It’s almost the weekend! What will you be reading or doing?
Today I wanted to talk about book buying and book buying bans.
I live in a small town so I often buy my books online. I miss the days when I lived near Chapters, would buy a coffee, and walk about browsing the books. I often ask myself if I bought fewer books at that time because it was so close and buying a book or two at a time gave me the opportunity to go to the bookstore more often. Now that I shop online, pay shipping, and I have to wait for my books I buy 2 or more at a time. And it is accessible at 3 am when you can’t sleep and you aren’t making smart financial decisions. Haha.
I have also noticed that I buy more books since I became a part of the book community. Thais the way with any hobby though. When I started running 10kms I bought a good pair of runners and ran in what I had, with just an ipod and a watch. The more I got into running the more I saw all the beautiful workout clothes, the apps for my phone, the fancy fitness trackers, the pre-workout boosters etc. So I don’t feel bad for buying more books. It certainly is not something that happens just to booknerds, it happens to enthusiasts f all kinds.
That being said, last year I bought about 70 books in 3 months, that’s about 6 books a week. On average I read 4-8 books in a month and usually one or two are audiobooks. So at the rate I was going I was adding 17-19 books to my shelves that were unread each month! Which isn’t bad if you stop and read them over the following months but I wasnt doing that. Please note that if you do this and you are happy with it, I am not judging you, it’s just that I wasnt happy with it. Not all of them were brand new books, in fact most were used but I still don’t want to imagine what I spent in those 3 months. My bank account is not well endowed so I buy books I really want to read and it made me sad that I wasnt stopping to read them before buying more. So the solution? This year I decided to stop buying books. Okay so that hasn’t gone well, this year I have bought 9 books. Atleast it’s an improvement! And I am still telling myself ‘no buying!’ – instead I am making a list of books that I will buy when the ban is over. How long is my ban? My goal is to reduce the unread books on my shelves to 25 or less. I believe there is 70 right now, so I wil be on a ban for most of the year.
It is hard to not buy books. I know it isn’t for everyone and there are plenty of people out there who don’t mind how many unread books they have. I chose this abn because my credit card needed a break and because I felt the books I had bought deserved to be read. An up side to the ban? The books I have bought have been ones I borrowed from the library and loved, so I’m spending money on a guaranteed re-read. Another upside is I am doing a lot of research on the books on my ‘buy’ list. Most of them are new releases so I am reading a lot of reviews, discovering awesome blogs at the same time, and really narrowing down which ones I think I will enjoy.
Wow that was a long rant about book bans! Okay now I want to hear your feed back!
How often do you buy books? How many books do you buy at a time? Do you have to give yourself a limit? (amount of books or money spent) Have you ever put yourself on a book buying ban, how did you do it and did it work out?