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It seems to me that enforcing a book-buying moratorium on myself would be fully hypocritical since I'm going to spend the rest of my life encouraging people to purchase books with my name on them, so I'm going to go on a book-buying diet for a few months, and see if I can't lose 10% of my bookweight.

That would be, actually, unread bookweight. Because I did actually do a cull and took a bag of books to the library to donate. PLUS I took a bag of books that has been in my car's trunk for about two years.

I have also decided to stop reading out of obligation. I don't need to be a completist. I may ditch a series if I'm not enjoying it! I may, I may! This should free me up for more new authors and that's a good thing, and also, reading what you enjoy is a good thing, too. Hm. I'm learning! I'm 36 and I am finally figuring things out!

What else, what else? Oh, a music diet. I have Enough Music for now, I really do.

And no new paper products until I run out. No index cards, no notebooks. Sweartagod.

Also: a week from tomorrow, my book will be OUT.

*gnaws fingernails*


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Aug. 30th, 2011 01:29 am (UTC)
A week? Wow. That snuck up.

I will have to hit my local for it. :)
Aug. 30th, 2011 12:29 pm (UTC)
Aug. 30th, 2011 01:34 am (UTC)
I have also decided to stop reading out of obligation. I don't need to be a completist. I may ditch a series if I'm not enjoying it! I may, I may!

Nothing wrong with that. I'm notorious for starting novels and stopping around page 100 or 150. Sometimes I'm even enjoying them, just not enough to read what I've already read so much similar to before. And because I have other things I want a whiff of. I do this with UF a lot. I call it market research. ;-)

I promise I won't do this with yours. *g*
Aug. 30th, 2011 11:57 pm (UTC)
Aug. 30th, 2011 01:37 am (UTC)
A week!!
Aug. 30th, 2011 11:57 pm (UTC)
A week!
Aug. 30th, 2011 01:49 am (UTC)
Realizing I don't have to finish books has saved me a lot of time. Having just set one aside today, I'll have to find something I won't mind having interrupted when yours arrives next week.
Aug. 30th, 2011 11:52 am (UTC)
Well, mine CAN go on the stack. Especially since you've read it in some form before...
Aug. 30th, 2011 02:16 pm (UTC)
Ha. I'm too curious to see what's different, for one thing.
Aug. 30th, 2011 02:52 am (UTC)
Yeah, me too. We can gnaw together.
Aug. 30th, 2011 11:27 am (UTC)

Aug. 30th, 2011 03:21 am (UTC)
Since I have Grandpa's library sitting here in my office, I see what you mean about the diet but not the starvation.

One week! Good deal!
Aug. 30th, 2011 11:29 am (UTC)
Yea, verily!
Aug. 30th, 2011 03:39 am (UTC)
I think I may also have been 36 when I decided not to get stuck on books I don't like. Book guilt makes you read less.
Aug. 30th, 2011 11:28 am (UTC)
I was hoping that excising the guilt would let me read more!
Aug. 30th, 2011 04:15 pm (UTC)
I think it does. Trying to read books I don't particularly like made reading a chore. Now my rule is that if, after the first chapter or two, a book isn't calling to me, dragging me away from TV and work and distractions, then it isn't worth my time. I'm reading more, I think.
Aug. 30th, 2011 11:23 pm (UTC)
Okay, now I understand your phrase "Book guilt makes you read less" for even THOUGH I speak English, I'm not often great at reading it.
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