By this I don’t mean to ask for specific suggestions of books I should purchase (though you can feel free to make them), but to question what criteria I should employ when facing the vast multiplicity of reading material available. Now that my three month book acquisition ban is winding down, I can start to think about buying books again…but I want to be more discriminating.
Books I own mainly fall into three categories: books I have read and loved, wanting to make sure I have them on hand to read again; books I was unable to get easily from the library and want to read at least once; impulse buys (bargains, linked to a particular but ephemeral interest, just because). To reduce my overwhelming TBR pile, I think I should try to eschew the third category. The second should also be approached with caution; I already have so many of these. And honestly, I already have plenty in the first category too. I should think hard about what holes there truly are in my collection.
So for a while longer I think I’m going to try to buy as little as possible, especially in an impulsive way. I need to replace retail therapy with actual reading therapy.
Do you have criteria or strategies for deciding what books you should buy?