You knooow, once upon a time (and for most of my life actually) I used to be a huge collector of mangas (Japanese comic books - well, in the Italian translation of course); in fact, I currently own over 1700 volumes. Half of my bedroom is literally made of comic books… it was “my thing”, once, and later, they kept me company through the darkest years of my teenageness (I know how silly this sounds but whatever~). I started buying and reading them when I was in elementary school, around 1996-1997, although I had occasionally bought some Sailor Moon’s old edition volumes prior to that already, and kept doing it until the end of 2011. At that point, I realized that I had been hoarding them for a couple of years without really reading any of them, and that felt like a terrible waste of money (money that I could spend buying a new exercise bike… a FitBit… a new scale… oh, right?!). I felt like I wasn’t interested in them anymore, since I couldn’t even bring myself to read two pages in a row… and ~stuff~, you know. *roll eyes* While many years ago I could read and reread every single volume I had for hours or days on end. I think I was *still* buying them because maybe I hoped that some day in the future I would have been interested in them/be able to read them again. *shrugs* But I haven’t “had the chance” so far, and I still have lots of volumes I haven’t even opened yet. I even started thinking about selling most of them at one point, something that had always horrified me. But I didn’t, annnd I don’t know… I might restart from where I left and read ALL the backlog, to start with. Although that’s scary (but exciting) because they’re a lot… and even those series that I had actually started… well, I can’t just go back to where I left, say volume 25, because obviously I don’t remember anymore what happened in the previous 24. *hysterically laughs*
(Also, the package I’m waiting for is actually an entire series (18 volumes) that I had started to read a while ago and that I’ve found on eBay at a cheap price…)
Anyway, (one) problem is, I haven’t been to the local little comic book store where I used to buy them… in like 3 years, now. I am afraid it will be very awkward to go there again… maybe buying them through the Internet would make me save A BIT of money, but going there and… browsing them… touching them… physically… that was priceless. This sounds EXTREMELY creepy, I know. Lol. But also Ugh with a capital U.