Just a quick note before we jump into this month’s #ShelfLove Update!
Last week’s Scenic Sunday post included a quote from James A. Owen. It is one of my favorite quotes about getting through life. I have found Mr. Owen’s life and professional story to be inspiring. Currently the first book in Mr. Owen’s Mediations series is for free for a limited time. It’s well worth the read. Get the book on Amazon.com today.
Now on with the show!
Lots of people laughed at me at the start of the year. “You’ll never make it a whole year without buying a book,” they said. Well, they were right. I didn’t make it a whole year without buying a book, but I did make it several months before I broke (damn work with its stress). So am I thankful I helped mastermind this challenge and participated? Short answer, heck yes!
The #ShelfLove Challenge allowed me to figure out my book buying triggers were stress and meeting authors in person. I attempted to find other outlets for my stress (not very successfully) and find other ways to get books. I started vetting available ARCs via NetGalley and tour hosts as a way to get my new book fix. I also created my In the Spotlight feature which led authors to request reviews of their books to accompany their feature. In turn, I came up with an extensive review policy.
I took advantage of my library’s audiobook collection to find books to reread or listen to books I already own that were on my #ShelfLove list. I borrowed at least one book from my sister-in-law that had been raved about for a few months earlier in the year. I got creative and I enjoyed the challenge of finding the next great read.
The Challenge has definitely been worth it for me. I’ve discovered that I thrive on talking to people about books and just because I’m talking to them about a certain book that doesn’t mean I have to read it to or go out and buy it. There are other ways to get that book.
I also discovered that maybe my day job isn’t my passion. What is my passion? Books and literature. How does that translate into money and health insurance? I’m still trying to figure that out. And while I didn’t make it 12 months without buying a book, this challenge has made me thankful for books, thankful for the friends I have made through this challenge and thankful for helping me discover a passion I had long buried.November: