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Books I Bought When I Was Sad

When I was a kid the scholastic book people would give you a flimsy little mailer and you could pick a book. What felt like 100 days later your book would arrive, right in the middle of class, and my teachers would hand them out like trophies. My Mom and Dad always made sure that I got to order a book so it was the happiest day ever. Usually, I couldn’t remember what I had picked out and so it was a present. Past me had picked out something for future me to enjoy. And enjoy them I did!

When I see a book that I love (not just like but really really want to own) I will add it to my online cart. I try to only do so if the book is unavailable at my library. Occasionally when I get really sad I will just blindly order the cart (this is a very good reason to only store gift cards on your account and not credit cards). A short time later a box arrives at my house full of books from me-in-the-past to cheer me-in-the-future immediately up.

Most of February and March I have been in a major funk. And, one day I ordered all of the books in my cart. When I opened the box it was just full of friends ready to cheer me up. Did it work immediately (like it usually has in the past)? Not really. So I boxed them carefully back up again until I got in the right headspace. Not that I have broken though the slump from hell I am ready to celebrate by getting out my new books. Here I give you…..the books I bought when I was sad!



I feel so lucky to be able to afford to buy books and to have the ones I want readily available to me. I have some slight remorse over not sticking to my book buying plan but not as much as the joy I feel at cracking into my new books.


Tell me, please!

Do you ever buy books to cheer yourself up?


8 thoughts on “Books I Bought When I Was Sad

  1. Absolutely YES to buying books to cheer yourself up! And I love the idea of storing them up in your cart then just going for it when you need to! Hope you’re feeling better soon.
    Also ordering from those scholastic ‘catalogues’ (leaflets!) was THE BEST!

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  2. We always felt that books are a really good investment. Look, now you are not only a reader,but a book reviewer. The investment paid off.

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  3. This is awesome that you buy books to cheer you up!! And great ones! I loved a lot Mr Penumbra’s and The Black Count, 2 excellent books, though in different genres. And I’m going to have a look at your last one. Enjoy!

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    1. I already read Mr. Penumbra but I got it from the library (the audiobook is amazing). I loved it so much that I needed to own it! The Count of Monte Cristo is a perennial read for me so I am excited about The Black Count. Thanks!!

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