Where Do My Books Come From?

This idea started at Pickle Me This, then I saw it on Reading in Bed and Bookish Beck. If I’m missing someone, let me know in the comments!

Reading in Winter (who has read an impressive number of books this year!) has also participated.

I’d love to hear where your books come from, too. Join in! You can either list the last 30 books you read, or calculate your stats for the whole year. Or both.

My last 30 books:

  1. A Beckoning War by Matthew Murphy – received from publisher
  2. A Halifax Christmas Carol by Steven Laffoley – library
  3. Fire Sermon by Jamie Quatro – publisher
  4. The Prisoner and the Chaplain by Michelle Berry – publisher
  5. A Lady and her Husband by Amber Reeves – bought at full price
  6. The Arrangement by Sarah Dunn – library
  7. I Am a Truck by Michelle Winters – bought at full price
  8. Baloney by Maxime Raymond Bock – library
  9. Peninsula Sinking by David Huebert – bought at full price
  10. All the Beloved Ghosts by Alison MacLeod – library
  11. Bellevue Square by Michael Redhill – library
  12. Brother by David Chariandy – library
  13. Minds of Winter by Ed O’Loughlin – bought at discount from publisher
  14. Next Year For Sure by Zoey Leigh Peterson – library
  15. Transit by Rachel Cusk – library
  16. Son of a Trickster by Eden Robinson – publisher
  17. Dazzle Patterns by Alison Watt – publisher
  18. The Unlikely Redemption of John Alexander MacNeil by Lesley Choyce – library
  19. Say Nothing, Saw Wood by Joel Thomas Hynes – Goodreads giveaway
  20. We’ll All Be Burnt In Our Beds Some Night by Joel Thomas Hynes – library
  21. In the Cage by Kevin Hardcastle – publisher
  22. Rose & Poe by Jack Todd – publisher
  23. So Much Love by Rebecca Rosenblum – library
  24. The Journals of Susanna Moodie by Margaret Atwood – bought at used book store
  25. All is Beauty Now by sarah Faber – Goodreads giveaway
  26. Hum if You Don’t Know the Words by Bianca Marais – library
  27. The Canterbury Trail by Angie Abdou – bought at used book store
  28. The Bone Cage by Angie Abdou – library
  29. Whylah Falls by George Elliott Clarke – bought at used book store
  30. The Ladies of Missalonghi by Colleen McCullough – library

Overall so far in 2017 (96):

  • Bought at full price: 10
  • Bought used at a significant discount: 10
  • Borrowed from the Library: 50
  • Received from publishers: 12
  • Giveaways: 5
  • Gifts: 3
  • Other: 6

It’s no surprise to me that a little over half of the books I read come from the library. Even though I have enough books of my own to last for years. But libraries are irresistible! 

So, where do your books come from?

Our library all lit up for the holidays.

I haven’t been around much in the last week or so… I have already been sucked into the holiday season with not much time left to spare. So this will be my last post of the year, and my Best of 2017 posts will have to wait until January. Wishing you all a Happy Holiday, or a wonderful next couple of weeks, and a big thank you for all the reading, visiting, and commenting you do! 🙂 

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58 thoughts on “Where Do My Books Come From?

  1. Kristilyn says:

    You are my reading guru … lol. I love that you used the library so much and publishers! I’ve actually started using NetGalley again and got a few books off my reading list already (including 3 or 4 Canadian reads!). I find if I actually try to keep track of what I’d really love to get from future releases, if I keep an eye out I can get an ARC of it, or get ahead on the library hold list. I’ve been trying to be better at requesting ILLs and other books from the library instead of buying. It’ll be a struggle but worth it! Thanks for sharing! 🙂

    • Naomi says:

      Keeping ahead of what’s coming out is something I’m not very good at. But I *am* good at hitting that ‘hold’ button on anything that sounds good! 🙂

    • Naomi says:

      Charity book shops are also wonderful – most of the books I own are from used book stores or book sales. I just never get to them because I’m too busy reading library books! Sigh.

  2. Jessie May Keller says:

    I request most of my books from the main library and then pick them up at the neighbourhood library. However, with my husband sick this fall, I found my system didn’t work too well…I relied on borrowing from friends. I buy some books because I have a son and a granddaughter in the writing business and I know that is not the easiest way to earn a living. We need to support our writers!
    Happy Christmas and or holiday to all…..especially to you Naomi….I will look forward to your January blog.

  3. FictionFan says:

    Fun tag! I suspect mine are mostly NetGalley but I must do a count. Have a lovely Christmas and a Happy New Year when it comes. Lang may yer lum reek, as we say here in Scotland!

  4. whisperinggums says:

    I won’t do this on my blog, though I have answered it on someone else’s post somewhere. Most of my books come form publishers and purchase, with the odd gift. Almost none come from the library, and certainly none in the last few years. Libraries are irresistible, which is why I resist them. I have so much to read – from publishers, gifts and my TBR that I just daren’t go near a library so I don’t. (Terrible thing to say for a library professional!)

