Where do my books come from?

This post is inspired by Laura @ Reading in Bed – the idea is to go through the last 30 books you’ve read and make a note about where you got them.  Laura also calculated her stats for all the books she’s read in 2017, which I was intending to do… but it started to get a bit messy when I realized things like ‘I’ve had this lying around the house for years’ and ‘I don’t remember if I bought this or it technically belongs to my mother and I accidentally stole it’ were frequent enough that they needed their own categories.  So we’re sticking to 30.  Here we go:

  1. Philoctetes by Sophocles: available for free online
  2. The Chalk Man by C.J. Tudor: received physical ARC from publisher
  3. The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater: bought from Thriftbooks
  4. War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy: bought from Book Depository
  5. Bird Box by Josh Malerman: bought full price for Kindle
  6. Sparkling Cyanide by Agatha Christie: bought from Barnes & Noble
  7. Dunbar by Edward St. Aubyn: received from publisher via Netgalley
  8. The Book Collector by Alice Thompson: bought full price for Kindle
  9. Miss Kopp’s Midnight Confessions by Amy Stewart: received from publisher via Netgalley
  10. The End We Start From by Megan Hunter: received from publisher via Netgalley
  11. All the Birds, Singing by Evie Wyld: bought full price for Kindle
  12. The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith: bought from Thriftbooks
  13. Good Me, Bad Me by Ali Land: received from publisher via Netgalley
  14. Things That Happened Before the Earthquake by Chiara Barzini: received from publisher via Netgalley
  15. Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng: Book of the Month club
  16. All We Shall Know by Donal Ryan: bought at discounted price from local bookstore
  17. American War by Omar El Akkad: Book of the Month club
  18. Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward: received from publisher via Netgalley
  19. Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo: bought full price for Kindle
  20. A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess: my mom had a copy lying around
  21. The Heart’s Invisible Furies by John Boyne: Book of the Month club
  22. Holding by Graham Norton: received from publisher via Netgalley
  23. Lady Cop Makes Trouble by Amy Stewart: bought discounted for Kindle
  24. Iphigenia in Aulis by Euripides: available for free online
  25. Yesterday by Felicia Yap: received from publisher via Netgalley
  26. Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia: lent to me by a friend
  27. King Lear by Shakespeare: bought at a local bookstore
  28. See What I Have Done by Sarah Schmidt: received from publisher via Netgalley
  29. Gone Without a Trace by Mary Torjussen: won in a Goodreads giveaway
  30. Final Girls by Riley Sager: Book of the Month club

From this 30, my stats are as follows:

10 – direct from publisher/author
10 – physical copies purchased (4 from Book of the Month club; 3 bought full price; 3 bought at a discount)
5 – ebooks (4 bought at full price; 1 bought at a discount)
3 – available for free online/had a copy lying around/misc.
1 – lent to me by a friend
1 – won in a giveaway

From this 30 book sample, my books purchased:books not purchased ratio is exactly 15:15, so I don’t think that’s too bad!

Also, of the 5 (yikes) I’m currently reading, 2 were lent to me by friends (thanks Steph & Hadeer), one was a gift (thanks Chelsea), one is an ARC from the publisher, and one I grabbed from the free shelf at the library.  I buy too many books, so this pleases me.

Finally, just a note about the lack of library books on this list.  I do use the library… occasionally.  And I think supporting libraries is very important!!!  Unfortunately I live in the middle of nowhere Vermont where my library is basically one average sized room which mostly contains bestsellers, and it rarely caters to my weird niche interests in fiction.  Occasionally I’m able to convince them to order a book I want or acquire it through an inter-library loan, but I guess I haven’t done that in the last couple of months.  Anyway, libraries are great, I just wish mine were bigger!

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So – where do your books come from?  Do you mostly buy books or get ARCs from the publisher or use the library?  I’m curious – let me know!