Thursday, 14 May 2009

Booking Through Thursday-Book Gluttony

Book Gluttony! Are your eyes bigger than your book belly? Do you have a habit of buying up books far quicker than you could possibly read them? Have you had to curb your book buying habits until you can catch up with yourself? Or are you a controlled buyer, only purchasing books when you have run out of things to read?

My immediate reaction to this is that it's no fun buying books just when I need to read them! I buy far more books than I could ever possibly read! But in a vain attempt to justify myself, I buy most of my books in charity shops or second hand bookshops so if I see them, then I feel I need to buy them right away. hey might not be there next time I go into that particular shop. I know this is a pretty weak argument because it would be just as easy not to go into the shop, so then feel no need to buy any books in the first place!

This argument collapses even further when I consider my library habits. I get far more books out of the library than I could possibly read in the time allowed before they have to be returned. I just can't resist books. I find it difficult to leave them on the shelves.

I have had to curb what I spend on new books, but this is purely for financial reasons than any desire to limit the amount of unread books lying around. In fact this decision to look for second hand books rather than new has actually led to more books finding their way into my house because I can spend a lot less money and get lots more books. So yes, I'm a book glutton!

However, I don't think it's a problem at all! I like having lots of books to choose from. I'd rather have a few minutes indecision about what book I'm going to read next than only have a small selection, or possibly even have to go out and buy something to read! I think that would be more stressful than anything else!


Anonymous said...

Second hand books is a great way of buying books without feeling too guilty of having spend too much :)

Dot said...

I do the same at the library as well but I worry if I don't take a certain book out then when I go back next time someone else will have borrowed it! Happy BTT!

cj said...

Second hand books... I would never leave that store alive. Nope. They'd find me buried beneath an avalanche of books whispering 'just one more...'


Jess said...

I am the same way, borrowing from the local library. I always borrow too many though and always have to bring back books that I haven't read. But I keep them on my TBR list with the hope that I will borrow it again or break down and buy it!

Anonymous said...

Proud to be one, but I try not to buy. I grab the ones that I'm most desperate to read and leave the rest on a list.

I try to look for books that are marked off, and wait until the paperbacks become available.