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Friday Fortune #4 – Can you buy just one book?

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Friday Fortune #4

Welcome to the fourth edition of Friday Fortune!

What is Friday Fortune? On Wednesdays and Sundays, my posts are generally serious and focus on specific aspects of writing or even life in general. Fridays are here to mix it up a bit. On Fridays, you’ll be surprised with giveaways, free snippets, general questions, and so much more! If you have any suggestions for questions I could ask or things I could do; let me know so we can make this interactive!

This week, it’s time for a general question to get to know all of you better! So, here goes:

Can you buy just one book?

All readers out there will know what I mean. You’re in the mall, just looking around, and then you spot a bookstore and decide to take a look inside. No harm done, right?

You start browsing the books and find one that piques your interest. Now is when it gets difficult. Are you able to be content with just that one book, or do you impulsively walk out with more than one book?

Going by that, here’s another question:

If you walk into a bookstore with a specific book in mind, do you end up leaving with others?

It’s always difficult for me. When I know I have a strict budget, it’s easier to stay away from books than it is when I have money to spend. During my vacation in England, I bought seven books in three different bookstores. One was a trilogy, one was a steal, and the other three were in a special three-for-five-pounds deal. How could I resist?

Share your stories if you have any, and let me know how you are when it comes to buying books! I’d love to hear about it.

Tune in next week for whatever I have up my sleeve for you in edition five of Friday Fortune.

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Author: Natasha McNeely

I'm a writer, a reader, a gamer and a dreamer. I love losing myself to thought and considering possibilities. That is how I create my stories and weave the erratic tales into readable ones.

10 thoughts on “Friday Fortune #4 – Can you buy just one book?

  1. In the past my book buying binges have resulted in my massive TBR mountain of the present. It’s hard for me to walk out of a bookstore with just one title in my arms, but not impossible. It also depends on what I plan on doing after I am done at the bookstore to determine whether I just buy the book I was aiming to or indulging in others. The bookstore is usually my first stop on a day of shopping, but I might be going to FYE, the movie theater, or other stores too so it just depends on what I am wanting to do after the bookstore that dictates how much money I am going to permit myself to spend in there. I’ve noticed that if I asked the store to special order a book for me that wasn’t on their shelves, I am better at just keeping with that book and not buying others.

    I see Peanut on that shelf!

    • Yeah, I know what you mean. Having a set amount of money is a good way to limit how much you’re allowed to spend on books. I made the mistake once of going to a bookstore the day I got my paycheck. Not a good idea! Granted, most of my book shopping is through amazon. Being in Germany, there really aren’t many interesting English books in the bookstores.

      That’s what most people who see the picture mention! I saw Jeff Dunham live on April 30th and refused to leave without a Peanut doll.

  2. There is a reason I avoid book stores at all cost, and restrict myself to the free books on Amazon. I am on a shoestring budget as it is right now, and very rarely have extra money to buy a book, let alone half a dozen that I want to buy when I walk into a bookstore. It is even worse with a kindle (though mine was recently stolen), because books are somewhat cheaper and I have to resist the urge to splurge majorly! Really!

    • I heard about your Kindle being stolen! I am so sorry. Is there any way you can get it back? I heard the security footage was going to be looked at.
      The free Kindle books are a great way to get reading material without having to spend money, so I definitely agree with browsing there!

      • They are investigating. Going to wait a week or so before I call back and see if anything has turned up. But, chances are it will be better if I just look at getting a replacement.

        Am currently seeking donations so I don’t have to downgrade to the base model 😦

      • I do really hope you get lucky and get your Kindle back. I hope everything works out for you!
        Which Kindle did you have?

  3. As you know, I really love buying second-hand books. And for the low prices they are, it’s much easier to not feel guilty when leaving with a large stack of them (and so I often do). There is nothing I love more than standing around in a second-hand book shop for HOURS, going by all the shelves and seeing what they have. With Sherlock Holmes (typically) it became a fantastic game of trying to find the next books I needed to keep reading. With new books, I tend to not really browse very long or try anything new but go for things I’ve already read up on or have already decided to read (such as the next installment in a series), simply because I don’t like the risk of throwing away €10 and higher on a book I may not like (perpetual ‘poor student’ mentality).
    Just like with you, the largest part of books in stores are not in the language I prefer reading – so I buy a lot of them online as well, and then I’m quite capable of holding back and only getting one or two (mostly).

    • Getting second hand books is a great way to get new books. I did that once with a classmate and came home with thirteen new books, if memory serves me right.
      I am less hesitant about trying new series or authors, but I generally do look at reviews first, make sure it’s something I could be interested in, and maybe even see if I can read a chapter or two online – just to make it less of a risk.
      I also am more likely to read books when friends recommend them.

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