Books, books and more books!

A few years there were only a couple places I found books. My library at the time didn’t have an updated teen section. I’d be lucky to see a new release (I wanted) within six months of release. But I still hoped to find something new on my weekly visits. I also browsed Amazon and purchased books there or drastically on sale at a bookstore.

I didn’t read as much then either. And cost did play a role.

Jump forward a couple years later to the present.

I can’t even begin to read all the books I want to.


  • Library (Someone new started ordering books and almost all the new releases are there.)
  • Overdrive (Wow! A huge selection of books I can barely make a dent in.)
  • Amazon – Self-published books. (I can buy twice the number of books, sometimes more, and I read samples so I usually know I’ll enjoy them.)
  • Amazon – free books. (No I don’t read all of them but I test them out and often read the entire thing.)

As a reader I’m loving it. I always have a book I want to read either in my library bag or on my Kindle. And I’m falling drastically behind. And not because I don’t want to read the book or because I don’t read a lot!

How about you? Where do your books come from?

(Come back on Wednesday for my review of Anna Staniszewski’s new release!)

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14 Responses to Books, books and more books!

  1. Jessica Bell March 4, 2013 at 10:51 am #

    Definitely Amazon. It’s easy for me to buy from there as I live in Greece, so I don’t have a library to go to or anything. Plus I get a lot of arcs from friends. I’ve ALWAYS got something good to read.

    • Laura March 4, 2013 at 12:52 pm #

      It’s a new world and I love it. And yes, I forgot to include arcs from friends and beta reading!

  2. Natalie Aguirre March 4, 2013 at 10:55 am #

    I had been getting lots of ARCs, but I think that’s drying up a bit. I always have loved the library and am getting more of my new releases and audio books there now. And I have a Nook which I love for buying my favorite self-published author’s books. But I’m with you. There are just too many good books I want to read. Not a bad problem though.

    • Laura March 4, 2013 at 12:53 pm #

      No, not a bad problem at all! I might not get to books I really want to read as fast, but I do get to them!

  3. Laura Marcella March 4, 2013 at 12:06 pm #

    My to-read list is constantly growing. I browse bookstores and the library for new reads. Goodreads and writing blogs are great resources for book recs, too. I need a thousand lifetimes to read all the books I want!

    • Laura March 4, 2013 at 12:53 pm #

      No kidding! I just need a vacation to read the entire time!

  4. Patti Nielson March 4, 2013 at 3:52 pm #

    Our library isn’t very good and the waiting list is huge, so I don’t go there. I used to buy a lot of books at Costco, but there selection isn’t very good anymore. Now I buy all of books at Amazon and like you I’ve kind of been gravitating to the self published because you can get more for less and I’ve found some great ones.

  5. Laura Diamond March 4, 2013 at 4:13 pm #

    Amazon, Amazon, Amazon, and sometimes Barnes and Noble. LOL! 😉

  6. Alex J. Cavanaugh March 4, 2013 at 4:31 pm #

    My blogger buddies are putting out books faster than I can read them!
    I look in the iBookstore first.

  7. Leigh Moore March 4, 2013 at 5:54 pm #

    Amazon. Everything comes from Amazon. And you are so right. I feel like I never have enough time for all the reading I want to do! :o) <3

  8. Jemi Fraser March 4, 2013 at 9:21 pm #

    I get most of my books from Amazon these days. I buy a few from the book store but mostly I read on my Kindle now 🙂

  9. Stina Lindenblatt March 5, 2013 at 12:08 am #

    All those places you listed, Laura, but I tend not to download free books. I found I never read them when I did.

    Mostly I get my books through my local book chain (for a good reason), Kobo, or Kindle. Occasionally I get them through the library, but they don’t have too many NA books right now.

  10. Julie Musil March 5, 2013 at 9:26 pm #

    Laura, this is so true! I even love how if my library doesn’t carry a certain book, I can order it online and they’ll ship it to my local library. To me, it’s the best time ever for readers AND writers 🙂

  11. Margo Berendsen March 8, 2013 at 5:34 pm #

    In the past three years I’ve gone a little nuts with reading too, after a long, long dry spell after marriage and the early years of kids. Now I can’t get enough books.

    I think I might be setting the record at my library for highest number of ILL requests. (It’s a very small library, but with great connections!)

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