Not the one in which I would eat just books (although I once had a dog who had a taste for Cheever) and not this one, either, (although I am intrigued by the premise).
The book diet I'm speaking of is the one in which I turn away from the cornucopia that is Amazon. I also need to run right out and avoid my local bookstore in Korea, Kyobo, and the local in my hometown, Reader's World. Oh, and the beautiful little used bookstore in Busan!
I haven't bought a book since March 21. I'm feeling crazy and forlorn.
I'm moving next year, March 2015. MOVING moving, as in back to the States. Yes, I'm repatriating, after ten years, and so are the books I've bought/been given. I had already cleverly worked out that it was going to cost a lot of money to ship these overseas,
so I began buying e-books. I mean, buying and BUYING. Buy Hard with a Vengeance.
"My name is Bybee and I'm a One-Clicker."
It's so easy. Amazon gives me what I want, and my book desire is satisfied in a moment and forgotten. Then at the end of the month, my credit card painfully removes a huge chunk of money from my account. Of course by that time, it feels like they're being unreasonable, and even a tad sadistic for no reason.
To return to the US in reasonable financial shape, I need to rein in the spending and get a handle on my book compulsion. It hurts like hell being stalwart and all that, but luckily, I have the Busan Book Swap and my beloved BEL, the Busan English Library as resources to fall back on. They'll have to feel like book-shopping experiences. I'm doing both this upcoming weekend, and none too soon, either.
This restraint doesn't feel at all natural. It's like trying to get dressed using just my feet.