Sixteen days in, and I cracked. Okay, well cracked is a bit harsh. So, let’s call it a cheat day. With that being said, I had a good reason. I swear!
Let me paint the scene for you. Last Friday, after a week of bed rest, drinking a terrible concoction (a.k.a. Pedia Lyte), and terrible stomach illnesses, I felt like I was due to treat myself. Since I had been confined to my bed for the past week, I tore through some of books just because I didn’t have anything else to do, and I’m not a huge fan of Netflix. Furthermore, when I was finally able to move around a bit, I began to clean out my bookshelves, and ended up getting rid of nine books to bring to the local bookstore to get some extra trade cash. Not bad, huh?
On the way there, I got to thinking. I knew that I had given up purchasing books for Lent. But, given the circumstances, I felt that I could afford to get just one book. After all, I deserved to treat myself. After all, if you can eat meat on Saint Patrick’s Day, I can surely buy one book. Right?
After trading in my books (I got over $25 in store credit — yay!), I noticed that there were some signs advertising a sale. I then asked the owner about it, who said that if there was a duplicate of the book on the shelf, then it would be an extra 35 percent off. That, on top of store credit (the credit uses 50 percent off of the books), it seemed like a good deal.
Now, you know how I said that I would only get one book? I ended up getting three — Career of Evil by Robert Gailbreth, A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens, and Fairest by Marissa Meyer. The price for those books without the discounts? Well over $30. However, I only paid $6.60.
Not bad, huh?
I thought so.
After I got home, uplifted by my purchases, I talked to one of my friends. Their parents were ministers, and they said that it was okay to have whatever you gave up for Lent on Sundays, and it wouldn’t matter, since it was a mini-Easter. However, instead of doing that on a Sunday (because let’s face it, I’ll be going to Barnes and Noble nearly every Sunday. Not really effective), I would allow myself one cheat day before Easter. By doing that, I felt okay in my little shopping spree.
Now that I have a few more books, it’s safe to say that I won’t be stepping foot into a bookstore until Easter.
Finally, here’s an update of the books I’ve been reading since Lent.
Read: Queen of Shadows, Charlotte’s Web, and the Bermudez Triangle
Currently reading: Career of Evil
Up next: I’m not sure yet. Either Beautiful Creatures, Wuthering Heights, or Audrey Wait!