Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Top Ten Rationales for Obsessive Book Buying


Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish and created by mastermind Jamie. If you love lists, this is the meme for you!

Okay, so we all have those moments where we're in a bookstore and we just so happen to see all the books we want to buy. Then we have to smuggle them in our house and sometimes, just sometimes, our husbands/boyfriends/families are like "you spent x amount of dollars at x store?!" Oops. A pox on online banking!

Naturally, we jump on the defense. Here are some of the top excuses I've given for my obsessive book buying.

1. "There are worse things to be addicted to. Hey, I'm not smoking crack, am I? I could be smoking crack."
Because, really, we all could be smoking crack.

2. "This is the last book I'll buy this month, I promise!" 
But don't specify whether it's a rolling calendar month or the actual end of the month. Works like a charm. Hey, you didn't lie.

3. "But I had to buy the new cover. Silly publishers decided to change the book's design on me and now I have to have all the books match on my shelf or I'll just LOSE my MIND."
No one wants to be responsible for bloodshed on account of unmatched books.

4. "I know that I already read the ARC. But sometimes story lines change in the transition from ARC to finished copy and I want to make sure I don't miss anything!"
It could happen.

5. "But the hardcover is way discounted on Amazon! See? I only paid $12 instead of $20 like I would at a bookstore. Aren't you proud of me for saving money?"
Put a positive spin on it and suddenly you're a budgeting hero.

6. "I saw this in the bookstore and thought of you. Wait, since when don't you enjoy YA contemporaries? I'll just read it myself, I guess."
Ugh, so ungrateful.

7. "I buy these books because I want to build an expansive library for our future children someday. You want our kids to be well-read, don't you?"
Won't somebody please think of the children?

8. "I'm going to a book signing. You can't just go to an author signing without buying their book. That's trashy!"
Sure, it's the only title of, like, seven by that author that you don't have. But you can't be rude. You have to have all the books signed or else THEY. WON'T. MATCH.

9. "I know I have 300 unread books, but I am gonna read this book as soon as I get home!"
Hahahahaha.

9a. "And I'm gonna read all those other books someday, anyway."
HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA.

10. "I had a bad day."
Retail therapy, ftw.
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I know you guys have some amazing excuses, too. What do you tell your significant other/family?

47 comments:

  1. I am right there with you. Especially on items 8, 9, 9a and 10. Great list, and thanks for sharing!

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  2. Too funny! And too true. I use the "future children" reasoning for why I don't get rid of books, even if my feelings are lukewarm towards them. SOMEONE might enjoy them someday! I can't expect everyone to have the same taste in books, can I?

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  3. I may or may not have said every single one of these things in the past 6 months. Don't judge me ;)

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  4. 6 and 7 are definietly the best excuses I've ever seen! I am going to have to write those done for future use...

    Great list this week!

    Here's my Top Ten.

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  5. Didn't even realize I use this many excuses, but some of them sound way too familiar. But on top of my list must be "I need this book for school". Without unwrapping it, of course. College is so expensive...

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  6. Omg YES! Number one! Works every time. Or... maybe not, since I'm pretty sure everyone within hearing distance side-eyes me when I spit out that excuse. But whatever. We have needs! They just don't understand.

    Love this list!

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  7. I'm especially with you on nine. I mean, once I retire.

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  8. Hahaha, I love this! I use #3 all the time, most recently to justify buying the Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi paperback even though I have the hardcover.

    Here's my TTT

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  9. LOVE THIS!

    Regarding books for the Children.. Everytime I think of my homes future library.. I think of how I will have to buy doubles of most my books, cause I cannot risk my children damaging my own.. it even makes me shake my head.. but REALLY.

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  10. I agree with all of these; think #1 is the one I use most. And so glad to see I'm not alone in #3 - almost makes me feel justified in replacing my Goodbye to Berlin so all my Isherwood books match (my current copy was secondhand that hardly counts as money spent on books).

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  11. Lol, yes, all of these! Also: but it BEGGED me to come home with me, how could I say no? This also works for shoes/dresses/purses/earrings.

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  12. "I saw this in the bookstore and thought of you. Wait, since when don't you enjoy YA contemporaries? I'll just read it myself, I guess." HAHAHAHA! :D

    Love this! I definitely do #9. I just read a book the other day that I bought...a year ago? Oops.
    My Top Ten

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  13. I use #5 often. 9, 9a and 10 get used too.
    Great list!!

    My TTT post

    Sabina @ Delirious About Books

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  14. 1 & 7 are my rationale bread & butter. Worse is #7 kid is here which makes the motive more powerful. I've even extended it to...when my nieces come spend the summer I want them to get lost in all my awesome books.

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  15. true fact - I don't rationale why I buy any book. IT'S MY BOOKCASE AND I'LL FILL IT IF I WANT TO.

    hahah who am I kidding. like my bookcases aren't already full.

