Fact: I don't like coffee. I just like saying Coffee Clutch in my best and deepest New York accent. Considering I'm a New Yorker, I'm pretty freaking good at it. So I've got my tea and I hope you have your heated beverage of choice, because it's time to gab the day away.
Apologies aside though, I still want to talk about this with you guys. While I do often borrow books from the library, I mostly buy lots of books (as I confessed to Once Upon a Different Discussion Post), I really do have this insane compulsion to by lots and lots of books. I know I shouldn't, mostly because I have about 100 unread books on my shelves (and this doesn't even include my 60 or so BEA books!). But every time I'm sad or mad or celebrating something or have any kind of strong emotion whatsoever, I'll buy a book.
[None of this even begins to account for the coupons I get, which drive the feature mentioned above. Yeah. That's right. I get coupons often enough to start a feature to encourage my unending spending at Barnes & Noble.]
I think I derive comfort from both buying books and having an abundance of them on my shelves. I'm sure there's some sort of psychological thing going on here and I should probably seek help. But I won't.
What I did do for about a month was go on a Book Buying Ban. I broke it the other day (You win, Rachel, you win). I didn't buy books unless I had a coupon on the ebook was on sale or someone gave me a gift card. I also got a couple of books from a few different channels. Basically what I'm saying is that it was only a half-hearted book buying ban because I love buying books and I just can't help it. I honestly don't think I could ACTUALLY go on a hardcore book buying ban. I'm just not capable of it.
And while all of the above is SUPER GREAT for the economy and my local Barnes & Noble and the indies nearby, it's REALLY not so great for both my groaning shelves and pouting wallet. It's like, no matter how many books I already have to read or how good my library is, I just can't keep myself from spending.
Basically, what I'm saying is, I have insane grabby hands when it comes to book buying. Some people have shoes, others have clothing, I have books. I just gotta have 'em, even if there's no way I can read even a fraction of the ones I already have anytime soon. Coupons may encourage me, but I really don't need all that much encouragement (which I think this post clearly explains).
Do you guys have this problem? How about any tips or tricks to keep the grabby hands from springing to action? I know I'm not the only reader with this problem, so don't be shy and share in the comments below!