Have you been making compulsive book purchases without having finished your last year’s lot yet? Online shopping, crazy discounts, sales schemes have certainly spoiled people. But compulsive book shopping can be bad and if you have longer list of books to be read than books read, consider self-control. Here’s how to avoid buying books uncontrollably:
Set a Maximum Shopping Figure: Set a book shopping fund and under no circumstances, cross it. Be frugal when shopping online and regardless of how attractive the discount is, don’t succumb to the sale schemes. Don’t buy more than 4 books a month as you can barely finish a single in a week. So, set such a limit that keeps you from making any extra purchases.
Get a Reading Guide: Everyone makes promises to self, sets goals and then screws them. It won’t be a surprise if you make self-promises to read all the books you bought and ended up buying more without having finished the previous purchases. So get a partner or a reading guide whose job is to make regular checks if you are splurging on books again. This guide will also test if you are still working on finishing your reading wish list and that you haven’t abandoned a book in the middle and if yes, why? Preferably, get someone who is just as a literary and book fanatic as you and shares your taste so you can enjoy passionate individual analysis and debates.
Seek Free Options: Checkout the public library and see if they have the versions you want to read and take books on loan from friends. This will help you get books for a definite period and return them without exceeding deadlines so you’d know you have to finish a certain book in certain period of time. The library is a pretty efficient way of saving space, money and sharing resources without exclusively owning anything.
Succumb to interest and make lists: Read what intrigues you. It help you read more and you’ll be able to gradually shift to decent and substance writing. Read aloud from the titles you own, make lists of books you want to read and put them on your priority board. Every time you feel the urge to buy another one, write the name down and pin the note on the board. Decide not to buy it unless you have finished your list of unread titles.
Be proactive on forums, acquire free first chapters and read thoroughly to get an idea of the book. If unconvinced, ditch the book and move on to another one. This way, you will buy less and read more. But the best way of tempering a book buying addiction is simply self-control and minimizing your exposure to outlets that drive you to spend on books.