Tuesday, June 15, 2010

bad, bad jenna

I decided that this would be the year that I would refrain from purchasing so many books. See, I’m a reader. An avid, addicted reader of books. I love them. I love to buy them. I have several hundred; a little library of my very own. I decided that this year, I would read more of the books I already own, and only buy books from my favorite authors or series I’m reading.

Yeah, I shoulda known that wouldn’t really happen. My darling husband was highly (rightly) skeptical of this plan when I initially informed him of it, and in truth, so was I. What can I say? I’m a book junkie!

Anyway, I finally found that which would make not buying new books easier; the library. Now, before you ask me why I wasn’t already using the library, let me tell you that it’s for no good reason, CERTAINLY not because I have had overdue books (5 years overdue) and couldn’t get a library card prior to this… nope, not that, not at all, so just keep walkin’, ok? Suffice to say, I didn’t have access to a card, until recently. And that’s all there is to it.

So, I started going to the library. And oh me oh my, it’s like releasing a kid in a candy store. It’s like, all these books, no limit on how many I can check out, for FREE? Downside, I have to bring them back (and I WILL, don’t look at me like that!). Upside? It’s FREE BOOKS, man. FREE. BOOKS. FOR FREE.

Um, awesome!!!

And before you get all ‘geez, Jenna, relax, it’s just the library’, let me just hold up my hand (palm out) and tell you, I know, I know it’s just the library… but they’re FREE BOOKS. ALL I CAN READ. Anyone who is an avid, addicted book junkie can totally relate right now to what I’m saying. Pick up what I’m puttin’ down.

Weeeell, it seemed that this library thing was really going to be the cure to my madness. Really seemed like it was that which would appease my addiction. And it started out great. Like really great. One of the best parts is that if I check out a book and I don’t like it, I don’t feel obligated to finish it because I didn’t pay any money for it so I just take it back. That right there is some kind of awesome. I admit that initially I got, like, totally carried away and checked out something like 20 books. And hel-LO, I’m not gonna finish 20 books in 3 weeks! I’m a fast reader, but even I can’t do that! So I scaled it back some and pared them down and now I have, like, 4.

Weeeell… then one of my favorite authors came out with a new book, a much awaited and totally anticipated new book in a series that I’m reading. Fair enough… I said that I would only buy books in a series or favorite author, right? Right. And at the same time, another book was released, and it looked so good, I just HAD to have it… and then, there’s this other series that I have been wanting to read… so in the span of two days I bought three brand new books. Only one met my criteria. And then today? Yeah. Bought another one (but to be fair, it was a really good deal AND it is part of a series that I’m reading so it totally counts!). But don’t tell my husband, he’ll totally not yell at me but he’ll give me that look, that “JENNIFER!” look, know what I mean?

It’s not lying if I just don’t say anything… right?


Shut up!

100 days of blogging, 98 to go!

Monday, June 14, 2010

100 days of blogging

In case you haven’t noticed, I kinda suck at this blogging thing. Not so much the writing part, but the part where I actually… write. Regularly. So I’ve decided that as of today, I am going to blog for 100 days straight. Barring catastrophe. We’ll see how this goes.

I think I need some kind of consequence if I fail, though. Like… I can’t buy a new book for a month! Do you realize how much that would suck, especially if the month in question is a month where one of my authors comes out with something new and awesome? Yeah, that would suck. I think that’s going to be my consequence, but I’m open to suggestions.

As to a reward, well, the reward will be the writing. I actually like to write, quite a bit. I just get lazy about it. It’s not that I think I’m letting anyone down if I don’t write, given how many millions of blogs there are out there, but this is something that I have wanted to do for a long time. So quit sucking at it, Jenna, and just… do it!

100 days of blogging. Day one, down. 99 to go!