I can buy any books I wish, but only if I am actually ready to read them.
|Already fuller than last time. |
There's still a bit of room, but not much.
If I am truly honest with myself, I know I'm going to want to bend my own rule when it comes to my favorite used book stores. I'm OK with that, BUT only if I'm also bringing in books for trade, thus lightening my shelves a bit. I won't go overboard, but if I spot a few I know I want to read and can get them with trade credit, it seems reasonable to do so even if I'm not quite ready to read them. I do want to continue supporting these smaller local stores so I'd rather most purchases I do make be from one of them. And going forward, if I am looking to buy a specific book (stock is understandably hit-or-miss at a used store), my plan to avoid the online trap of ordering extra to get free shipping is to buy it from my local indie store. They usually have a really good selection in stock and can order just about anything else without a shipping fee. It's a win-win, if you ask me.
If I really think about it, it's truly ridiculous I have to make a conscious effort to implement this new Golden Rule of mine. You are free to mock me if you wish, but being fellow book-loving souls, I'm hoping you will understand this particular brand of craziness. I don't buy fancy purses. I don't buy clothes or shoes in excess. I very rarely buy movies or video games (those are mostly the hubby's domain, minus the dance games because they are fun and exercise -- you can bet I will not be exercising outside my house anytime soon as single digit temps have become the norm -- I woke up to -4°F this morning!). I still have a dumb-phone because I don't want to pay for a data plan. The only other splurge I am considering is a tablet to read digital magazines and the occasional ebook I can't get in print (you knew there would be a reading tie-in there right?). I've obviously been buying things for the house because well, if you don't want the whole neighborhood to see you naked, it's probably a good idea to put up curtains. Just sayin'. Books are (obviously) my thing, but it's time to get a bit more realistic. Wish me luck!
|It's awful cold out there, but so beautiful!|
Love this view of our backyard.