We’ve all done it at some point or another. It’s that compound-adjective that strikes fear into some readers, while leaving others to baffle why anyone would commit such an ammeter mistake.
And I know, it’s okay to buy some books on a whim if they’re by authors you like or if they just generally look cool. But that’s not really what I’m going to be discussing today.
So these are the books that I bought and I knew I shouldn’t have wasted my money on. They’ve just been collecting dust on my shelves ever since I got them.
“Too Thick to Read”
Five Novels by Charles Dickens – The Deluxe Edition
I mean, it’s a very gorgeous book. Its a hardcover and its thick and it makes me look a lot smarter that I actually am as it sits on my shelf. However, the pages are incredibly thin and I’m terrified I’d rip them. AND HOW ARE YOU EVEN MEANT TO READ A BOOK THAT BIG? Pretty, but unreadable.
“I Didn’t Even Care How This Series Continued”
Girl Online – On Tour by Zoe Sugg
I read the first book when it came out because I quite liked Zoella as a YouTuber and I was interested in seeing what her book was like. I quite enjoyed it, but then there was all that controversy around it being ghost-written and I told myself I wouldn’t be buying the next book. But here we are, $25 later and with this sitting on my shelf… Like it has been for the past year. I just can’t see myself reading this one anytime soon, to be honest.
“I Could Have Saved Half My Money”
Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J.K. Rowling – Illustrated Edition
Unlike the other book perviously mentioned, I actually have read this one, but I wanted to mention it for a slightly different reason. When I heard Harry Potter was being released in illustrated editions, I immediately preordered a copy from my local bookstore. For $70. I DIDN’T REALISE IT WOULD BE CHEAPER ELSEWHERE. I mean, I did get it on the day it was released, but I would have preferred to wait a few days for shipping and buy it online for half the price.
“I Didn’t Even Like Twilight”
Life and Death by Stephanie Meyer
After reading, and not really enjoying, Twilight, I didn’t really follow Stephanie Meyer or hear about what she was writing next. But when one of my favourite Booktubers screamed about this book in excitement, I knew I had to go and buy a copy and see what all the fuss was about. So I bought my copy – for $40 – and only got about 70 pages in before I got bored. AND THEN IT WAS REDUCED TO $10 AT A DIFFERENT STORE A MONTH LATER. Why do I always spend unnecessary amounts of money on books I don’t even need?
“I Shouldn’t Have Wasted My Money”
Humans of New York and Humans of New York Stories by Brandon Stanton
I never really followed the Humans of New York movement until the first book (the one on the left) was released. I’d heard amazing things about this guy’s photo-journalism, but I’d never had the chance to look it up. So when I saw the Humans of New York book in the store, I decided to buy a copy. For $40. And it’s a very lovely book and I love looking at the pictures, but then I decided to buy the additional Stories one. For another $40. I mean, THESE ARE THINGS I COULD LOOK AT FOR FREE ONLINE. And how many times have I looked at the books? Maybe twice.
“I Could Have Looked These Up”
Wit, Wisdom and Timey-Wimey Stuff – The Quotable Doctor Who, by Cavan Scott and Mark Wright
This book is exactly what it says in the title – it’s a book of quotes from Doctor Who. I mean, it is my favourite show, but did I really need to spend $30 in getting the quotes all pretty on paper and in hardback? Probably not. I’ve looked at this book once, and that was when I was leaving the store. I think I just bought it to have a cool reference for Instagram captions.
Well those are all of the books I regret buying! Do you have any books just sitting on your shelf and you feel like you shouldn’t have bought? Have you ever wasted money on a book only to see it being sold a lot cheaper elsewhere? Or are you someone who reads every book on their shelf? I’d love to know!