About a month after I came out of the closet about my bibliophilic habits and tendencies I decided to declare a book fast. I have fasted a number of things over the years: food, beverages, tv, internet…people. However, fasting books is a first for me. Let me be a bit more specific: book buying fast. When did this happen? So glad you asked!
Around mid-August, the bookstore where I worked (mentioned in a previous post) went out of business, plunging me back into the pool of unemployed Americans. While I waited to receive a response to my expert cover letter and resume writing skills, I sought solace in one of my happy places: a bookstore. I switched up my usual routine and headed to a Booksamillion instead of Barnes & Noble and stumbled on a treasure trove of book bargains that even an unemployed penny pincher couldn’t resist.
But I should have.
You see, during the short period of time I worked at the locally owned bookstore (2 1/2 months) I’d purchased around 50 books. Don’t judge. Most of the books were purchased after I discovered the store was going out of business (50-75% off!!!!). Any TRUE bibliophile would understand.
And any sane person would understand that I shouldn’t have been ogling books in another store. Yet there I stood, ogling away.
I grabbed two really nice journals for my mother who always complains of having nothing to write in. My phone silent (unintentionally) I meandered the length of the store and euphorically found my way to the discounted books.
I picked up a couple of bargains.
Later on that night when I finally got home and saw the various books and magazines I’d purchased over the summer, spread out all over my little space I decided that August 14th would be my last book buying day of the year.
Since that day I have exhibited more effort to read the books I already own while refraining from adding to the collection. I’ve added magazines and journals to the list of fasted items. Progress has been made. However I did almost have a meltdown in Barnes & Noble when I saw the item below:
I held it together though……..barely…..
The fast continues until either the end of the year OR until I’ve read at least half of the books I purchased this past summer. We’ll see how well I hold out.