As many of you know, I gave up buying books for Lent. As a self-proclaimed bibliophile, you can say that this was a little hard. But, when one has a problem where they buy two or three books at a time, it’s safe to say that I can buy them faster than I can read them. With that being said, I’ve accumulated quite a bit of books — over 20 to be exact.
Now that Lent is over, I can now rejoice and walk into a bookstore again. Or, go to the Barnes and Noble website and order more than I’ll ever need.
I can hear the hallelujah chorus in the background. In fact, the first thing I did Easter Sunday, other than drink a cup of French Vanilla coffee, was go on the bookstore website and buy three books. Thankfully, my mom gave me a gift card for Easter, which was amazing.
As you all know, this isn’t the first time I’ve given up books for Lent. I gave buying books last year, and it was a much different experience.
One of the major differences?
Well, this year, I read about half of the amount then I did the previous year. Last year, I read 11 books. This year, I read five: Not That Kind of Girl by Lena Dunham, And The Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseni, Stealing Snow by Danielle Page, and Jodi Picoult’s Keeping Faith, and Perfect Match. Currently, I’m reading Fifteen Minutes by Karen KIngsbury.
The main reason is because I don’t have as much time to read as I did last year. I was unemployed, which meant other than furiously applying for jobs, I had a lot of time on my hands. Furthermore, I also spent a bit more time doing social activities than I previously had, which meant less time for reading.
In addition, this year was the first time that I actually didn’t go and buy books and allow myself a cheat day. Last year, I did it a couple of times, which maybe had defeated the purpose. This year, I stuck to it strictly. Which wasn’t too bad, considering I had a million and one things going on.
With that being said, my new goal for the month of April is to make sure that I try to make more time for reading. Probably that would mean more time on the weekend, but hey one could try!