Why Do You Buy Books? Make Every Copy Count

Why do I buy books? The answer to this question seems obvious. Because I love them! Because books have changed my life and make every day more enjoyable (or stressful depending on the scene). But in this world where it seems each big new release has three different exclusive editions, the rush to catch collect them all can cost a lot of money.

My most recent experience of this was purchasing of three different editions of Kingdom of Ash – Kindle, Barnes and Noble, and Books-A-Million editions (for the ease of reading in the former and exclusive fanart in the latter two). After trying to reorganize my shelves to find some nonexistent space for these stunning books, I questioned why I felt the need collect multiples in the first place?

Recently someone I follow on Instagram shared that they check out library copies of books they own so they don’t crack the spines of their personal copies (something I’ll admit I’ve done in the past as well). Another person confessed to spilling coffee over a stack of books while trying to take a picture. They declared that they were okay with it because it just makes them one of a kind – and they can do what they want with THEIR books!

I’ll admit to being more in the previous category for at least the last three years – coinciding with my start in the bookstagram community – but my lack of shelf space has made me reconsider my “collector” mentality. Going through the stacks of books under my bed, I found multiple extra copies of books. There were two or three editions of some books I haven’t even read!

Looking at these different copies and editions made me wonder: Which copy means more, the one with the pretty cover, or the one where I experienced the story for the first time? The nostalgia of picking up an original copy of a childhood favorite means more to me than owning all the newly released covers. While I treasure my signed copies I know that I will never sell many of them, so does a dent in the cover from toting it around really matter? An inked on signature in a favorite book doesn’t make it more fragile than any others and why do I own it if I’m not going to read it?!

I’ve decided to make a resolution for myself: make every copy count.

No more buying copies of books that aren’t favorites or continue to remain unread on my shelves, especially if the purchase is for aesthetics or having a “reading copy.”

In the end books are ink on pages making shapes that can create worlds. I spend my hard-earned money on them and I can do whatever I want with my purchases! And yes, that can also mean standing on them for pictures and cracking spines to make reading more easy. These things don’t devalue the books in my eyes – they make them well-loved. This doesn’t mean I will stop buying special editions of my special favorites, but hopefully I’ll see a decrease in multiple copies for books I don’t really care about.

While I wrote this post to help me work out my feelings on what books mean to me, everyone has their own feelings on this topic! I hope this post helps you think about what books mean to you! Feel free to drop your own thoughts in the comments.

Review: City of Heavenly Fire

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Series: The Mortal Instruments #6

Published: May 27, 2014

Rating: 4.5/5

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Shadowhunters and demons square off for the final showdown in the spellbinding, seductive conclusion to the #1 New York Times bestselling Mortal Instruments series.

Darkness has descended on the Shadowhunter world. Chaos and destruction overwhelm the Nephilim as Clary, Jace, Simon, and their friends band together to fight the greatest evil they have ever faced: Clary’s own brother. Sebastian Morgenstern is on the move, systematically turning Shadowhunter against Shadowhunter. Bearing the Infernal Cup, he transforms Shadowhunters into creatures of nightmare, tearing apart families and lovers as the ranks of his Endarkened army swell. Nothing in this world can defeat Sebastian—but if they journey to the realm of demons, they just might have a chance…

Lives will be lost, love sacrificed, and the whole world will change. Who will survive the explosive sixth and final installment of the Mortal Instruments series?

NOTE: THIS REVIEW MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS FOR PREVIOUS BOOKS IN THE SERIES. PROCEED AT YOUR OWN PERIL.

Malec is the nearly 5 star rating on this book. I absolutely love those men. Their relationship and existence gives me life. I can’t wait to move on and read Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy as well as The Bane Chronicles, just to see more of them. I also love Maia and and Simon and Izzy, but the Magnus and Alec romance remains probably my all-time favorite Cassandra Clare romance (sorry Will and Tessa).

As always, Clary got on my nerves with some of her actions in this installment. While I love Clary and Jace as a couple, they really do act like dumb, angsty teenagers who seem to never learn from their mistakes. I mean, how many times can a fairy trick you before you figure out not to trust anything they say?

