The Struggles of Book Shopping

Thursday, February 15, 2018


Hello everyone!

Am I the only one that has a really hard time in a book store? I hope not, because when I say a really hard time, I mean like near-crying-struggling-to-make-up-my-mind-feeling-the-pressure hard time. I love book shopping, don't get me wrong, but it's one of the biggest decisions I have to make in my daily life. Here are the parts of book shopping that really just make me cringe:

The initial overwhelming feeling when looking at all the books you have heard about

I watch way too much booktube - it's a borderline unhealthy addiction - so I hear about many books every day, and they all just sound so good. So, when looking at the multiple shelves filled with books I have yet to read and adored by my favorite youtubers, a part of me breaks because I know I cannot buy every single one of them, and that sacrifices will have to be made.

Finding a few perfect books, and having to choose which ones you actually want to buy

This part of book shopping is probably what makes it such a traumatic experience. I have such a love for books that I actually feel bad when I have to put one back on the shelf. My ultimate fear, and one that I have experienced, is buying the wrong book, so I take literally hours thoroughly weighing my options.

When you want three books, put back the third, and then get a coupon at checkout for "buy two, get one free"

This has happened to me countless times, and each time I have actually wanted to scream. I have considered returning the two books, and then going back and getting all three using the coupon, but I just felt way too bad for the cashier to do that. Do any of you do that? Is that a bad thing to do?

When you thought a book was on sale, but find out it isn't when you get to the check-out counter

Can someone tell me why books that are not in clearance in the clearance rack? Usually it's a book that I really wanted and couldn't believe was on clearance that this happens with, and usually I end up spending the like fifteen dollars anyway when I thought it was three dollars. It's just such a disappointing feeling.

The time when you have lapped the YA isles so many times that the employees begin to watch you

I tend to make at least thirty laps of the YA isles, just to make sure I have weighed all my options entirely, so there comes a point around the fifteenth lap that the employees begin to watch me. Does this happen to anyone else? I feel so judged, but at the same time I'm lost in book-world so I also don't care. I hope they don't think I'm trying to steal books or anything, because I would never. #SupportAuthors

I hope you all can relate to these struggles, if only so I don't have a complex when I go book shopping. Do you feel any of these struggles?

Thanks for reading!


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  1. πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ lapped the YA isle! Yes! I feel your pain in all of these. Trying to choose what to buy when you have a budget is so hard!!

  2. Book shopping is very stressful! Usually I go in with an amount in my mind which I am allowing myself to spend, but the picking is horrible. The new releases where I am interested in, the books I have been eyeing for so long, the once I heard recently good stuff about… etc. I can basically spend the whole day at a bookstore deciding which books to buy XD

  3. It's the hardest partπŸ˜‚πŸ˜­

  4. I actually spend the whole day thereπŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ I allot myself like 4 hours to choose

  5. Haha I could as well, but normally I am with people who push me to choose πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

  6. πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ How many laps? I'm going book shopping tomorrow so I'll see if I can beat your record 🀣

  7. πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ we should have people donate money per lap and give it to charity. I would say at least around 30

  8. πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ we would make a mint for charity!!!!