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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*


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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