I have a budget for buying books, of course, but what I haven't realized is that I tend to buy every time I enter a bookstore. It dawned on me that I never leave a bookstore without buying one. *gah!*
So what's a book junkie supposed to do? Never enter a book store again? It's like asking me to shoot my own foot! (And quite frankly, I'd rather shoot my foot than be denied access inside a bookstore. j/k.)
Go electronic? I'm all for e-books and sure there are sites which will allow you to download them for free but I prefer the smell and feel of an actual book, leafing and hearing the sound of the page being turned. I only read e-books if I can't find the copy of the title I'm looking for.
Book sale? Sure. But you have to browse for a long time and, if you're lucky, find one that you really like and still have to shell out some cha-ching for that (which I am trying to avoid.)
Is that it? No other option?
Fret not, I found a solution! All you need are friends who are also bookworms. (Thankfully, I have lots.)
Rounding them up, I proposed a book swap session. I posted the books that I have and they get to choose which ones they want to borrow. They will then post the books that they own for trading.
We then agreed on a date to meet up and trade books. (See photo below.)
It's a win-win situation! A symbiotic relationship of financial proportions! Not only did I have new books to read, but I also didn't have to spend big bucks to get them. Same goes for Mico. See what I mean by win-win? ^____^
If you plan on doing the same thing, make sure you return each other's books and make sure you take care of the books you borrowed. If you got them wrinkle-free, make sure they get them back still wrinkle-free.
I'm glad I have book-loving friends and I'm relieved I managed to cover that financial hole. Well, my kettle's whistling. Time to prepare tea and get back to my reading (in case your wondering, I started off with "Every day".)
Till the next post! Ciao~