A Dose of Dijana: How Much Are You Willing to Spend on Books?

In my opinion, there are three resources that we have at our disposal every day: our time, our energy, and our money.

We use those three resources to achieve either our long or our short-term goals.

Simple, right?

I won’t go in to discussing what matters the most, as different people would say different things.

While I wouldn’t exactly describe myself as a VERY big spender when it comes to the money resource, I have to admit I have more than the occasional treat yo-self moment. For the sake of this being an educational blog post – who am I kidding – we can all pretend that moment doesn’t happen twice per day.

In my defense, I don’t think the things I buy are completely useless: they take out a bit of my money resource but in return, they help me “fill out” the other two – they allow me for a time well spent and a fully recharge my energy.

I’m not immune to the instant gratification factor when shopping – and I have a pile of useless stuff to prove it.

But one of the things I definitely don’t mind spending a few extra bucks on are books – my heart is set on hardbacks especially.

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Photo by Clem Onojeghuo on Unsplash

The way I see it, books are a pretty good investment of all your resources – your money, your time, and your energy, because you can learn something even from the worst book ever, even if that means learning what a book is not supposed to look like.

But nowadays, I sense a shift in the whole book-buying culture – as in, not many are willing to buy books. I know more than a handful people who’d rather buy themselves something – anything really – than a book.

There are several reasons why, in my experience.

Most of the time, the excuse is that everything is already online, so why waste money?

My answer to that is that yes, everything is online but can reading an article on the book ever replace the real book?

Whenever I say I’m actually buying books and spending some pretty hefty amounts on hardbacks, I get these weird looks.

It’s like I’m being silently judged – who spends money on books? WHY would you do that? Do you actually like to read the books you’re buying?

And in all fairness, I don’t even think money is the issue here. Chances are, you’ll spend the money on something anyway – what matters here is what you’re willing to spend the money on.

I believe that people love, love, love when they don’t have to put in the extra effort to do something – read a book, for example – in order to get something else – some useful knowledge, for instance. Just Google the subject and see what Wikipedia has to say on it.

Keep all of your resources as full as possible – no need to waste any of it.

People love the instant gratification things – or for the thousand times in my blogs, getting things right here and right now.

For instance: you go to a random clothing store, pick a new dress, wear it for the night, post a few Instagram pictures – BAM, instant success!

Books, on the other hand, require some effort. You’d still have to set the time aside, put some of your energy to read it and see whether it affects you in any way. Imagine if it doesn’t – quite the risk, huh?

And somehow, that lack of instant gratification – and we’ve gotten *soooooo* used to the instant gratification – has made books a very unpopular buying choice.

If we add the e-books to the mix – you PAY for something that’s not even REAL?! – it’s easy to see why fewer and fewer people buy books or read altogether.

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Photo by Laëtitia Buscaylet on Unsplash

BUT, here’s a thing not many realize:

The quicker something gives you the instant gratification, the quicker it’ll go away, leaving you to look for the next “big” thing that will give you the gratification rush and so on – it’s a magic circle!

The more you try to keep your resources full all the time by failing to do SOMETHING with them, the quicker they will drain!

Life isn’t about NOT doing anything so your money, energy, and time stay intact.

Life is all about being smart with your resources, so true, they empty up occasionally but at the end of the day, once they fill up, you’ve made progress of some sorts and moved forward in life.

And… in all fairness now, I’ve regretted buying something – a dress, a pair of shoes, the most random items – more than a dozen times. Once the instant gratification faded away after a few days, I would often realize the item no longer served me the purpose I thought it would.

However, when I think about the books I’ve regretted buying, I can think of only 3 or 4 books, one of which had a terrible translation.

Everything else was money, time, and the most important one for me, energy, well spent.


Next time, let’s talk about reading apps – those that promise you “to read 4 books in 15 minutes” or so! Do YOU have anything you’d like me to talk about? If that’s the case, drop us a comment and let us know – we’d love to hear back from you!

Featured image source: Photo by Laureen Missaire on Unsplash

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5 comments

  1. I’m a spendthrift through and through – I can’t help myself, I let impulse take over. It’s a lot worse with books though! I buy them a lot faster than I can read them lol!

    1. Haha, I don’t think anyone is immune to the instant gratification feeling – though books are a good buy both short term and long term :))

    1. I adore hardbacks too. They really look gorgeous on a book case!

      I like the white gloves too, and the really old books, but interestingly, I read something not long ago that said book collectors are moving away from the white gloves and starting to just use their clean hands.

      Household soap is usually good enough to remove the potentially damaging oils from our fingers, and the gloves can do more harm than good because they mean you lose tactility – and that can mean you’re more likely to rip or crease the pages. Also, the gloves can make your hands sweat and that can be transfered through the fabric! Here’s an article I found on it if you’re interested:

      https://blog.bookstellyouwhy.com/bid/230079/should-you-ditch-the-white-gloves-for-handling-rare-books

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