At the end of last year, I set myself a book buying challenge. I can only buy ONE book after I have read 5 books I already own (that are not school-related). I was quite good for the past few months, but I have bought three books in the past couple weeks that are not school related.
I’m torn between being slightly angry with myself for buying more than one book and somewhat understanding about the decision I made.
I realized earlier today that I am more likely to buy books if I’ve spent more than fifteen minutes in a bookstore. I feel obligated to buy a book to explain my presence in the bookstore.
Is that an excuse? Kind of.
Now that I know why I made the decisions I made, I will limit my bookshop visits to under fifteen minutes. I love browsing, but I haven’t felt an urge to buy books in months.
I am going to continue with this challenge. I could make myself read six more books I own before buying one new book, but I won’t. I don’t need any more stress in my life (school guys!).
Anyway, here are the three books I bought:
Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West by Gregory Maguire
Kintu by Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi
Shahnameh: The Book of Kings by Ferdowsi (Trans. Dick Davis)
These are all books that I look forward to reading even though I also need to stick to my buying goals.