All the Extras
This page is where I'll discuss a mix of other topics which either are important or I just want to discuss and let you know about.
Today I thought I'd share a little bit about me and how and when I shop for books. I was inspired by this post on this blog, as I mainly also shop at Waterstones...
Well, ok. Waterstones is practically my second home. But, you know. Details.
People see me and in my city centre and often say 'Have you been to Waterstones?'
Yes, I'm apparently that predictable.
I'm not going to complain about it.
1. Having people sometimes hanging about, wondering when I'll be done.
This comes about because often 'know' what I'm going in to buy and head to that section. Sounds simple enough, right?
But then I spot all the new releases, or ones that I still want to buy. My thought process goes something like, "Ooh, look at how pretty that cover is!"
"Oh, that's- insert book title here- that I saw mentioned on Goodreads."
"There's the sequel but can't buy it yet as I really need to still read the first one."
"Wait. They don't have the book I came in for? You had one job, Waterstones..." This last one happened last month when I finally had enough money to buy Warcross as it was in hardback and didn't seem to be going anywhere. I made the decision to buy it and came back for it two days later.
Yes, it had gone. I haven't seen it since. I'll have to wait for 2018 to read it.
Um...often between twenty and thirty minutes later, I'm still deciding...sometimes. Or I'll have some books in my hand and am still browsing others. By this point, I'm sure the people with me are rapidly running out of patience and wondering if picking me up and carrying me to the till would get us out faster.
2. Sometimes rearranging books even though I don't work there- and wish I did.
Don't blame me for this one- I don't do it ALL the time. But if it's a series I love or something, I'll take out one of them, pretend to look at it (sometimes not even that) and then put it back in its proper place. I mean, if the books aren't in reading order, then people will just get confused. It's only logical.
In addition, I have also one or twice helped someone out at a few book shops if they've been confused about the reading order and I know it. They 're grateful of course- but then also assume I work there.
I wish, people. I wish.
3. Being happy to see my favourite books like they're old friends.
So this is a thing that happens a lot with me. It's even worse when I visit bookshops- usually Waterstones again- outside of my city. One, I often find books there that aren't in locally, as happened this summer when I broke my August book buying ban to buy one*. Two, it makes me happy when I see the same books around, so that people can buy them and hopefully enjoy them as much as I do! :)
*I think only one was showing great restraint, since they were Buy One Get One Half Price.
That way, I can also give out free recommendations to people I'm with- or just gush about how much I love a certain book. They put up with it well enough.
A mostly accurate representation. I'm Morgana and the books are Gwen. :D
For those who don't know this GIF is from the BBC show Merlin.
4. Finding a decent copy of the book I want to buy.
AKA: Why do people insist on putting stickers on books?!????
It's not unusual to find the first/top book in the pile or on the shelf is creased. Having offers like the one in point 3 above is fantastic- it saves me money and I can stress about the price ever so slightly less. It's very considerate of booksellers.
However, when I can't find a perfect copy, or get home and the sticker on it won't fully come off- or leaves the sticky mark on the cover- I'm less than impressed. Can't we opt for something less hazardous to the book's health?
A massive sign with the offer on it perhaps? Or them coming up when the barcode is scanned?
5. Lot of thoughts about offers
Waterstones actually do several things to make prices seem less scary. They have a stamp card system and a loyalty card, both of which added up over some amount of time can mean free books, or heavily reduced books. Yay!!
But one thing which I simultaneously love and is horrible is their range of offers. I've already mentioned the Buy One Get Half Price, but they sometimes do a 3 for 2 as well. The first is the one that causes me the most issues.
For this, my thought process is something like: "Great! I can finally buy this book, but do I then include this one or this one?"
"But the ones I'm interested in I already have, so can't take full advantage of this offer"
"Do I buy the sequel yet, when I haven't read the first book? But I might not like it and then have wasted money. That's happened before. But if I DO and come back in next week and the sequel is gone..."
For your benefit, all of theses have happened in the past.
So there you go. This is some of my shopping routine when looking for books, along my insane thoughts that go with the experience. Funnily enough, when I'm buying books, I don't have quite so many nerves as when I'm in any other shop. :)
I'm also debating getting my own Amazon account to order whenever I want. Currently, my mother is the only one who has one for Christmas and my birthday. On second thoughts, I think it's probably safer for my bank account to keep it that way!
Bookish friends, what are some of the things you always do when entering a bookshop? Are there any favourites you have locally, in region or country? Do any of mine sound familiar? :)
All the best and keep on reading.