OH YEAH. The annual book buying ban is upon us. And I, for one, am strangely excited.
I mean, OBVIOUSLY I’m excited at the moment because it’s a long weekend and it’s nearly pay day and now I have the perfect excuse for a last minute book haul (or else how would I cope with nothing to read?), but weirdly I’m excited about the whole ban too.
The thing about moving house is that you begin to realise how much STUFF you have. I’m actually pretty brutal – at least four times a year I’ll have a little purge of the books I don’t intend to read again – but still, I’ve managed to keep hold of a surprising amount of books.
(And seriously, lets not even get started on cookbooks… sigh.)
I think part of growing up is the realisation that you don’t NEED to have everything. I can’t say I’ve ever been materialistic, but I do have an obsessive personality. If I see something I like, I will usually buy it more than once, simply because I love it so much. And books… books are the worst. I have a terrible tendency to pick up budget books from supermarkets on a whim and then hate them (According to Yes, I’m looking at you!), but if they look pretty they’ll probably hang around on my shelf for too long.
Anyway, to cut the waffle, I’m announcing my book buying ban. From September 1st until December 25th, I will wholeheartedly try to avoid spending money on books. I will probably try to maintain the rules I made last year; although I’m adding a few extras:
If I am visiting a town with a local INDEPENDENT bookshop, I may buy ONE book from them. Because I’m not about to stop supporting small businesses, you know?
Any books I do buy during the book buying ban should be books I intend to keep forever (aka my Penguin Classics collection).
Unlike last year, when the book buying ban was created primarily to save money, this year’s ban comes from a different place. By stopping myself from buying so many books, I’m hoping to make use of other methods of finding reading materials (essentially I want to use the library again). I might EVEN try to organise a books swap or something… now won’t that be exciting!
Yay for books! Yay for libraries! Yay for… book buying bans?
So what do you think? Care to join me on my book buying ban mission? Any tips for not breaking at the final hurdle? And which books should I stock up on, before the ban starts?!