All of the books I've won, got for review, or traded are YA. But as for the others...
|The breakdown of books I still have on my shelves from ALA... these are books that are coming out in the next couple of months, which is why I haven't read them yet.|
|Here are the books I got as gifts.|
|These are books I bought new that I haven't read yet.|
|...and books I bought used.|
SO YEAH. I'm not sure how representative this is of my TBR pile most of the time, but I guess I do have a few things to say about my book buying/getting practices.
- I love buying books. Love love love. Whenever I have money to spend it goes towards either books or music. Or french fries, if we're being honest over here. But because I don't often (ever?) have much money to spend, I end up being really strange in my book buying habits. Like, I have no problem buying some random book that looks good at Barnes & Noble, but it's also possible for me to agonize for weeks over the decision to buy a certain book, especially if it's just out and in hardcover. I do feel bad about not buying more new books because this is an industry I really want to support in any way that I can (and, um, you know, I love owning the books), but then when I buy them I feel guilty for not saving my money. So it's a choice between which I'd like to feel guilty over most of the time.
- I'm definitely thinking that when I get a steady job I will be putting a small amount of money towards books and nothing else.
- Since I don't have much money, I use GR Bookswap or trade with other bloggers whenever I can.
- I don't use the library much; I go through spells where I do, but eventually it always ends up with me owing them like thirty dollars and at that point it would have just been cheaper for me to buy the books in the first place. I'm horrible.
- I feel like I have a higher-than-normal number of grown up books on this list (grown up being mainstream and literary), but I'm pretty sure it's because one day I went into the used bookstore and ended up coming out with a whole stack of mainstream and literary books, which is not normal for me. (Although, I don't know, I do seem to have a lot of Jodi Picoult on the shelves.)
So, how do you get your books?