Bookworm Problems: Buying Books and Not Reading Them

#BookwormProblems Bookworm Problems - This is related to the bookworm problem of an overflowing to-be-read list, but not exactly the same thing.

I buy a book for fill-in-the-blank-reason:
– I think I’ve got to have it
– It continues a series
– It was a great deal, too good to resist
– etc, etc, etc.

And then, instead of prioritizing it or something sensible like that, I go back to focusing on my library books. You know, the ones with due dates that force me to read them.

I have birthday and Christmas books from I don’t want to admit how long ago, still waiting patiently for me to read them.

And this is why I’ve been setting a reading goal each year to actually READ MY OWN BOOKS. Not just library ones. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  1. Yuuup. I buy the books with the best intentions of reading them, but the library or review books get in the way ๐Ÿ™

  2. I have a confession too. As an author, I love when bookclubs select “The Other Mother: a rememoir.” But sometimes I have book-club-resentment when I’ve got to read one for our monthly meeting and it means I have to give a book I’ve been dying to read a raincheck. I’ve had one on my Kindle for a year, waiting patiently for my eyeballs!

    • I don’t even want to think about how long some of my Kindle books have been waiting for me. I went kind of crazy at first getting books for it, because there was so much digital room.

  3. SAME HERE! I have bday books I requested (from years ago!!) that I still haven’t read! I also have a problem getting WAY too many Kindle books b/c it’s a good deal. I read books on my kindle/kindle app SO SLOW I should just stop getting any and get them from the library, even if I have to reserve them and wait I bet I’d read them faster!

    • I’ve mostly stopped buying those great Kindle deals, unless they’re ones that I already knew I wanted because, even at only $2 or $3 it adds up, and because TOO MANY BOOKS.

      Notice I did say “mostly.” ๐Ÿ˜‰

      And the library makes it so easy for electronic books – you can set it up to automatically check them out to you if there is a holds list, so it’ll just appear magically on your phone or Kindle.

      (Now I feel like I need to acknowledge that I don’t really think it’s magic. It’s cool technology, but it’s not magic.)

    • The ones I want are never $3… so I feel even worse about abandoning them.

      • I get cranky at paying more than $5 for a Kindle book, because then it’s getting too close to paperback pricing, and at that point, I’d rather buy a physical book and truly OWN it, rather than “renting” a DRM’d copy that Amazon could technically take away at any moment.

  4. It’s not just you. I do the SAME thing. Trying to focus on reading books I already have this year instead of buying new ones or even checking out from the library… but then there’s the new releases (Fairest! Squee!) or those books on my TBR list that look so much more inviting than the ones I own… ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Fairest is definitely one that I’m excitedly waiting for, and that will immediately bump everything else down the priority list. ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. I’ve done it so much that my husband instituted a buying ban this year. I can’t purchase any more books until I read all of the books that I currently already own…..which is going to be really hard because I keep getting free books for review, winning giveaways, etc. LOL I got 4 books in the mail yesterday and he was just laughing and shaking his head. Good luck with your goal!

    • Oh, that would be hard, although it’s hard to complain about winning giveaways or getting review books you ask for!

  6. Nailed it!

  7. I suffer from this too! This is why I’ve been really strict with myself about not buying so many books.

    Audiobooks however… ๐Ÿ˜›


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