Just about a month ago I decided that I was going to go on a book buying hiatus for the summer. There were two small exceptions — if I visited a town with a bookstore, I could buy one book; if it was an independent bookstore, I could buy two books.
So far, I think I’ve been able to follow through with the spirit of the hiatus — not bringing more physical books into my house — if not exactly the law of my exceptions.
What does that mean?
The weekend of my birthday, the Boyfriend and I drove through a town with a Barnes & Noble on the way to my parents’ cabin. We stopped and I bought two books: The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern and The Secret History by Donna Tartt. By the rule, I should have just gotten one book… but it was my birthday! And, I finished both of them within a week of the purchase, so they weren’t part of the unread books count for long. Look at that justification!
I’ve also indulged in a few small ebook and audiobook purchases:
- DC Comics: The New 52 Summer Sampler by Geoff Johns, Jim Lee, Scott Snyder, Greg Capullo, and Doug Mahnke
- See Jane Score by Rachel Gibson(ebook)
- Kitchen Confidential by Anthony Bourdain (audiobook)
And, finally, I visit our local library’s annual sale and walked out with three books:
- Kitchen Confidential by Anthony Bourdain (it was just $1! And I think I’m going to like the audio enough to wish I had a physical copy)
- House of Mirth by Edith Wharton (which I have already read, but wanted a copy for myself)
- The Courage of Their Convictions: Sixteen Americans Who Fought Their Way to the Supreme Court (an impulse buy, but I think it looks pretty fascinating)
Despite slowing down my book buying (trust me, that really is slowing down) I don’t think there’s been a net decrease of unread books in my house. I’ve gotten (quite) a few review copies lately and started checking out tons of books from the library again. It’s like there’s a part of my brain that craves seeing new books in the house, regardless of how they get there. But at least the library books eventually go back.
Unfortunately, I haven’t had nearly as much time to read this weekend as I normally do. Our city’s annual festival, Prairie Pioneer Days, started on Friday, so I’ve spent most of the weekend taking photos at events. It’s been a lot of fun, but also totally exhausting. That said, I think I’ll get to take a work day off this week, and I plan to spend that entire day with a book in front of my face.
If I do get some time to read today — maybe after this afternoon’s parade — I’ll probably dive back into Eat the City by Robin Shulman, a look at the underground food scene in New York City. Or, I might grab one of my ever-so-tempting library books… Seating Arrangements by Maggie Shipstead, perhaps?
Happy Sunday, everyone!