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When I first started blogging, I loved a good book haul. I loved looking at those beautiful new (or used) books and perusing the titles. But now, I won’t even click on a book haul post.
So what changed?
Last summer, I decided I wanted to become a minimalist. This didn’t really work for me, but I did learn a few things. I learned to put more thought into what I buy: was this something I really needed or would it bring me joy (thanks, Marie Kondo)? I learned to let go of things I no longer needed. I learned that the amount I had didn’t matter nor did it lend to happiness.
I also realized that I was an impulsive shopper and that for me, book haul posts were essentially nudges towards impulsive buying. Instead of going to the bookstore for one or two books, I found myself buying five to ten. And honestly, these weren’t even books I had really wanted. They were books I thought might be interesting to read or had cool covers. But more often than not, these were books I wouldn’t read.
And I have to wonder: am I the only person who experiences this? Surely, I can’t be. Because underneath it all, a haul post of any kind encourages consumerism. It places value on material possessions.
But there isn’t anything wrong with a book haul: I’d rather see people show off book collections than cars or money. And I appreciate the message that reading is worth our time and money. Furthermore, I don’t always see book hauls where the books are sparkly and new. I see some where they were bought second hand, and I appreciate a good deal and the idea of reusing instead of wasting.
I guess at the end of the day, it doesn’t really matter. People post hauls, and others like them. As for me, I simply can’t handle the temptation.