Let’s Talk Bookish: How do you decide what books to borrow or buy?

Hello, and happy Friday! I haven’t had any time for blogging this past week, since I’ve had midterms and overall a whole lot going on with school, and dance. I’m excited to be back with another LTB post though, and I think that it’s a great topic. I don’t have much else to say for an intro right now, so I’m going to get right into the post!

Let’s Talk Bookish is a weekly bookish meme created by Rukky @ Eternity Books and has been hosted by me since April of this year! Each Friday, there is a discussion topic for bloggers to write about, and this week’s topic is how do you decide what books to borrow or buy? (Jillian @ Jillian the Bookish Butterfly)


Do you buy a lot of books? Do you borrow books from a library, or from friends?

I try not to buy a lot of books, but I do buy books fairly often. I buy a lot of used books when I can, and there are a lot of great secondhand bookstores near where I live, so I’m very lucky to have those. So yeah, I do buy books, but I try to only buy books that I really really want, and all the others I borrow. I borrow a ton of books from my local library, and also from my school library.

My school library is really awesome, and there are a ton of books of different genres, different series, and lots of new releases. The librarian is also really nice, and always super helpful. You can request books you want ordered for the library, which is really cool. Since it’s at my school, I also am there five days a week, and have lots of chances to stop by and check out books.

My city library is also really great. I volunteer there occasionally, which gives me a chance to check out lots of books. And I sometimes borrow books from friends, though not as much as I borrow from libraries.

What do you look out for in books you buy? Are there any book genres you typically buy more of?

When I buy books, I try to either buy books by authors that I’ve already read and loved, or buy books that I’ve heard a lot of really good things about. Or, books that I’ve already read and loved, but don’t have a copy of.

One genre that I buy a lot of is YA contemporaries. While this isn’t my only favorite genre of book, it’s the one I own the most of. I think that this is probably because it’s what I read the most of, and also reread the most of. I like owning copies of my favorite books because I love to reread books, and it’s super handy to have copies of books that I like to reread a lot!

Do the types of books that you buy differ from the types of books you typically borrow?

Definitely! Like I said before, I try to mostly buy books that I already have read and loved, or that I’m pretty sure I will love. I don’t want to own books that I don’t like, and that’s my way of avoiding that happening a lot!

When I’m borrowing books, I’ll borrow pretty much anything. If I see a book at the library that I think I might enjoy, then I’m much more likely to borrow it than I would be to buy it if I saw it at a store. That way, I can borrow it for a couple of weeks, and if I don’t like it, I can always just return it!

Do you prefer to borrow or to buy books?

I don’t think there’s one that I prefer over the other. I think that both borrowing and buying books is great in different scenarios. I like to buy and own copies of my favorite books, so that I can go back to them when I want. But I don’t want to own books that I thought were only mediocre, or that I didn’t like at all. So I prefer to borrow books I’m not sure about, and prefer to buy books that I know I’m going to want to read again and again!


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Do you buy a lot of books? Do you borrow a lot of books? What do you look for in books you buy? Do you prefer to borrow or buy books? Chat with me in the comments below!

10 thoughts on “Let’s Talk Bookish: How do you decide what books to borrow or buy?

  1. I usually buy books that I can’t possibly get from library or the author is my favorite or I know I’m absolutely going to love the book. Books I borrow are the one I don’t want to buy. there is no specifics for that. they are usually one that are available in library all the time.

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    1. We definitely have a lot in common with books we will and won’t buy; I also only buy books that I know I’m going to love, or can’t get anywhere else. Thanks for commenting 🙂

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  2. Somehow I seem to have a different topic, I think it was the one originally planned by Rukky and I hadn’t noticed it had changed – sorry!
    I only read ebooks and generally buy them as the selection available at my library is fairly limited. I don’t tend to use kindle unlimited for a variety of reasons and in the UK you can’t loan ebooks to friends. If I was buying physical books I would be seeking out second hand bargains!

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    1. Oh no problem!! I love to look for second hand books because it’s so much cheaper, but often there are a lot fewer options, especially when it comes to YA and middle grade. What do you usually read your ebooks on?

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  3. We mostly do the same thing!
    Though I don’t think we could request books, my school library was pretty decent too. Though i’m sad that I don’t remember ANY of the books ive read there 😐 so I can’t find them again, I just have some distant memories..

    I forgot to include it in mine.. but somehow I only buy physical books 🤣 for some reason, I barely buy any ebooks; without really thinking about it – I just don’t 🤷🏽‍♀️ Unless it’s an indie that I can’t find other than amazon

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    1. I also hate to buy ebooks!! Almost all of my ebooks are ARCs that I’ve received, and I can only think of like 3 books I actually bought on my kindle in the five years of having it 😂

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