Where do my books come from?


A rare new book haul, brought to you by birthday gift cards

This post is inspired by Kerry at Pickle Me This, and by my own nosiness, because I want to know where your books come from too.

Join in! You can either list the last 30 books you read, as Kerry did, or calculate your stats for the whole year. I’ve done both.

The last thirty books:

  1. What Is Going to Happen Next by Karen Hofmann: Received from publisher
  2. The Mayor of Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy: Bought secondhand at Wee Book Inn
  3. We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson: Library
  4. I Am A Truck by Michelle Winter: Bought directly from the publisher
  5. 4 3 2 1 by Paul Auster: Library
  6. Annie Muktuk and Other Stories by Norma Dunnning: Bought from Kobo, full price
  7. A Horse Walks Into a Bar by David Grossman: Bought from Chapters
  8. My Name is Leon by Kit De Waal: Bought from Kobo, on sale
  9. Reservoir 13 by Jon McGregor: Library
  10. Brother by David Chariandy: Bought from Chapters
  11. The Dark and Other Love Stories by Deborah Willis: Library
  12. Indigenous Writes by Chelsea Vowel: Library
  13. Solar Bones by Mike McCormack: Bought from Book Depository
  14. Serving Pleasure by Alisha Rai: Bought from Kobo, full price
  15. Son of a Trickster by Eden Robinson: Bought from Kobo, on sale
  16. History of Wolves by Emil Fridlund: Library
  17. Flawless Consulting by Peter Block: Free from work
  18. War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy: Received as a gift
  19. Days Without End by Sebastian Barry: Library
  20. Shadow of Doubt by Bobbi-Jean MacKinnon: Received as a gift
  21. The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead: Library
  22. Desperate Characters by Paula Fox: Bought from Amazon
  23. Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen: Won in a giveaway
  24. China Rich Girlfriend by Kevin Kwan: Bought from Kobo, full price
  25. I’m Thinking of Ending Things by Iain Reid: Bought from Kobo, full price
  26. House of Lords and Commons by Ishion Hutchinson: Library
  27. Dawn by Octavia E. Butler: Bought on Kobo, on sale
  28. Son of France by Todd Babiak: Bought from Chapters
  29. Annie John by Jamaica Kincaid: Library
  30. Tampa by Alissa Nutting: Bought on Kobo, on sale

And, of my 75 books read to date in 2017:

  • 28 bought at full price
  • 26 borrowed from the library
  • 11 bought at significant discount (e.g. $1.99 ebooks, secondhand, or library sale)
  • 3 received as gifts
  • 3 part of training at work
  • 3 from publishers
  • 1 won in a giveaway

Or, put another way, I paid nothing for nearly half the books I’ve read this year. I paid full price for just over a third of them.

I thought I might be even heavier on library books, because I always have SO many checked out and on hold at any given time. Participating in After Canada Reads tipped me over the edge of half paid-for books (had to buy 5 full price books to mark up.)

So, I’m nosy: where do your books come from?



  1. Naomi

    I love this… I’m nosy, too! And now I’m curious to know how it all adds up for me. And then I’ll probably have to do it again next year… 🙂

  2. Kristilyn (Reading In Winter)

    This year I’ve bought SO MANY books … next year I have to really keep on using the library and reading what I own and looking for sales. I don’t mind paying full price sometimes but I’d really like to get through most of what I own and use the library. Goals, man.

  3. Kelsey

    I think that’s a great balance of paid to library to other! As someone who works in publishing, thank you for still buying books 🙂

    I did my own stats for the year so far and came up with something like:
    20/41 bought
    8/41 library
    6/41 from work
    4/41 gifts
    3/41 borrowed

  4. annelogan17

    What a great idea! I was thinking of doing this post but mine would be boring bc I only take out kids books from the library, and I only buy a couple books a year. The rest come from publishers-cringe! Which is why I have so much guilt about not getting to them faster.

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  9. artfulreader

    Oh I’m so behind on my blog reading. But this is utterly brilliant, I will absolutely try to play along. And I love that I’m not the only one that’s mad about library books (haven’t forgotten about the tale of Genji/Kevin Kwan thing but right now my emotions have been in a turmoil because Murasaki almost died. All of a sudden it wasn’t funned games anymore. I’m too invested emotionally).

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