In fact I think book buying bans ultimately make my book buying behaviour worse.
So this post is by way of a confession. Having done quite well with the old book buying ban #TBR20 thing – I fell spectacularly off the wagon recently. Two weeks ago I went clickety barmy on Bello ebooks – adding: Who Calls the Tune by Nina Bawden, Too Dear for my Possessing and Survival of the fittest by Pamela Hansford Johnson, My Wife Melissa by Francis Durbridge. Then, not content with that, added a couple of other ebooks to my kindle – Academy Street by Mary Costello was recommended to me by a friend, Elizabeth is Missing which everyone has been talking about and a non-fiction book College of One by Sheilah Graham which is about F Scott Fitzgerald and how he devised a heartfelt course in literature for the woman he loved. My kindle is bursting at the seams now.
Then – as if all that wasn’t enough I bought three Mary Hocking books from ebay – I simply couldn’t resist despite still have two unread Hockings on the shelf. I got, The Mind has Mountains, A Time of War and its sequel The Hopeful Traveller. Don’t forget #rememberMaryHocking reading week in June. I will have plenty to keep me busy that week now.
A lovely new edition (which I have no real need of) of George Elliot’s Mill on the Floss,
Samuel Butler’s The Way of All Flesh,
My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante – the first in the series it seems everyone is reading
Road Ends by Mary Lawson – her latest book – I remember loving Crow Lake and The Other Side of the Bridge.
Mr Harrison’s Confession – Elizabeth Gaskell – I saw a review of this book a while ago and instantly knew I had to read it.
I then had a lovely time looking at the display of anniversary penguin editions. The 80 little black Penguins have been issued by Penguin to celebrate their 80th birthday, they are lovely little pocket sized books containing one or two short stories – or maybe a few poems, and at just 80p are very tempting indeed. I was going to buy ten – I told myself – “buy ten that’s £8.00 – that’s not too bad” – I found ten that I really wanted, and then I found another four – and thought “oh well”.
All of which just goes to show – that book buying bans are very bad for you – because when you start buying again after a period of abstinence – you will just go nuts (or maybe it’s just me – possibly it is).