While I was driving to work early last week, the DJs on 94.7 (one of our local radio stations) had asked people to phone in and let them know what item they would always find money in their monthly budget for, regardless of their bank balance. Callers mentioned different types of food, their hair and nails and eyebrows, even race entries… but I knew exactly what my answer would be if I’d had the energy or impetus to phone in. No matter what my financial situation is, I will always find money to buy books.
I’m a book hoarder. This has come up before, I think… but, you guys, there’s just something irresistible to me about them! They’re magical and marvellous and full of stories and lessons and life! I can’t not collect them, so I’ve had to come up with creative ways to add more and more books to my life without going completely broke.
This week has been a great one for accumulating moooooar books while not breaking the bank. The first thing that happened is all thanks to Kyle *insert mush about him being the absolute best person on earth here*. An older lady with whom he works is moving into a smaller place and can’t take all of her books with her. She offered two (!) massive (!) boxes of books to him, which he happily took off her hands. There must have been over 80 books between the two boxes! It was like Book Christmas going through them all, reading the backs and deciding what interested us and what we could regift. There were heaps of biographies and autobiographies, some fascinating-sounding fictional titles, some art books… we were floored! This is the best way to get books – INHERITING them. It cost us nothing. WOW.
I then ventured off on Saturday morning to a book sale hosted by a local charity shop, SAINTs. I’d never heard of this place before, but it’s such a gem! Alongside books, they have games, CDs, clothes, random other stuff, a whole bunch of terrifying ceramic clowns…
I trawled through the actual store first and found myself copies of Stephenie Meyer’s The Host (which, both Kyle and I agree, is actually waaaay better than the Twilight series), Eoin Colfer’s Half Moon Investigations, David Arnold’s Mosquitoland, and Moon Over Soho, the second book in Ben Aaronovitch’s Rivers of London series. (I also held onto a copy of Anna Karenina for a while before putting it back…)
After that, I stumbled over to the actual sale, which was happening in the same centre outside the supermarket, and found myself another two books. They were all only R15 each, guys! That’s basically $1 a book. Six books in total cost me R90. WHAT A DEAL.
In short, my habits when it comes to the purchase of books are likely never going to change, so I’m glad I’ve found more affordable ways to feed my addiction.