5 eBooks I’ve Read That I’d Like In My Physical Library

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

the city of (the daevabad trilogy) by s. a. chakraborty adult fantasy book cover

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

the fever king by victoria lee young adult dystopia science fiction fantasy book cover

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

How Not to Ask a Boy to Prom by S. J. Goslee Young Adult LGBT Romcom Book Cover

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 by jason reynolds middle grade book cover

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

kinou nani tabeta / what did you eat yesterday manga cover

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?


17 thoughts on “5 eBooks I’ve Read That I’d Like In My Physical Library

  1. I read mostly ebooks for pretty much the same reasons, and I do buy physical copies of those I end up loving. Which is why I have a copy of The Fever King – it looks even prettier in person (and it’s really photogenic as well, if one is more into bookstagram than I am.)
    Ebooks are great for reading – I’m so glad I gave a chance to them, too – but I love having a physical bookshelf, and if the price is reasonable, I buy hardcovers, because they’re pretty and don’t fall apart if you look at them wrong. (…of course, my favorite book ended up being one that only exists in paperback format.)
    And yes, maps! They never work that well on ebook, and I can confirm that the ones in the physical editions of The Daevabad Trilogy are really pretty.

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    1. i regretted not pre-ordering The Fever King because the pre-order price was a lot cheaper 😭 but i’m definitely going to purchase a physical copy one day, probably along with The Electric Heir! i’ll have to have a hard copy for The Daevabad Trilogy too. i can’t even zoom in the maps on my e-reader, so it’s impossible to fully appreciate their beauty.

      most physical books i own are paperbacks, so i kind of want to buy only paperbacks so they all match haha. hardcovers are indeed really pretty though. also, i don’t trust thick books in paperback format, so i get what you mean.

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  2. Shipping costs are such a pain… It’s probably at least half of the reason I don’t have that many physical books (the other half being — I don’t really have much space). It’s best to save money and buy in bulk once in a while, I guess, and get that free-shipping-with-over-$$$-spent thing.

    E-books are the most convenient but I always wanted to own a home library. And I hate dust-covers on hardcovers (and that they’re so big and heavy) so paperbacks? Especially if I’m a big fan of the cover art.

    My TTT

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    1. i love the convenience of e-books! they’re also good for the environment, apparently, so yay! but i also love having a home library. being able to personally pick what goes into your collection, how they’re arranged, etc is such a great feeling. taking care of all the books is a bit of a hassle, though.

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  3. omggg ngoc ur new theme is so gorgeous I love it!! also, I do the same thing as you in that I mostly read ebooks first then buy physical copies, because the australian dollar is shit and books are super expensive 😩😩

    I can tell you that city of brass is absolutely gorgeous as a physical book and you won’t regret it! I’m also going to check out that manga because it looks super cute.

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    1. the exchange rate is terrible everywhere i see 😩 also, thank you so much!! i’m so glad you like my new theme 😭💕💕

      you’re not the first to tell me about how beautiful the city of brass hard copy is. i really have to cop one soon, i can’t stand not having it in my room anymore! and yes, the manga is super cute!! it may be a bit slow to get into at first, though.

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      1. even the softback of cob is so pretty – love the maps and the formatting. oh man slow manga are my jam! love slice of lifece stories that are more about how the characters feel than action!!,


  4. I don’t read that many ebooks myself because most of the time I end up trekking to the library to see if they have the book first but I definitely relate!
    Paperback is probably my favourite form, simply because it’s the easiest to read from I think and I love physically holding a book when I read!

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  5. International shipping is insane and you’re right about book depository. I read a lot of ebooks because physical books are very expensive where I live and I’m starting to prefer them over paperbacks because I can read in lying down in bed with the lights off, I don’t have to get up and switch off the light when I decide to sleep

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  6. Heyyyyyy I’m a new follower so like hi, I’m El 🙂
    I get this with library books all the time! Like one of my favourite books, Heartless, I got from the library & now I really want a physical copy but then there’s so many new books to buy and I don’t want my wallet to die so… 😂

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    1. the struggle to choose between buying a book you’ve read and loved and buying a shiny new release is so real 😩 😩 if only books weren’t so expensive………………….

      also, thank you for following 🥰💞 i hope you’ll enjoy your stay!!

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  7. I just read Ghost for the first time this month and I really enjoyed it! I would like to add my first Jason Reynolds book, Long Way Down, to my collection, because I didn’t expect to like it since it was written in verse, and also because there was a character with the same name as me which I almost never find! I personally prefer paperbacks as long as they’re not too big since I commute and don’t want to carry around a heavy book, but I can totally understand why you’d prefer the e-books- those shipping costs are crazy! Stopping by from the link up 🙂

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