So it occurred to me the other day, as I was walking out of K-Mart with my copy of Falling Into Place by Amy Zhang, that Falling Into Place is the first book I’ve received an e-ARC of (from Netgalley) that I have actually bought. As you’ve already realized, I’m a tough reviewer, so it’s not that often for me to give our four or five star books. Most books I read and review fall into the two or three star category, and as the majority of books I read are from the library — I just don’t see the point in buying them after.
There are, of course, some exceptions.
Like, for example, Falling Into Place. (Review next Monday, in case you’re interested. It was really really good and you should all read this book.) Other examples include Daughter of Smoke & Bone, which I originally borrowed from the library but when this edition was published, I added it to my ever growing collection of novels. Another example was A Game of Thrones, but that wasn’t necessarily about supporting the author; it was more that it was cheaper to buy the set box (including the one I’d read) rather than buying them individually. Because apparently I’m stingy like that. But apart from those few examples. . . I’m honestly racking my brain to think of me supporting authors.
That sounds awful, I know.
Melodramatic gif? Pffft.
In short, I should probably do it some more.
Of course, for almost every avid reader out there, there is the issue of money. And therefore it might be hard to support authors when money is short or being used for more essential needs — which is completely understandable. Yet more people buying a book opposed to borrowing it from the library could determine the future of the writer; whether the series will continue, whether they’ll receive any more publishing contacts.
Sometimes the difference between me buying and borrowing a book is, well, the cover.
How shallow, I know. And petty. And a hundred other words that I could choose to put here, but I won’t, because I’m lazy. Ignite Me is an example of this. I’m sure you’ve read many things about me refusing to buy this book on the basis that the cover is very, very unappealing, but it’s not the only one. Sometimes I will buy them — but I’ll order them online, from Fishpond or Bookworld or somewhere similar. (But essentially, I am a very impatient person; I hate waiting for things to arrive!)
I would love to hear from you guys! What do you think about supporting authors? How often will you buy a book you’ve borrowed or received an ARC from?