Six months down, six more to go for the #ShelfLove No Book Buying Challenge, and I swear I haven’t gone insane….yet. Actually, these first six months have been easy for me; at least until the Spring semester ended, and I was no longer getting a paperback of my choice from the Boyfriend every week.
As many of you know, the Boyfriend made a deal with me that I would get a new book every week I completed all of my assigned writing. It was a way to both motivate me and keep me from having a nervous breakdown, and it worked. I didn’t realize just how much those weekly trips to the bookstore had helped me until they were gone. A trip to the library resulted in me lugging home seven books, which helped. However, the problem is that I tend to pick books that I then want to buy, so my wishlist is only growing.
I also realized that I truly do have a book buying habit. I’d call it an addiction, but so far I haven’t spent any money on books to get that “fix”. However, I’ve used all my gift cards, I choose the slowest shipping option when I buy anything on Amazon to get the $1 credits, and I frequently “1-click” free ebooks. I also compiled a huge list of sites for free books. Because of this, my digital library has expanded exponentially, and I’ve listened to quite a few audiobooks, all for the low, low price of free. I’m ok with that though since those books aren’t taking up space on my shelves or in my storage unit.
Speaking of my physical books, I removed an entire box worth of books from my life and sent them to the used bookstore. I’m trying to earn the money to buy The Outlandish Companion, Vol. 2 by Diana Gabaldon. I got $21.67, and I’m putting together another box from books that have been sitting in storage for years, thanks to moving at least once a year and living in increasingly smaller apartments or overseas. My apartment is bigger now, but I’m sharing it with the Boyfriend and both of us have the problem of not having enough shelving or the wall space to add more. If it were just me, I’d get rid of the couch and replace it with two shelves, but that’s not the case, and it’s not my couch. So, instead, I’m participating in this challenge.
So far, I plan on participating again next year, but I already know I’ll do things a bit differently. I’ll have graduated from college and should have a decent paying adult job by then. So, I’ll set some goals for myself to “earn” money, including activities such as finishing physical books and exercising. Until then, I’m going to continue doing what I’ve been doing and hopefully won’t end up in a straight jacket.