Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Book Buying Ban, Part Two

A lot of you may remember that I went on a book buying ban in February, and succeeded. During that time, I was hoping to get through several books in my TBR pile, but I was less successful in that respect. I only read The Woman In White by Wilkie Collins and Brightly Woven by Alexandra Bracken (granted, The Woman In White is over 600 pages long).

I'll be going to graduate school to get my master's of library science in the fall, and I have a feeling that I'm not going to have as much time to read for leisure then. Don't get me wrong, I always love having a stack of unread books lying around so when I feel like reading, I'll not only have choices, but also won't have to worry about running out of books. Lately, however, I feel like it's been getting a little overwhelming. So I've decided that for the months of May and June, I will not buy books.

I thought about extending this ban longer for optimal TBR shrinkage. Ideally, it'd be great to have about ten to twenty unread books sitting around as opposed to...wait...I don't actually want to count the number of unread books I have. Let's just say I know it's larger than one hundred. However, Meg Cabot, Maggie Stiefvater and Andrea Cremer are all having signings near me in July, so I'll obviously want to purchase books at all of those events. If you're going to be at any of them, definitely give me a heads up!

I have to admit, though, this book buying is going to be a little half-assed. There are tons of awesome YA books coming out in May and June, and I've placed a couple of online orders. Aside from these, I will probably buy one book when I am on vacation in Maine at the end of June, because for me a vacation always feels more complete once I have acquired a shiny new book.

Here are the books that are already ordered and have been or will be on their way to me.

Babe in Boyland by Jody Gehrman
Break by Hannah Moskowitz
Never Sit Down In A Hoopskirt and Other Things I Learned In Southern Belle Hell by Crickett Rumley
Tortall and Other Lands: A Collection of Tales by Tamora Pierce
Elixir by Hilary Duff
Divergent by Veronica Roth
Insatiable by Meg Cabot (Her signing near me is for the sequel to this book, which is called Overbite, so I'm going to try and read this one before her event.)
The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland In A Ship Of Her Own Making by Catherynne M. Valente
Blood Magic by Tessa Gratton
Hourglass by Myra McEntire
Blood Red Road by Moira Young
Sisterhood Everlasting by Ann Brashares

Last week I also discovered that Barnes and Noble was having a spring sale, and that a lot of books on my wishlist were on sale. So I got myself ten books for twenty-eight dollars. I cannot wait for this box to arrive. Here's what I picked out.

Just Listen by Sarah Dessen
The Gates by John Connolly
Paper Towns by John Green
Of Bees and Mist by Erick Setiawan
Endless Summer by Jennifer Echols
The Sea of Monsters by Rick Riordan
The Titan's Curse by Rick Riordan
The Princess and the Bear by Mette Ivie Harrison
Once Upon A Marigold by Jean Ferris
Prayers for Sale by Sandra Dallas

Like I said, this book buying ban is a little half-assed. However, I think the point is that I not buy any more books, except for my one vacation book. I'm hoping to get at least fifteen of my own books during this ban, and yes, I would totally count one of these towards that total.

Have you ever been on a book buying ban? How did it work out for you?


  1. I am seriously trying to cut down on book buying myself. In fact I really don't buy that many. The real problem are all those great free eBooks that seem to roll in when I'm not looking *cough*. Not to mention the temptation Netgalley and other review sources lead me into ... I was brave enough though to check just how many books are on my TBR stacks through LibraryThing aaaand ... uhm, let's just say I passed the 300 mark *whimpers*.

  2. I am just now going on a book buying ban too. I have been a little crazy lately in the book buying department! I also was super excited when I saw the B&N sale last week and I ordered 12 books! It was way to hard to resist. After I get those this week I have to be done.....at least for a little while! :)

  3. I've been on several. Some work. Some don't. Actually, I'm suppose to be on one now but it's an epic fail :)
    I always buy books on vacation! My husband says I have a radar for used-book stores and even in a city I've never been in, I can usually find one :P - I guess that's my superpower, although I was hoping for flight or super-speed. ~ L

  4. Kudos to you for even trying a book-buying ban. I can't even contemplate it. I love book shopping way too much... though the hundreds of books I have waiting to be read are kind of proof of that, LOL.

    Good luck!

  5. When I go on a book buying ban, I usually go to the library, even though I do NOT need to. Good luck on yours. And yes, I agree...I love buying books when I'm on vacation.



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