Since graduating from university, I have been working as the marketing lead for a biotechnology startup which is very small in size (under 10 employees). With early-stage science startups, there’s a trade-off: there’s an opportunity to grow and make meaningful contributions, but the salary is pretty dismal until the company is able to raise a funding round. The company that I am currently working for is in the midst of raising its first round of funding, which means that I have had to make several adjustments to my monthly budget — and this impacted my reading habits.
I have a greater appreciation for fiction
Fiction has always been my go-to genre, but years of almost exclusively reading books on entrepreneurship and scientific research papers have made me truly savour the moments that I’ve been able to curl up on the couch with a swoony romance or an elaborately crafted fantasy novel.
I’m a more calculated book buyer
Living paycheck to paycheck means that my book buying ban is back in full effect. Have I broken it since it was instated? Of course. I recently went to France and had to splurge on a book at Shakespeare and Company, but I no longer wander aimlessly into the closest Indigo and leave with armloads of books. If I am going to purchase a book, I do my research: it has to be a book that I know I’m going to love and re-read.
I read more backlist titles
I have so many unread books at home that used to be ignored in favour of new, shiny books that I had pre-ordered. Now that I’m limiting my number of book purchases, I’ve finally been able to tackle some of these backlist titles — and several of them have been truly wonderful.
The library is my second home
I visit the library at least once a week to spend the day working remotely and to pick out new reads. After living here for 3 years I finally have a library card for my local library and, between that and my library card from back home, my iPad is constantly filled with e-books. As a former student library page, I’m excited that I’m able to support my local library in a much more consistent way – and, of course, my budget also thanks me.
How have your reading habits changed over time? Are you an impulsive book buyer or do you set a budget for yourself? Let me know in the comments below.