I need help. Serious help. I really need to cut down on my book buying. For the past few months, I’ve been buying 20+ books each month. And seeing as how I read 7-8 books a month if I’m lucky, I’m falling ridiculously behind with the books I’ve acquired and have also been spending way too much money on it. So I need some advice: how can I get myself to actually stick to a book buying ban? I have a few ideas but I could definitely use some more tips that any of you have. Let’s go over my ideas so far, shall we?
Instead of buying books I want, get them from the library.
Last month I got a library card with the library near my school and I still have access to digital loans to two other libraries (Boston Public Library and the library from back home) as well. So if there’s a book that I’m dying to get my hands on, I could just borrow it from the library rather than buying it right away. If I really end up loving it, I can buy a copy when I’m not on a book buying ban anymore.
Refocus my energy on getting through the books I have.
It’s probably no surprise to anyone that the amount of books I own and haven’t read is outrageous. I probably have close to 100 books that I’ve bought but haven’t read. Maybe more actually since I really don’t have much of an idea on how many ebooks I have haha So I could use the time during my book buying ban to focus on getting through all of these books I bought because I was so desperate to read them but that have now been sitting on my shelves for months. *cue eye-rolling*
Remind myself that Christmas is coming up.
I’m hoping to get this book buying ban to last until Christmas. (Hoping being the keyword.) I’d maybe try to make it go a bit longer but 1. my attempts at book buying bans have failed before and 2. I always get money at Christmas and it’d just be cruel not to let myself spend any of that on books. 😛 But hopefully I’ll be able to get myself to wait this long by reminding myself that not only will I be able to buy books after I get Christmas money, but I’ll probably get at least a few books as gifts as well.
Alright these are the only ideas I have to help myself get through this book-buying ban. I think these will be helpful, but I guess only time will tell.