Kernels of Nonsense is weekly feature on my blog in which I discuss various book-related topics. Just a heads-up, I won’t be posting this feature next week (September 6th) due to a very busy schedule ahead of me. Today’s post will tackle the importance and difficulty of the book-buying ban.
Sometimes you just have to say no. Sometimes saying no is very, very difficult.
I find that blogging has made me want to buy more books and buying more books is exactly what I’ve been doing. Bloggers’ enthusiasm is simply infectious and tumblr makes it even worse for me by posting pictures of the most beautiful books you’ve ever seen. But there comes a time when you must recognize you have a problem and then you must do something about it. And so, even though it hurts just a little, I must go on a book-buying ban.
For the month of September I will be on a book-buying ban. Strictly speaking, this means that I am not allowed to buy any books during the month of September (I do have a couple of pre-ordered books coming in this month which I am not including because I have already purchased them with a gift card and I also have a couple of used books that I bought about a week ago that haven’t been delivered yet). I know what you’re thinking, she’s already making excuses!
I’ve noticed the number of books on my bookshelf that I haven’t read has been increasing little by little for the past few months. And for me, buying a book without reading it is a horrible waste of money. And how wasteful I’ve been!
I’m going to take this opportunity to talk myself into it. Just because you don’t buy a book doesn’t mean that you can’t read it. Not buying any books doesn’t even mean that you will be reading less. In fact, the library is a wonderful place to get books for free. You can read a book without worrying that you are paying for something that may not be worth it. And after you read it, you can wait till it goes on sale and buy it if you loved it so much. O, library, how I love thee!
Behold, my pledge:
I, Alicia, pledge not to buy any books in the month of September, no matter how much I might want to, no matter how pretty the book may be, no matter how great a deal it is. I will be strong, I will read my own books and put an absurd amount of books on hold at the library (Did you know there is a limit to the number of holds you can have at once? Who knew?), but I will not reach into my wallet with the intention of buying a new book.
Apparently no one I’ve told has any faith in me because they’ve either laughed (I’m serious, there was actual snickering) or basically said they’ll believe it when they see it. The audacity! Wish me luck. And to anyone who is on their own book-buying ban, stay strong.
Are you currently on a book-buying ban? Have you found it to be difficult? Any tips you have for me for surviving the month of September?