Reading was a favorite hobby of mine in my youth. Since then I have gone through phases of enjoying reading and hating reading. Most of my hate for reading was encouraged by being forced to read horrible, boring things for school. But overall, I really and truly have a love for books.
I am old-fashioned when it comes to my books and reading. I tried reading a couple of e-books. They really are not my thing. I love being able to hold a book in my hand. I love the feel of the pages, to be able to look at how many pages there are in a chapter, in the whole book, etc. There’s a great feeling of accomplishment when you look at the daunting task in front of you and finally turn that last page of prose over to read the magical words: The End.
The biggest problem with buying lots and lots of books to read? The expense. And yes, I’m aware of a beautiful thing called the library. But I enjoy owning my books. I like to put them up on shelves, create my own library that says to anyone who looks at it, “Wow, this girl has done some reading.” Because I have. I enjoy reading. Books take you to fantastic places.
Mr. H and I have been fortunate enough in our current city to have some excellent opportunities to buy books for cheap. Yes, they are used. If you’re picky enough or if it’s cheap enough, the quality of the book can be pretty darn good, if not almost new. We take advantage weekly (twice a week for Mr. H) of hitting up our array of stores to buy books. There are two Salvation Army stores, one Goodwill store, one Ollie’s, and one local used book seller.
Unfortunately, one of the Salvation Army stores, Ollie’s, and the Goodwill store are usually a miss. On the bright side, the other Salvation Army store, which is much bigger, is usually a decent hit. They also have quite a few sales including Buy One Get Three Free and 10 cent sales. Over the past couple of months, we have been bringing home piles and piles of books of all different sorts. I have also been a fan of hitting up the local used book store. Their prices are static at $1 for paperback and $2 for hardcover. I mostly use that store to fill in series.
Ollie’s, while usually a miss for books I read and a bit more expensive ($4 a book-ish), is great for finding kids books. Most of my book buying for C-Man has happened from Ollie’s. He doesn’t quite enjoy reading the stories yet, but he does love to pull out the books and look at the pictures. Sometimes, I even get him to tell me what the pictures are… when he’s feeling cooperative.
I’ve loaded in tons of books to little man’s library. I want him to have the opportunity to be interested and reading anything and everything he can. I read my own books in front of him when he’s having independent play time, which I think is one of those “good example” mom tricks. (I don’t know if it is or not, but it certainly can’t hurt for him to see me reading.)
I think it’s important to read books, to have books. What are your thoughts? What are your book buying secrets? Share with me in the comments!