Let's Talk Bookish

Let’s Talk Bookish

Hi everyone, I hope you are all having an amazing day and staying safe. Since we are already into the thrift month of the year I thought it was about time I participated in another Let’s Talk Bookish discussion.

This is a meme hosted by Rukky at Eternity Books and Dani at Literary Lion and each month they come up with a list of topics for us all to discuss and share our opinions on as well as spreading the love by reading each others posts.

March 18: Buying Secondhand Books (Hasini @ Bibliosini)

Prompts: Do you buy secondhand books? Why or why not? What are the benefits of buying secondhand? What are the cons of secondhand books? What do you recommend people do to better support secondhand bookstores?

Used books that I have previously bought

So buying secondhand books is something that I have only really stared doing on the last few years and even then it’s not something that I do as often as I would like and it’s something this I really want to work more on in the future.

The first reason that I don’t tend to buy many secondhand books is that back where I lived in Scotland there weren’t any secondhand bookstores within easy traveling distance from me and you really had to go out of your way to find them which always just felt like too much work and most of the secondhand books that I do own I bought online and for anyone in the UK looking for some secondhand books I would highly recommend AwesomeBooks as there second hand books come in really good condition and are pretty decently priced.

The second reason is that I have realized that I struggle at lot with materialism when it comes to books. On Booktube and Bookstagram you always see such gorgeous book editions and bookshelves and I always felt a lot of pressure to have the same. And while there is absolutely nothing wrong with having these things it was becoming really detrimental to me. I was constantly comparing myself to others, feeling that I couldn’t really belong to the community without the newest prettiest edition. These are beliefs that I didn’t even realize that I was putting on myself until I moved to America and now are no longer buy so many books both financially and due to having limited space to take things home with me at the end of my Au Pair Term. This is something that I do plan and doing a much more in depth post about and something I really want to work on.

Anyway secondhand books are something I really want to get more into for several reasons, not only are they usually a lot cheaper than new books, it’s also more eco-friendly to buy used books over new books all the time. Another reason is I have always looking at and holding used books as there is something magical about a well loved book and it can be fun to find little ambitions etc. that previous owners might have written.

Obviously there are some downsides to used books, like I said be before they aren’t all going to be in pristine condition and you will have a hard time finding the latest releases used.


What are your thoughts on used books?? Do you buy them often??

15 thoughts on “Let’s Talk Bookish

  1. I can 100% relate to that issue of materialism that you felt as part of bookstagram and booktube! I put that pressure on myself and kept feeling like I needed all the hardcovers because without them my feed wouldn’t look good and it was such a toxic mentality that absolutely drained me! 😂 I’m so glad that I no longer feel that way. I’m sad that I don’t have access to many secondhand stores here in Indonesia but I love secondhand bookstores 😍 Great post!

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  2. I used to buy secondhand books all the time when there was a used bookstore in my town. Now that there isn’t, my options to do so are pretty limited. I definitely relate to feeling the pressure to own all the pretty books. I always tell myself I will buy less new releases, but the hype always seems to get me. Thanks for sharing your thoughts!

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  3. Really great and nuanced discussion. I totally get what you mean about there not being as many used bookshops in scotland- that was something I struggled with when I lived there. And I also get what you mean about wanting lovely new editions (who doesn’t?!) But I do also think there are a lot of big positives to second hand books (mostly that they’re cheaper so then in turn you can get more books haha!)

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    1. Thank you so much, being cheaper is definitely a big advantage and it can be really interesting if you stumble across other peoples annotations in used books so it’s definitely something I want to start prioritizing more in the future

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  4. I completely get what you mean about comparing all the beautiful editions of books people online own. I’m such a visual person so when I see amazing collections of beautiful books I’m instantly like “take my money”, even to the point that I would then end up with multiple copies of the same book. I’ve been trying to stop doing that the past year or so and the library (and buying secondhand books) have been such a massive help. Thanks for recommending AwesomeBooks! I’ll definitely check it out.

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