Monday, 22 March 2010

Lenten update

As you know, I gave up buying books for Lent, and thought with less than two weeks to go, it was time to make a report on my progress...

It hasn't been easy, but it hasn't exactly been as hard as it could have been. I've recieved several books from Virago (The wife's tale, No more than human, and The solitary summer), and am promised a couple of Orange longlisted titles from other publishers. I've also discovered the website Bookhopper, where you can upload details of books you have which you no longer want and swap them for books which other people don't want - I picked up a few books that way! And Geraldine who reads this blog kindly sent me a typescript of a book by EJ Oxenham which was a lovely surprise.

I did sort of fall off the bandwagon last Thursday, but one could argue over the technicalities of "buying" books. I was having an extremely miserable day and found myself at lunchtime in Waterstones perusing the three for two. I swiftly spotted three books that I *really* wanted, but managed to put them back in favour of a book not in the offer, The cleaner, by Maggie Gee. I'd recently read Jackie's review of its sequel, The driver, and thought that I had read this, but it turned out that I hadn't. As I had £8 of Waterstones points on my Waterstones points reward card I decided to "buy" it. I'll leave it up to you to decide whether that broke my ban or not!

Positively, I have also had a really good go at my bookcase of shame, reading books from it, and getting rid of books on it which it turned out that I didn't really want to read. As you can see it from the picture below, it looks a lot more healthy, and the piles of books on their sides are in any case earmarked for holiday reading.

My frugality has been going well otherwise; I have made a lot of dinners out of food that was already in the cupboard and have tried to direct my baking towards using up ingredients that I had already. This slightly backfired when I decided to make a mincemeat and marzipan loaf to use up half a jar of mincemeat left from Christmas as I realised I didn't have any marzipan - I did buy some marzipan, but will use the rest in an Easter Simnel Loaf :)


  1. I think I'll let you off that one - sorry to be the cause of your only slip!

    I hope that you enjoy it!

  2. I don't think that your transgressions are too bad!

  3. I think you are doing a great job. It is a good thing I didn't make any proclamations myself because I have been anything but book frugal these days. But it needs to stop.

  4. Verity, to have gaps on a shelf and still resist buying books is virtue indeed. Well done!

  5. Jackie - I do hold you responsible!

    Hannah - I've done pretty well!

    Thomas - book frugal is hard to do.

    Jane - the rest of the shelves are stuffed; I need to use that space to even my books out!

  6. It sounds as though you are doing really well! I gave up biscuits for Lent which has definitely done my hips some good!

  7. Thanks for the name check, Verity. I hope you'll enjoy the EJO typescript when you read it.

    Well done on sticking to the resolution to not buy books.


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