Thursday, February 17, 2011

How Do You Stop?

I have a problem. For the past couple of years, outside of swapping books on PBS, I've been very good at not buying books unless I absolutely had to and then 2011 hit and all hell broke loose. I don't know what happened. It's not like I suddenly have room on my shelves because I have way less than I ever had since I started blogging (there are piles of books throughout our house). It's not as if I don't have enough books to read, I probably have over 200 books in my to be read pile. So what is causing my breakdown with the turn of the year?

The only thing I can chalk it up to is the lure of the sale! Between Groupon's, Border's clearance sales, Amazon gift cards and BookPerk, I can't catch a break around here. I just keep shopping! It needs to stop though. I've got the bug. I go into a store and I want more. I used to be so good with books, knowing that I had so many I didn't need more, that it would take me way to long to get to them. But now? I can't pass up a deal. I have no resolve.

So what's your advice because if anyone out there has the same problem with being tempted by too many books it's other book bloggers and lovers of books! How do you resist buying ridiculous amounts of books? Especially when they are on sale? Any advice to help me get my resolve back up will be greatly appreciated! :)

21 comments:

  1. I have the same problem, but I really don't want to quit. My husband might think otherwise, though!

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  2. I have the same problem but have tried, and to a certain degree succeeded, in using the library a bit more. Of course, all that means is that you get addicted to library books...

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  3. Enjoy it! Every book needs a good home and eventually you'll be able to walk back into the bookstore and not purchase any. Your "breakdown" won't last forever and you will get your "resolve" back but for now just enjoy the new books you're adding to your collection and will eventually get to read... one day!

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  4. I am the absolutely last person to help you with this because I am in the same dark (but delightful) place! I also wrote about this on my blog recently (post is here if you are interested in seeing my out of control stacks!). My problem is compounded by the books that come from publishers and publicists...no matter how much I try, I can't seem to turn down a book that looks like a good read. At this rate, I'll probably live to be 100 and never read everything in my stacks!

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  5. I know what you mean. It is so difficult to resist. I'm learning to say no more often, which is so difficult. I am still having trouble when I see a title I want to read on sale.

    When you figure out the answer, will you let me know?

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  6. I have the same problem too. However, sometimes when I picture my mountains of books (and no place to put them anymore) I end up feeling guilty enough to resist the purchase. I have also started a list of books i REALLY want (separate from GoodReads) so that I can feel like I really will remember the books I want to buy when it is more prudent to buy them. Good luck!

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  7. For me it is really easy, I go into a bookstore and there is nothing there. Never seen a UF book, like 2 fantasy books in the English section..oh not helping ;)

    Try to think that perhaps I can just get it from the library

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  8. Bermudaonion - Good point, maybe in my heart of heart's I don't want to quit but I know my boyfriend wants me too!

    Cath - Yes, the library. I do need to get better about utlizing it for more than just audiobooks!

    Book Gatherer - Thanks, maybe you've got the right idea there :)

    Wendy - Your post did make me feel better and don't even get me started on the amount I recieve from pubs. Too many!

    Teresa - Yep, just as soon as I find out I'll let you know!

    Wallace - the list idea is great!

    Blodeudd - haha, you probably have it pretty easy, don't you!

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  9. Don't stop! But you might like to switch to cheaper methods - may I recommend Bookmooch (www.bookmooch.com)?

    My husband has imposed a "one six-foot tall bookcase" limit on me. Fortunately he hasn't noticed the piles beside/above the bookcase, on my desk, by the bed, next to the TV...

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  10. Well, the obvious answer would be to stop reading blogs - that's what does it for me - but that would be SILLY. I couldn't possibly stop reading blogs. So... I don't know. The library is a good option - remember even if your local library doesn't have a great selection, you can usually get inter-library loan from another one. Just a suggestion (from someone who is a librarian, and relies heavily on the library.) Oh, good luck. We all need it!

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  11. I work in a library so I have the same problem, but it's about checking out more than I can read in 3 weeks. I will check some out, read a little bit and then either keep reading it, return it or add to TBR list when I have time or can't get into anything else.

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  12. I'm afraid I'm also the wrong person to ask...I have absolutely no will power in a book store.

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  13. 12-step program?? LOL seriously, I need help as well :)

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  14. I think you are asking the wrong bunch of people here. Most of us seem to have the same problem. I try and control it by not going into the stores at all. If you have to go don't take credit cards and carry limited cash.

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  15. I have made a promise to myself -- before I go to a bookstore (online or virtual), I go to both of my local libraries' catalogs and check for the book. If it's there, I don't buy. It's a small savings, but it's something :)

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  16. Like other folks, I'm in no position to give advice on this matter! Haha. I'm a total book junkie. Even with my bookcase literally collapsing under its weight in novels, I'm still slinging more in there. But I think, despite everything, it's a good sickness to have. :)

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  17. Boy are you asking the wrong person. LOL. I have a similiar issue...a very hard time resisting a great book sale. Best suggest is this...don't cut yourself off entirely, just when you've finished browsing and you have that armload of books...look through them again and CHOOSE ONE. Then you satisfy the insatiable reader within without breaking the bank or your bookself. Good luck! ^_^

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  18. Being super broke helps, but I don't recommend it. :p The other thing is that I keep a large supply of library books on hand, and then when I'm at bookstores, I think about the piles of books I already have waiting to be read, and it helps me to resist. Sometimes.

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  19. I hear about people banning themselves from buying books for a certain period of time, but I don't think I could do it! I do try to stop myself from walking down the book aisle in the supermarket and things like that, but I just can't help myself sometimes! Still, at least it's a good addition :)

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  20. I'm on a book buying ban right now as my TBR piles are threatening to bury us! Doesn't always work and sometimes I'll cave and buy something, but I'm trying. Good luck!

    Alexia's Books and Such...

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  21. i have that problem too! and my wallet is not happy about it at all. i'm turning into a poor grad student that would rather buy books than food. it's just so tempting to go out there a buy a new book after reading a good review of it.

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