Happy Monday Storytellers! I feel like it’s been so long since I’ve sat down and actually had a fun post with you gorgeous folks (not saying my other posts aren’t fun–because I’m a freaking hoot), and I’ve missed it terribly. So, because I’ve missed it, I thought it would be great to look back on the semi traumatic ordeal I put myself through for the last half of 2019. If you know–you know, and if you don’t…well I’m talking about the great book ban of 2019.
During the last half of 2019, I was on an intense book buying ban. Like super intense. From June 19th, 2019 till January 14th, 2020 I had pressed play on the great game of book buying bans and went on a quest of making my wallet happy (insert Jumanji drums here). I’ve learned a lot during these months of deprivation, and I thought it would be therapeutic and maybe giggle-snort inducer if I regailed to you storytellers everything I’ve learned during what I like to call “the dark months”.
So grab your popcorn…maybe your pillow too, and remove all drinks from the premises (cause snorting out soda is messy), and lets see what I’ve learned!
In the beginning–The Temptation is REAL
I feel like this is true for any period of extensive deprivation. Its like your mind and body know you aren’t allowed to have something anymore thus making you want it THAT much more. That book you had no intention of reading yesterday? need it! That historical fiction (a genre you don’t read) sale you saw on amazon where each book is .99 cents? Yup need them all.
Accountability is the greatest thing out there
Friends don’t let friends buy shit without consequences.
Self Control? Who you?
She was weak but she was hella determined. This entire ban is just the universe wanting to strengthen my self control skills under the rouse of me saving money. Not a fan.
Things get easier…sort of.
I’ll admit it was hard walking passed Half Price books and floating through amazon for links and NOT adding something to my cart, but after a while of seeing my bank account not negative and dying a slow death of malnutrition, it was so bad. Now I’m able to walk passed a bookstore and only cry three tears. #progress
You begin to utilize resources
DID YOU KNOW THERE ARE A SHIT TON OF RESOURCES THAT GIVE AWAY FREEBIES?! I was literally shooketh at the amount. It was like floating on cloud nine as I got to scratch the book buying itch and my wallet didn’t even have to show its face.
I also started using my library more frequently than I did before. Free books are the best books–even if you have to give them back after a few weeks.
Resources I used:
Places that freebies abound:
Free Trials are gifts of Ambrosia from the gods themselves
Especially if you have multiple email addresses.
TBR took a well needed hit…in both directions
I actually read the books that I had previously binge bought solely because I couldn’t buy anything else. The ban forced me to read the shit that caused the ban–a paradox.
However, this decrease in my TBR quickly subsided when I stepped into my freebie stan ways. It’s fine. I’ve come to accept that my TBR will never be a sane size again.
…and also got hella cleaned
Since I’m not spending time one-clicking anymore, I was able to unhaul alot of stories I just wasn’t interested in from both my physical and digital TBRs and organized my TBRs in a way that makes more sense. It was bliss.
The Return of the Picky buyer
I can say once again, that I am super picky with the books I pick up and spend money on. No longer am I one-clicking for the thrill. Ya girl has rules…structure–I dare say…self control.
But FOMO is real
The synopsis doesn’t seem like something up your alley but everyone and their mom’s on twitter are screaming about it? A new release that everyone wants–no NEEDS people to read? Well too bad because the hype ain’t gonna stop just because you are on a ban. FOMO is real and it is strong.
I didn’t choose the Mantra–the Mantra chose me
“If it ain’t free, it ain’t for me. If it ain’t free, it ain’t for me. If it ain’t free, it ain’t for me. If it ain’t free, it ain’t for me.”
In the end though, your bank account cries the tears of a thousand thankful angels.
Have you ever been on a ban?
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