I don’t know if I have ever done a proper book haul on this blog. I know I’ve done library hauls before, but I think this is slightly different. However, I have found myself purchasing some books, and because of that, I wanted to share them with you.
My “rules” for purchasing books tends to be:
- Is this a book I want to own? If so, get it.
- Have I borrowed it from the library more than twice? If so, get it.
- Is it weirdly unique in a way that probably won’t be found on a library shelf? If so, get it.
I try not to buy a lot of books because I am a big fan of libraries and also a big fan of not lugging a ton of books with me when I move out. However, I do prefer paper books to e-books, so I end up buying physical copies over digital unless there is a significant price difference.
Without further ado, I recently purchased three books from Amazon:
- Buffering: Unshared Tales of a Life Fully Loaded By Hannah Hart
- The Soul’s First Kiss by Gregory Isaacson
- Tomboy Survival Guide by Ivan Coyote
I also picked up from the New Leaf Bookstore:
- Burnt Bread and Chutney: Growing up Between Cultures, A Memoir of an Indian Jewish Girl by Carmit Delman
- The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin
I read The Happiness Project via audiobook on the library digital app Hoopla, and loved it so much I couldn’t resist a print version for 75 cents. I have already reviewed Buffering, but Hannah Hart is one of my favorite YouTubers, and I couldn’t not pick up her book. I have been wanting to dig into more of Ivan Coyote’s work for a long time, and I am super excited to read their memoir. As for Burnt Bread, I’m Indian, and one of the things that fascinates me about Indian is how wildly different the culture is from region to region. India has a large Jewish population, so I am excited to read this memoir that I otherwise wouldn’t find elsewhere.
As for The Soul’s First Kiss? My high school English teacher recently passed away, and this was his book. I had him my senior year, and I am so lucky to have been taught by such a witty, wonderful person. So I am going to read his book, because I miss him.
What are your criterion for book purchases? Let me know down in comments.