It’s National Book Week again! Usually a pretty busy week for most bookstores, and yes, it’s also been pretty busy at ‘my’ store. Which is quite refreshing, considering the fact that one year ago we weren’t sure if the store would even survive. Last years’ was a sad book week, with only one hundred Book Week Gifts in total to give to customers. Luckily this year we have tons of Gifts to hand out, so if you want one, this week is definitely a good time to buy some books! On the other hand: it’s always a good time to buy books, but that goes without saying, of course.

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I won’t be buying books this week though, since I still haven’t read my 20 books yet. However, I’m almost there, four more to go! I do have to admit that, considering the fact that this year’s Book Week theme is madness, I failed my challenge. I’m sorry! But it had to lead to failure because the bookstore I work in had a huuuuge sale and at one point all books were only 10 for 10 euros. I’m sorry, but when I found out about this I was like ‘to hell with this challenge’ and bought quite some books. I do want to note that not all books I bought were for me, myself and I. There were also some gifts. So, I hope this makes it a little less worse. On the other hand: why would you care about a little challenge that I imposed on myself? I get it, I wouldn’t care all that much either. Still, I do hope the ones that are reading this little stream of consciousness that I’m guilty of right now are thinking ‘good for her!’

I guess the failures in my life all come down to one thing: books. So I have decided the following: it’s okay to buy books, but, considering the huge stack I still have to go through – and not forgetting the reading copies that I get in and outside of work – I should do it with moderation. Because hey! I still have to buy myself food, and, how am I ever going to pay for all the stuff that my future cat Knofje (that I desperately want) needs? So yes, moderation it is for me.

Maritza Dubravac is our new columnist, writing about her bookstore life. Besides organizing the YA book club with us, she’s a mean cook and bakes the free tasties for those evenings. She also writes for Books & Bubbles, about books and sometimes dabbles in food writing at


Maritza Dubravac was Bored to Death's very first columnist. She writes about her life as a bookseller, hosts the YA book club with us and is a mean cook. She also writes for Books & Bubbles, about books and even dabbles in food writing as an editor for

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