I originally read this series in middle school and was leery about how I would perceive the books when I binge reread them in preparation for reading The Dark Artifices. The Shadowhunter world remains one of my favorites *grumbles* even if The Mortal Instruments was a better trilogy. I really do love the epicness of the ending in City of Heavenly Fire, and can almost completely forgive the bleh-ness of City of Fallen Angels. I’m excited to read what Emma and the gang get up to in The Dark Artifices trilogy! I absolutely loved Emma and Julian and Mark and Tiberius and am excited I’ll be able to continue their story.

If you’re as much a Shadowhunter fan as I am, check out these bracelets I have listed in my Etsy Shop! (Or you can just admire this picture with the GORGEOUS 10th anniversary edition of City of Bones, originally posted on my insta @emiesnook.)

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Liebster Award

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First off, I’d like to thank Naty from Naty’s Bookshelf for nominating me!  Go check out her blog! The Liebster Award goes to some of my favorite blogs (book related or otherwise). Sorry if this is a repeat nomination for anyone. Thank you guys for keeping up amazing content!

Here are the rules:

• Thank the person who has nominated you for the Award.

• Answer the 11 questions the person has asked you

• Nominate up to 11 people

• Ask the people who you have nominated 11 questions

The Answers

1. What is your favourite genre?

I have to go with fantasy, although I do love a good paranormal romance.

2. Who is your favourite villain?

Loki from the Thor movies is my all-time favorite villain.

3.  If you could be a character from a book, who would it be & why?

Elide Lochan from the Throne of Glass series. She is such an awesome and bad-a$$ person.

4.  Who is your favorite author?

Sarah J. Maas.

5.  What are you currently reading? And are you liking it so far?

I am a serial starter, and as a result am currently reading five books! Wintersong by S. Jae Jones, Drums of Autumn by Diana Gabaldon, The Mime Order by Samantha Shannon, Way of Shadows by Brent Weeks, and City of Bones by Cassandra Clare. City of Bones is a reread in preparation for meeting Cassandra Clare on Sunday! All of the others are very good, I just switch whenever one genre or story appeals to me (this drives some of my friends crazy).

6.  Which genre do you absolutely hate?

There’s no genre that I really can’t stand (or at least none that I can think of at the moment)! I probably read mystery books the least, but will pick one up occasionally–especially for reading on the beach.

7.  How do you organize your books on your bookshelf?

My main bookshelf is organized based on color in a rainbow! I have two side tables for books as well, where I keep some of my favorites and most of my signed editions.

8.  What are your bookish pet peeves?

I don’t like it when books are dog-eared or their dust jackets/pages get ripped (more so for hardcover than paperbacks).

9.  Which do you prefer: Hardcover, Paperback or ebook?

Ebook because of convenience, but Hardcover for collectors editions/my favorite books.

10.  Have you ever bought a book without reading the description?

I don’t believe that I ever have! I will pick up books based solely on their cover, but I always read the description first before actually buying it.

11. Where is your favorite place to read?

During the summer, I love to read by the local pool. When the weather isn’t nice, I’ll curl up in my bed or an armchair with a nice cup of tea.

My Nominees

Feel no pressure to complete this! Just want you guys to know you are appreciated. Looking forward to seeing your answers!

Maggie @ Massachusetts Novel

Jess @ Stars who listen

Gillion @ Gillion Reads

Dylan @ Playing With Thoughts

Sarah @ Between the Pages

My Questions

  1. What is your favorite genre and why?
  2. Where’s your favorite reading nook?
  3. Do you have a favorite type of nerdy merchandise?
  4. What hobbies do you have other than blogging?
  5. What’s your ideal vacation destination?
  6. If you could meet anyone in the world, who would you choose?
  7. How do you like to organize your books/video games?
  8. What’s your favorite subject to learn about?
  9. Who is your favorite super hero/villain?
  10. Do you prefer classic or futuristic?
  11. What do you like to do on a rainy day?

Thank you for reading!

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