I’m on a book diet

In this age of bookstore closings (Borders to name the obvious, but also the threatened St. Mark’s in NYC which is searching for a way to stay open due to increasing rent costs) it may seem bizarre that I am going on what can only be called a Book-Buying Diet.

The reasons for this are many and varied:

  • My TBR pile has exceeded the capacity of my nightstand and has now toppled onto the floor.
  • I am supposed to be writing my prospectus this semester, which means that every minute reading is a minute not writing
  • My book budget is unsustainable at the rate I have been buying books.
When knitters go on a Yarn Diet, they call it “destashing”: knitting stuff only from the yarn you already have on hand. The results are sometimes comic (remember how fun-fur was the craze 5 years ago? remember how you bought out the stock at Michael’s that one time?), sometimes tragic (when you run out of yarn mid-sweater) but after the yarn diet you have more space and a renewed interest in replenishing your stash.
Same thing with books. How many times have we bought a book, only to neglect it for weeks, months, even years while we read other things? My goal of my book-diet is to return to a sense of normalcy; to actually read the books that I buy.
But for the past week, I have also been experiencing withdrawal symptoms. Even the most banal text for school sends me rushing to Amazon to see if it’s eligible for Free Super-Saver Shipping.
Like all diets, I’m hoping this will pass once I get my cravings under control. I’ve also set an end to my book diet: Dec 1, when the school library will host a used book sale. The thought of hundreds of books on sale for a dollar or two makes me drool. I just hope I can last that long.

5 thoughts on “I’m on a book diet

  1. L.G.Smith says:

    I've had to do this too. I have so many books stockpiled, waiting to be read, and yet I can't stop coveting more new books. It's an illness. It really is. I should seek treatment. Like, um, retail therapy at the nearest Barnes & Noble or something. :PP

  2. Neurotic Workaholic says:

    I do actually have several books that I bought and never read or finished reading. Blame it on the fact that I used to be a bookseller, so I'd be around books all day, every day. I kept seeing the same titles, either on display or when customers bought them. The books looked interesting, especially because I snuck peeks at them when my bosses weren't looking. So I bought the books with my employee discount. And then I would set them aside until I finished reading the other stack of books I'd already bought. So I still have to finish some of them.

  3. Anna says:

    Being a bookseller sounds like the best and worst job all at the same time. I don't think I would get anything done! I have a bunch of books left from the Borders sale that I need to finish. Since writing this post earlier this week, I have successfully overcome three strong urges to run to my nearest Half Price. But so far, so good. Only 33 days to go!

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