BA’s 26 Posts Blogging Challenge
Welcome to BA’s 26 Posts Posting Challenge for Book Bloggers! The aim of this challenge is to create one post a week, focusing on books, book blogs, and a scattering of personal topics, for 26 weeks. You can learn more, or be kept up to date with topics here.
Posts will go up every Sunday, but you can post any time during the week (all topics are pre-listed), and share your posts in the comments for others to find. Please refrain from targeting individuals, bullying, or slandering in your posts. Share your opinions, but keep it diplomatic if anything negative comes up so this can be, and stay, a fun challenge.
This Week’s Topic
Finding and Buying: Where do you find new reading material and how has it changed with the internet?
I do not buy books! Well, most of the time. I’m not excited about it by the way, it’s more of a surprisingly preposterous exclamation. I never thought I’d go for so long without buying books, or without a desire to at least peruse bookshelves. It’s happened though. I went for so long without the desire to enter a bookstore that I ended up not knowing what to do with myself when I finally entered one again. Can you believe it?
Yeah, I can’t either. I’m still reeling and confused after all this time and I’m talking about an experience I had roughly two years ago. I’d gone out with my partner to a beachside suburb with no fixed plans in mind. We ended up walking along the strip of shops and she suggested we check out one of the bookstores. I was so unsure of what to do with myself, where to look, I ended up following her around (this is what I do when she wants to stop into a store like Footlocker or something). I stuck with browsing through accessories, like book-themed mugs and bags, and randomly picking up books without any real interest in them.
Afterwards I decided not to step foot in a bookstore for a while. The experience was too traumatising.
Since, and up until recently, I’ve occasionally bought books online, but for the most part I’ve rarely felt the urge. It’s ridiculous I know, but there’s good reason behind it. I have too many books to read. Without adding to my TBR lists, or receiving review copies, I have so many books put away to read, in my personal library and on my Goodreads TBR, that it would take me over eight years to read every one of those books. This is if I read at least one to two books a week. Something I’m not prone to stick with. I go through phases where I read a large amount and then I spread it out some more.
If I were to be more generous with the numbers and slacker with the reading schedule, I’d say ten plus years to finish all my TBR without adding to it. As it is, it gets added to, but not purely by pleasure. I find those numbers, that length of time, to be daunting and, if I think about it too much, overwhelming.
What doesn’t help, or maybe it’s a good thing, is I’m not fond of excess. I do have a large amount of books, but I have a cut off point. Especially when almost half of those books have gone unread. I wonder what the point of getting more is and feel as though I would be buying them for the sake of it rather than a want to read. Excess turns me off of everything.
Luckily, for both of us, my partner has rediscovered her love of reading and wants to visit bookstores every fortnight. Her enthusiasm in turns inspires me to read more, get excited about it, and enjoy walking around a bookstore. I’m still wary of buying books due to excess and I’m not one of those people who reviews purely for pleasure. I do enjoy it though, but I see it as an exercise in networking and learning about the craft of story telling. Most of the books I read now are not ones I would have chosen on the spur of the moment. They’re requested or recommended to me and if I think it sounds remotely interesting I will read it. I’m not being arrogant or ungrateful about it either. I love being able to review, but these reasons are why I don’t often go out of my way to find something new to read.
When I do it’s more because a title fell into my lap, so to speak. I’ll be the first to admit I am hopeless at leaving comments on book blogs, but that doesn’t mean I don’t read your posts. I subscribe by email to the majority of them and that’s where the books fall into my lap; email. I’ll read reviews in my inbox and if the book intrigues me I will consider reading it.
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