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No Book-Buying(,) Period


First things first, I’m not religious at all. But I do think that giving something up every once in a while sharpens your appreciation of it. So this year, for lent, I’ve decided to give up buying books. Rules are simple:

  1. I can’t buy any book, printed or electronic, until Easter.
  2. can download free e-books or borrow books from others.

I’m hoping this regimen will help me catch up on the books I have at home, and perhaps re-read one or two, as well as saving a few Euros. Ingrid of The Blue Bookcase’s post on The Color Purple really made me want to re-read it for instance. Seeing as it’s one of my favourite books, I think it would only be justified if it got a review here, wouldn’t it?

So what about you? Are you giving anything up for lent? What?


Author: bettinathenomad

Nomad. International Relations geek. Reader. Feminist. Swimmer. Boulderer. Runner. Hiker. Not necessarily in that order.

8 thoughts on “No Book-Buying(,) Period

  1. I should follow your example… I’m so weak when it comes to book buying.
    I’m glad you mentioned The Color Purple. I got and wanted to read it since years.

  2. I’m not religious, though I do like the idea of Lent. I’ve been on a sort-of buying ban this whole year, due to my not making any money at the moment. I recently got treated to 4 books by my boyfriend, so perhaps I am cheating. I am currently cataloguing my books on LibraryThing, and that reminded me, once again, how desperately I need to start reading books I own.. Good luck!

    Also, I’d be up for a group read of the color purple, assuming I can lend it from the library (which I think I will be able to do).

    • Gifted books are definitely not cheating, instead they are most awesome 🙂
      Re: Group read – excellent! Let’s do this, I say. More on the issue to come when I’ve thought about it a bit… then let’s spread the word through the blogosphere!

  3. I can’t promise but I will think about it depending on how it’s going to be organized. as I have my own readalong every month.
    It’s not a huge book, that’s certainly an asset.

  4. I’ve been on an almost perpetual book buying ban for ages now! It’s definitely become a habit, which means the few times that I do buy books feel like such treats. 😀

    I’m not celebrating Lent this year, but hopefully next year I will!

    • To be honest, this is the first time I’m giving something up for Lent in aaaages, and even though book buying is something I really do love, I think it would be much harder to give up something like chocolate ;). I’m taking it easy!

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