Bookworm Problem: Feeling guilty about not buying books

I read A LOT. I can’t possibly buy all of the books I read. Nor do I want to. I don’t even buy my favorites all that often. It’s just not worth it to me. I breeze through them quickly, and unless I know I’ll want to read the book again, I’d rather just use the library.

I also don’t collect books. I know a lot of book lovers do, but I’m kind of a neat freak. I don’t like a lot of clutter, so I try to keep my physical books to a minimum. I got rid of a stack of books this fall after my summer reading challenge. And I’m devising a reading challenge for myself for 2016, so I can get rid of more physical books.


I want to support my favorite authors. I’ve been muddling over this dilemma in my head for the last few months since The Broke and the Bookish hosted their Top Ten Tuesday Auto-Buy Authors. I didn’t participate because I don’t buy books. (Funnily enough, I have bought quite a few books in the last month with the release of Winter and The Bronte Plot, the fact that the library didn’t have All In, and Christmas gifts. But usually I don’t buy books.)

I was feeling pretty guilty about this until Modern Mrs. Darcy mentioned sharing books as another great way to promote authors and their books. If someone else buys a book because I recommended it, then maybe I shouldn’t feel guilty. For example, my mother recently bought both Eight Hundred Grapes and Between the World and Me because of me. Blogging about books and talking about books IRL is helping authors get sales from other people.

So I can use the library guilt-free, right?

Do you ever feel guilty about not buying more books?

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    1. Glad I'm not the only one. If I didn't read SO much maybe I'd buy more because then each book would equal more entertainment. I kept track in 2014 and I would have spent $618 on all the books I borrowed from the library. That's just too much money.

  1. I haven't really bought many books this year either for the same reasons you mentioned!! Although we do buy kids books for special occasions (i.e. Christmas, birthdays, Easter)…but they are always special and we re-read them hundreds of times.
    If I do buy a book, it is usually an e-book that I know I will re-read and an author I truly want to support (i.e. Winter this month). I totally agree – it is GREAT to share books & you are still supporting the author! The only downside to not buying books is less pretty instagram photos 😉

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