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Wednesday, August 30, 2006

I'm done...

buying new books that is and for two reasons:

1. All I do is go around talking about how wonderful the throwbacks from the 80s and 90s are.


2. All the new books I keep buying suck.

If the older books are more to my taste and can be bought for a fraction of the price from UBS...then why am I paying on average 8 bucks for a book that has the potential to be real crap? I mean, come on, even the last Lindsey and Quinn was crap. Why do that to myself?

I have to admit, all of the talk about new releases and who just got what is alluring, but I'm tired of being a conformist. I'm tired of trying to "keep up with the hype". I'm losing.

So I'm banning myself from the bookstore. For the next 30 days I will not step foot in a new bookstore and I will not buy a brand new book. I'm picking thirty because my birthday is on October 1 and I will more than likely want to treat myself to a book or two. If I hear that a book is good, then I'll make a list and look for it at the UBS.

What has really spurred my distaste in recent romance is the 20 by 20 meme that Cindy started (yes Cindy, it's all your fault!). Almost every list is filled with great, older books, many of which I haven't read. Why am I spending my money on new releases that are bad when all of those good old books are sitting on the UBS shelves just waiting for me to buy them? And then, even though I was planning this as I read Zeek's post at RRR, the recent discussions about author's being upset at readers buying used just floored me. You aren't providing quality writing and yet you complain that readers try to save a few bucks? Oh my.

So I'm done and now you know why. Let the count down begin. It will be interesting to see if I'm much happier at the end of my 30 days.


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Blogger CindyS pondered...

Uhm, wait *looks around* I did this!!!

I hate to tell you this but 30 days won't be enough ;)

I don't buy books like I used to. Now I better know who you are or somebody I like better have burst a vein telling me how great your book was or I'm not buying.

Yeah, if you haven't read some of the 'greats' then save some money, delve into used books (don't listen to the authors) or even the library (huh, whacha think of that authors!!).

Once you have read some of the older stuff, us bloggers will have culled the books and only the cream will rise to the top. Then you can pick and chose.

Yeah, I hit an extremely bad slump there years back and it took me two years to come back from it. I was just sick of every book I read. While sitting out, two years of keepers were released and I had a TBR pile. Still, I run across bad books but that's because I'm trying to break out of my mold.


8/31/2006 05:53:00 AM  
Anonymous sybil pondered...

You give in yet?

9/03/2006 08:57:00 AM  
Blogger Megan Frampton pondered...

I agree with Cindy about the bloggers bringing the cream to the top. And I agree you shouldn't buy new when the authors aren't delivering.

I just wrote a smidge about this issue myself, I think a combination of used and new (not to mention library) is a good tack. I mean, I want to read books and they're available for cheaper than ratecard. Why wouldn't I buy them?!?

Stick with it, and your birthday will be that much better. I just bought a mooseload of new for my birthday, and then did another order of friends and always solid authors. It felt good.

9/04/2006 12:08:00 AM  

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