Book Buying Embargo


Words from the outside world. A list of semi-recommendations at end. Only “semi” because I liked them well enough to buy, but no idea if I will like what is between the covers.

As an Lenten discipline this year, I will give up buying books.

You’d think this wouldn’t be hard. After all, the books will still be there in 40 days.


Books are one of the few areas where I actually spend money. The other two are food & pets, which includes horses. Every so often, I’ll get a wild hair and record expenses with an eye toward writing up a budget. The answer is always the same: basic costs, books, food, pets. Every other category is statistically negligible.

Book shopping is the only recreational shopping I do. If I go nowhere else in a town, I will go to a bookstore. [Shipping, end]

What I Will Want Buy & What To Do About It

A new book from an author I like or a book from a new author will go on a book binge list.

Having nothing to read or seeking a comfort read. Read/reread what I have. Rereading a known book is the ultimate comfort read.

A rare find at a used bookstore or on AbeBooks. Voting with my feet/fingers and avoiding temptation entirely is going to be the key there.

So Why?

Why do this, particularly if I plan to buy the books anyway in April?

Years ago, I absorbed the idea that Lent should not be about giving up bad habits. One should be giving those up anyway.

Lent is a time for restraint and reflection thereon.

This will cause much consternation contemplation.

Book Mardi Gras

Looking for a book for an upcoming continuing ed class. First shop – an independent – didn’t have it in the edition I wanted. So I had to go to a second store. You know a chain will carry the Penguin Classic editions. Of course, I bought books at both stores. A last binge before Lent.

Little Professor

Sapiens, A Graphic History, Volume 1 – The Birth of Humankind & Volume 2 – The Pillars of Civilization, by Yuval Noah Harari (Harper 2020).

Run, Rose, Run, by Dolly Parton and James Patterson. (Little Brown 2022) preorder. In hardcover. Will donate to a library. In honor of Ms. Parton. Billboard: A Timeline of Dolly Parton’s Good Deeds, Aniftos, 11/20/2020. Did you know DP was involved with Buffy? Book info, DP: Dolly Parton’s First Novel Set For Release on March 7, 2022, With Accompanying Album of 12 Original Songs.

The Chain

Moby-Dick, by Herman Melville (Harper 1851, Penguin 1988/intro etc. 1992).

Being Peace, by Thich Nhat Hanh (Parallax, 2005). Plum Village.

Escape Pod: The Science Fiction Anthology, Lafferty & Divya eds. (Titan 2020). From the podcast Escape Pod.

Wish me luck.


4 thoughts on “Book Buying Embargo

  1. I’ll be interested in your take on Plum Village. He has given us so much – life lessons I should have learned in Sunday School.
    If we all followed him, the world would be a different place.

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