This month's #ShelfLove Challenge discussion is how I prevent relapse. Ah yes, how does a self-professed one-click addict keep from backsliding when it comes to buying books when I'm participating in a book-buying ban?
Well, I can give the a short answer...FREEBIES!
The long answer...freebies really have helped feed my one-click addiction since when I created my *rules* for this challenge, I included a stipulation that freebies wouldn't count against me. I also created a budget for myself where I can spend $10 a month on books and I can earn book money. Buuut, I admit that not spending money (much, anyway) has been liberating. That feeling of accomplishment has prevented me from backsliding. Well that, and the fact that I one-click freebies. :) Seriously y'all, I haven't spent a penny of my $50 GC that I got for my birthday. And I've wracked up quite a few book privileges per my *rules* and I haven't used many of them.
The girls at Chapter Break included the number of freebies they'd one-clicked versus how many books they'd read, and I thought this was a good idea. So here's my freebies added to books removed from my shelves ratio:
55 Freebies Added vs 24 From the Shelf
Gah! I'm thinking I was pretty brilliant with that "freebies don't count" clause! ;) Seriously though, saying (printing) it out loud makes me kinda cringe. I thought I was doing a bit better than this. Sooo, I am going to refrain from one-clicking freebies quite so often. The whole point of this challenge is to read what I already have and I'm defeating myself.