Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Book-Buying Ban


What you see here is my shelf of books that I haven't yet read. This is just the fiction and doesn't even include all of them or my unread classics and non-fictions. What can I say? I love books and buying books and owning books. Barnes & Noble, amazon.com, used-book sales, and the books on display at Target call to me. I've heard of a little thing called the library and I do use it, but if I see or hear about a book that sounds like a particularly good one, I usually end up buying it so that I have it available to read whenever I want and can enjoy it again in the years to come (unless it turns out to be a dud, which happens sometimes. Book-buying can be a gamble!).

But no more. At least not until I read a lot of these books of mine that are waiting for their turn to be cracked open and devoured. Therefore I'm instituting a ban on buying new books for myself for the next year. I'm going to concentrate on reading mainly the books that I already have. Sadly, I'm officially on a book-buying ban. (It's official because I posted it on my blog. And the ban can be temporarily lifted for notable exceptions, i.e. a book that is really just too good to pass up!)

6 comments:

Lisa K said...

Have you thought about getting a Kindle? I'm seriously thinking of getting one but I'm apprehensive at the same time.

Donna said...

Yes, I've thought about getting a Kindle...there are things I like about it and things that I don't. In the end I don't think I'm going to get one anytime soon. I really like having shelves of books and I like handling an actual book instead of a machine. If you get one I'll be interested to hear how you like it!

Sarah Laurence said...

You have some good books in your stack. If a book has spent months on my shelf unread, I usually sell it to a used bookstore or give it to a friend. The half read books are more problematic.

I just bought a new book today, Father of the Rain by Lily King, a Maine author I met recently. I’d sooner diet or ban new clothes than stop buying books. I know I’m obsessed, but I don’t want to be cured. I also like to support my local independent bookstore.

Donna said...

I know what you mean Sarah! I don't want to be cured either. I just want to get some of these books read. I'm hoping to make a significant dent in my unread piles over the next year!

From Tracie said...

As long as there is a temporary lift clause in place you are safe.

I'm a book buyer, re-reader, compulsive buyer, re-re-reader...you get the picture.

I've had to institute the buying-ban more than once.

Donna said...

We are reading twins Tracie!