Books for Thought is where I post a discussion topic related to books, reading, writing, or something pertaining to one of the three. I hope you’ll join in, and discuss today’s topic of
failed book buying bans
Way back in January, I decided to buy one book a month. I’m not even going to try and estimate how long that lasted. I think it might have lasted, like, three months. Which is … quite terrible. I also don’t want to try and figure out how many books I’ve actually bought each month since I completely and utterly FAILED at my book buying ban, but as an example: I’ve bought five books in November already, and we’re only a little over halfway through the month.
I should have known, back in January, that my book buying ban was not going to last. When I see a book I must have, I buy it. When I see a book I’m interested in and it’s on sale, I buy it. I HAVE NO SELF CONTROL, OKAY? I just like buying my book babies, because they’re precious. And besides, a lot of the books I buy are LGBTQIA+, which is good. People need to buy queer books, but that’s a discussion for another day.
I genuinely wanted to cut down on my book buying, not to save money or anything so boring, but to read the books I actually own. I’ve still got hundreds of books I own in ebook and physical format, and I have been a little better at reading them when I have the time, but they’re still taking backseats to my review copies (and library books, on the off occasion that I have them).
Rather than trying another book ban next year, which would undoubtedly fail as badly as this one, I think I might challenge myself to read at least one book per month that I own. More, if I can handle it. I mean, since I cannot restrain myself from buying these books, I should at least be reading them, right? I guess we’ll see how that goes in about a year. *nervous laughter*
What about you? Have you tried a book buying ban? How did you go?