Why We Buy the Books We Do

Why We Buy The Books We Do

There are millions (billions?) of books out there waiting for us to buy and read them. So why do we buy the books that we do? What makes us choose a particular book and bring it home with us or load it onto our ereader?

Well, let’s start with the two most obvious reasons:

  1. There are those books whose authors who we know and love. Whatever they write, we’re going to buy. It’s just that simple.
  2. Then there are the sequels to that first book in a series. Maybe we knew what we were getting into or maybe we didn’t realize that great premise was just the start of a longer story. Either way, we’re hooked now and must buy the next book to see where this story goes.

Beyond this, however, things get a bit more complicated. We all have a limited book budget (of both time & money) and with so much of our budget already allocated to the two categories above, what helps a book gain a portion of our remaining budget? I have my suspicions, but I thought I’d do a little anecdotal research and take a look back at five of my most recent impulse purchases to consider what persuaded me to make them. To keep things simple, I’m restricting this to my fiction choices (since the reasons for purchasing nonfiction are so different) and only those books which I have not read before (so an audio version of a book I’ve read previously doesn’t count).

Justice

Justice by Emily Conrad – I read the first line and premise on Iola Goulton’s blog as part of our First Line Friday fun. The premise reminded me of the biblical story of Mary and Joseph (minus the immaculate conception, of course). It intrigued me and was on sale, so I immediately purchased it.

The Determined GroomThe Determined Groom by Cami Checketts – This novel was recommended to me in a newsletter written by an author I enjoy and who writes in the same genre (Lucy McConnell). I don’t currently have many unread titles like this on my kindle, plus it was on sale for $0.99. So I clicked through to buy it.

The Hope of Azure Springs

The Hope of Azure Springs by Rachel Fordham – I was searching the internet for authors in my genre who’d worked with a particular publisher when I came across a blog post Rachel had written about the design of her cover. As soon as I read the premise, I knew I wanted to read her novel. (I’m a sucker for orphans and nineteenth-century America.)

Be Still My Heart

Be Still, My Heart – This is a novella collection I purchased in a few months ago. To be honest, I don’t completely remember how I found this book, but I *think* I saw a link on Twitter. What I do remember is that it was a set of 7 Christian romance novellas being offered for FREE with all new-to-me authors. A no-brainer, really. I love discovering new authors and a novella doesn’t take up too much of my reading time budget.

The Story Peddler

The Story Peddler by Lindsay A. Franklin – Okay, yes, if you watched my Facebook Live video from the Mount Hermon Christian Writers Conference this year, you know that I have met Linsday. However, I had added her book to my TBR long before that because I’d seen its gorgeous cover all over the book blogosphere and was further drawn in by its premise. The idea of stories as tangible things was fascinating to me. Throw in a romance and I was sold.

So there you have them, five different books and five different reasons behind my purchases.

What about you? Which books have you purchased lately that weren’t part of a series you’d already started or by an author you already know and love? What motivated you to purchase them? Have you read them? How did it work out? 

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12 Days of Christmas – For Book Lovers!

12 Days of Christmas for Book Lovers

It isn’t quite December yet, but I’m willing to bet most of you have begun your Christmas shopping. Just in case there is a book lover in your life, here is my list of top twelve gifts for book lovers:

The Bookshelf Quilt . . .

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I’m a quilter myself, but I haven’t attempted anything like this yet. Don’t you just love it? I know I do! This amazing quilt is available at DoorBeeDesigns.

For the little ones in your life . . .

Read to me tshirt

It’s important to pass on our love for all things literary to the next generation, but it can be easy to get caught up in the rush of time. This t-shirt will help us busy parents remember to pause and read to our little ones. It’s available at FlorHildaDesigns.

For those who appreciate the benefits of going digital but miss the look of paper books . . .

Kindle Book Covers

My poor Kindle has been dropped more times than I can count and is in desperate need of a protective cover. These beautiful Kindle Covers are available at KleverCase.

Because this is SO much nicer to look at than a boring plastic desk organizer . . .

Books Pencil Organizer

I have so many pens, highlighters, and pencils! Right now they are all standing in this sad little purple plastic divided squarish thing on my desk. *sigh* Just think what a smile this would bring to your beloved bibliophile every time she/he reached for a pen? (It also looks handy for holding unused bookmarks . . . assuming there is such a thing.) There are a couple different versions of this holder available on Amazon.

For your crafty book lover . . .

Book Washi Tape

I have no idea what I would use this for, but I am POSITIVE I could come up with something!  It just makes me smile. 🙂 Available on Amazon.

