On the seventh day of Blogmas my true love gave to me, a book tag named Boujee. My friend Emily @Embuhleeliest tagged me a couple months ago but I didn’t do it immediately since I decided to save it for Blogmas. Thank you Emily!
This tag was created by abookolive.
1. What is your average monthly budget for books?
Like my friend Emily, I don’t have a budget, but unlike her I buy as many books a month as I like/can afford. Typically I spend about $100 per month on books. Sometimes more, sometimes less. I am attempting to build up my physical book library right now, so I am spending more on books than I did in past years (cuz physical books are more expensive than ebooks).
2. What’s the most you’ve ever spent in a bookstore?
Uh, not sure exactly, but probably somewhere in the $250 range.
3. Are you willing to pay full price for a brand new release, or will you wait until you have a coupon or there’s a sale?
Depends on how much I want the book. Fortunately, new releases usually come with a discount anyway, especially at Barnes & Nobel, where I get at least a 10% discount being a member.
4. Would you rather buy one new book or several less expensive used copies?
Again, depends on the book. More books is always nice, but if it is a new book I really want I will buy that instead (or lets be real, I would probably just buy all of them).
5. What do you think is a reasonable price for a new hardback book? A paperback? An eBook?
For a hardback, $20-$30. A paperback, $8-$10 (or $15 for trade). An ebook, $3-$6.
6. Is a signed book worth more to you? How about a first edition?
If I was in the actual presence of the author as they signed my book then yes. Otherwise, it feels like cheating and I don’t really care (certainly wouldn’t be willing to spend more for it, unless there was something else that was special about it). First editions though are absolutely worth more, especially if they are older and out of print.
7. What is your most valuable book (sentimental or actual value)?
Just talked about this in a post the other day, but I received both of these hardback, full color editions of Elfquest from my mom when I was a kid. She died when I was 10 and I don’t have many actual memories of her (I kinda wiped my memory of her) but her giving me these books is one of the few memories I do have. So, sentimentally, these are the most valuable books I own. Possibly actual value too, since they are out of print and hard to find.
8. Will you pay more for a cover or edition you like better?
Absolutely. Have done it before and will do it again no doubt.
9. What physical characteristics does a good quality book have?
Thick, good quality paper. Good binding. Possibly leather cover. Deckled or sprayed edges. Immaculate dust cover.
10. If you won the lottery, what bookish things would you do with the money?
Build the library in the bonus prompt below, and then fill it with books.
BONUS: Give us an image (actual or mental) of your dream home library!
Dream library is a combination of these plus the library from (the animated) Beauty and the Beast. 2 stories minimum and a spiral staircase are required. I don’t even really need the rest of the house except a bathroom and kitchen.
That’s it! Consider yourself tagged if you wanna do one of your own versions of this tag.