dozen books that are just taking up space before I feed my book-acquisition addiction again.

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    • I hear you, I have pretty close to a thousand now myself. I have shelves in pretty much every room at this point. I love Bill Bryson and used to keep him together with other travelogues, until I acquired The Life and Times if the Thunderbolt Kid which is more memoir and A Short History of Nearly Everything. I prefer to shelve by genre, but then I run into authors like Sarah Vowell…history or travel? or I run out of room, like I have with history and philosophy. Then I get frustrated and start moving things all around lol. Still there is nothing better than coming home with a new bunch, caring for them if they are used and finding the perfect spot for them.

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      • I shelve alphabetically by genre mostly (linguistics, philosophy, science, photography, cinema, media, psychology, poetry, science fiction…3 complete shelves just for those dang SciFi paperbacks… etc) but I keep my hardcover fiction, theology (academic not evangelical) and oversized books in a separate shelving area. Then I keep a lot of the quirky humor in another set of shelves. But the big problem seems to be in the area of quirky romantic or relationship humor and satire. Other than Roald Dahl or Nora Ephron, it’s hard to know how to sort them. Worst of all are the specialty books (“Sheep in a Jeep”, “Humands,”) that are too thin to have readable spines.

        We should compare shelf pix sometime!

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          • The great thing about “board and brick” is that you can make the height as big as you want to accommodate odd-sized books. I’m not a fan of filling up shelves with knick-knacks but I do like to break up the line a bit with curiosities like my miniature ring laser gyro, a small commemorative container of genuine Pennsylvania coal, an Alladin’s lamp for completing 25 hikes in Saudi Arabia, a wind-up nun toy and a heart-shaped carved rock from Sedona, AZ.

            Let me know if you’d like to share pix.

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  2. Depending on where you live, I still think that the annual library clearance sales are the best way to buy books. They’re usually operated by the local Friends of the Library group. Here in Phoenix, the Visiting Nurses Association (VNSA) holds a mammoth used book sale (in fact, it’s going on this weekend). My delight in these sales is the opportunity to pick up quirky books for so cheap that it doesn’t matter if you they’re any good. If you find a clunker, you just donate it to Goodwill. But the gems you can find (http://wp.me/ply34-Uj) are a treasure trove.

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