Welcome to my second prompt of Bookending Spring, hosted by Jayati. However, I have two small disclaimers on this guide of buying an optimal amount of books. First, I fail most times myself. Second, I am aware that not everyone has the same privileges as I have in my country and that not everyone has the same access to the same books and therefore I can only focus this guide on my own country and my own privileges. Take whatever advice you can take from this guide and make the best out of it.
Check your TBR
First, check our TBR and clean it out every once in a while. Are you still interested in that particular book, keep it. If not, remove it. Believe me, this prevents you from buying the wrong books.
Make a wishlist
After you took a critical look at your TBR, it’s time to make a wishlist. Put all the books you really want on that list and go to the next step.
Categorize your wishlist
This step is the step where privileges might show up. It’s time to categorize your wishlist in priority, maybe someday and borrowing from the library/getting it from an audiobook platform.
Of course you will buy the books in the priority category as soon as possible. Try to keep this amount small, so you won’t buy a ridiculous amount of books at the same time. Do you want to read the particular book but isn’t it on your priority list? Put it in the maybe someday category. These books you will buy someday, or maybe you will try to get them from the library or an audiobook platform such as Storytel or Audible. So, these books might overlap two categories.
Finally, you have the books you want to read, but don’t want to buy. These will be categorized as borrowing from the library/getting them from an audiobook platform. This is something that works for me as I have the privileges of libraries or audiobook platforms available to me. Some of these platforms, such as Storytel and Scribd, also have tons of ebooks available, but you need to pay a subscription fee.
It is hard, I know, but this is how I do it. However, I still fail and that’s okay. You can’t do it right at once. One month it’s easier than the other, but I try my best to keep my bookhauls manageable. Furthermore, the optimal amount differs for everyone, so you have to figure that out for yourself as well. I think that’s all I can say on this topic. Good luck!