No Book-Buy July

Inspired by a fellow blogger’s No Buy July post, I decided not to purchase any new books this month. As you know, it is difficult for me to refrain from supporting independent bookstores or downloading new titles from my ultra-convenient Audible and Kindle accounts. Right now, I have one Audible credit for July, and I’m not cashing it in until August. Is it killing me that it’s sitting out there, and I could have a new shiny book to listen to today? Well, yes. But I’m not giving in. I have shelf control.

I mean self-control.

So far, I’ve listened to one book I own — which turned out to be a 5-star read — and started a book on my Kindle that I purchased a long time ago. I’m also reading more New York Times articles and cleaning up my Kindle by catching up on the samples I’ve downloaded and never read. I deleted a few of them and put the two I liked on hold to buy later.

Here is the only downside. I haven’t stopped myself from making other random purchases this month. Just yesterday, I spotted a sterling silver bracelet featuring pressed flowers in a charming jewelry shop. I had no intention of buying anything for myself, but after I tried it on, I loved it. This sort of impulse buy would not have happened if I had made a recent trip to the bookstore. But since there was no chance of that, I decided to support a different kind of small business and bought the bracelet. While I had a little buyer’s remorse, I woke up this morning happy to see it sitting pretty on my wrist.

Of course, now I want a manicure, so this no-book-buy July might wind up being too dangerous for my pocketbook. But at least I won’t add any new books to my TBR tower. So, silver lining!

3 comments on No Book-Buy July

  1. Tamara
    July 10, 2023 at 4:15 am (2 months ago)

    Shelf-control, great one. Oh, and “silver lining”, I think you wanted to say “silver bracelet”. You made me laugh! Hey, it’s “no buy July”, and a manicure does not qualify as buying, it’s merely a maintenance service, so go for it, and when you’re done, have coffee! That’s not buying either. Just compensation for the people who basically provide life support. Enjoy!

  2. Paul Taubman
    July 9, 2023 at 7:51 pm (3 months ago)

    Ever try to do a oone-week of no buying anything that is not really needed?

    It si tough.

  3. Kebba Buckley Button
    July 9, 2023 at 7:37 pm (3 months ago)

    Elisa, all very important points! I made a similar resolve– though I prefer paperbacks– and yet I never stopped ordering a new top here and there. (Emoji for hearty laughter.) So I’m not sure I’ve saved money. Well, let’s keep trying! 🙂

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