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My brain told me I have enough books

09 Sep

So, a funny thing happened to me recently. Any of you who normally poke at my posts now and then saw that last month I went to a book clearance sale and got a pile of books. Before that, I did two or three library sales and got tons more… well, tomorrow I’ll be doing yet another book haul. This one, a normal one. No clearance or library sales here, so it’ll be about 6ish books or so. All of these books in the last few hauls were bought within what, four months? Five?

The funny thing happened this past Thursday: A friend and I went to a library sale together. It was $5 for a bag full of however many books you could stuff in there.

I didn’t buy a single book. I feel that I’ve finally finally hit that mental wall of ‘maybe I actually have enough’.

It was a really, really weird feeling. I found books that I’ve been looking for in that sale, but I had zero motivation to buy them. I think the trigger was my husband and I were discussing moving the other day (we’re doing it next month) and I mentioned that I would likely have to get a 6th book case in the process. The mental image of six book cases full of books was and is a lovely one, but I knew a huge portion of those would be unread for a long time, especially if I kept buying at my normal pace.

I guess my subconscious decided that ‘this is enough for now, you have plenty to read for years’ and therefore I felt no pleasure at the idea of buying a bag full of books at this library sale.

So guess who is putting myself on a ban. Time’s up, it me!

So from now until I’m going to say… Christmas, I will be buying zero books for myself, with one exception: The third illustrated Harry Potter book comes out in October. I’ve planned on getting that for months and will still get that. Other than that, 0 books. None.

Tomorrow’s post will be my last book haul until Christmas time. The Harry Potter book I get won’t get its own dedicated haul, but will likely just be mentioned in a wrap up or something. Tomorrow’s haul will have 6ish books in it and then next Saturday’s post (Wed being a T5W post…) will be a TBR post. I want to quantify exactly how many unread books I have. Most people (at least in the book community online) know or have an idea of this number. I honestly have no clue. It’s got to be over 200 at this point.

I want to see what my TBR is like now and then what it’s like at the end of the year. I want to see if and by how much this ban decreases it. I think from there one of my 2018 reading goals will be to decrease it further, the exact number to be decided.

I see a lot of book ban posts being made with a feeling of shame or determination or… whatever positive/negative energy that the person is feeling. I feel… neither of those. It’s weird. I don’t feel shame for having so many, I don’t feel super motivated to keep myself from buying books. I just… don’t feel any motivation to buy books at this point.

Apathy is the drive behind this one folks, woo.

So wish me luck. I both hope this lack-luster feeling lasts and that hope that it doesn’t. I don’t like the feeling. I’d much rather feel motivated to maintain self-control, haha.

Happy reading!

 

 

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8 responses to “My brain told me I have enough books

  1. dragonsandzombies

    09/09/2017 at 5:25 pm

    Good luck!
    I decided to not buy more books a couple of years ago when my TBR was at about 60 and I wasn’t interested in half of them anymore.. I got rid of most of them and have a pretty good balance now. I promised myself to never have more than 10 unread books at home and it’s around 5-6 since which is really good.

    Buying new books has been more fun as well. I don’t do it very often, so it becomes very special. Before, I just picked up books here and there and it was more of a routine than something exciting.

    I hope you get to read most of your new books and get to a point where buying books is fun again 🙂

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    • embuhlee

      09/10/2017 at 11:50 am

      I just went through all my shelves, trying to purge my non-interested-in books and didn’t find any that I hadn’t already read and just disliked. I think I’m decent at buying to my interests and keeping them there but I just… get too many, hahaha.

      Having 10 unread books sounds like a dream to me. 😀 That’s so cool!

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  2. Zezee

    09/10/2017 at 8:46 pm

    That’s happened to me too. These days I’ll enter a bookstore and don’t know or feel like purchasing any books because I just don’t have an urge to. But I still do get the urge to visit stores and look around. I just like being in the stacks.

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    • embuhlee

      09/11/2017 at 4:10 am

      Same! I just hope my will to browse doesn’t turn back into a will to buy.

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