A few months ago, I decided that I would 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.
Since summer officially ended last week, I figured it was time for a final look at how I did on this little project (after doing a short update in July).
To the best of my knowledge, I bought five books that fell within my general “buy books from actual stores” guidelines:
- The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
- The Secret History by Donna Tartt
- The Passages of H.M. by Jay Parini
- The Last Station by Jay Parini
- Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
I bought eight books that fell into a gray area — ebooks and audio books. I get all of my ebooks from Barnes & Noble, since I read them on a Nook, and I get my audio books from Audible. Technically they’re online purchases, but it doesn’t really make much sense to buy them any other way.
That leaves the books that I definitely bought outside of my guidelines. I got three books from my library book sale, and bought the following books online over the summer:
- Supergods by Grant Morrison
- Tiny Beautiful Things by Cheryl Strayed
- Everybody Was So Young by Amanda Vaill
- Emus Loose in Egnar by Judy Muller
Unfortunately, I didn’t keep really good track books I bought with cash, which happened when I did some selling at Half Price Books, so this isn’t 100 percent accurate.
But I think it’s safe to say that, in total, about 28 new books came into my possession over the summer (13 physical books, 15 electronic books). But I think it’s safe to say that, in total, about 20 new books came into my possession over the summer (12 physical books, eight electronic books). I wish I had done a better job keeping track of how many books I got rid of in a big purge I did before our move, and books that I picked up during my book trade ins, since I still don’t know if I had a net gain or net loss of books I own. But having the hiatus did prevent me from making impulse book purchases online, which was part of the goal.
Right now, I’m working on getting my entire library imported into LibraryThing, so I hope the next time I plan a book buying hiatus I’ll have a better system to keep track of books and how the hiatus is going. I think I should be able to get that project finished during the afternoon football games today — fingers crossed!
Happy Sunday, everyone!