Some people bite their nails or eat too much dessert.  I don't have a problem staying away from my nails and I certainly don't eat too much dessert (the streak is now at approximately 6 years), but I do have a habit of buying books.  I guess it's not the worst habit to have, but it can be a little the tune of over $250 last year (I just did my taxes yesterday and actually saved receipts this time!).  I guess that I can begin to justify my purchases knowing that I benefit from my purchases both personally and professionally, and my students certainly benefit from all of my purchases (I do take requests....and purchase most books with a particular student in mind).  It's dangerous having a very large bookstore less than five minutes from my current location, but I have found some good websites to help save some money and save some books from finding their way to the landfill.  Now, since I just finished Peace, Locomotion (loved it), I just have to be patient for my thirty books that should be in the mail by now!

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08/20/2009 19:09

Hi Tim,

I just want to say that I've enjoyed reading your posts and look forward to updates!

Just like you, I am addicted to books. I had to take a break from buying them. However, now that my school year is starting, I won't be able to hold back. I just love reading and sharing what I read with my students. It wasn’t until my last year at Austell, that I recognized my passion for reading. That year, our class read so many wonderful books, it was amazing. I still remember the feeling I got during our phenomenal book discussions. Seeing the love our students had for books, truly made me want to read more. In fact, I spent most this summer at the public library, checking out and reading books.

I think it's okay to have an addiction to books. After all, look at how great they can be! I learned how to plant my garden this summer because I read it in a book. By the way, the tomatoes were delicious! I also read about some amazing new ideas I can use in my classroom this year. I know my students are going to love them and I can’t wait to see how their learning is enhanced!

Again, you are right. Buying and reading hundreds of dollars worth of books, is not the worst habit to have. In fact, the knowledge you gain in return is priceless!


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