I didn’t realise how often I bought books until I decided to curb my spending. Admittedly I had got quite good about browsing the selection in charity shops and making use of the second hand books on Amazon (apart from my favourite living authors who I want to support by buying new) but I was still buying…rather a lot. And now I am feeling needy about new books. I go to my local library but the selection isn’t very big and there are particular titles I want to get my hands on.
Ah ha! I thought. You can order books from the library and they’ll get them in for you. Great. So I phoned them up, details carefully written down. They weren’t exactly helpful. The conversation went something like this:
Me: Hello. Is it still possible to order a book to collect at my local library? One they don’t have in stock?
Library man: Well yeah. But you can’t buy it.
Me: (Confused) Sorry?
Library man: (Impatient) You can’t buy a book from the library service. I mean, they’ll order it for you and they might have to buy it if they don’t have it in. But you can’t keep it.
Me: Well. No. I just wanted to borrow it. If you had a copy.
Library man: But you understand you can’t keep it?
Me: Yeeeees…I just want to borrow it. Sorry, is this not a service you offer? I don’t want to cause a problem.
Library man: (sighs) We can order it in for you. You just have to bring it back.
Me: Well yes. I am…familiar with the library borrowing arrangement.
And so it went on before I finally gave up. Am I being awkward? Can you still order a book from the big county libraries for their smaller counterparts? I got no-where and was amazed as the people in my local branch are so helpful. Maybe I’ll ask them next time I am in there.
Holly commented on a book she found inspiring – The New Spend Less Revolution: 365 Tips For A Better Quality Of Life While Actually Spending Less. I’d love to read it. Also, another book recommended by Fru over at Year of Living Frugally sounds great. Hence I am feeling needy. I am beginning to wonder if I ought to give myself a little book budget each month, though I did say I wouldn’t buy any more until I had worked my way through everything I own that I haven’t read yet. Trouble is, the books I have laying in wait don’t fit every frame of mind. You really have to be in exactly the right mood for Woolf, for example. And I’m not. I’m in the mood for thrifty inspiration. Grrrr. I thought it was all going a bit too well…