By far the best time to buy or receive books is when wrapping up a writing project.
Here at The Honest Bookclub, July has been a bit quiet only because we both chose to participate in Camp NaNoWriMo, with the regular 50,000 words per month for our goal. NaNoWriMo was never meant to be easy, and easy it was certainly not. But the nearer the ending drew, the more did I begin to understand John Irving's sentiment of "Nearly everything seems a letdown after a writer has finished writing." I have completed NaNoWriMo before. And that high of finishing a project was in many ways unmatched.
Except, of course, by the high of finally being able to read again, and receiving amazing books to read from overly generous friends. Some people can juggle reading with the month of sprint-writing. But alas, such talents have escaped me. All I could allow myself to read during July have been graphic novels (which have admittedly been excellent). But now the writing portion of this mad exercise is nearly over, and I get back to reading. I get back to books. And what incredible books they are!