Musing Mondays asks you to muse about one of the following each week…
• Describe one of your reading habits.
• Tell us what book(s) you recently bought for yourself or someone else, and why you chose that/those book(s).
• What book are you currently desperate to get your hands on? Tell us about it!
• Tell us what you’re reading right now — what you think of it, so far; why you chose it; what you are (or, aren’t) enjoying it.
• Do you have a bookish rant? Something about books or reading (or the industry) that gets your ire up? Share it with us!
• Instead of the above questions, maybe you just want to ramble on about something else pertaining to books — let’s hear it, then!
I've been on a bit of buying spree recently on the Aslan Books website. My problem is that I get catalogues both electronically and physically on a regular basis. I sift through and circle all the books that I like the look of. Then I add any children's ones I think would be good for our church bookshelf and are only a few pounds (I'm not supposed to pay for these myself, but I can't resist sometimes). Occasionally the magazines then sit on the side until the offers are over and I forget it I've bought the books or not. More often than not, I go immediately online and buy about £100 worth of books to add to the overflowing bookshelves and 7 boxes of books that won't fit on them. That's what I did recently.
The problem is that, due to my enormous about of books, I recently promised myself 1 book in, 1 book out. So, on Saturday I made the sacrifice of sorting through all my books, recategorising them so that I'd (hopefully) be more likely to find the perfect read in the future, and deciding what I could bear to get rid of. It was a great exercise, but it did make me wonder who much I've spent on books that I'm never likely to read.
On the plus side, I'm now looking forward to the fun on BookCrossing all my unwanted books (as well as sharing some unregistered ones with the charity shops). Most of them will be coming to my next London meetup in a few weeks time. A few may be wild released more locally.
So, I'm now wondering: what are your book buying habits?
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