Saturday, October 9, 2010
GULP - Is There A Book Buying Ban In My Future?
While looking on Twitter and visiting other blog sites, I've seen others talk about being part of a self imposed book ban for a variety of different reasons. I remember thinking "Good gosh you'll never catch me doing that *click on purchase as I buy another book on Amazon*" but now I think it may be the answer to my problem. So how the heck am I going to do this without passing out with withdrawals? I think I may have an idea.
I've tried dieting on and off for years. If you're like me, there's that one temptation that is fine to eat in little bits but eating it in moderation is impossible. So when you go on a diet, you vow you'll give it up and go cold turkey, using sheer will power to break the habit. You do fine for a while but soon you start getting the cravings and start thinking more and more about it until you find yourself binging hard, diet be damned. Next thing guilt comes beating down on you, whispering that you're a failure and that you should just give up. With the taste of temptation still in your system, you agree and the diet's abandoned until you jump back on those scales and can't ignore the extra pounds. Back you go through the vicious cycle and honestly it gets exhausting. I heard the advice given to those caught in this dieting trap that instead of completely cutting the temptation out, learn to use moderation and use it as a small treat. This way you still meet that need but also honor your goal to diet. Judging by the shakes and heart palpitations I feel thinking I need to book ban myself, I think I may need to apply that principle here and look at my options. Whatever I decide to do, I'm looking at the time frame of a month because isn't that how long it takes to break a habit? So here's what I've come up with:
1. A complete book buying ban for a month - This would be the painful cold turkey option for me that I think will reduce me to a blithering idiot. *chuckles as I write this because I just realized I'm talking about books here* I know I could do this but my fear is I also know the very second that month is over, EVERY book I saw that month will instantly be bought and to me that just defeats the purpose.
2. A limited book budget for a month - I was actually doing this for a while. My hubby and I sat down and figured out a reasonable book allowance per week. This could very well be the answer so I conducted an experiment this week and it was pretty successful but I know myself - I'm the Queen of Justification. It won't take long before I'll be making excuses why I NEED that extra few dollars to buy a book and how I couldn't possibly be expected to choose.
3. Pre pick what I'll buy each month - There are alot of really cool books due to be released that I know I'd want to buy and that are the HAVE TO HAVES that will be read the second I get them. If I look at what's coming out that month and decide ahead of time, hopefully it'll stop all the impulse buying I do and prevent the never ending pile of unread books I have from growing. Thing is, what about those spur of the moment finds? LOL I hate having to choose.
4. Sell / Swap already read books - I think this option makes me just as sick as the complete ban one. The idea of getting rid of my books isn't appealing in the least but my thought is I can put them on PaperbackSwap or take them to Bookmans. I've done this before in the past as a way to get rid of doubles and books I didn't like. Thing is I like all the books I have now and have no doubles so if I do this, it'll be with cherished books. Am I really prepared to do this?
5. Screw the intervention and BUY BUY BUY - Oh this is so tempting but even I have to admit an intervention is needed so I'm going to flick the little book buying devil off my shoulder and try not to listen to it. Ugh this is desperately the option I want to choose. *takes a deep breath and refocuses*
I know how crazy this whole post is and even I'm laughing at myself but I really think it's something I need to do and this is what I've come up with. So this is the part of the intervention where I need some help from you guys. Has anyone else had similar experiences they feel comfortable in sharing and of how they dealt with it? Is there another option I haven't thought of that you think might help? I appreciate any advice you might have.
Happy reading !!