It's February. The snow is gray and disgusting. I have heaps of unread books lying around my room, and lots of cold winter days. Admittedly, I've been fairly busy with graduate school applications and the FAFSA is looming in my near future. Plus, I should try and put out job applications. These prospects frighten me, but I trudge onwards.
As you can see, I'm reasonably busy these days. I keep starting at the piles of my books in my room going, "I REALLY want to read that one! Like this month! Well, okay, maybe next month. Or I could fit it in after my birthday! Yeah! No, wait..." Do you ever have these conversations with yourself? I do.
I've decided to cut back on my agony a bit. This month, I am going on a book buying ban. I know you are gasping as you are staring at you are staring at your screens, and some of you have fainted. But I'd like some quality time with the books I already own. My hope is that reading a chunk of them without buying new books will help me feel closer to reading all of the books I hope to read in this lifetime. Or not, because that number looms over 1,000. Hey, I'll at least catch up on what I own, so I can stare at my shelves and feel more accomplished. Plus my wallet will be glad. I may prolong the ban to March, depending on how it goes this month. My hope is that spending some time going cold turkey will help me keep myself in check in the future--you know, I'll finish February, say "Dang, I still have a lot of unread books," and take a minute to slow down next time I'm in a bookstore.
February in Minnesota always involves incredibly cold weather and snow that has long ago turned gray, as well as gloomy skies. So I might just be crazy. For now, I am going to make an honest attempt to read what I already own.
Are you trying to cut back on your book buying habit, even if only for a while? Let me know in the comments, because I'd love some solidarity on this one.