Through my friend's blog, Mother-in-Chief, I occasionally hop over to Bethany Hiitola's Mommy Writer Blog. I've been meaning to blog about a recent post of hers because I really like the suggestion (which she took from Melanie Lynne Hauser's Refridgerator Door blog) and want to encourage others to embrace it. Yes, it's the three books a month club. I regularly buy 10-15 books a month, through large chain bookstores, amazon.com, independent bookstores, online bookclubs and most recently Easton Press, so I figured I'm going to book heaven. ;^)
The rule of the three books a month club - no libraries, free book pick-ups, but real, live purchases from any of your neighboring stores. Well, I guess that rules out my amazon.com purchases, online book clubs, and Easton Press (even though I have agreed to shell out $39.95 plus s/h handling for the next, oh, 9 years or so to collect the 100 Greatest Books of All Time in hard cover, leather-bound, 22-karat gold encrusted glory; a rather hefty investment in the literary world, in my opinion). Can I include my neighborhood Barnes & Noble and Borders as well as Coffee Buy the Book? Point to ponder. :^)
Anyway, the main point of this post is to encourage you to get out and regularly buy books; the libraries are great and utterly, utterly necessary - but if people don't actually buy books and keep the publishers in business, what will be IN the libraries of the future?
I buy books because I am an addict, but I now also try to buy books more thoughtfully - thinking about friends I have who would like to be published, children I have whom I want to inherit a rich legacy of literature in the world. So, what do you think, can YOU buy three books a month?
Here is the list of SOME of the books I bought in September (so many of them, I can't even find them all right now!):
The Art of Happiness by the Dalai Lama
God is not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything by Christpher Hitchens
Start Late, Finish Rich by David Bach
Oil on the Brain: Adventures from the Pump to the Pipeline by Lisa Margonelli
The Birth of Venus by Sarah Dunant
Dreams from my Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance by Barack Obama
The Woman at the Washington Zoo by Marjorie Williams
Encyclopedia of an Ordinary Life by Amy Krouse Rosenthal
New England White by Stephen L. Carter
Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life by Barbara Kingsolver
But this post made me think, and I have decided that in addition to the dozens of books I get through the aforementioned sources, I am going to make an effort, each month, to buy full-priced books from our wonderful independent bookstore in the heart of downtown historic Roswell. :^)
C'mon - post! What are the last three books you bought new at a bookstore?
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