>101 in 1001 – Item 80…


Buy fewer new books (use the library, charity shops and borrow them from people instead)

…has been completed!

I probably could have ticked this one off a few weeks ago.  I’ve been using the library a lot lately and have bought two books since February (although one was an omnibus edition with 3 in it)

I’ve been debating just when to tick this one off.  But it was the fact that this week I received a book a won on twitter, two review books and have three more promised to me (meaning review books 7, 8 and 9 are sat on the side with 10, 11, and 12 promised to me)

Read It Swap It is another way I’ve been getting books since last year although I’ve not used it for a while as none of the swaps I’ve been offered have caught my eye.  I decided not to actively look for books on there for a while as I have so many I’ve not read.  I do have a wishlist on there so it lets me know when books I’ve said I want show up and I can go for swaps on them if I want.  But whilst it doesn’t help with the sheer number of books in my house it does mean ones I don’t think I’ll read again are gone and replaced by ones I do want to read.  Plus I can then swap those on if I want or keep them, whatever.  Considering that sending a book second class tends to cost around £1.85, it’s a good deal.

I’m not saying that I’m never, ever going to buy new books again.  Of course not I love book shops, I love the way the smell and feel.  I love the way books smell and feel too.  Just as I can spend hours reading I can also send hours mooching in a bookshop.  But I’m getting a lot better at walking back out of bookshops without books.  And my bank balance is definitely happier for that!

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