Do Book Buying Bans Work for You? (Jillian @ Jillian the Bookish Butterfly)?
These are my personal opinions. I do not expect anyone to agree with anything here, and in fact, I’m certain that many will disagree and/or even hate many of the things I’ve written below. Sorry about that, but you are always welcome to express your own opinions – be they contrary or comparable – in the comments section. So, with that out of the way… let the controversy begin!
Prompts for this topic?
The book community is full of consumerism. People want to not just read their favorite books, but own them as well. Sometimes this can get…a little out of hand. How do you control your spending/buying books you don’t have time to read? Does setting a book buying ban work for you? How long do you usually ban yourself for?
Back when I was a young, working stiff, I did have quite a few self-imposed book buying bans. This was partially because the cost of buying books in English where I live has always been pretty high here. Sure, there have always been a few second-hand shops around, but they’re mostly in the middle of town, and I rarely go there these days (I prefer malls, due to the convenient parking), now that I’m retired.
That means that for me, buying books has always meant going online and ordering them, or buying them when I’m abroad in an English speaking country. Obviously, I could and sometimes do buy eBooks, but lately, since I get my share of ARCs, I’m trying to keep my Kindle free for those, and not fill it up with too many other books.
So, back to buying books and if I have ever actually banned myself from buying them… To be honest, I don’t think I’ve actually banned myself from buying them, but I do try to make sure that I don’t go crazy, and I try to spread my purchases out, so I’m only buying one or two books at a time. I’ve basically decided that if I really want a book, I’ll look for the best price and buy it right away, or if it is newer, I’ll put it on my wish list until the price goes down. Mind you, there have been a few novels where I tried to get the ARC and was denied, and so I went and pre-ordered the paperback, and didn’t care how much it cost. Essentially, now that I’m retired, I’m allowing myself to spend a certain amount on books every month because… life is too short, and I love books!
There you have it!
So… what about you?
Do Book Buying Bans work for you?
This post is my 1st entry in the 2022 Discussion Challenge, hosted by Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction and Shannon @ It Starts at Midnight!