Hello Fellow Readers,

I hope you are doing well and keeping safe.

This is a scheduled post and by the time it will be published I will be visiting my family in my hometown. It’s the first time back after three years, thanks to covid. From today on you will see a series of scheduled posts and I apologise in advance as I will not be around so much to catch up with your blogs.

However, I didn’t want to end the month without taking part in The Anonymous Bookaholics Tag. I was tagged by the amazing Riddhi @Whispering Stories. Riddhi is an inspirational and creative blogger, whom I am sure you are familiar with. I love her blog because she always has new original contents and always keeps the book blogger community running. So, if you don’t follow her already, you should do it now.

Here are my answers to the questions:

What do you like about buying new books?

I don’t do much shopping or I don’t go out much, so I love to treat myself with a few books at the end of tough week. I am always conscious that I have lots of unread books at home, and as soon as I take them out of the shopping bag and put them in my pile of unread books I feel super guilty. I know I don’t have much time to read them.. but the guilty feeling lasts a couple of seconds though. I like to reward myself, the tangible feeling of holding a new book in my hand, the smell of paper, and the possibility of exploring a new world, meeting my next fictional crush and so on. I am sure lots of people can relate to this.

How often do you buy books?

Too often – every one or two weeks. It’s ridiculous because I don’t have the physical time to read more than one book per week now. On top of that, I keep requesting books on NetGalley, so I’m not really helping myself.

Bookstore or online book shopping: which do you prefer?

I prefer bookstores – I love the smell of new books, being around fellow bookworms, and the joy of walking out of the bookshop with a new precious thing in my hand. The only problem is that my tastes in books are weird so often I can’t find what I’m look for and I have to order it online. I don’t like the wait for delivery, haha, but at the same time I love the joy of opening a book delivery while WFH, like a little bit of sunshine on a rainy day with work.

Do you have a favorite bookshop?

I love the big Waterstones at Piccadilly Circus (I’m based in London), I love just going there and browsing their Fantasy and YA section. I also love going to the Foyles at Charing Cross/Tottenham Court Road as they have a great selection of stationary as well (another addiction of mine). I recently visited the Forbidden Planet shop and I was surprised by their Fantasy/YA selection. I was able to find Steelstriker in paperback, which I couldn’t find anywhere else, online and offline, for a very good price. As I already love going there just to browse manga, it may become a new favourite stop.

Do you pre-order books?

Absolutely yes. Not only to support the author, but also because lately it’s difficult to get your hands on certain books after publishing day due to the supply chain issues (and sometimes, pre-ordering is not even enough to ensure you get your copy).

Do you have a monthly buying limit?

Nope. Maybe I should? Uhmm… maybe… no.

How big is your wishlist?

At the moment it’s 4 x A5 pages long. Not too bad, right? (inner voice: maybe that’s because you already buy all the books you want, so rather than a wishlist it’s more of a grocery list).

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

Heartstopper – Alice Oseman, I keep seeing copies in every store and I never actually buy it. Then, I would say Gilded Serpent by Danielle L. Jensen. I have pre-ordered the paperback, but who knows when I will get it. And finally, This Woven Kingdom by Tahereh Mafi, I am so curious to read this one!!

Thanks for reading! I will tag…

The Fantastical World of Reading

itsKoo Reviews

Yolanda @PastMidnight

and YOU! feel free to take part in this tag!

Thanks for reading!