Where do I get the books that I read?
I can honestly say that these days my books are evenly divided by three sources: purchased, the library, and ARCs.
I purchase approximately one third of the books that I read. I pre-order the books that I’m dying to read—the ones I’m not willing to wait for—and I also buy books here and there based off of reviews and other books I’ve read. I’m a Kindle reader, so my books fit so neatly on my virtual shelf. Unfortunately my unread purchased books number in the hundreds, so I really need to put a freeze on new purchases; however, my willpower when it comes to new books is practically nonexistent . . .
My library is connected with Overdrive, so I checkout a lot of my books and all of my audiobooks from the library. My library doesn’t have all of the latest and greatest books, but their selection is decent enough, and they’re continually adding new books. I really appreciate their selection of audiobooks. Audiobooks are expensive, so I like having the option to check them out for free.
I feel like I’ve gotten on the ARC bus late in the game, but I’m glad this is something I’ve pursued. Right around one third of the books I’ve been reading are ARC books I’ve obtained from NetGalley. I’m definitely reading books and authors I may not have heard about without NetGalley, so I think it’s a good thing.
Where do you get the books that you read? Do you buy all of your books so that you can display them with pride, or are you a library devotee?