Now that my book-hoarding prowess has been amply demonstrated for any/all of my book blogging peers to take note of (for the record, the list still isn't quite complete), I'd like to shift gears for a moment and deliver a post that's a conceptual slap in the face to both the holiday shopping season and to excess in general: yes, that's right, I hereby publicly announce a plan to limit myself to a grand total of seven new book purchases between now and the end of 2012. Three reasons why this crackpot plan will fail: 1) I have no willpower. 2) I love buying shiny new paperbacks. 3) Buying books is a noble way to help support the arts--especially if you have no willpower. Three reasons why this voluntary simplicity plan might succeed: 1) I've been so successful at stockpiling cool books that most chain bookstores only elicit elitist disdain from me these days. 2) I have access to a great university library system that I somehow perennially underuse with my usual buy now and ask questions later acquisition methodology. 3) Simon from Savidge Reads wenta whole year without book-buying in 2010, thus proving that it's not necessary to have to pepper spray other consumers to get to that IQ84 Murakami endcap--if you have a well-stocked TBR at home. More posts on my experiment in fiscal austerity later and/or when I come to my senses and throw in the towel. Until then, what I hope will be my last three purchases for 2011: Juan Carlos Onetti's La vida breve (Punto de Lectura), José Lezama Lima's Paradiso (Cátedra), and Volume II of Robert Musil's The Man without Qualities (Vintage). Hey, it's been zero days since my last book purchase. How about you?