Why You Should Buy A Book Right Now

There are moments in our lives when we just can’t make up our minds about whether we should do the thing, and by “thing” I meant “buying books.” Here are some reasons why you totally should.

  1. Well, it’s not going to buy itself, is it?
  2. You’re going to buy just one book. Just one. Surely you can stick to that even when you finally get inside the bookstore and see all the books you have not read yet, right? Right?

    Here’s a vaguely threatening gif of Death to drive the point home.

  3. There’s still an eensy-weensy bit of space left on your bookshelf, enough for one book to squeeze in. Unless you’re planning on buying a Russian tome, you’re good.
  4. Actually, who cares about bookshelf space? Just pile ‘em up on every flat surface in your home.
  5. You don’t have anything else left to read. Okay, so you haven’t yet read an entire shelf of books in your house, but let’s not talk about that.
  6. Books can make your problems go away. Or, at least, books can help you pretend that your problems do not exist in the time it takes to finish them.
  7. As the saying goes, “Do not put off until tomorrow the books you can buy today.”
  8. The sun is shining, the birds are singing, the flowers are blooming. It’s a perfect day to go outside … and head straight for the bookstore.
  9. Walking up and down the aisles of a bookstore in search of your book is considered exercise. 

    I said exercise, not exorcise.

  10. You have 99 unread books at home. Doesn’t it bother you that it’s not an even 100?
  11. You have only one book in your bag. Where do you think you’re going with only one book in your bag? Better stop by the bookstore, my friend.
  12. Give yourself a reward for being sociable today. Buy a book and then lock yourself up in your room because that’s enough socializing for one day.
  13. You have only the first book of a 21-book long series. Good luck.
  14. You have only two copies of your favorite book. The newly released hardcover edition is looking gorgeous.
  15. You have discovered a new favorite author, and now you have to read everything they’ve ever written, even their diary. Especially their diary.
  16. It’s incredibly calming to be in a bookstore surrounded by lots and lots of books and store employees who don’t talk to you and just let you be. (Imagine if, like other store employees, booksellers followed you around the store and commented on every book you picked up. *shudders*)
  17. It’s someone’s birthday and you should give them the gift of knowledge. It’s not your birthday, but maybe you can manage to give yourself one, too.
  18. That feeling you get when you take a new book out of its wrapper and flip the pages to smell it? You need to experience that again.
  19. It’s better than buying drugs. Your local book dealer is also much friendlier.
  20. And, of course, let’s face it:
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