As I said a couple of posts ago, *I have no impulse control*. So even though I’m on a book buying ban, this happened…
Yeah- I bought a ton of books. Now, while I could turn this into a book haul post, I actually like I’m having a bit of a crisis of conscience for buying so many books just now when I have enough to be getting on with already. So instead, I want to discuss what it is about book bloggers and vloggers that makes us buy so many books. I short, why do we do it?!?
Honestly, I’m beginning to think there is something wrong with the way I buy books so often and how I justify it. Obviously there are the semi sensible reasons to buy books- like worrying I might not have the *right* book to read at the right time- I want to have as many options to hand as is humanly possible. Or even because they’re just *so pretty* (I mean just look at that beautiful pile of books! Even the used ones!). But too often, I’m too lazy for even that level of justification.
Most of the time, I just think to myself: “but they’re books- what could be wrong with buying a few books?” Even though I may have made a decision to stop buying books, because clearly I already have enough to read, I somehow still see it okay to buy more, because it’s books (seriously- that’s practically the extent of it). In fairness, a part of it is because I want to support the book industry- therefore I see it as almost a “noble cause” to buy books. But the other side to it is that it’s just ingrained in me that books = good so buying books = good. It really is as simple as that.
All (mostly) valid reasons- but I’m not really convinced that it fully explains or excuses why I have a habit of breaking book buying bans, flouting rules I have about reading my own books and generally never being satisfied with the number of books I physically have to read.
So I want to know what *you* think. Do you think those are good reasons to splurge on books? And are you like me? Do you also have a book buying problem? If you do, why do you think you do it? Wanna help me out???