I can’t believe there’s is only ten days left of Lent. I also can’t believe that other then one cheat day that I actually stuck with the whole not buying books thing for 40 days. For a bookworm like me, that is actually quite impressive.
Of course, I’ve been tempted. I’ve been getting so many coupons from Barnes and Noble that are all just screaming for me to buy the latest and greatest in YA. Whenever I get those coupons, I delete them promptly to avoid further temptation. Then, of course, whenever I go to the grocery store, I can’t help but browse the best sellers – only to leave them behind when I remember that I still have a few more weeks until I could replenish my library with some fresh books.
Not buying books has had one benefit – I get to finally read books that have been sitting on my shelf for who knows how long. Since starting this little challenge, I’ve read about six books. I also decided that I didn’t want to keep two of them, creating room on my shelf for books that I might actually want, and fell in love with the other four.
Now that there’s only ten days left in Lent, I have about four or five books that I have yet to read, but want to. The other day, I actually went to my bookcase and took inventory of everything that I had read and have not read. The grand total? Three books, which are A Beautiful Mind by Sylvia Nasar, Beloved by Toni Morrison, and Home to Italy by Peter Pezzeli. I hope that by the time Lent is over I can get that total down a few more books, but we’ll see.
I am currently reading The Magnolia Story by Chip and Joanna Gaines. The book was actually a Christmas gift that I had given my mother last year, and she finally got around to reading. While waiting in line to pay for the book, I began to read part of it, and fell in love. Now that she finished reading it, I decided to pick it up myself. After that, I plan to read Home to Italy, The 5th Wave, or Fairest. We’ll see.
Now that I can see the finish line, I am figuring out what I should do to celebrate my victory. The best solution that I could think of was to pay a visit to the Second Hand Prose Bookstore – a bookstore located in the Miller Library in Hamden, CT. I love that bookstore for two reasons. The first is that everything is so reasonably priced – the most that I pay for a book is about $2. The second is that the proceeds benefit library programs. How awesome is that!
It is likely that the next time that I update you all on my progress will be when Lent is over. Crazy how time flies isn’t it?
Read: The Bermudez Triangle, Queen of Shadows, Charlotte’s Web, Career of Evil, Audrey Wait!, Beautiful Creatures, and Between the Lines.
Currently Reading: The Magnolia Story
Up Next: Fairest, The 5th Wave, or Home to Italy.