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Breaking the addiction

It is a known fact that I am biblioholic, a raving book addict. I make no secret of that. But I am also addicted to libraries. Going to the library does for me what shopping does for shopaholics and eating for food addicts. Well, I’m going on a diet, aimed at reducing my TBR stack. I have allowed one of my library cards to expire, the one for the city library where I get most of my casual reading material. It’s not that I have taken a sudden dislike to the library or anything, but I have approximately 300 books at home waiting to be read and I can’t see myself doing that when I keep going to the library to get one book and then bring back 20. The aim is for at least 80% of the books I read every month to be mine (the rest I will get from the National Library). If this works and I manage to reduce my TBR stack by at least 50% by the end of September (when the other card expires), I will reward myself by renewing the city library card.

The card expired on April 28, and I still have some books on loan, but I am already feeling withdrawal symptoms. Wish me luck!


Anonymous said…
Wow, you have my deepest admiration for attempting something I know I could never do. Good luck.
Maxine Clarke said…
Good luck indeed. Book acquisition addictions are the hardest to beat, I find.
I have managed to cure my book-club joining addiction for a few months now, so my pile of books purchased from other sources is gradually declining -- maybe between 100 and 200 now.

Keep up the good work!
Anonymous said…
Good luck breaking the library habit! I also have 200+ books in the at home TBR pile but the library keeps up its Siren song ... and our library book sale starts tomorrow. There's no hope for me, lol, but good luck to you!

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