Today’s discussion topic was triggered by my bookstagram photo shooting of the week.
You see I added books to my shelves while my TBR is …never ending! Let’s say that if I was lucky and won the lotery even if I stopped working and read most of my days I think it would be years before I read all these books!
And so I thought: “Sophie, really you just bought two (but 5 others are incoming) more books while your new shelves are already crammed! What were you thinking?”.
And so I was feeling GUILTY!
Because I am like Becky Bloomwood from Confessions of a Shopaholic only I don’t buy clothes all the time but books!
There is a scene in the book and in the movie where she opens her wardrobe and is instantly burried under clothes from all colors jumping/falling/cascading from that cramped space well this could be my shelves before I bought my new Ikea Billys!
And another scene where Becky is walking on the street and then she sees THE green scarf in a store. She has huge bills waiting at home but is lured into the shop nonetheless. That inner conversation could be me when faced with a bookstore!
When I buy books knowing I already have many waiting to be read I feel guilty but then my reasoning is:
1) You earn a living and are not going to get broke so what’s wrong in doing so?
2) You know life is short and you’ll never know what could happen tomorrow so carpe diem!
3) You work so hard all the time outside and inside the house so you deserve to get spoiled!
4) Everyone is talking about that book! What would I look like as a book blogger if I didn’t read it?
5) The cover is so pretty and I have the right prop to make it a gorgeous picture to post on Instagram!
6) All the books that you buy will never amount to all what my hubs spent on a bike or a sportscar or any of his expensive hobbies! So why not?
But some days I think I should just stop for some time and just read my books!
But…how to resist temptation???
Here are some schemes I’ve thought about:
1) Go on a huge book spree (because you are attending a book event) and then go on a book ban because your book allowance has just exploded!
2) Avoidance! Don’t go on any social media that you usually follow and that’s talking about books! No Goodreads, no bookstagram, no … But then I would not be able to follow YOU and it would never work for my blog!
3) Give my credit card to my husband and ask him to hide it for three months! As I buy all my books online that should work pretty well provided that I don’t have to buy something else with my card!
4) When I see a new book somewhere, instantly beginning to chant : “Resist! Resist! You can do it! You don’t need it!”. Don’t know if it would be very efficient though …
5) Join the book addicts anonymous. “Hi my name is Sophie and I am addicted to books.” “Welcome Sophie. Thanks for your honesty and sharing this with us.”
6) Bargain. Make a contract with myself and only buy a book after that I have at least read eight books on my shelf. It should slow down my buying to once or max two books a month so a huge improvement.
7) Stop reading. But that will never happen!
At the end of the day I think that I don’t have to stop altogether to buy books but slow down to get to read the books already waiting on my TBR!
Now let’s chat! Do you have a huge TBR but keep buying books? Do you have tips to stop buying all the time, succumbing to their siren’s call?
Thanks for reading!