I realized that i spent at least £50 on books a month, which i had no problems with but many of the books just sat on my shelf whilst i went hunting for more delicious delights at the book shop.
- I decided that for a year i would not buy any new books, unless i really needed to, and i couldn’t borrow, either from a friend or from the library or buy second hand. I did very well. I bought 5 new books and 3 of those were given away as presents.
- I decided to give away any book that i was never going to read or read again; I gave 200+ books away over the years.
I realized that I spent about £32 a month on magazines; works out to be about £8 a week or £4 a magazine. Again i would have had no problems with that amount if i had actually found time to read them all.
- i decided to stop buying magazines. For a time i yearned for them, i would walk into newsagents pick them up and then remember and then put them back.
- my daughter bought me a years subscription to 1 magazine. It was an amazing present, because each month i received another present. It was very worthwhile.
So what now? did i learn from my lessons?
My daughter is staying with me at the moment and one day she came into my room and sat on the floor is a neat pile of books, 6 in total. She said ‘have you been buying books again?’ I actually replied ‘NO’ they were down stairs’, which was of cause was a total lie. Of cause i have bought them, not all on the same day, and i do intend to read them, honest. But i hereby promise that i will NOT buy any more until i have read them all, yes every single one of them.
So far this year I have bought 4 of the Harry Potter series and I intend to buy the rest because i have never read them all and i really would like to have a set of my own. I have also bought 1 other book, which i have read and enjoyed. I always tell my children that Book Tokens are always welcome and i won’t ever think it’s a last resort rather then a well thought out present. I also have 1 magazine subscription, I think that goal was more successful however this time i bought it myself.
So – I hereby swear to not buy any more books until I have read every book in my little pile and to gladly give away all the books i have finished with. Also I will not buy magazines, when most of the information is free online anyway.