In case anyone hasn’t noticed at this point, I have a little problem with saying “no” to adding books to my collection. Now, I’m not saying that buying books is bad (I would never do that) but I do believe that it’s important to be responsible with your spending. For me, that means going on a mini book buying ban.
What does that mean? It means I’m going to try not to buy anymore books for the next little while. I’m going to visit my sister in England at the end of July so I’m hoping I can last that long without buying books. This’ll give me a little bit more spending money for the trip. However, my ultimate goal is mid to late August. I have a lot of books I’ve yet to read and I’ve run out of space on my shelves. My solution to this is read more of the books I currently own instead of adding more to my collection than I can handle.
Now, I’m financially able to continue to buy books – that’s not the issue. I’ve always made sure that I have the money to continue to live life and still have a little bit saved before buying books. But now that I’m working full time, I don’t think it’d be responsible of me to spend the same percentage of my income on books the way I have been. I’d rather have more money saved in the bank just in case anything were to happen. And I truly believe that’s the way to go.
This doesn’t mean I won’t be looking for books I haven’t read or acquired yet. Instead, this just means that where I look is going to shift a little bit. If I find myself not currently interested in what I have on my shelves, I’m going to go to my local library and look for something that interests me. Libraries are amazing resources to find stuff to read when you can’t or don’t want to spend money on new books.
This won’t be the end of my book buying ways, but it’ll certainly make me think a little more before I decide I need those twenty new books right now…. just to let them collect dust on my shelves until I get around to actually reading them.