Tuesday, April 01, 2008

Rats.

I have been convicted of what the rally monkey terms a BBWI (buying books while intoxicated).

I'm supposed to be on a budget but I figured one little happy hour margarita, clocking in at $3.50, would be totally harmless. Alas that darn monkey was right; that margarita ended up costing me about $36.50 because there was a Borders right across the street from the Mexican restaurant and one thing we DON'T need is me in a book store with reduced inhibitions.

Perhaps most tragically, I can't even remember the titles of either of the books I bought.

Am I the only person this happens to?!?!

23 comments:

Precie said...

Well, I can't even blame alcohol.

I blame Amazon. Waaaaay too convenient. And, of course, I can't resist the Free Shipping so I have to add extra books if I haven't reached $25 yet.

Can't wait to find out what you bought while intoxicated!

Colorado Writer said...

I was jumping on to say, I buy too many on Amazon just to get the free shipping, too.

Damn that free shipping!
Damn the One-Click!

ChristineEldin said...

I'm with Precie. But even more pathetic, drunken one-click shopping.

Lisa said...

One click. Kills me every time. And "we think you'd like". Oh, Amazon you know me too well. I have no impulse control!

Froog said...

On one margarita??

After 5 or 6 pints at lunchtime, I have been known to get a little wild with the impulse buying.

But one margarita??!! I hope it was a BIG one.

Does your over-budget evening mean you're facing another week of instant noodles and deferred laundry? A good book can be such a comfort in those circumstances.

Adaora A. said...

Are you kidding? You're absolutely in good company - mine. I have the following shopping addictions

1. BOOKS : I honestly cannot leave a book store without buying one. I've bought 3 books in the last couple of weeks (PEONY IN LOVE, SLAM, and THE HANDMAID'S TALE). Damn my university for being a proper bookstore like Chaptes/Borders.

2. Dresses

3. Bags

4. Sunglasses

(in that order).

Aerin said...

Actually, I was impressed you'd had a margarita. Ditto Precie on the "I can't even blame alcohol" but mine is the Barnes & Noble next to my son's school and the three hours I have while he's there.

Josephine Damian said...

I'm with Precie. Between one-click and spend-a-lot-more-money-on-books-to-save-a-little-more-on- shipping once had me hooked!

My "habit" used to cost me $200-300 a month! And I have the TBR piles to prove it.

But too many pets, and grad school were a budgetary reality check - so I discovered the joys of library lending.

As the quality of books has declined, and my discerning ability as a reader has risen, books just aren't worth buying anymore. Reading? Yes. Or at least trying to read - which is why most books are "rentals" only.

I was in the bookstore last week and purchased a couple of classics - that's it. I skimmed a lot of new releases and found them unworthy just based on the opening.

And Moonie, someday you're going to want or need to move out of the place you live now. How much will it cost to move those books? How much more will you have to spend on place big enough to house those books?

Adaora A: Your school sounds way more cool than mine. But our campus library has a Starbucks!

Merry Monteleone said...

I'm actually far worse in a brick and mortar store than I am on Amazon... I can go on Amazon, order the book I came for, and check out... that's it. That never happens at a bookstore - I kid you not, I find it physically imposible to leave without an armful of books - and I've been known to spend $200.00 or more in one trip.

I don't do that with clothes or shoes or any of the girly things, just books... I now limit my bookstore trips to a few times a year... and I still easily spend six or seven hundred a year on books... I should actually check, between the kids' book orders, amazon purchases, library late fees (yeah, I rent them too), and what I buy at the store...

Hey, can I deduct any of those on my taxes?

Leigh Russell said...

No it's not just you... but think how many struggling authors depend on people having such lowered inhibitions. The authors of the books you bought might consider you've done good.

ps
Remind me to email you the ISBN of my book (when it finally comes out) when you're on a bender!

The Anti-Wife said...

Oooooo! Buying while under the influence and the only ticket you get is the sales receipt. Every time I go to Amazon or a bricks and mortar bookstore, my credit card just sighs and surrenders.

Charles Gramlich said...

I refuse to answer on the grounds in might incriminate me.

Ello said...

Actually, I am more careful buying from Amazon and only buy what I really really want. However, cut me loose in a bookstore and I am a sucker. Today at my lunch hour I walked into a barnes and noble and walked out with 4 books purchased. I can only tell you the title of one of them. The rest are a blur.

writtenwyrdd said...

I go nuts with Amazon during boring moments at work. I keep buying, the pile keeps growing. I made bookshelves to hold about six hunred books and they are already full! Not to mention the 140 or so unread books in the bedroom stack...

Absolute Vanilla (& Atyllah) said...

I don't need alcohol to lose my inhibitions in a bookstore, or an online bookstore. I think book buying is an affliction, possibly incurable, unless one is willing to try and go cold turkey which seems to me to be a fate considerably worse than death!

kitty said...

I buy books the way some women buy shoes. Trouble is, I don't read half of them. Or I begin to read them and quit because they just don't do it for me. I donate them to our local library. I get a statement of my donations for our income taxes, so I consider my hobby a nice tax write-off.

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Mary Witzl said...

I can get drunk on one margarita too, and I also buy books when I'm feeling less than compos mentis. In my case, I buy them when I'm feeling down: recently I failed to get a job after an interview and came home with £40 worth of books.

It could be a lot worse. I could have rolled home after £40 worth of margaritas and ended up with the hangover of my life -- and nothing to look forward to.

moonrat said...

yes, actually, and this morning some sober inspection has illuminated me to the fact that one book is about female best friends and one is about the fourth crusade. in all odds, i wouldn't have been able to resist either of those topics even if i had been margarita-free.

no regrets!

Demon Hunter said...

I don't drink, so I can't use any excuse when I buy terrible books...lol. Glad to see you're back. I left you another comment a couple post below! ;*)

La Gringa said...

::: waves hand sheepishly :::

Um, guilty.

sandishelton said...

Buying books while intoxicated--what a great subject for a blog post! We're paying college tuition and I have been sooo good about curbing spending, but you guessed it: last night went to a book-signing where there was WINE (oh, those clever booksellers!) and came out with an armload. But Leigh has it right: I'm also an author, so I'm grateful when other people do the same thing! Great blog, by the way. I found you by way of the book lady blog.

jalexissmith said...

One margarita? Seriously? Weak. We might have to work on changing that.

Lisa said...

I don't have a problem clicking on books when under the influence -- that would be letterpress notecards on etsy and old funky journals on eBay.

But directly outside my place of work, on a certain stretch of upper Broadway, there are always between two and eight people selling second-hand books out on the street. Have I had a bad day at the office? Feeling too poor to buy shoes but in need of some retail therapy? Is that a book I've wanted for a while and it's only $5? I don't know what it's about, but that's a great cover and it's under $10! The fact that just about everything is in the $3-$10 range completely eliminates any reason I might have not to buy a given book.