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549th Friday Blog Roundup

I have transformed my book purchasing problem into a library problem.

In the old days, I bought more books than I had time to read.  I would buy a book, super excited to read it, and then before I could start it, I’d find another book I wanted so I bought that, too.  Maybe the second book seemed more time-sensitive, so I would start with that one and leave the first book in a to-read pile next to my bed.  Midway through the second book, I would purchase two more books and drop them in the pile.  So now there were three books in the to-read pile and another in my purse.

The pile grew unmanageable, so I would move some of the books to the bookcase, telling myself that this was a good thing.  When the zombie apocalypse started, and you all know that it’s one day going to be here, I would have plenty to read while we’re hunkered down in a windowless room.

The bookcases filled.

We were short of space, so a few years ago, I started to check out books from the library that I didn’t think I’d read a second time.  I reasoned that if I loved it, I could always go buy a copy.  But in the meantime, I would save myself bookcase space.

This is how the library thing usually goes down.  It may look a little familiar if you read the first half of this post.

I’ll go to the library and take out two books.  I’ll start reading one, reasoning that it’s a good thing that I have the other because once the first book is done, I’ll move onto the second book.  But in the meantime, even though I don’t need another book, I will go to the library and take out another book the next day.  I will add that book to my to-read library book pile, sometimes dropping the book I’m currently reading to read the new book because it’s a new release and I can only have it for a short period of time.

Now, you would think that someone who is currently holding three library books (not to mention owning thousands of books) would not need to go back to the library for a few weeks.  BUT I DO.  I go back.  Daily.  Most of the time, I check out another book.

I’ve realized that part of my enjoyment of books is the acquiring of books.  I don’t even need to permanently own them; checking them out from the library is enough to give me that high.

I have a book problem.

Thankfully it’s summer, which means reading by the pool.


Stop procrastinating.  Go make your backups.  Don’t have regrets.

Seriously.  Stop what you’re doing for a moment.  It will take you fifteen minutes, tops.  But you will have peace of mind for days and days.  It’s the gift to yourself that keeps on giving.

As always, add any new thoughts to the Friday Backup post and peruse new comments in order to find out about methods, plug-ins, and devices that help you quickly back up your data and accounts.


And now the blogs…

But first, second helpings of the posts that appeared in the open comment thread last week.  In order to read the description before clicking over, please return to the open thread:

Okay, now my choices this week.

Still Waters has a post comparing her haircut experience to the changes you make because you think you should make them. (The example relates to blogging.)  It’s something I often ask myself: am I doing something because I think it’s something I should do or something I want to do?  Am I doing it because every magazine cover or advice column is telling me that if I don’t do X that it will be the reason I fail fail fail at life?  It’s a really good reminder to follow your own heart.

Constant in the Darkness has a post about how she feels she needs to remain tense in order to believe that they will one day be able to adopt again.  That having confidence will jinx the process.  In the end, she also recognizes the importance in letting go, in trusting that what will happen will happen and remaining anxious about it will not change the outcome.  Again, a good reminder.

Lastly, The Polka-Dot Umbrella has a post about trying to plan for a future when you’re infertile.  Her cousin questions the choices she is making in regards to her career, and she points out that those choices are the only place where she has control of the situation.  It’s a post about not putting your life on hold while you build your family.

The roundup to the Roundup: I have a book problem.  Your weekly backup nudge.  And lots of great posts to read.  So what did you find this week?  Please use a permalink to the blog post (written between June 5th and June 12th) and not the blog’s main url. Not understanding why I’m asking you what you found this week?  Read the original open thread post here.


1 Northern Star { 06.12.15 at 8:21 am }

Awwwww, thank you Mel!

2 Noemi { 06.12.15 at 10:58 am }

The PolkaADot Umbrella links take you to Constant in the Darkness. Just an FYI.

3 deathstar { 06.12.15 at 11:18 am }

Link with PolkaDot Umbrella takes you to Constant in the Darkness.

4 deathstar { 06.12.15 at 11:19 am }

And how on earth do you have time to read all those books! Funny, I used to read ALL the time until online games. I have an online addiction to games I think.

5 Mel { 06.12.15 at 12:03 pm }

Oh no! Thank you everyone who caught the link mess up. Fixing it now. Sorry Trendy Vulcan.

6 loribeth { 06.12.15 at 12:49 pm }

Well, you know I have a book problem too. 😉 See my recent post on my book project (this is just FYI & not for second helping purposes):


Our thought processes re: books are extremely similar. 🙂 I know I shouldn’t be buying more books when I have dozens that I haven’t touched yet, but I can’t help myself. As I’ve said, some people spend their money on alcohol and cigarettes, I spend mine on reading material.

7 loribeth { 06.12.15 at 1:52 pm }

P.S. Re: playing the Hitler Card & empathy, this piece was in the New York Times a few days ago, and I found it quite thought-provoking. Most of the comments I’ve read to date are actual quite thoughtful too:


8 Lori Lavender Luz { 06.12.15 at 3:57 pm }

I need to return to being a better book reader. Which means putting down Facebook in the evenings.

For my second helping: Uh, YUM. Delicious in all ways by Justine. http://ahalfbakedlife.blogspot.com/2015/06/microblog-monday-easy-and-six-minute.html

9 Jessica { 06.15.15 at 6:35 am }

I can’t borrow from the library, because I’ll be late returning books and have to pay fines. I buy books instead.

10 Jess { 06.15.15 at 10:08 pm }

Hilarious! I have yet to hoard from the library, but I am really not looking forward to culling my stacks when we have to make room for the little person coming at an indeterminate time. I know I have to, but I just don’t WANT to. I want a magical bookshelf that expands to hold everything and then shrinks to a manageable size, something Harry-Potter-esque. Instead I have a bin by the bed for t0-reads that was a great solution until it did like a Tribble and spawned four other piles around it and a section of the bookcase upstairs and a section of the bookcase downstairs of to-reads, also. When we were filling out our financial form for the adoption agency, they asked how much per month I spend on clothing. I laughed my butt off and felt like I was getting away with something, because a far better question is how much do I spend on BOOKS? The library is a great idea. How do you avoid massive fines? If I have more than two or three books out at a time my potential for stunningly large overdue fines increases, lots. There are far worse addictions to have, and I agree, we’ll be having a great time when the zombie apocalypse comes. 🙂

11 Krystyn { 06.17.15 at 9:32 pm }

Total self promotion of my own blog post 🙂 A few years ago, I was quite the active IF blogger (Bring on the Babies), after going through 6 losses, 3 IUIs, and 5 fresh IVFs. Despite finally getting my rainbow baby, life has been anything but a picnic. My son was born with two rare neurological conditions, and has faced many challenges since birth. I have created a new blog that talks about the struggles I am facing with him, and how these struggles are emotionally intensified by my battle with IF.

I am on a mission to raise awareness about the barriers that exist for children with special needs. I am in the process of building a 17,000 square foot community inclusive playground. In this post, I talk about my struggles to raise funds, as not everyone sees the need for this type of playground. http://www.giovannisjourney.com/home/2015/6/15/can-a-picture-really-change-the-world-it-can-and-i-will-tell-you-how

12 Amy Elaine { 06.23.15 at 10:29 am }

Your book “problem” is one of the reasons I love you.

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