I have an addiction and I’ll be the first one to admit it; I love books!
I have a few shelves full of books and I realized a few years ago that if I want to lead a life with less material items, full of experiences and travel, then having so many books might be a little heavy!
That’s when I received a Kobo as a gift and it was the best thing since slice bread for me. I was living and travelling in East Africa at the time and I couldn’t think of a better way to gain access to the plethora of fiction and non-fiction out there.
However, I’ve since moved back to North America and I find myself wanting to buy books again. I love walking into a book store and spending hours exploring the different sections and authors. There’s so much to learn and bookstores make me excited but relaxed at the same time. Even if I don’t buy anything, I find it to be the ‘me’ time I need (which I’ll discuss at a later date).
So, I was in a pickle. I love books and bookstores but I didn’t want to buy more books! Luckily, Toronto has a vast public library system and once I started searching online for all the books I had on my to-read list, I realized they had most of those books! They even have a large online section to download books for your Kobo or Kindle. It’s truly amazing the information that is available.
I received my FREE library card as soon as possible and since then my urge to buy books has waned. I still make time to explore book stores but instead of buying, I make a list of to-get later books from the library. If you haven’t signed up for your local library yet, I suggest you do. It’s well worth it and your wallet will thank you later!
Images via Pinterest & Why to Read.