Why I Take HOURS to buy a Book in a Bookstore

I love buying books. I think that “book buying” can actually be considered a hobby of mine. Every time I get an Amazon Gift Card, I start plotting ways to get as many books as I can with that gift card. But… I have a huge problem. I spend hours trying to buy a book!

So, I’ve raged about this before, but in Puerto Rico, there’s only one acceptable bookstore. I say one because it’s the only one that carries good books in English, and the closest thing to Barnes and Noble I’ve seen. So, whenever I enter the bookstore, I just stop in front of the YA section, and stare at it for about two hours. I’m not joking.

I am so indecisive when it comes to buying books! I take SO many factors into consideration when buying a book:

  • Whether my friends on Goodreads have read it (and enjoyed it)
  • How popular it is
  • Whether it’s part of a series or standalone
  • How pretty the cover is
  • How the blurb sounds
  • I tend to read the first pages to see if the writing style goes with me
  • I take into consideration the “If you liked ________, then you’ll love ______.”
  • How much it costs

Whenever I go to the bookstore, the employees know better than to interrupt me while I’m deciding which books to buy (because I always buy 2 or more books when I go there… No self control!). But, I hate spending so much time deciding on what books to buy!

This is why I love online shopping. Whether it’s through Amazon or The Book Depository, I love shopping for books online. It’s so easy just surfing through my wishlist and choosing the book I want! It’s true that  I have to actually wait for it to arrive, but I think the waiting part is so exciting! Stalking the mailman every time he comes around is definitely the best part. The mailman already knows that any box that arrives at my house is for me (and most probably contains books!).

Do you have the same problem as me? Let me know in the comments!

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17 thoughts on “Why I Take HOURS to buy a Book in a Bookstore

  1. Depending on what we’ve got going on for that day (usually Thurs or Sat or Sun), I typically spend about an hour at a bookstore. But not because of indecision. I spend most of the time chatting with the staff. Lol.


    1. Hahaha I’ve come to know the staff on a first name basis, so I usually only chat with them only when I’ve finally decided what books to buy. They already know when I’m “in the zone” hahaha. 🙂


  2. You are not alone. I told my mom that I’m going to the bookstore, called me 2 hours later, and I’m still looking for a book to buy. Sometimes, I just go in not knowing what I want, so I do spend hours buying books!


    1. Sometimes it’s just nice to walk around and look at all the pretty books. It gives you more options to add to your to-read list 🙂


  3. I thought I was the only one! My parents/friends or whoever took me to the bookstore would always get SO frustrated with me because I took forever trying to decide or just look at all the books 🙂


    1. My mom would hate it when I “wasted all my time”, and then didn’t leave with any books! Haha. I usually did that when I was too conflicted and felt like everyone was waiting for me. Glad to know more people do the same 🙂


  4. Aww, I love this post! I would be the girl standing right beside you for the whole two hours if not more! I take forever in the bookstore, and I love everything about shopping in one — right down to the smell of books and coffee. But I confess, Amazon is the best for convenience and ease on my bank account — excluding those days I go one-clickin’ crazy. Take your time and enjoy your shopping! Happy Reading 😀


    1. I actually had to disable my 1-click settings! I realized that I click first and then think later! My bank account used to weep every time I did that xD


  5. I agonize over which books to buy just because there are so many pretty books I want. I currently have a $50 Amazon gift card to spend and a $50 B&N gift card and I cannot decide on which books to get. It’s so hard to choose! That’s like asking a mother who her favorite child is. Lol.


    1. Hahaha I totally get that. Jennifer and I had a $20 Amazon gift card, and we were DYING because we didntw know what to do. In the end we bought 2 paperbacks and 2 ebooks, I’d say it was pretty good, haha.


  6. I love this post. I also love spending time in bookstores as well, but rarely do, since I cannot afford to buy new books. Now, put me in places that sell used books, like libraries or thrift stores or flea markets or yard sales, and I can spend tons of time at those. Several of the ladies at the local library know me on a first-name basis.

    As for Amazon, I definitely have a freebies addiction…..you can check my Twitter for proof, LOL! I really need to start reading more of my freebies.


    1. I inderstand what you mean. When I went to New York this summer, I was mostly inside of thrift shops and Goodwill searching for used books. I LOVED finding amazong books for such low prices! And I definitely have a problem with those Amazon freebies, too. A girl can never have too many books, lol!


  7. I have the same problem with buying ANYTHING, it’s terribly compulsive. Before I purchase any skincare/makeup, perfume, game, or book, I need to look up reviews to see what others thought of it, think about my own collection and how it fits in, think about how much space I have for it at home and whether I will get to it. Luckily most of the time these days I say no because I have too many sitting unopened at home!


    1. I wish I had your kind of self control! If it’s books, then I don’t really care where they’re going, because I always find a space for them. It’s terribly selfish. Haha.


  8. That gif is too cute! ❤
    Same here, I can take forever to buy a book! I obsess over paperback vs. hardcover, physical copy vs. kindle, if it might go on sale soon, what all the Goodreads and Amazon reviews have to say, how pretty the cover is, if I really love the first chapter or not, what I think of the author's other books…I probably over think it, but I've got some really great books! 🙂

    Alice @ Alice in Readerland


    1. Exactly! I think this is why I rate so many books 4 & 5 stars! I prefer to take my time buying a book, instead of rashly buying one and then not liking it.


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