Good for me, right? But seriously. You all know I have a shopping problem, and that spills over to books. I love to own things. I use the library, I borrow books, I buy books secondhand, but I just love to own things. I go through phases where I want to read only kindle books or only real books, so all of this adds up to a shit ton (actual unit of measurement) of books sitting on the shelves at home and on my kindle. So I was super happy that Erin and Dani gave me an excuse to focus on those for the month of June.
The Vampire Academy Series - I started these in May, but finished in June, it counts.
Just One Day - I dragged a blanket and pillow outside and read on my deck. Classy like.
Exposure to a billionaire.
Rumour Has It - such a fun read with my birthday twin, Abe.
One True Loves - sometimes I eat sultana bran for dinner.
It Had to Be Him - don't be judging my dinner choices, you guys.
My Life Next Door
Rites of Passage
A Hundred Summers
The Next Together
First Comes Love
Ready Player One - I started this one back in March - actually, I first attempted it back in July when Lisa did it for her book club. I'm glad I finally got to it though, it was an enjoyable story though I didn't 'get' a lot of it.
I also read The Lake House, I started it back in April but didn't finish it till July so I don't think it really counts.
I honestly didn't even make a dent in the books I own, I still have like 50 on my shelves and I don't want to count how many on my kindle.
I think a lot of the reason that I keep buying books stems from years ago when I didn't have something like goodreads to track what I wanted to read next. If I saw a book in a shop and didn't buy it, chances were that I would forget about it and though I wouldn't know what I was missing, wouldn't it be better to just buy the book and have it sitting there waiting for me? Then I definitely won't forget about it (until I forget it was on my shelf...).
I used to buy books I thought I 'should' read. Fancy, smart, big, long, classic type books. Books that smart people read. Thinking, hey, if I bought it, maybe I would read it and then I would be smart. It took me a long time to stop buying books (or clothes for that matter) for the person I thought I should be based on what other people were doing, reading or wearing. At least I have gotten past that, and I only buy books that I genuinely think I will read.
I also think it's because I buy books based on what I think I will like, or what mood I am in, and both of those things change all the time. Plus sometimes books are so cheap and how can you say no?
There is no possible way I will ever be able to read all the books in all the land, but I would rather that vs not having a book to read. What if a zombie apocalypse happens and I am the last person on earth? I would spend my days reading, and if there was no electricity, I'd be super thankful I had a few shelves full of books, just saying.
This challenge was super fun, and I am going to try and continue reading the books I own with a little mix of library and other means thrown in.
So, are you a book buyer or a borrower?