Appreciating the convenience of an ereader, doesn’t mean we’ve forgotten our first love . . .

Antique Books

If this candle truly smells like antique books, I’m going to need a year’s supply. 😉 Available at WertherAndGray, the candle has fantastic reviews.

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For those who need to bring their library with them, or those who like to bring the library home . . .

not hoarding if it's books bag

You know it’s true! This bag is available at MinnieandMaude.

We’ve said it many times, but now we can just hold this up and keep our eyes on the page . . .

Just one more chapter necklace

So the laundry needs changing, the dishes need washing, and the pharmacy is closing in an hour. Don’t worry, we’ll get to it . . . after just one more chapter. 😉 This necklace is available at PaperHeartDaily.

Might as well put the confession in writing at this point . . .

Read past my bedtime necklace

Overslept, bloodshot eyes, begging to nap at three in the afternoon . . . the signs are all there. This necklace will save us from having to explain them. Like the necklace above, this one is available at PaperHeartDaily.

Because what could make a book lover smile more than favorite book memories available at a glance?

Favorite Books Bracelet

RuckusPop will make any book lover their very own custom bracelet featuring their favorite books! (I am happy squealing here!) I happen to think this is just the best idea ever!

To go with the necklaces and because it’s true . . .

So Many Books earrings

I definitely need a pair of these. You can find them at GirlPowerPendants.

This last one should go without saying, but just in case . . .

Meme - Say it again I bought you books

Yes, that’s right. We have a stack of unread books taller than the Statue of Liberty, but we still adore receiving more! (If you are concerned, please refer back to gift idea number seven.) If you need suggestions as to which books to buy, may I suggest you peruse my reviews?

I honestly hope this list has been helpful for someone, but if you think this post is just a thinly veiled attempt to help my husband with his Christmas shopping . . . you wouldn’t be wrong. 😉 (Not that he doesn’t do just fine on his own.)

What do you think of my list? Anything making you drool? Have suggestions for adding to it? Let me know in the comments below!

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My Fiction Fantasy Vacation

Earlier this year, Carrie shared her Bookish Places Bucket List over at Reading Is My Superpower, and it got me to thinking of all the book-related places I’ve dreamed of visiting. So I asked myself,  “If money grew on trees and I could spend one year visiting any and as many of those places as I like, where would I go?” The result was my fiction fantasy vacation:

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First stop would have to be Prince Edward Island since I’ve been dreaming of visiting L.M. Montgomery’s Green Gables since I was a little girl.

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Jane Austen’s Pride & Prejudice raved so beautifully of the countryside in Derbyshire it would seem almost sinful not to include it in my fiction fantasy vacation. From Chatsworth to Stanage Edge, there is much to see and do in this beautiful part of England

Pride and Prejudice Stanage Edge
Photo from PeriodDramas.com

It may be cliche, but some of my favorite historical romances have taken place along the Oregon Trail. Therefore, I would love the opportunity to retrace or reenact the experience of those brave pioneers (not forgetting the tragedies that went along with this westward expansion). In a perfect world, I could travel back in time and actually join a wagon train for the entire length of the journey – bringing with me my modern medicines and a magical helicopter that could instantly transport me to a very modern hospital in the case of emergency, of course. Barring that, I’d love to do something like the tour outlined here and then take part in a reenactment such as this one.

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After my last pick, it will hardly come as a surprise that I also enjoy a well-written cowboy romance. So of course, my fantasy vacation needs to include the closest thing this city girl can get to actual ranching experience:  a dude ranch! Only I’m just crazy enough not to want to simply hang out at a ranch and maybe ride a horse or two. I actually want to muck stalls, drive cattle, groom horses and maybe even learn to lasso. That’s easy, right? Well, whatever the case, I figure one of the top 50 working ranch vacation places listed HERE ought to suit my fancy. 🙂

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Those horns are soft, right?

I’ll probably be all tuckered out after my stay at the ranch. What better way to recharge than a nice long train ride? Yep. I like a good train romance, too. Although I don’t think it is possible to get the full ash-in-your-face, week-long-travel-on-a-hard-wooden-bench experience, these days, I would like to experience traveling from New York to San Francisco by rail. And perhaps while I’m riding, I’ll travel back in time by reading the “first-person” contemporary accounts available HERE.

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Then, to round off my vacation, I’ll test my seafaring skills by learning to crew a gold-rush era replica schooner off the coast of my hometown, San Diego.

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What do you think? Would you enjoy coming along on my fantasy fiction vacation? What would your fantasy fiction vacation include?

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