Friday, November 28, 2014

Christmas: 6 Rules for Buying ANOTHER #Book

English: Stack of books in Gould's Book Arcade...
English: Stack of books in Gould's Book Arcade, Newtown, New South Wales (NSW), Australia. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Note: Christmas is coming and what better gift could there ever by than a great book. Here is a place to start: 10 Best Books for 2014 (Amazon)

I don't know if you have been watching but my slideshow of books from Amazon that I display in the sidebar just keeps, growing and growing. I really want to own a paper version of everyone of those books but there are #rules you know...even when you buy a book.

Let me see if I can explain. My daughter has rules for napping on weekend. The nap can only be so long, outside of the covers, with the curtains open and so the list goes. That is the thing about buying books. If you don't have rules, you will have a house full of books and no place to sit and read them.
  1. Only buy a book if you think about it for a while and still want it.
  2. Always buy a book that is on your wish list and is then recommended by someone else.
  3. If you will go back to a book after you have read it to use a quote, it is ok to buy that book.
  4. Limit the number of unread books you have on your Kindle or in your book bag...10 or less is a good idea.
  5. If a book is a big prize winner (Pulitzer, Booker, etc.) buy it and treasure it.
  6. Don't buy books that the library can lend you if you really don't care about keeping it but still want to read.
Because books are so important to me, I don't have many rules. But the ones I have are written in stone. Do you have rules?


  1. My rule is I won't die if I still have books to read��

    1. Bonnie,

      I think you must be absolutely right about that. After all the The lady that inherited the Winchester Fortune kept building on her house so that she wouldn't die. I can afford books but I can't afford to add on to my house. I think I like your idea.


  2. I try to buy books from the few independent bookstores remaining in my city. If I can't find what I want, I'll order it. My kids all travel in their work and rely on e-books but I still love them.

    1. George,

      I read e-books a lot too but I still love the feel of a real book in my hand.

  3. I must have given away 2000 or more books over the years. After my last move, I said "never again." I kept those which had a special meaning and were hard to find or had great photos. I now buy Kindle books or borrow from the library. I only buy an ebook if the library doesn't carry it or has a lengthy waiting list.

    Recent reads I'll recommend: "I'll Drink to That," memoir of a Bergdorf Goodman personal shopper, but really like spending time with an old friend. "Unbroken," the biography of Leonard Zamborini (sp?); unbelievable survival tale, now a movie. "The Storied Life of A J Fikrey," fiction about an abandoned baby who revives an aging widower.

    P.S. Donate to your local library and the nfp charity "Begin with Books," which sends books to registered grade schoolers in your area.

    1. Thank you for some very good tips on some good books. I'll be looking into those.

  4. Oops...Imagination Library is the name of the national nfp, begun by Dolly Parton and Begin with Books is my local affiliate. Anyway, it's a great way to pass on a love of reading to our future.

    1. I Will look into those organizations. I am a former teacher and I love to support reading for children.


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