Summer is the time I read books, okay?
School’s out, I’m home (slightly) more, I live in a room and house surrounded by books I own that I haven’t read yet, so summer is the logical time for me to pick some of those books up and read them. (9 times out of 10 I find a completely different book that I don’t own and read that, but that’s beside the point).
But here’s the problem; I can’t read a book that I love without feeling the compulsive and irrepressible desire to buy it and keep it forever.
Because I’m a re-reader! It’s what I do! I re-read things! It’s like comfort food. I’m all, “I’m in the mood to read a book. What should I read? This book, that I’ve read before and love everything about? Or this book, that I haven’t read and might not even like?”
That’s not a very hard decision for me, and that’s part of why I own unread books.
But I am poor, people. Impoverished. Broke. Penniless.
I was on my required 30 minute lunch break today (don’t even get me started on that – if I want a break, I’ll take one. Why MAKE me take a break while I’m at work when I could be getting paid instead? Anyway. Back to the topic:) and I did the math to figure out what should be in my bank account(s) (savings and checking) by the end of the summer.
Firstly, I would like to slap a disclaimer on here and say that it was most certainly not a bad sum of money in either of my final figures. I’ve been working a lot more this summer, and I’m getting paid more per hour than I was last summer. So I’m doing alright.
But it still wasn’t, like, a lot of money. It was “I’m a high schooler with a summer job working for the poor county” amount of money.
And, though I’m a dependent, I have some expenses. List to follow:
-Paying my phone bill to my parental units.
-Buying myself a better, higher-functioning laptop for writing, researching, and leaving for college in almost exactly a year.
-Buying gifts for people. That’s really important to me. Mostly just holidays and birthdays, but I love giving people gifts. It’s a legitimate expense.
I don’t have the cash money to spend it on all the books I want!
It’s a moral and ethical dilemma.
My morals and ethics are centered around books.
(Insert a bible joke playing off of “The Good Book” here.)
Anyway. This is my problem.
Because I’m almost certainly going to own a copy of The Lunar Chronicles before the summer’s out.
I need help.