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My goal this year is to buy no new books. I did this once before, during my last year of grad school, when I had no time to read for pleasure. But now I'm going to try it again just on principle -- I have more books than I need, including dozens I haven't read.

So step 1 is to read those books. Here's the list. Some were for school, some are Jim's, and some I just never got around to cracking. It's a good list. I'm looking forward to this.

Step 2 is to get anything else I want to read from the library or borrow from friends.

I'll admit, I'm torn about this resolution. I love my local independent bookstores and desperately want them to survive. But I've reached the point where "supporting the local shops" has evolved into "making myself crazy with stuff" and "running out of shelf space for no good reason" (not to mention "sighing in disappointment when I open the Visa statement").

But, hey, if you're still buying books in 2010, buy them from Women & Children First and Unabridged and Book Cellar! Fuck Amazon and the chains, man. They will not save your neighborhood.

Replies: 2 Confessions

I think I can find some of my old AD&D monster manuals, if you want to add those to the list...

jima @ 01/04/2010 08:20 PM CST


No, I do not.

amyc @ 01/04/2010 08:26 PM CST


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