Kernels of Nonsense is a bimonthly discussion feature where I like to explore various book and blogging related topics. This week I’m discussing my decision to do away with monthly book hauls.
I’ve been doing monthly book hauls for almost as long as I’ve been a book blogger. In those nearly two years, the only time I’ve missed posting one of these hauls is the month I was on a book-buying ban, August of last year. While I always enjoy sharing what books I’ve purchased each month, I’ve noticed that having a monthly book haul post has a few negative consequences.
There have been several months where I almost felt obligated to purchase a book or books before the month came to an end in an effort to make sure my book haul post didn’t look so empty. And while this didn’t happen a lot, it is something that happened enough that I started to question whether I was buying so many books because I wanted them or because I wanted to ensure I had enough books to make a “good enough” book haul post. A few weeks ago I was adding up my physical TBR for a challenge and noticed just how many books I bought when they were first released but failed to actually read. I can’t entirely blame my desire to have a sufficient book haul for a post, because sometimes I’m just too impatient when it comes to books.
This brings me to my next point, I feel that monthly book hauls (for me) inadvertently fuel impatience. Instead of waiting for new releases to be available from my library, I find myself preordering and purchasing far too many books when I have no intention of reading many of them right away. Preordering should be a reflection of my excitement for a release, a statement that says, “As soon as this book arrives, I’m diving right in!” Instead of purchasing all these new and shining books, I need to reevaluate whether or not I plan to read them right away, and if not, I need to seek them out from my library first. I’ve been on a book-buying ban this month, so I haven’t been in any real danger (yes, I have, I am weak, I struggle everyday) of buying any new releases, but I just got Passenger by Alexandra Bracken and Truthwitch by Susan Dennard from my library last week, both are recent releases I didn’t need to buy because bless my library, my holds came in pretty quick.
Speaking of impatience, I could save so much money if I would just wait a little longer to buy certain books. Have you ever preordered a book only to have the price drop a few days after its release? I cannot explain how frustrating this is for me (as someone who understands that $1 saved here and there can really add up). I’m actually quite certain there’s a conspiracy of some kind going on.
While I know I’ve made this resolution before (haven’t we all?), I really want to make an effort to spend less money on books in 2016. This is why I’ve decided to do away with monthly book haul posts. By doing so, I’ll be ridding myself of the pressure that comes from wanting to have a good book haul post every month, giving myself the opportunity to check out books from the library instead of buying them, and allowing some time to pass so I can get a better deal if I do decide to purchase a book.
Now this doesn’t mean I’ll be doing away with book haul posts completely on my blog (I’ll never be able to stop buying books altogether), but there will be a limited number. As of right now, I’m contemplating a quarterly book haul post, one that will take place every three months.
Do you make a book haul post every month? Do you find there’s added pressure to buy certain books as soon as they are released or because you want to put together a good haul post? How do you save money when it comes to book buying? Let me hear from you in the comments!