This week’s topic comes to us from JILLIAN THE BOOKISH BUTTERFLY who asks:
DO BOOK BUYING BANS WORK FOR YOU?
Prompts: The book community is full of consumerism. People want to not just read their favorite books, but own them as well. Sometimes this can get…a little out of hand. How do you control your spending/buying books you don’t have time to read? Does setting a book buying ban work for you? How long do you usually ban yourself for?
I’ve talked about this a little bit before, but as a disabled person on a very fixed income, I had to make a decision years ago that I am just someone who does not buy books anymore. I have been very successful at not buying them, because I literally do not any longer have $1000 a year to support a book habit.
Do I miss it? Not really. I have always loved to read more than I have loved books, and my shelves are quite full from my younger days—full of books I will never read again, most likely. I do pay for Kindle Unlimited, and one out of state library card, which puts a cap on my annual book spending at about $122(I always buy KU when it’s on sale). Are there times when a book needs to go back to the library and I wish I didn’t have to let it go? Yeah, there are. But honestly, if it become a *thing*, I will just take it out again.
I will say that I was called out on Facebook this week by an indie author who told me that she understood that I don’t have any money, but what I didn’t realize was how unfair I was being to authors, who need my money to survive. Gotta say, y’all, that she is spectacularly tone-deaf, as I also need my money to, you know, survive.
What about y’all? Do boy bans work for you? Or do you make it a week and then break?