The final instalment of the Lizzie’s Lent book challenge reflects on the hardships of forgoing book buying, the excitement at finally buying them again and the harsh reality of having an empty purse…

At this point, I am realizing what a classic stereotypical English student I am. I mean, my bag is one of those Penguin book bags of Jack Kerouac’s On the Road and I normally always have a book on me anyway. My friends tell me I have a sort of literature student look, whatever that means. But I guess this challenge really was the icing on the cake!

“It made me realise that I actually enjoy buying and reading books more than I should!”

It made me realise that I actually enjoy buying and reading books more than I should! Going this many weeks without it has been driving me crazy. I wish I could say I used that time productively, like by reading the books on my module or extra secondary reading, but sadly this isn’t the case. I didn’t even know it was possible to linger in Blackwell’s as long as I did – I must have created a new record!

But now the challenge is almost over, I’m counting down the days until I can finally buy all the books in my Amazon basket and do more than just window shop! I would like to say my purse benefited from the challenge but sadly this is only the case for Costa and Starbucks as my book money went straight to them. I have enjoyed it, even though it had me going crazy at some points! It really was a valid Lent challenge, although giving up coffee may have been easier.  I can’t see myself giving up buying books again, even if they remain unopened on my book shelf reserved for train journeys and summer holidays!

“I’m counting down the days until I can finally buy all the books in my Amazon basket”

‘I get crazy in a bookstore. It makes my heart beat hard because I want to buy everything’, are some wise words from Reese Witherspoon. She couldn’t have summed it up better!

Lizzie Robinson

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