I am a huge reader. I read anything between three to eight books a week. (One if I’m re-reading Lord of the Rings, though!)
So you can imagine how antsy I get if I have nothing to read. And most unfortunately for me, my local library likes to be open on the days when I always seem to be working or busy.
So I take the lazy way out and walk to a local op-shop instead and stock up on five ‘new’ books. Which then get returned if I don’t like them. I don’t even remove the price tags anymore unless I decide to keep them.
Does anyone else do this? I recently got a rather massive fine at a library (my fault, although it was a genuine misunderstanding because the library had an outdated email address and I didn’t realise – and I rely on those reminder emails to make me get my books back on time!), and I figured buying a couple of books at an op-shop now and again works out a hell of a lot cheaper! Especially if you buy when they have $1 sales…
This fact was really driven home to me when I was travelling last year. I went from spending 50p-£1 on books at charity stores in the UK, to spending over €10 on books in Europe because I had to buy them new. (Yet another reason why I have made the decision to never backpack again – it’s too difficult to carry books!)
And on a final note on op-shop books, I also love buying them because you never know what you may find. Some of my current favourites are ones that I would have ignored in a book shop.