The Anonymous Bookaholics

A while back (and I really meant that, we are talking more than a year here), Fadwa @Word Wonders tagged me for the Anonymous Bookaholics. I know I need to post reviews or something else again, but life has been busy, so I am just trying to deliver some content here and this one looked like relatable fun!

What do you like about buying new books?

I just generally like adding to my library. I like the smell of books and I like being in a certain mood and finding that one book that compliments the mood perfectly! It’s just nice to then have them all on my shelves and look at them with fond memories.

How often do you buy new books?

I try to buy a couple books at once and not too many times. I can’t say any sort of number though. Am I supposed to know?? I thought we were all pretending to be oblivious to our extreme book buying habits …

Bookstore or online book shopping – Which do you prefer?

I love browsing bookstores, but a sad reality is that the stores here don’t have very big English-language sections and if they do, there’s not always the edition I want available should the book be there at all. So, simply out of practicality, I prefer online book shopping.

Do you have a favorite bookshop?

There’s this one chain bookshop with a decent English section in Vienna that’s also open on Sundays (shops are traditionally closed on Sundays in my country) and I like that one a lot. It also has like a coffee drinking area and is one of the few shops that does author events.

Do you pre-order books?

Sometimes. I know it helps authors and I like to support them, but even if I pre-order a book, it won’t actually be here on release day. That just means I rarely feel the need to pre-order because it doesn’t speed up the process of me getting the book. With some books I’ve found them in bookstores earlier than I got them via mail, which then just made me sad.

Do you have a monthly book buying limit?

I try to set a certain budget, but it varies all the time because I don’t order books every month and then I feel like I am allowed to splurge a little and so on. I mean, I do love books and I like having a selection to choose from at home.

Book buying bans – Are they something for you?

They actually work quite well for me. I set a book buying ban for myself until I have diminished my physical TBR a little and even though I caved eventually, I did make it through a couple months before that happened, which I would consider a success.

How big is your wishlist?

I don’t know?? Take a look yourself here.

Which three books from your wishlist do you wish to own NOW?

Marriage Vacation – This book was featured as a major plot point in one of my all time favourite TV shows “Younger”, so I need to read it! Page 58 everyone!!!

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo – EVERYONE talks about it and loves it! I want to experience that too!!

Tyler Johnson Was Here – I’ve wanted this books since I first set eyes on it and I feel bad for not having read it yet.


I am keeping with my recent tradition of tagging WHOEVER WANTS TO DO THE TAG! I am so bad at keeping up with tags myself and I don’t want anyone to feel obliged, so if this looks like fun and you want to do it, consider yourself hereby tagged!

Can you relate to my book buying habits and feelings? Does my wishlist correlate with yours in any way? Let’s talk!

48 thoughts on “The Anonymous Bookaholics

  1. KAT WE SHOULD READ EVELYN HUGO TOGETHER?! At some point, you know, when we can get it haha. I am SO curious about it and I so want to know what all the hype is about haha. And, aerm, I’m also super curious about Marriage Vacation haha :p
    I’m the same when it comes to pre-ordering books – I really want to do better and to pre-order books I am certain I want right as they are released (*cough* hank green’s book *cough*) though, because I know how much help that is for authors. But yeah I don’t feel compelled to pre-order books either and … I prefer buying them when my pile is low again, because otherwise I’d feel too overwhelmed once the book comes?! That sounds probably weird haha πŸ™‚
    This is such a fun tag! πŸ™‚ ❀

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    • YES! You know that I am always up for a buddy read with you and since we both don’t have the book yet, we can remind each other to get it hahaha
      I just want to read Marriage Vacation so bad. The only thing I am sad about is that it doesn#t actually say Empirical as the imprint haha
      Yeah, it’s just that there is nothing in it for us if we pre-order. I mean, maybe there doesn’t have to be, but I feel like it should matter a little bit at least haha

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      • YES we should do that haha. We will remind each other of it every now and then until we read it πŸ˜›
        I get it, that’s too bad, it would have been perfect with the Empirical mention πŸ˜…

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  2. I usually get my books from the library since I don’t have the money (or space) to buy a ton of books, but I do try like online book shopping way more than buying books in stores. I went to Barnes and Nobles the other day and I just wanted to get everything. When I shop online, I usually keep myself from getting too much

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    • I would check out libraries more if they were an actual option here, but English language books and especially YA ones aren’t really a thing in libraries here and the fees to just get a library card are tricky too. My cousin seems to have found a decent one, but it’s not really that accessible to me. I guess that’s why I gravitate more towards stores.

