//I’m typing in my mobile so please excuse the weird formatting or paragraphing errors//
So, I’m going to talk about how important it is today to own books and show them off. I’m not trying to offend anyone, I’m just trying to state the reality. And I accept the reality too.
To be a famous book blogger/bookstagrammer/booktuber/booklr etc etc etc, buying books and showing them, or rather ‘hauling’ them is important.
Note how I use the word ‘famous’ instead of ‘good’ because how good you are as a book blogger/vlogger has no relation to the amount of books you’re buying. But to be famous or be known among the book community, you need to show the people the books you’re buying every once in a while.
And I know and accept this fact, and I myself do the same too. I too buy books and haul them in this site (though I’m not that frequent) and I too watch book hauls and see what books others buy.
Which is not what I’m here to discuss today.
What I really want to discuss is how all this book buying done by bookish people online has an effect on the people following/reading/watching our content.
I’ve seen this in a lot of cases. And in a few cases, people have written to me too. Watching people online buy/haul/receive too many books makes people insecure and urges them to indulge in these habits too.
And I have felt this too so I know this is universal. When I see a booktuber haul 20-30 books each month, or get super cheap books on BookOutlet (which does not deliver in India) , I look at the small collection of books I have and feel, maybe, a bit sad.
And I’m basically here to help you (if you’re feeling anything like this) come to terms with this.
Now, repeat with me –
No one cares how many books I own, what really matters is what and how much I READ, AND READ AND READ!!!!
I will buy books as per my ability and needs and I don’t care whether someone builds a library in his home or not.
If you buy more books but still I read more than you, then that makes me the better reader.
Honestly, it is up to you to deal with this, but since I went through the same a few months ago, I would love to help.
If you are someone who gets insecure watching book hauls (everyone has been at one point in their life, so do NOT be ashamed), then you NEED to stop watching those videos. If such posts/videos are messing with your brain and costing your wallet, stop watching/reading these posts! Buy cheap books, even if they’re used! Library. Borrow.
No one is going to judge you for the amount of books you have. Let me tell you, that’s the LAST thing any sane person would consider as a basis for judging a book lover.
Set a monthly limit/budget. Decide the amount of money you want to spend each month/week on your books and don’t cross that. Stick to that. It’ll make you feel good.
When adding books to your cart, wait for at least two days before ordering them (unless it is a new release you’ve been waiting for) and at the end of those two days, ask yourself whether you need to BUY that NOW?
Take limited money with you to the bookstore.
And most importantly, don’t feel bad. Just, don’t. And remember, everyone who hauls more than 10-12 books each month, they are not paying full price for most of these books. They are either using discounted websites, or getting free review copies or using coupons.
So accept your situation (like I know and accept now that since there’s no BookOutlet in India, I’ll never get to buy books at prices which are available to most other countries). Try to work out what’s best for you. Mainly, read. That’s the only thing that matters.