After reaching a realization about the craziness of her TBR shelves, Bella from A Girl Reads A Book is hosting a book buying ban this month.
And since I’ve already spoken at least twice about my ridiculous TBR piles, hosting the Summer Slimdown Challenge (which ends in a few days), and taking part in two different TBR reading challenges, I’m joining in. (I’ve really been joined in since before, but haven’t posted about it until now.)
I don’t know the exact number of unread books that I currently own, but I’m willing to bet that it’s easily somewhere in the 350-400 range at this point.
I’ve adapted Bella’s guidelines a bit for my own purposes, so that I won’t feel too horribly restricted. If this goes well, then I may maintain this book buying ban for a few more months in order to get through more of my unread books and save some money for interesting trips this coming year. <grin>
So, here are my personal guidelines for the book buying ban:
- No purchasing of new books for myself, with the single exception being for book club books.
- No purchasing of new audiobooks or ebooks for myself, with the single exception being the monthly credit I get for Audible.
- No entering giveaways or going to the library “to acquire” books.
- No borrowing books from any other source, i.e. family or friends.
- No accepting new review books.
Who else is in on this? How are you doing so far?
How the month went:
I somehow managed to do really, really well on this. This is kind of surprising, given my normal book-buying addiction, but also a bit not surprising given how broke I’ve been this month. The only book that I bought for myself this month, that didn’t fit into the guidelines above, was Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson. I also accidentally – as in, I did it and then remembered my folly later – asked for a review copy of Homosexuality and Islam, which I have received … in e-book form. So I didn’t quite make it through, but this is much better than I was expecting to be able to do!
Who else took part in this challenge? How did you do?