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New Reading Plans: Now What?

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Or: How To Not Be a Pathetic Failure of a Book Dragon

I am currently a terrible excuse for a book dragon, a bookworm, or even a book-salamander.

Recently I committed the cardinal sins of bookworms. After finally being able to temporarily lift my self-imposed book-buying ban (it’s called “I was broke because I’m a stay at home mom, but then Christmas happened”), I mistakenly ordered the wrong title. Twice. In the same shipment.

Then after that, I proceeded to use one of my holiday coupons to obtain a book I “hadn’t read yet when everybody else has,” and it turned out I had already read it. But this fact didn’t hit me until after I saw said book on the “new” shelf in my local library. And recognition sparked.

Along with a fair amount of guilt, and the sudden desire to go hide in a dark hole until I had forgotten this incident/received the correct books and acted like this was my clever scheme all the time.

How did this happen? you may ask. Well, I chalk it up to the stress of the holidays, the post-holiday letdown, and the flurry of returning to school and work amid the potential for snowstorms/ice/complete thaw and flash flooding. All of this, accompanied by the fact Muffin will now be seeing three therapists and two specialists before winter is out, significantly frazzled my brain.

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Now, I just posted a whole discussion about how I won’t be using the library very much this year, due to a number of factors (it can be found by entering “Forming New Reading Habits” into the search bar). And this resolution stands firm. After I confidently queued up my TBR for January and February on my hold requests, figuring they would come in 2 or 3 at a time, and then receiving them all on the same day (no, not kidding) — I totally remember why I made these plans to begin with.

Yes, library books can be renewed, but only for so long. Whereas purchased books can hang around on your shelf/desk/closet for potentially the rest of the century. Acquiring a long TBR helps stave off boredom. Re-reading selections you only read once will probably reacquaint you with a great story that’s nearly been forgotten. And it’s financially prudent to double check your shelves/library checkout history before hitting that order button.

Am I embarrassed? Yeah, somewhat. But I also am reminded afresh of why changing my reading habits was such a big deal. Time is a real issue for me. I have 2 kids and a novel to finish getting proofed and printed, a. sequel to complete, and appointments to make. And miles to go before I sleep.

Rather than frantically running to the library once a week hoping to find a gazillion exciting new releases that bloggers have been enthusing about, I’ll content myself with stocking up on those items that have been on my wish list for as long as 5 years. (Erm, ahem…yup, sadly, this is true.)

This method will also help me re-secure my title of book dragon because I will be jealousy hoarding the contents of my bookcase like the gold they are.

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5 thoughts on “New Reading Plans: Now What?”

  1. I’d have debt collectors at my door if I still used my local library! I can be reading something and then something arrives and I get excited or it’s a sequel I’ve been waiting for, so the first book is set aside and left until I remember it months (even years) later and pick it up again.

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  2. Ahh ordering books over the holiday period is tricky- don’t sweat it! And we all make the mistake of ordering the book and then realising the library has it (worse is when you get a book out a library, end up loving it, and then feel too guilty to buy it…)

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    1. Yeah, I used to have a policy of only check it out of the library first, then if I liked it, plan to buy it later… But after a few years that didn’t work, because sometimes after I returned the book I couldn’t remember the author or something, and that was a really bad situation. 😛

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