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If You Can’t Stop Buying Books, This is for You

Since starting university, I don’t think I’ve managed to finish a single book that I’ve just read for pleasure. Awful, isn’t it? But that doesn’t have to ruin that illusion of productivity — buying books is still so much fun! If you have stacks of unread books waiting for you at home, but you can’t resist a good sale, here are some things that you can definitely relate to. 

Getting that sweet email from indigo.ca on this week’s deals

Especially if it’s a free shipping no minimum week. Incredible. 

Reading about books online instead of actually reading the books you have

Oo, that one sounds promising. So does that one. And that one. Let’s just get them all. 

The book not being in your genre, but it’s only $2 so buying it anyway

Uh, for $2, it could be literally anything and it would be worth a shot. 

Going in for a class book and coming out with at least three for pleasure

Treat yourself, am I right? 

Having stacks on stacks of unread books

Mine are currently all sitting in my room at my parents’ and in the closet at my boyfriend’s. Thanks, Michael, you’re the real MVP of my book buying. 

Which also makes moving impossible

Why are stacks of paper so HEAVY? 

And sometimes growing out of the books you bought

Like the bunch of pre-teen horse books sitting dusty. RIP to my allowance money that went to those that I never read. 

The illusion of productivity is so worth it

Yeah, I have all these books. No, I haven’t read them. Maybe I will someday though!

And there’s no greater satisfaction than the anticipation of a new book

The bookshop will forever be a happy place, with knowledge and adventures at your fingertips

There’s a world of opportunity in those shelves, and it’s just waiting for you to explore. 

Madeline McInnis

Wilfrid Laurier '19

Madeline graduated from the BA+MA program at Wilfrid Laurier University in 2020. In her undergraduate degree, she majored in Film Studies and History with a specialization in film theory. She later completed her Master's of English degree, where she wrote her thesis on the construction of historical memory and realism in war films. If you're looking for a recommendation for a fountain pen or dotted notebook, she should be your first line of contact.
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