To slightly paraphrase the philosopher Joey Tribbiani, Christmas is a time for giving and receiving and having and sharing. For me, it’s for sure a time of books. I take part in a couple of Secret Santa swaps every Christmas, and there’s also the chance to stock my shelves up thanks to the vouchers from my parents. Of course, I also treat myself to a final payday of the year treat.
At Christmas I was pretty fortunate to receive some really great books. I even found some books I’ve been waiting to read all year. Seems my family and friends know me incredibly well.
This post is part of Top Ten Tuesday, run by Jana from That Artsy Reader Girl.
Ok, raise your hand if you’ve had a book on your shelf for YEARS you’ve been promising yourself will be your next read, and never picked up? Yeah, me too. I am the worst for buying a book I can’t wait to read, and then for some reason completely ignoring it.It’s got to stop, because I’ve been missing out on some amazing books I know people love. So why can’t I pick them up?
I tried to get into a proper book buying ban in July. I haven’t been working for the first half of 2019, so I should have been saving more and buying books a LOT less than I did. I will be starting back into a new job in August, so that would logically be the time to buy all the books in the world, but I have a couple of big holiday ideas I’d like to see in. So, I’ll probably extend my ban into August and save some money for those getaways.
I mean, I say that now, of course. As always, it could be famous last words and I might end up spending every cent I own on hundreds of books.
I treated myself to a solo holiday at the end of February/beginning of March. I spent a few nights in Vienna, Bratislava, and Budapest. Even though my current financial situation really did not allow it, I spent a whole lot of money on six new books.
It’s part of my routine whenever I go somewhere new. I always come back with a new fridge magnet and a new book. This time, I just took it a little further. In fact, I didn’t even buy two each place, as the maths would suggest. I picked up two in Vienna, three in Bratislava, and one in Budapest.
For a book blogger, I can be pretty poor at sharing what books I’ve got. That’s something I really need to change in 2019, and I aim to start it now.
Yes, I’m very aware those are famous last words. Especially since it’s something I promised before. Hopefully, this time I will actually keep to my word. Mainly because when I see how many books there are here, I’ll be spurred on to do this a lot more often.