As far as buying books goes, I used to be someone who would buy them with any spare change I had and hoard them, regardless of whether I had enjoyed them or ever intended to read them. Fast forward a few years and I went on a massive minimalism kick, where I didn’t buy any books for months and almost religiously used the library.
That prelude sets me up for the point of this post, where I want to talk about the fact that I finally feel as though I have reached a happy medium! In the last few months I have accumulated a few books for the first time in so long and I’m glad that I have, because I missed the feeling of going into a bookstore and actually taking home the books that I’d browsed for.
One of the things that drove me towards buying less books was the fact that in all areas of my life I began to adopt this minimalist attitude. Consumerism still irritates me massively (that’s a post for another day…), and I took it to the extent that I even felt like I shouldn’t buy books because I would usually only read them once. There are still only a tiny number of books on my shelf that I haven’t read but I found recently that this was leading to me getting quite uninspired. I never realised how much having an array of books, read and unread, on your shelves can bolster your excitement for reading; after a few years of my bookshelves barely changing, I began to lose the sense that my reading had ever evolved.
Bringing it back to now, I feel like I’ve begun to reconnect with how I want to represent myself and reading is a massive part of my life, so why would I not show that and surround myself with things I’m passionate about? I think I’ve realised this because I’ve realised that books aren’t just material items but an actually brilliant expression of a person. If someone has bookshelves, you can get a clear picture of their interests and passions almost straight away, and I feel like this is massively different to the throwaway attitude we have to buying some other things! Books can be ornamental – they’re just so pretty – as well as a demonstration of character, and now that I’ve changed the way I see it I feel so much less guilty about wanting to have a big library of my own!
Books I’ve Bought Recently
Dragonfly in Amber by Diana Gabaldon
I. LOVED. OUTLANDER. WITH. ALL. MY. HEART., but this entire series is just such a beast that I’m going to spend a long time catching up. I decided to finally order this second instalment though and I plan on reading it over the summer as a bit of a long haul read – I imagine I’ll be reading other things in between as well.
Stardust by Neil Gaiman
I’ve wanted to read this book for SO long! I absolutely love the film and the song by Take That is one of my favourites (despite not really being a Take That fan in general, but I digress…) Luckily it was on sale for £3.99 at my local independent bookstore, so it would have been rude to not pick it up!
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
This book has been raved about by pretty much everyone, and it sounds absolutely up my alley! In my head it’s a hint of mystery and magic and intrigue, and I really hope that it lives up to the hype because I have a feeling it may just become a favourite.
Uprooted by Naomi Novik
This book was bought on a whim, as I’d never heard of it before I stepped into the bookstore. It was featured in a ‘best fantasy’ display, and the synopsis was so enticing that I just had to go for it! Also the cover is just gorgeous…
A Darker Shade of Magic by V. E. Schwab (full series)
I’m so close to finishing this series! I had a few vouchers and decided to order the first book as I’d heard so many good things about it, and I’m so glad I did! I absolutely raced through the first instalment and went out to buy the next before I was even halfway through it. I’ll be sad when the series ends but I will definitely be picking up more of V. E. Schwab’s work!
This is a fairly short post, but revision period has hit and I feel like I’m reading and writing words left, right, and centre. I’d love to know your attitude towards buying books though. Are you a buyer and hoarder, or do you prefer to own minimal books and only use the library? Let me know!
Have a lovely day,