The thing about book lovers is that we never have enough books. Ask any book lover and they will more than likely have stacks of unread books but they like nothing better than smuggling new books in.
Sometimes you need excuses valid reasons to justify those sneaky purchases. To yourself and to horrified families who are afraid of books taking over the house. So I’ve put together a cheat sheet to refer to which will give you a nifty reason for why that book made home with you!
– There was a sale on! They were practically giving the books away!
– It’s your favourite author and you need to support her work so she’ll have enough money to keep writing.
– You’ve just gotten an ARC and it’s for the fourth book in a series. You had to buy the first three so you can review properly.
– You needed the books for a signing event and it’s cheaper to buy them beforehand. See you are even saving money here!
– It had brilliant reviews; you need to see if the hype was deserved.
– It had awful reviews; you need to see if it was really that bad.
– You’re a book blogger and ran out of books to review (sneaky note – non book bloggers will have no idea how unfeasible this actually is).
– It’s a huge book so it only works out as a fraction of cents per page. It’s a bargain.
– You’ve just come off a book ban; you are entitled to a splurge.
– You are going to pass them on to a friend, your mother, your sister (delete as appropriate) afterwards so it’s practically a present.
– You needed to add 3 more books to qualify for the FREE shipping!
– You’ve just discovered a new author that you love. You need their entire back catalogue!
– Books are cheaper than going to the movies and they last longer too.
– You don’t smoke or drink or buy takeaway coffee (delete as appropriate) so with all that money that you’ve saved, you deserve to treat yourself to books.
– You fell in love with the cover. Warning – only use this around other book lovers, no one else will get it.
– You needed the book to match in with the rest of your collection. See above warning.
– The book had your favourite hook, how could you resist?
– The book shop owner told you that you’d love it! Yes, they know you well.
– Another book blogger told you that you’d love. And if anyone would know your taste, they would.
– You had a bad day. You needed a pick me up.
– You had a great day. You needed to mark it with a book.
– You’ve never been to that book shop before.
– You are going on holidays and need to stock up.
– You aren’t going on holidays and need to cheer yourself up.
– You’ve stuck to your diet and earned a non foodie treat.
– You ‘found’ extra money in a pocket that you had forgotten all about.
– You heard they are making a movie so you wanted to read it first.
– You just fell in love and had to have it.
Talk to Trish: What’s your favourite reason for justifying your book purchases? Do you feel the need to make excuses?