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QOTD – October 28 – Have You Bought A Book Lately?


Ever since my freshman year of college, I’ve had a set amount of money that I can spend each month on books. There are definitely months where I go above that amount, but it’s only because in the previous month I probably didn’t spend quite the “max” amount. I don’t always get a chance to read the books when I buy them – which I’ve addressed on here before – but it’s the simple fact that I have them at my disposal when I get the opportunity.

I am a scavenger when it comes to books – a trait that I definitely get from my father. I’ll spend hours going through shelves at Goodwill and Salvation Army just to find the right copy of the right book, and I’ll spend full days at Powell’s City of Books, reading the inside cover flap, or the first chapter to see if it’s something I want to take home with me.

Finding the right book, at times, can be quite the challenge. You want to make sure that you are devoted to it, but you also want to make sure that it might hold enough of a twist to keep you interested the whole way through.

I give my students a reading day each Monday. I allow them to bring in whatever types of reading materials will keep them interested for the full class period. Unfortunately, at least for me, it seems that many of them struggle to find something that would keep their interest, often putting a book away, or asking if they can go to the library for another one. When a student stumbles upon something they truly like, it’s that light bulb moment of absolute success.

High school libraries are fantastic – at least the library at my building – and typically, the librarians are the greatest resources when trying to track down a book that I students just might enjoy. But I want to know how many of you have actually gone to a store, and purchased a book lately?

Question of the Day:

Have you bought a book lately? What was it? What inspired you to get it? If not, why not?

About Christopher Margolin

Chris Margolin spent more than a decade in Education as a high school English teacher, and is now an Instructional Coach for the Longview School District. He is also the founder of The Poetry Question, an online journal which focuses on reviews of small press poetry publications, and runs a regular series called "The Power of Poetry," where notable poets share their personal stories of how poetry has affected their lives. Margolin resides in Vancouver, Washington with his wife, and daughter.

57 comments on “QOTD – October 28 – Have You Bought A Book Lately?

  1. Denis fadin
    October 28, 2013

    No I have not bought a book recently because I don’t like reading books. The last time I bought one was about Year and a half ago.

    • Christopher Margolin
      October 28, 2013

      Why do you not like reading books? Have you simply not found a book you have enjoyed? If not books, then what do you enjoy reading?

      • Denis fadin
        October 28, 2013

        I have found books that I enjoyed before but there’s not many that I find interesting. So I just read car and snowboard magazines.

  2. brian reyes
    October 28, 2013

    I haven’t bought a book lately because I don’t do a lot of reading.

  3. Andre Turi
    October 28, 2013

    No I have not bought a book latly. I dont really go to books stores or libarys. They usauly dont have anything that I would like to read. Im very picky on what I read.

  4. Robert Burrington
    October 28, 2013

    I bought the book divergent recently. I was in a way begged by my cousin to do it. Needing some new material to read I agreed and was happily surprised with it.

  5. Miriam Martin
    October 28, 2013

    Yes, i just bought a book on saturday

  6. Thane Poole
    October 28, 2013

    Yes, I bought a book last week titled ” Eighth Grade Bites. Vladimir Tod Series”. I bought this book because I used to have all of them, but I lost the first book.

  7. Dalton White
    October 28, 2013

    I haven’t bought or really gotten into any books recently because 1. I don’t have money to spend on books
    2. I’ve never really gotten into reading like some people do. I mean I’m good at it but it never really peaked my interest.

  8. DJ Luthardt
    October 28, 2013

    Yes, I bought a book called “Horror in the Heartland” a book full of short stories taking place in the heartland of America. I don’t know why I bought it, I just really wanted it.

  9. Samantha Keeland
    October 28, 2013


  10. Robert Long
    October 28, 2013

    I have not bought a book recently. I don’t really read novels or books in general but I’m open to reading them.

  11. Vinny Lam
    October 28, 2013

    Yes I have bought a book. I bought the book “How to make Friends”. It’s not what you think. I HAVE friends. The book has long meaningful stories that have to be read multiple times to understand. The story about a killer made me buy the book because I didn’t understand the meaning behind that one story.

  12. Hailey
    October 28, 2013

    I haven’t bought a book in a while, but I’ve been reading other peoples books. I started the book “The Catcher in the Rye.” I’m really enjoying it.

    • Christopher Margolin
      October 28, 2013

      I’m glad you’re enjoying it! You’ll be an expert when we read it in the spring!

      • kentrel
        October 28, 2013

        Wait-What…?! o_O

        • kentrel
          October 28, 2013

          We’re reading it in the spring? Okay then

  13. danafletcher97
    October 28, 2013

    I bought the book “Why Faith Matters” by Wolpe because I was in a philosophical mood.

  14. kiwiskan
    October 28, 2013

    We are suckers for books, and can happily browse second-hand shops for hours. Latest purchases are ‘A Generous Orthodoxy’ and ‘Postwar: A History of Europe Since 1945’. (I admit to reading chicklit from the library 🙂

  15. Siobhan
    October 28, 2013

    The last book I bought was Firmin: Adventures of a Metropolitan Lowlife last week. I’ve been meaning to buy it for ages, as it’s about a rat and I have a thing about rats. But I have a huge to-read list and had been putting it off. I treated myself because I’ve had an operation on my foot so had to elevate my leg for a fortnight and was feeling VERY grumpy. It’s good.

