At one time, I had a rather long list of books I wanted to read saved on my phone. I’d look them up and check them out a couple at a time, and the list was always with me when I stopped by a library.
Then my library webpage added Wish Lists, allowing you to create multiple lists of books that were available at a public library somewhere in the city, and then all you had to do was click a button to put them on hold. I thought that was pretty amazing, so I transferred most of my TBR books from phone to website.
Not long after, as if Fate had a hand in it, my phone died violently, losing all my data–except for those titles I’d transferred.
I also have a To-Read list on Goodreads. (These lists on different websites total about 200 books, and my best efforts to read or cull titles results in my breaking even at best, not the numbers going down.) This weekend I went through a section of that list, adding a couple of titles to my wish lists, and checking if I could do an Inter-library Loan (ILL) for the others. Generally, if a library or three in your state has the book, and it’s at least six months old, you can get it shipped to your local branch for free.
Out of the nineteen books I did so far, six of them aren’t available for ILL.
What I’m trying to figure out, now, is the criteria for buying a book based solely on wanting to read it. Generally, books I purchase are either–
a) discounted (daily deals, used book sales)
b) a series/author I adore greatly
c) borrowed from the library first
Do you buy books simply because they seem interesting? Or pass on them? How do you decide what to purchase?