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  16. Lucky for me, my boyfriend doesn't say anything about my buying habit :D Only my parents, but hey, once I get my own house (a)

    I do use the "but I bought it so much cheaper now!" and 9 & 10 when I need to :p

    TTT@thedailyprophecy

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  17. love this post. especially # 7 i aim to have a jumungous bookshelf.. one so big you need a ladder... i look at it as a design plan for the living room.. so hence i need more books ! Check out our Top Ten Fictional Crushes
    Katie @ Inkk

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  18. Love number seven! Love the idea of this list!

    As an experienced book buyer, I advise you to keep a separate credit card for book purchases and don't worry about trying to explain yourself!

    Think there isn't enough time to read? Some of the best books I've ever read are short books you can read in a night. Here's my Top Ten Best One-Night Reads!

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  19. Stoppppp ittt your list is AMAZING. At first I was like NUMBER SIX IS MY FAAAVEE. And then I read 9. And then 9a. LOVE IT.

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  20. Since I live alone I can usually get away with buying ALL THE BOOKS. Ok, not really. But when my sisters like to rag on me for buying YET ANOTHER BOOK, I usually tell them it was on sale! Which normally it is. I have this thing where I can't buy anything full price. Even laundry detergent.

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  21. I can't stop laughing! Your list is so cool! I'm definitely using some of these! I'm mostly going for the therapy thing, because seriously, they don't want me to get all depressed, would they? Always works. Or even better: but I accomplished ... Always works! Great list!

    MY TTT Bookish Confessions

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  22. I am guilty of EVERY SINGLE ONE of these. It's a sickness.

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  23. I actually find myself thinking #6 quite often lately... there is a book I want to buy my husband, but I'm not even sure he'd ever read it as he doesn't read much fiction. So I might just be buying it for him for me, right? And 9 and 9a all the time. And I can't get rid of my school books because what if I someday decide to go back or want to reread them (heh)? I might, you know, someday.

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  24. AWESOME list. I think I've used every single one of those lines. :)

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  25. What a great topic for a list -- I'm totally guilty of 1, 7, 9, 9a, and 10...so busted

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  26. This is amazing. I lol'd so hard. YES, THESE REASONS. Bahaha.

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  27. YES TO ALL OF THESE. But you already know that. Especially the " I could have worse addictions" because WE COULD.

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  28. We could totally be smoking crack.
    I use the "building a library for our kids" excuse all the time. My husband seems to be getting skeptical.

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  29. Haha!! I looove this topic! I know I've said all of these at least once. I also like to use "It was so pretty".

    But what usually works for me is telling my sis that she can buy a nail polish too...which will usually get her talking me into more than one book. ;)

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  30. Haha this is hilarious - I'm guilty of pretty much all of them, especially the first one. Or I'll put a "Well £5 for a book is MUCH better than £50 for an Xbox game" spin on it!

    Great list!

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  31. LOVE, love, love this list and topic! Great :) New follower!

    My TTT: http://blueskyshelf.blogspot.com/2012/11/top-ten-tuesday-fictional-crushes.html

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  32. Hahaha! This is too funny! I say number 1 and 7 ALL the time!! I'm building my future library...it's an investment! :)

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  33. LOL I'm pretty sure I have used all of these rationales at one point or another. But it's true: there ARE worse things to be addicted to!

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  34. I was actually crying reading these... they are awesome. And I used this one "9. "I know I have 300 unread books, but I am gonna read this book as soon as I get home!"
    Hahahahaha" today when I bought "The Perfect Hope" haha. Great topic for this week !!

    My Top Ten

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  35. These are all golden, especially #1 and #9 XD

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  36. I have used every single one of these excuses (or some variation of them) many, many times. The thing is - they're so CONVINCING and they WORK. This is probably one of my favorite Top Ten Tuesday posts of ALL TIME.

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  37. Hi-LAR-ious! Thanks so much for sharing..."think of the children..."

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  38. I started hyperventilating as I read this list because.

    It.
    Is.
    What.
    I.
    Do.

    :(

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  39. I have totally used 1,2,5 7,9,9a and 10. My new favourite is seven because my boyfriend wants to get married and have kids in the next few years so I use that one to get him off my case about the amount of books we have in our house. I explained to him when I agreed to buy a house with him it was so I had more room for my books :)

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  40. *looks at both #9 and #9a then looks at overflowing pile of books* Nope not guilty of this one at all. XD Great quotations.

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  41. I've used quite a few of these and some even recently (#8). :)

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  42. This is hilarious! I use #1 the most, only in my case I explain that it's better than buying new handphones.

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  43. Numbers 5 & 7 are so right on the money. On my last book-buying spree (7 books) my husband came home with 6 so there were no questions asked. Having a Kindle also makes for some stealth book buying. ;-)

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