A few months ago I wrote a post about cutting back on my book-buying habit: http://www.christinepoulson.co.uk/its-got-to-stop/. And did it? Well, a bit, and for a while, but I am pretty much up to speed again. Yesterday I did my accounts, and realised that it has all got out of hand. Part of it is down to ebooks. It is so fatally easy to download books, and they’re not even hanging about on your shelves to remind you to read them. It seems a little disrespectful to the authors to go on piling them up and then forget all about them.
So, I’ve decided. Cutting down is not enough. I am going to stop. Oh, not for forever, just for three months. In the spirit of someone smoking one last packet of cigarettes, I ordered one last book yesterday, Helen McCloy’s Mr Splitfoot, and there will be no more until Christmas. This will give me a chance to catch up with some of the many books I have bought and not read – and to review them. I can still get books out of the London Library and my local library, but I will have to make the effort, instead of taking the easy one-click way out. (Incidentally I also have a pile of unread London Library books). And I’ll let myself ask for books for my birthday in December and I’ll buy them as Christmas presents. But I am not going to buy a single book for myself (not even from a charity shop – I feel a pang writing that!).
At the moment I am feeling a sense of liberation and I am looking forward to tackling that TBR pile instead of adding to it. And now that I have written about it here, I’ll have to stick with it (I hope).