Monday, 2 February 2009

Musing Monday

Today’s MUSING MONDAYS post is about book stores…

How do you choose what do buy from your local bookstore? Do you have a list, or just browse? What is the selection in your book store like? Do you find what you're looking for? Do you feel pressured to buy the kind of books the store makes prominent?

Bookshops! Mmmmm, heaven! Lol. And its exactly this attitude that means I only go in bookshops if I've not got anything particular in mind that I want to buy. If I want a specific book, I'll buy it online where there's less chance of me being sidetracked into buying something else. Notice that this only says less chance, not no chance. Lol.

With this in mind, it follows that my local bookshop, Waterstones, is perfectly adequate for my needs. I don't need it to stock anything in particular and it has a wide ranging selection for when I do just want to browse. I will browse the display tables, and quite often buy from here, although I don't feel pressured into doing so. I do have to walk past on my way to work every morning though so I need quite a strong will not to go in every day. Because I'd just end up buying something everyday and my finances couldn't stand that! And as much I'd love to remove some of the responsibility from me and blame the shop for that, I can't. My bookshop gives me too much pleasure to heap that kind of accusation upon it!

7 comments:

BooksPlease said...

It's those two for three books that get me. How can I resist them - there's always at least one I'd like and then I have to find more?

Beth F said...

I never feel pressured to buy either -- I just have low resistance!

Mary said...

I could have written your post : )

Ruthie said...

The only way I can limit myself to just what I'm going in for is to take enough cash to cover that one purchase and leave the credit card at home. I always end up buying more online because I'll add extra stuff in to get the free shipping option. :)

Bluestocking said...

I only purchase out of print books online. I love going into the store.

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Robin of My Two Blessings said...

Low resistance - yep, that's it. :) Amazon is addictive as well, especially with Prime and getting books in one to two days. However, I'm trying to work through my tbr pile. But my will power is fading and the siren call of the bookstore is getting louder. My post is up now.

Happy monday!

Susan said...

It's very tricky to stay within my book budget every month with those tempting bookstores around. Fortunately it's an effort for me to get to any of them so they are easier to avoid.