  16. Hunter
    October 28, 2013

    I have not bought any new books recently for two reasons, 1. My family does not have a lot of money to buy as many books as it would take us to occupy us. 2. Usually when there’s a book I want to ready I can simply contact one of my friend and most of the time they have it and are willing to loan it to me. It certainly helps that most of them have their own personal libraries

  17. Joseph Walkley
    October 28, 2013

    I have not bought a book lately because I am reading the books I currently have over again.

  18. Elina Nikiforets
    October 28, 2013

    No, I have not bought a book lately because I can check one out at the library. I also don’t like to buy books because because I don’t like to read the same book over and over again.

  19. Andrew Moffatt
    October 28, 2013

    Yes, i have bought a book lately. I bought Rogue by Gina Damico, i wanted this book because it is the final book in a trilogy i have been reading.

  20. Luba Vorobyeva
    October 28, 2013

    No I have not bought a book recently because I have enough books to read at home and I haven’t been to the store in a while & didn’t see any books that interest me. I usually get books from library.

  21. Hillary Cruz
    October 28, 2013

    I have not bought a book recently due to the fact I don’t have any time because all my teachers seem to think Homework is the greatest thing in the world.

  22. Jake
    October 28, 2013

    It’s been a while since I bought a book mainly because I have two book shelves full of book I haven’t read

  23. nathan james
    October 28, 2013

    i haven’t bought a book lately because I get all my books from the library.
    period 4

  24. Cassidee m
    October 28, 2013

    I have not bought books lately but that`s not because i don`t like reading. I just don’t have enough money to buy books so it really sucks when the library doesn’t have a book i want to read. I love post apocalyptic sifi most.

  25. Libby Dodson
    October 28, 2013

    The last time I bought a book was the beginning of summer. I also got books for both Christmas and my birthday last year. I want to buy more and really stock my bookshelf.

  26. Haley hanks
    October 28, 2013

    No I haven’t boughten a book Lately. I’m not interested in reading so I don’t buy books.

  27. darcie daniel--period 4
    October 28, 2013

    No I haven’t bought a book lately because I am trying to save up and buy Allegiant by Veronica Roth because it is the last of the Divergent series. But hopefully I will be able to get it beore the movie comes out next year!!

  28. Mariah Small
    October 28, 2013

    Yes, I recently bought Deadly Heat. Despite the horrible title it was a good book. I watch a cop show called Castle and there is a character on the show who is a writer that helps the police department, so I was was not only because I like the show but that the character is the named author of the book.

  29. Madison Kauffman
    October 28, 2013

    No I haven’t bought a book lately. I don’t have free time to read books and when I have money I don’t use it to buy books because I don’t read that much.

  30. Mary Hosack
    October 28, 2013

    I haven’t boughten a book lately and it’s because I’m bad about reading new stuff. I tend to go back to old books that I already own and re-read those

  31. Jacobus
    October 28, 2013

    I bought a book called The Summer Prince. I bought it because the cover photo looked cool.

  32. Carlos Guzman
    October 28, 2013

    no, I haven’t bought book lately because i don’t like reading plus it take abit of time to read a book.

  33. blake bedlion
    October 28, 2013

    no i haven’t bought a book recently… I’ve been saving money and going to the libray

  34. kentrel
    October 28, 2013

    I haven’t bought a book ever, my parents mostly did. The book that they returned with was a manga comic book. They got it for me because they knew i liked anime.

  35. Tonianne m
    October 28, 2013

    I have not boughten many books in my life because I see no point. I will go to the library and get books. I rarely find a reason to own a book. Also some of the books that I had to own I was given or they were already owned in my household. I typically don’t read books more than once so owning them is something I rarely desire.

  36. Erick v
    October 28, 2013

    No,I haven’t bought a book because there’s more fun stuff to do than to read a book.

    • mate kochlavashvili
      October 29, 2013

      I agree

  37. Jaxon Skeen (@JaxonSkeen)
    October 28, 2013

    The last time I bought a book was late in freshman year when the last book in the “Eragon” series came out, and i bought it because i thoroughly enjoyed the series.

  38. laceylavin
    October 28, 2013

    No I haven’t boughten any books recently. I’m reading a book right now that I’m really enjoying, and have brought to class every Monday, but haven’t had time outside of class to read it. I enjoy reading, and think it’s something I need to do more, and make time for. I’m going to start making it a priority to sit down and read, because it’s something I enjoy doing and I need a little more down time!

  39. Jayden
    October 29, 2013

    i know you said book but i did recently buy a new magazine and it does have a manga (japanese book w/ pictures) section in it. i wouldnt say “buy” more like downloaded, ive got a couple of books recently. one of them is called ‘the flowers of evil’ and it’s pretty good so far.

  40. Nick
    October 29, 2013

    A book i got latly was World War Z and thebthing that inspired me to het it was the fact that movie was comming out and after watching it i fond the book and thought why not give ot a chance it was a good movie

  41. Stephanie Didenko
    October 29, 2013

    Yeah. I bought the book The Last Song. I really liked the movie so I decided to read the book.

  42. Camerin Kernell
    October 29, 2013

    I bought the hunger games series because I loved reading them so why not read them again.

  43. tabitha
    October 29, 2013

    i never really buy books

  44. mate kochlavashvili
    October 29, 2013

    No I haven’t bought a book I think it’s a waste of money you can just listen to it on internet

  45. Tanya Postolaity
    October 30, 2013

    Yes i bought a book called ” Do Hard Things”

  46. kristen
    November 18, 2013

    I bought my cousin a book about dogs cause he’s inlove with them.

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