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      • It’s kind of weird to be honest. I don’t even know when I transitioned to reading almost exclusively English books, but I truly haven’t seen many books that even interest me in German. I only read books like Ruby Red in German, because that’s the language it was originally published in haha

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      • Sorry about the Italian thing earlier, I confused Vienna with Venice so I thought you lived in Italy (facepalm). English is my first language and the other language I speak isn’t written often. The Ruby Red series is really good, I read it a couple years ago

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      • Don’t worry about it! People have thought I was from Australia or that Austria is a province of Germany or that we have our own Austrian language (which isn’t a thing, we have a dialect I suppose, but it’s not a different language). It happens πŸ˜‰
        What other language do you speak, if you don’t mind my asking?
        Funny thing is that I feel like people who’ve read Ruby Red in English like it better than the people who’ve read it in German. I guess someone did a great job translating it haha

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    • Same here! Whenever I order a book on Book Depository, I feel like it’s weird to only order one book, so I’ll pile up my basket and will end up with a stack of unread books. Library books are always the best, though πŸ™‚

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  3. What a nice tag! I am almost tempted to do it (you know how horrible I am at doing tags)! And I totally relate with you! My wishlist is so extensive and I think we both like fantasy and some science fiction although I am not much into YA.

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  4. Great answers for this tag Kay! Oh I have Tyler Johnson Was Here on my to-read list, and actually it’s sitting on my Kindle waiting for me to pick it up. It sounds really good but yeah like you I feel bad for not picking it up. One day soon hopefully. πŸ™‚
    I tend to alternate between online and in-store book buying when it suits me. At the moment I prefer buying books online but give it a few months and I’ll be all about bookstores again. πŸ˜€
    Great post, and again great answers for this tag.

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    • I’ve just been so smitten with the cover of Tyler Johnson was here and the story fits in with a lot of books I have read, I don’t know why I haven’t gotten it yet.
      I get alternating it, but there just really isn’t enough variety in my stores. I go in and I’ve read most of the books already or they have editions that just don’t fit to the previous books in the series, which then annoys me haha

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      • For me there’s just always another book I’m a tiny little bit more interested in (the life of a mood reader). Yeah if you can’t get the books you want in stores but you can online it just makes more sense to buy online more.

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  5. I’m with you on the pre-ordering thing. The last time I pre-ordered a book was with Harry Potter (a.k.a. over 10 years ago), but even that I found pointless as I preferred waiting outside the bookstore on the morning of release day; like you say, it’s a faster option. And the thing is, bookstores even give you damaged books, so I prefer going to the store and picking out my own copy. πŸ˜‰ Terrific answers! Love this tag!

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    • I do pre-order occasionally, but even though I know the benefit for the author, there is very little benefit for me. As you said, you can also check if the edition is alright and undamaged in bookstores. I mean, I can only get very limited access in bookstores, because they just don’t sell much English stuff, but every now and then I get lucky and they have something I want.

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      • True, if you have limited access to bookstores, that’s where the pre-order comes in handy. Just a question though; how is it a benefit for the author? I don’t know how publishing works, so I’m curious. πŸ™‚

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      • Sure, I can tell you! So, if you pre-order a book that first of all counts towards the first week sales that are essential for the bestseller list rankings for e.g. New York Times and such. Also, it is an indicator for the publisher how much the public is interested in that author. It helps them decide on how much they need to print and also makes it more likely for the author to get a contract for a sequel or future book.

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      • Ohhhh that makes sense. I just thought that if books sold enough, that would be enough to guarantee success, but I can see how the pre-order system would be a way to gauge how well a book will do in the long run. Thank you for explaining it to me! πŸ˜€

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  6. I agree with you completely about why you buy books, I also love the smell of the books and seeing them on my bookshelves! It gives me great memories when I see the hooks on my shelves. I also like buying books online because of the practicality and also the cost!

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  7. Completely get the English book in bookstore and the preorder situations, I’m often facing them myself! Also, I have to say, the moment I saw that Sherlock gif I lowkey started fangirling :’) I need to rewatch it ASAP.

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