If you didn’t know, I mostly read ebooks. There are a lot of reasons why, but the biggest reason is: they’re cheaper than physical books. As an international reader, I can’t afford to buy physical copies of every book I want to read, because, well—
The shipping cost is outrageous. BookDepository offers free shipping, but their books are also more expensive that sometimes it cancels out the benefit of free shipping. It’s a sad world we’re living in.
I don’t mind reading ebooks! In fact, I love them. Giving ebooks a chance is the best decision I’ve ever made for my reading. BUT, I love some books so much that I need to have a physical copy. I’m going to talk about them today!
Today’s post is my take on Top Ten Tuesday‘s Books I’ve Read That I’d Like In My Personal Library prompt. This feature is hosted by The Artsy Reader Girl!
The City of Brass by S.A. Chakraborty
I’m actually glad that I read The City of Brass—and The Kingdom of Copper—on ebook first, because boy is this a thicc one. I have beef with thick physical books because I always lose focus halfway through. The City of Brass has a lot of names as well, and it’s just easier to keep track of them on ebook.
Now that I’ve finished the book, I need to have a copy of it at home. Not only because I love it and this is such a beautiful book to own, but also because it has a map. I love maps of fictional cities, and Daevabad’s is so pretty.
The Fever King by Victoria Lee
It’s been months since I read The Fever King and I still think about it regularly. Not only is it a very good book, but it also makes me think a lot. I want a copy of this book just so I can annotate it.
🌤️ Related post: Review — The Fever King by Victoria Lee
How (Not) to Ask a Boy to Prom
by S. J. Goslee
I know y’all are sick of me mentioning this book in every post. I just know it.
It’s clear that I love this book a lot. It would be super nice to have a physical copy of it on my bookshelf. I’ve been thinking about ordering one from Amazon, but the paperback edition won’t come out until next year, and I don’t really want to buy a hardcover for such a short book.
🌤️ Related post: Review — How (Not) to Ask a Boy to Prom by S. J. Goslee
Ghost by Jason Reynolds
Ghost is my favorite middle-grade book, and probably one of my favorite books of all time. I just love it a lot. Also, I want to build an author shrine for Jason Reynolds, and it’s fitting to start with the book that introduced him to me.
What Did You Eat Yesterday, Vol. 1
by Yoshinaga Fumi
What Did You Eat Yesterday? is a slice-of-life foodie manga about a middle-aged gay couple living in Tokyo. It has been adapted into TV drama, and I’ve recently watched the last episode. There’s a high possibility that the drama will be picked up for the second season since it’s very well-received in Japan, but until then, there won’t be any new live-action content. I miss these two (I’ve already watched my favorite episode five times and am planning on rewatching the entire series so I can write a review haha liking things in moderation? who’s she???), so I want to read the manga to see more of them.
I’ve actually read the first volume online, but here’s the thing: it’s not the official version. I can’t tell if the translation is good or not, but it’s a scan so the image quality isn’t very decent. It’d be so much better if I can read this one in paperback.
Shall we chat?
☀️ Which do you prefer: hardcover, paperback or ebook?
☀️ Do you buy physical copies of ebooks you’ve read?