Started from the bottom now we're here. . I still have some of my books tucked away for both of these photos but you can see my collection has really grown since I joined bookstagram. The first photo was taken May last year. I blame you guys! Lol just kidding. My wallet has suffered miserably. I shall make a blog post about this.
Another random post in which I show you what happened to my book buying habits when I joined an online bookish community last year.
I have real life bookish friends and best friends who share the love of of books with me. We go to the bookstores together and just browse books there for hours. I liked buying books before I joined bookstagram last year. But I did not thought it was necessary to always buy books before.
The left photo was taken May last year and the right one was taken just yesterday. Sure I still have some books tucked away for both of these photos but you guys can see how my collection has grown in just a year. I blame bookstagram, my favorite secondhand bookstore and warehouse sales. Lol just kidding, I blame myself for having no self-control in buying books.
Even though I got most of my books from sales and secondhand bookstores, I added all the costs and they were still expensive. I never thought I would be the girl who always shops for books and yet lets the book sit on her shelf and gather dust.
Before, I was the girl who goes to a bookstore and see if any title interests me. Yes, I buy 3 books at a time before but I always made sure that I read one of them when I get home then read others after I finished the first book. I miss that girl. She never lets her TBR pile go crazy. Well, maybe because she has not been introduced to so many amazing books yet. But still. I want to be that girl again.
Then I discovered bookstagram and booktube. I became jealous of all those people who has like a hundred books on their TBR. I thought it was cool to have so many books sit unread on my shelf but right now I thought it’s not that cool anymore.
Why did I keep buying books yet I read them months after buying them? Or worse, I never did end up reading some of them. Why do I let these unread words sit on my shelf and never bother to discover them? Just because I thought it was so cool?
I came to a point that all I did was buy books. I was never the girl who always shop for clothes and all those girly stuffs but I did shop for those things once in a while. But when I became addicted to buying books? It took me a loooooong time before I buy new clothes again.
For my mid-year resolution (I never did these things before lol) I want to change my book buying habits. It’s not as crazy as other people’s but still, I have neglected other important things just so I can buy a ton of books. I didn’t keep money for saving up, clothes and food (yes, food, I’m that crazy).
I love books so much but I think it’s time for me to save money and buy other things other than them. I’ll miss going to the bookstore as frequently as I did before but this resolution really has to happen.
So here’s the plan:
- I have a ton of review copies to get to that I think will last me a month.
- I’m not going into a book buying ban ever. Yes, I want to control my book buying habit but going into a ban will just make me desperate to go into a bookstore and buy loads of books.
- Think of other things I have to buy. I have this thing I’m saving up for until July then after that I’m thinking of saving up for a new phone so I can take pretty photos for my bookstagram. I may not attend MIBF this year (again) because of those two things I’m saving up.
- Just read the digital copy of the book. I’m already doing this so I’m not going into any difficulty with this plan. I just hope my eyes won’t get mad at me.
I think that’s it. I hope I stick to this plan. I’ll let you guys know if this mid-year resolution is a success in a few months.
Are you crazy at your book buying habits?