This is the first post I’ve done that isn’t a review or about particular books and it’s about a topic that I’m currently struggling with: where should we buy our books?
This post was inspired by this tweet that I saw recently:
This absolutely broke my heart and I couldn’t stop thinking about it for days afterward.
I’m always buying books, but I will admit I rarely buy them from independent/local bookshops. I’m a frequent Amazon customer and I do love a charity shop book bargain but after seeing this tweet I have made myself a promise that I will make sure I more of my books from independent/local bookshops from now on.
I love nothing more than getting lost in a bookshop for an hour or two and if these amazing places started disappearing, I know I would definitely miss them. Shopping online for a book will never give you the same magical feeling that walking into a cute bookshop does.
I do love buying books from charity shops though as the money does go towards helping people and amazing organisations there’s something lovely about a pre-owned book. I know some people are put off by a book if it’s not new, but I like that someone else has read it and that the book has a story of its own. I recently bought a copy of I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith from a charity shop which had this on the inside and the cover:
How perfect is this? I had never heard of World Book Night before this and I think it’s a lovely idea. This book had a life before I bought it. It has a unique story and someone else has enjoyed reading this and passed it on. This really made my heart feel full.
I’d be really interested to know what are your thoughts on where we should buy books? Do you ever feel bad buying from Amazon and not supporting independent bookshops?
Please let me know your thoughts in the comments below!