Wednesday, December 02, 2009

Hey! You Can Buy Books Offline, Too!

Just got back from running some errands in Albuquerque. And since, this being only the second day of the month, I hadn't quite hit my book-buying quota yet, I stopped at Page One while I was there and did some book shopping. I hardly ever set foot in brick-and-mortar bookstores anymore, since I now do most of my book buying, like most of my everything-else-buying, online. I swear, I was sort of walking around in a daze wondering where the search box was. And, oh what a strange thing it seems, now, to pick up a book I've never even heard of, flip through it, and decide to take a chance on it without even looking up reviews or how people rated it on Amazon, or anything. It's fun! I really must do this sort of thing more often. If nothing else, it's good to throw your local independent booksellers some business now and again.

And now my To-Read Pile sits at 426 books. Which is, um, better than it was at the beginning of the year, at least. Go, me?

4 comments:

  1. I've sort of made this deal with myself only to read books I already own in 2010.

    We'll see if I can actually do that. I've already sort of cheated by buying more books than usual recently.

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  2. Good luck! I know for a fact that I couldn't manage it.

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  3. Out of interest, how many books *do* you allow yourself to buy in a month? I ask not because I'm thinking of quota-ing myself, but because I'm (probably vainly) hoping that my own book-buying habit isn't actually as bad as I fear. (I'm up to nine so far this month, but I would want to claim mitigating circumstances.)

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  4. The current rule is: a maximum of ten, or the number of books I read the previous month, whichever is lower. Although, by some amazing coincidence, since I've started that policy, I've somehow never read less than ten books. :)

    I have to admit, I accidentally acquired thirteen last month, but that wasn't my fault! Well, mostly not my fault...

    Does that make you feel any better? :)

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