Mariel suggested this week’s question
Book Gluttony! Are your eyes bigger than your book belly? Do you have a habit of buying up books far quicker than you could possibly read them? Have you had to curb your book buying habits until you can catch up with yourself? Or are you a controlled buyer, only purchasing books when you have run out of things to read?
I was thinking about this while I was on my blogging break. Though I have a habit of buying more books than I can read at one time ,I do have a system to my buying.
If my library has a book I want to read, I’ll always check it out first instead of buying it. If I love it, then I’ll buy it. I only buy new books that my library doesn’t have or that I’ve read and know that I will re-read. A lot of the books I buy come from used bookstores and thrift stores, so I usually end up getting a lot of books at low cost. I buy books and if I love them, they will stay on my shelves for years to come. If not, I donate them to my library or local thrift store that supports veterans.
I had put myself on a book-buying ban a couple of months ago because I went a little crazy with my buying and had a ton of new books I hadn’t cracked open. During this past week I’ve realized that it’s okay to buy books. I’ve lost the anxiety I once had over my double-stacked shelves and realized that with my system of buying and giving away, I’m doing great. It’s all about moderation.
So I’m taking myself off my ban. I did great not buying, but there’s nothing like the great feeling you get when you receive a book in the mail or bring new books home.
To offset the incoming books, I joined the Spring Reading Thing challenge. My plan is to read at least eighteen of my unread books by June 20th. If I read less than eighteen, I plan on giving away the difference.
We’ll see what happens. . .