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I (fortunately) realized this in first year when I, at the end of a semester had opened exactly one of the 4 textbooks, and then only read < 1 chapter.

The alternative to buying a copy of texts you really need (and I know there are a lot of legal issues with this) is "finding" the book online (and I haven't yet had a book I couldn't find trivially). A couple of PDF's instead of a pile of dead trees, and I have the added advantage of in-text search.

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