    • Naomi says:

      Haha! That’s certainly a good way to go about it. I don’t know if I could do it… I guess working at one doesn’t help. But it’s worth it!

  5. sharkell says:

    What an interesting exercise – I couldn’t resist. I have read 76 books so far and my stats are:

    29 – library
    27 – second hand
    13 – full price
    5- discounted but purchased new
    2 – prizes

    I am quite pleased as I have been trying to read from my shelves this year. I wish I had put a dent in my tbr pile but I’m pretty confident I have purchased more books than I have read 😐

    • Naomi says:

      That’s a good mix of bought and borrowed.
      And, yes, it seems that no matter how well I do at reading my own books, I will never get ahead! Ah well, I’m coming to accept it. 🙂

    • Naomi says:

      That’s exactly the problem. They’ve made it TOO convenient to put books on hold. Maybe if we went back to having to phone or go in… 😉

  6. buriedinprint says:

    Did you have fun making your calculations? This year would probably not be very representative of my habits overall, as I have been devoted to refusing offered copies and devoted to reading more backlisted books from my own shelves instead. Even so, I suspect my library use is still very high, because some of my reading projects depended almost entirely on selections which weren’t on my shelves (like my Louise Erdrich reading). I think looking at the data for one’s books and reading habits is really useful; it’s such a quick way to see if one wants to make any shifts in decision-making (which is why I ended up reading almost exclusively my own picks this year and older books overall – the data dragged me into it!). Not to say that one needs to be thinking along those lines – that’s just how it works for me! Enjoy your holidays and I hope they are just lovely!

    • Naomi says:

      I *did* have fun! I love looking at reading stats (my own or others) – I find it all so interesting. This was one I had never calculated before, and although I suspected a high library percentage, it was still fun to figure it out more accurately. Now I’ll be tempted to do it every year to see if it changes!

  7. annelogan17 says:

    I have to say you have a very balanced way of obtaining your books, so you should feel good about that. You’re literally the perfect reader and book buyer! Also, your library is gorgeous all lit up like that!

  8. Laila@BigReadingLife says:

    I love your library’s lights!

    I did a quick calculation of my latest 30 reads (a few weeks ago) and it was something like 26 from the library, 2 bought new, and 2 bought used. That’s pretty representative of my reading! 🙂 Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

  9. Grab the Lapels says:

    That’s so great that you make good use of your library. Checking out a book keeps it in circulation. If it sits on the shelf too long, it gets removed. Plus, authors appreciate it (I’ve only met one who did not).

      • Grab the Lapels says:

        She was saying that she wouldn’t get paid at all for the library copy. But…the library has to buy a copy, right? So, maybe she gets paid once? I was surprised she was so mad initially (she softened up later) because she’s a small-press author, someone should have known going into things that she wouldn’t make any significant money as a writer. If she wanted to make more money, she would have had to go with a “big” small press or a NYC press.

      • Naomi says:

        One big advantage of libraries buying the author’s book is the exposure to new readers the author might get because of it.

      • Grab the Lapels says:

        I agree; there are lots of reasons libraries are the way to go. I wonder if this author I mentioned doesn’t have a lot of money and struggles. It’s also unfair that some authors get to sit around writing all day because he landed the right book deal. I’ve heard that there are many artistic grants in Canada that people make use of to produce art and books! Sheila Heti comes to mind. Have you heard of her? She’s in Toronto. I loved her when her first book came out…since then she’s gone a bit Lena Dunham, of whom I am not a fan.

      • Naomi says:

        I haven’t read anything by Sheila Heti, or know much about her writing career. But we do have grants for artists here, and a lot of literary awards. Even the small ones can help make a difference. I just assumed everyone else had them, too, but maybe not!

  10. Elena says:

    What a fantastic idea! I mostly get review copies of the books that I would like to read, though my beloved ones do contribute a lot, and I am a firm believer on using public libraries as a way of making a political and cultural statement.

  11. Angélique says:

    2017 wasn’t such a good year for me, in terms of reading, so I hadn’t even looked back to make stats. Thank you for the opportunity 🙂
    Just like you most of my reads were from the library (15). Three were brand-new purchases and three more were second-hand. Two reads were books relative lent me. One book was from the publisher and one from Netgalley.

      • Angélique says:

        I enjoyed the books I read but I read very few books… unless you count baby books 😀
        I’m hoping to go back to my usual (reading) self this year!

  12. Geoff W says:

    I still haven’t gotten around to my 2017 posts. I’ll do one in the next few weeks hopefully. I don’t know about the last 30 books I got but I do know that of the books I read in 2017: 16 (27%) were library books, 15 (23%) I’d previously purchased/received, and 18 (30%) were from publishers of some sort. Not too bad of a mix although I need that publisher number to go down so I can clear of my TBR shelves!

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