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Where should I be getting my books as a Reader?

We have a favorite place to get our books, but that may not be the best place to pick up books based on our tastes. With this quiz, maybe you can find out where you should check to get the most of your reading.

Quiz Questions

  • 1.
    How popular do you like your reads to be?
    • A.
      Advertised all over the place
      (Correlates to: Mainstream Bookstores, Digital Libraries)
    • B.
      In certain little circles
      (Correlates to: Friends, Digital Libraries)
    • C.
      Mysterious and forgotten
      (Correlates to: Local Library, Thrift Shops)
    • D.
      Off reads that no one knows exists
      (Correlates to: Thrift Shops, Digital Libraries)
  • 2.
    Are you influenced by recommendations from others?
    • A.
      Of course! Wouldn't touch it without it.
      (Correlates to: Mainstream Bookstores, Friends, Digital Libraries)
    • B.
      Sometimes. But I ultimately like to make the decision on my own.
      (Correlates to: Mainstream Bookstores, Local Library, Digital Libraries)
    • C.
      Never. People don't usually know good writing even if it was labelled for them!
      (Correlates to: Mainstream Bookstores, Thrift Shops, Digital Libraries)
  • 3.
    How often do you read?
    • A.
      Sporadically. If I hear about a good one from somewhere, I go and grab a copy.
      (Correlates to: Mainstream Bookstores, Friends, Digital Libraries)
    • B.
      All the time. Bookstores would run out of books for me by July.
      (Correlates to: Local Library, Thrift Shops, Digital Libraries)
    • C.
      Occassionally. I'm not reading everyday, but I do like to get in a few books a year if I can find the time.
      (Correlates to: Mainstream Bookstores, Friends, Digital Libraries)
    • D.
      Whenever I can sneak in the time. I carry my current read with me everywhere just in case.
      (Correlates to: Local Library, Digital Libraries)
  • 4.
    Do you like your books shiny and clean when you get them or do you mind a bit of wear and tear from survival over the years?
    • A.
      They gotta be hot off the press. 
      (Correlates to: Mainstream Bookstores)
    • B.
      Rough edges attest to their history.
      (Correlates to: Local Library, Thrift Shops, Friends)
    • C.
      A few nicks are okay but they can't be falling apart.
      (Correlates to: Local Library, Friends)
    • D.
      Unless I drop my device, I don't have to worry about that.
      (Correlates to: Friends, Digital Libraries)
  • 5.
    Do you like talking to others about books?
    • A.
      I can't keep my mouth shut about them.
      (Correlates to: Mainstream Bookstores, Local Library, Friends, Digital Libraries)
    • B.
      Not really. It usually just enjoy it on my own.
      (Correlates to: Local Library, Thrift Shops, Digital Libraries)
    • C.
      I talk about them, but that doesn't mean anyone's listening.
      (Correlates to: Mainstream Bookstores, Digital Libraries)
    • D.
      I do when I first read it, but then it usually passes when I find others.
      (Correlates to: Local Library, Friends)
    • E.
      I don't need to. People talk to me about it when they see how many I've horded.
      (Correlates to: Local Library, Thrift Shops, Digital Libraries)
  • 6.
    Do you trust books with few or no ratings and reviews?
    • A.
      Those are the fun ones, to find other original ideas.
      (Correlates to: Thrift Shops, Digital Libraries)
    • B.
      Depends on if it sounds interesting enough.
      (Correlates to: Mainstream Bookstores, Local Library, Thrift Shops, Digital Libraries)
    • C.
      It's probably some self-published writer and I'm not into wasting my money on that.
      (Correlates to: Mainstream Bookstores, Friends)
    • D.
      If it doesn't have an award attached to it, or a popular history, I'm usually not diggin' it.
      (Correlates to: Mainstream Bookstores, Local Library)
  • 7.
    Does price deter you from trying out a book?
    • A.
      Not really. If it's a good book, it's worth it.
      (Correlates to: Mainstream Bookstores, Digital Libraries)
    • B.
      Yeah. I got bills to pay and money don't grow on trees anymore. It's denim now!
      (Correlates to: Local Library, Thrift Shops, Friends)
    • C.
      I like to keep it cheap because I read so many.
      (Correlates to: Local Library, Thrift Shops, Digital Libraries)
  • 8.
    Do new movies send you on a reading binge?
    • A.
      Absolutely! After seeing a good movie, I have to read everything related to it!
      (Correlates to: Mainstream Bookstores, Friends, Digital Libraries)
    • B.
      I avoid the pop-culture books that become movies.
      (Correlates to: Local Library, Thrift Shops, Digital Libraries)
    • C.
      Then and only then. My reading habits correlate with theater schedules!
      (Correlates to: Mainstream Bookstores, Friends, Digital Libraries)
    • D.
      I don't even hear about the movies until way after and I've probably already read the book anyway.
      (Correlates to: Local Library, Thrift Shops, Digital Libraries)
  • 9.
    Where do you like to read your new finds?
    • A.
      At the cafe with a nice, hot drink.
      (Correlates to: Mainstream Bookstores, Local Library, Digital Libraries)
    • B.
      Outside where I can be in tune with myself and the world around me.
      (Correlates to: Local Library, Thrift Shops, Friends, Digital Libraries)
    • C.
      Curled up at home in a corner, where no one can find me.
      (Correlates to: Local Library, Thrift Shops, Friends)
    • D.
      At the back table where no one will notice me and I won't be disturbed.
      (Correlates to: Mainstream Bookstores, Local Library)
    • E.
      While traveling because I'm typically doing that the most.
      (Correlates to: Mainstream Bookstores, Friends, Digital Libraries)
  • 10.
    Do you imagine your dream library orderly and consistent or just as varied as a local library?
    • A.
      Leather-bound all around from collectors editions.
      (Correlates to: Mainstream Bookstores)
    • B.
      All over the place, but organized in its own way.
      (Correlates to: Local Library, Thrift Shops)
    • C.
      I want it nice and neat, but I'm not too picky.
      (Correlates to: Local Library, Thrift Shops)
    • D.
      I need it to be pretty. I'm talking color-coordinated!
      (Correlates to: Mainstream Bookstores)

Quiz Outcomes

  • 1.
    Mainstream Bookstores
    Bookstores, like Barnes & Noble, are the places to be if you're into new reads and best sellers. While they do have older books as well, they mostly keep the newest and hottest books on their shelves and on their online store. Not only will you find books though, you'll find knick-knacks, stationary, games, puzzles, toys and other things related to your favorite reads for any age.
  • 2.
    Local Library
    If you're reading more than you can afford, the library may be the place for you. It takes them awhile to get the newest books on their shelves, and you may not know when that is. You'll have to browse and see what you can find--which can be the fun part. In any case, the library is where you need to be if you read constantly but can't or aren't interested in developing that library that most of us dream about from Beauty and the Beast!
  • 3.
    Thrift Shops
    Thrift shops are a fun place to pick up books because there is such a variety. Though you can find popular and new books there, you usually find off books that used to be amazing in their day or books "out of date" and beyond public eye. If you're interested in off-books and oldies but goodies, try browsing here to find them. What makes it even better is that you can build that library on the cheap with these second-hand copies.
  • 4.
    Friends
  • 5.
    Digital Libraries
    Most digital libraries are filled with best sellers, indie reads, and classics. More than anything, when you want to read something new, and most likely unheard of, but you want to do it on the cheap, eReads are the best place. You don't need to have a room for all your books, and many of the good ones you find may not be in print anyway!