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?


  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.

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

  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.)

  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? :)