This got me to thinking a little. As you know (and as you can probably tell by the mismatched placement of the pictures in this blog post!) I am pretty new to this whole blogging lark.
I especially am new to the magic of receiving free books through the post (never getting old, that one!) These last two weeks I have received 16 books, which is unutterably lovely - and somewhat scary as well (I didn't have the room for all the books I owned anyway, let alone these new arrivals!)
However, on my shopping trip today I was left with something of a quandary. There are always new books coming out that I wish to buy - always. On this trip alone I scribbled down the following titles that I would quite happily have picked up, had I the money, space and time to read them:
- Frostbitten - Kelley Armstrong
- The Many Deaths of the Black Company - Glen Cook
- Flirt - Laurell K Hamilton (yes, I somehow can't stop buying this series *sigh*)
- Spindle's End - Robin McKinley
- The Cardinal's Blade - Pierre Pevel
- Gateway - Sharon Shinn
- The World House - Guy Adams
- The Hero of Ages - Brandon Sanderson
- Gods of Manhattan - Scott Mebus
BUT - and I'm getting to the point now, I promise - I no longer know which books will be arriving as gifts through the post, and which I have to buy off my own back! It's a happy quandary, to be sure, but I don't want to be wasting money buying books that will suddenly arrive. I was going to buy Black and White by Jackie Kessler and Caitlin Kittredge anyway, based on some very good reviews including over on Graeme's site, and last week it arrived out of the blue.
So I'm asking my fellow bloggers: how do you buy books now?
Do you just go ahead and buy everything you're interested in?
Do you wait until you're absolutely certain you won't be issued with a book before heading out and buying it off your own back?
I'd be interested in all opinions. Just to add into the discussion, let's pose the following questions as well:
What do you do with unwanted ARCs (those you have read and reviewed but no longer wish to keep - broken spines and all)?
*tongue in cheek* Does it EVER become a problem, the sheer number of books that come into the house when you take up this blogging lark properly?
Have a restful Sunday, whatever you are up to, and look out for some bona fide reviews of books next week on this site!