Benefits of this rule:
By already reading the book, I will have determined if I love it enough to spend money on my own personal copy. I read a lot, and, honestly, I'm not about to start shelling out money for every book I read. I've been raised with a healthy appreciation of the public library, and that appreciation has only grown over the years. This rule will allow me to save money for those books I already love and authors I want to support personally.
If I've already read the book, then I generally won't feel the need to re-read it for the next year, or however long it does take to release in paperback. Paperbacks take up less space and are cheaper.
If I love the book enough to want to purchase it after having read it, then I know it'll be a story that will resonate with me for many years. I won't have to take a chance on it not working for me.
Sharing the love
If I love a book, then I want to share it with the whole world (or at least those who I know can appreciate it). Owning a book does make it much easier to persuade others to read it. But I want some sort of credibility in my recommendations, so I generally want to loan books that I loved enough to buy in the first place.
The main reason that I was able to make this goal is because of how convenient and accessible my public library is. My library is part of an amazing consortium within the state of Wisconsin, so even if my library doesn't carry the book, there are about fifty other libraries within the system that can ship their copy of a book to mine within a few days (it takes longer, obviously, if the book is on hold). And my library system has had at least one copy of literally every book I've wanted to read thus far.
So far I've been pretty good at sticking to my resolution. The only time I broke this resolution was back in February, when I bought a physical copy of a book I had already read and loved, Laini Taylor's Daughter of Smoke and Bone, and then decided to also purchase its sequel, Days of Blood and Starlight. I hadn't read Days of Blood and Starlight yet (actually still haven't, to my shame and disappointment), but because I had loved the first installment so much and had read and considered enough reviews of the sequel, I bought it with the confidence that I'd like it. I can foresee sequels and further installments causing me to break this rule, however, as I do plan on purchasing Melina Marchetta's Quintana of Charyn and Leigh Bardugo's Siege and Storm before reading them.
Recently, however, certain new releases have seriously tempted me to break my self-imposed buying rules.
|Golden by Jessi Kirby||Reboot by Amy Tintera||The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey|
As I write this, my library still doesn't have Golden in their catalog (today is Golden's release day). Nor is Reboot. On the other hand, I was able to get on the (rather significant) waiting list for The 5th Wave about a week before its release. I think the issue here is twofold. Through book blogging, I have become hyper aware of upcoming book releases, generally months in advance. This leaves me itching to read the book as soon as it releases. I also am not sure how my library system works. Perhaps there's a way to request the library order copies of certain books? I'm just not sure how the system as a whole determines which books to add to their catalogs. Something to look into, for sure.
Is book blogging just making me greedy with the desire to read all the books as soon as possible? Is my purchasing rule too limiting? Let me know if you have any specific rules or guidelines in terms of reading and purchasing books!
*As an additional note, by "books" I mean physical books. The purchasing of ebooks (or rather, the rights to read them) is a whole other issue, one that I address in this post.