Reader Friday: Where Did You Find That Book?

The publishing world is changing, so we’d like to know:  where did you buy (or borrow) the most recent book you obtained to read? Was it Amazon? An Indie bookstore? A chain? The public library? A garage sale?

Let us know!

28 thoughts on “Reader Friday: Where Did You Find That Book?

  1. Current book is borrowed from a family member…
    Previous read was borrowedfrom the library…
    And the next in line was purchased from a small, independent used book store…

  2. Because I’m not happy with Amazon at the moment, I’ve let my fingers wander through the B&N on-line store. I purchased Linda Castillo’s “The Dead Will Tell”. Now I must buy everything Linda Castillo ever wrote.

    What worries me, is that shortly after buying this book I received an email from Amazon. They had books for me to consider, written along the same lines as my recent purchase from B&N.


    How would they know what I’m buying elsewhere? It seriously creeps me out. I haven’t actually opened the email in case they’re so pissed at me they want to infect my computer with a “How Dare You” virus.

    I realize I’m overreacting. Victim of my imagination. But, really, WTF.

  3. Got a “well-loved” copy of Michelle Gagnon’s “Bone Yard” from my friend Claudia at the bagel store. We exchange paperbacks. I gave her Jan Burke’s “Bones.” It was a bone-y day.

    Also ordered an out of print children’s book from Alibris and a copy of “French Women Don’t Get Fat” from (sigh) Amazon. Had to have it quickly for a gag birthday gift and my local bookstore said it would take 2 weeks. This particular bookstore is low on good customer service, which is probably why they are struggling. The good indie bookstores (like Saturn Books in Gaylord MI, where we did our writers workshop) are fabulous and flourishing.

  4. A m/m romance called “Violence Begets” and it was recommended by a high school friend I hadn’t seen in ages. I’ve not read anything in that genre and never would have, but at her suggestion I found it on Amazon.

    All I can say is wow. It was a very emotional novel.

  5. Amazon, Powell’s, library, book sales, used book stores, you name it. Always looking for books. Currently reading Crimewave 12 bought from the publisher. Hard Choices audio book is up next from the library.

  6. Currently chugging through the Dresden books, which was a word of mouth rec. But my other recent ebook buys have been finds on Bookbub, Freebooksy, ebooksoda, OneHundredFreeBooks, and jillions of others. Love my book newsletters!

  7. I’m reading THE HOT ZONE to bone up on the background of the current Ebola outbreak. Downloaded it from Amazon on a whim, which is the way I order a lot of books! It’s terrifying (ebola, not dowloading, lol).

  8. Actually the book I’m reading now, Karin Slaughter’s Blindsighted, was recommended by a few people on Goodreads. They sent me a link to the book and raved about it. I purchased it through Amazon, but if it weren’t for Goodreads I might never have purchased it.

  9. I buy on Amazon and have bought used books at my library. Also, at an indie bookstore a few months back and bought another at a Writers’ Festival this past spring.

  10. Last book I read with my eyes was End Game by John Gilstrap, sent by Audible for my narration. Last book I read with my ears was The Ian Fleming Files by Damien Stevenson and narrated by my friend Wayne Farrell also gotten via Audible. Currently reading by ear James Clavell’s Gai Jin.

  11. Amazon mainly. And lately, mostly e-books. But the bookstores at the airports remain one of my favorite places to skim through new books and buy some. I bought two books for the price of one and a half at Heathrow about one month ago.

  12. I like Book Bub for ferreting out indie jewels for a good price on Amazon. I also depend on my awesome FB friends and pay attention to their recommendations.

    Last book I read and finished was Jeffery Deaver’s, “The Skin Collector” that I won in a promo giveaway.

    I also surf a lot of samples. I download indie samples to give their books a fair shake and download a fair number of trad pub as a placeholder to check it out.

    I then try and get it used or from the library because I usually can’t afford them. I make allowances for trad pub writers I consider friends (like Mr. Gilstrap.)

  13. I guess I’m pretty old school. The last dozen or so books I’ve read, including the one I’m reading now (“Girl Sleuth,” Melanie Rehak’s fascinating history of Nancy Drew) came from the library.

  14. Okay, trying again with the comments. Blogger hates me. 😎

    Amazon. My go-to source for nearly all my books. On Kindle wherever possible. Just finished reading JSB’s “The Trials of Kit Shannon” series.

  15. I got the last book I read for my Nook. The first of the three was free, and I bought the other two because I liked the first one. (Then after sticking with it through three books, I hated the last two chapters of the last book because they didn’t make sense to me. I reread them a couple of times to make sure I hadn’t missed something. My husband had the same reaction after he finished them too.)

  16. Buy most of my books on Amazon – Kindle and paper if want something tactile. In wheelchair so not able to access real shops easily but bought some second-hand paperbacks on a market stall recently. Pre-disability loved browsing and buying in bookstores.

  17. Just finished a CJ Box book borrowed from the library. Read Joe Hill’s NOS4A2 purchased from Amazon on Kindle (Wow!). Next book is Mercy by Jodi Picoult, picked up at the YMCA through BookCrossing. And then I have Thrill Ride on my Kindle, purchased from Amazon. (Already bought The Blade, but purchased the bundle anyway. 🙂 )

    Most of the books I read are Kindle downloads or library borrows. I get recommendations from, BookBub, Pixels of Ink, and

    My want-to-read list is 19 pages long, single-spaced. I currently have over 200 unread books on my Kindle.

    So much to read, so little time!

  18. Thrill Ride from Amazon because I like Bell and Ingermanson. I am an aspiring fiction writer and wanted to analyze how well ‘selling’ authors write.

    Truthful? Most of the books on writing absolutely demand “show” don’t “tell.” What have I found in the two books I began reading (at random)? Lots of “Telling.” Gave me a boost to my own writing style because I do very little ‘telling’ and lots of dialogue. The telling I do is in the form of interior thoughts sizing up the situation. Description is minimal and confined to unique subjects/places/people. So, perhaps I’ve got a shot at fiction writing after all.

  19. “The Bridges at Toko-ri” as an e-book from Amazon, because it was mentioned in James Webb’s memoir, which I also got as an e-book from Amazon.

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