Okay it is supposed to be a BookTuber book tag but I liked the questions so HERE WE GO!
The Boujee Book(tuber) Tag is created by Olive on the channel abookolive. Do check her channel out. I haven’t done book tags in so long hope you guys enjoy!
What is your average monthly budget for books?
To be honest I don’t have a monthly or even an annual budget for books and this can be disastrous in two ways. One is where I go absolutely bananas at book sales such as Big Bad Wolf Sale and just buy EVERYTHING I want to my hearts content then suffer the consequence for the next few months or I but no books at all and just borrow stuff from the library or at worst read ebooks I requested and was approved on from Netgalley.
What’s the most you’ve ever spent in a bookstore?
On my own money its about RM 200-ish. On my Mom’s money when I was a teen, its RM 500-ish.
Are you willing to pay full price for a brand new release, or will you wait until you have a coupon or there’s a sale?
This highly depends on two things.
- How much do I want to read that book
- My current budget and whether I am willing to forgo food for the month
The second reason is painful because books in Malaysia is crazy expensive especially if they’re not locally written books. Like I am not spending RM 50 on a 300 page book when I know for a fact I will finish that book in a day.
But most of the time I don’t really want to read books so much that I am willing to spend money on them anymore especially if they are a series. I just can’t imagine spending my hard earned money that way knowing I can just make myself read ebooks. I am not a huge ebook person but hey free books are free books and when you’re strapped for cash you will read anything you can have for free.
Although I must say if I REALLY want to read that book I will buy it. It’s just that recently books I have waited on to read and paid for with my wage which was earned through blood sweat and tears and then the book is a read I did not enjoy. You can say a part of me was traumatized and has since refused to buy new books unless I am ABSOLUTELY sure I will like it.
I am looking at you Cursed Child and fourth installment of Robert Gailbraith’s book of which I forgot its title
Would you rather buy one new book or several less expensive used copies?
This one is easy! SEVERAL LESS EXPENSIVE USED COPIES DUHHHHHH!
My shelf now are primarily made up of books I buy in used book sales unless I buy them at Big Bad Wolf book sales then yeah those are new but most of the time I just squirrel my way to the used books section and hopefully find one book I enjoy. The Asian in me is like why would I buy one book that cost RM 30 when I could buy 5 books for the same price??
What do you think is a reasonable price for a new hardback book? A paperback? An eBook?
Hardback: RM 60 – RM 120
Paperback: RM 35 – RM 50
Ebook: RM 20 max
Hardback and paperback the prices I think should reflect on how thick they are and how beautiful the book cover is.
Is a signed book worth more to you? How about a first edition?
To be honest no. I don’t care. Unless I get to meet my fav historical romance authors in real life then DAMN STRAIGHT I’ll care but if not. Nah, I am pretty ambivalent over it.
What is your most valuable book (sentimental or actual value)?
My books are all only sentimental in value but my most valuable books are my Harry Potter series and also books gifted to me by friends or family members.
Will you pay more for a cover or edition you like better?
Definitely pay more for an edition I like better. I am already paying for this shit I might as well go all out and get the ones I like.
What physical characteristics does a good quality book have?
You know a book is from a good publishing company when everything just looks smooth. Like everything flows you know? From the fonts of the title that matches the color of the cover page. The coverpage art suits the genre of the book. I have no idea how to explain what is in my mind but basically you don’t get wonky fonts or models posing for the coverpage looking as still as a plywood board. Ya feel?
If you won the lottery, what bookish things would you do with the money?
I would buy books that I want basically. Its not exciting but I haven’t bought books that I wanted in a long time.
BONUS: Give us an image (actual or mental) of your dream home library!
This is how I want my reading space to be. With a huge ass window that can open wide, which obviously have safety stuff installed so I wont fall out of it but yeah basically.