Beyond the Books is a weekly meme hosted by KissinBlueKaren.com which gives bloggers topics (mostly non-bookish) to discuss about. This is a fun way of learning more about each other. Check out her blog for the schedule of topics.
This week’s topic is:
Worst reasons you ever bought/read a book
One of my worst reasons for buying a book was because I felt bad for an author at a book signing event.
I have only been to 3 book signing events that had a long list of authors attending. Before I go to these events I try to get to know the authors by either reading their books or just looking at their website. At one of these recent events I approached an author to get some swag and to have her sign something for a souvenir. I talked to her for about 10 minutes and she was really nice. Normally I can walk away without buying anything but I just felt so bad that I took up a lot of her time. So I decided to buy one of her books but it was an anthology with some other authors I was interested in. I still haven’t read this yet. Does anyone else feel this way at big author signing events?
Another of my worst reasons for buying a book is because it’s on sale or free. This year I decided to cut back on my book spending since I have so many that I haven’t read yet. I have over a 1,000 ebooks that were mainly free that I doubt I’ll ever get to. But in the days when I was a “one-click” addict I would buy books just because they were on sale, usually for 99 cents. I thought if I didn’t like the book I only lost 99 cents. For free books I used to grab copies because of the covers. These were free so I wasn’t losing any money if I didn’t like the books. Now when I shop (or review the sale emails from BookGorilla and BookBub) I only buy books that I really want to read.
Now it is your turn. What is the worst reason you ever bought/read a book?