Last week I made a very crucial decision: I am placing myself on a much needed BOOK BUYING BAN! (If you listen very, very carefully, you can hear my bank account sigh with relief.) This past month or so, I have been going a little overboard with the amount of books that I have been purchasing — and simply justifying it with at the very least I can write about them on my blog! — and have come to the conclusion that I really need to slow down. I can’t have every single book on my bookshelf… though, from the evidence, I’ve obviously really tried! Haha.
However, whilst I am now running past bookstores and avoiding Goodreads like the plague, all in order to rid myself of the temptation, the fact that I have now officially banned myself from buying any new books until August 1st is not actually completely awful. In fact, this book buying ban is strangely (very strangely) awesome! And let me tell you why.
1. I’ve realised that I have a lot of awesome books on my bookshelf! Without thinking about the next book that I am going to purchase, I have taken a much better look at my bookshelf! Is it bad that I have forgotten about almost half the books that I own? I’m looking forward to reading Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch, Rot and Ruin by Jonathan Maberry, A Darker Shade of Magic by V. E. Schwab and Soundless by Richelle Mead.
2. I plan on finishing a couple of series! I have now realised that I have a horrible habit of taking forever to finish a series once I’ve started — so this book buying ban will actually really help in knocking off a few unfinished series. Hopefully I’ll be able to finish The Grisha Trilogy by Leigh Bardugo, start reading and finish The Heroes of Olympus series by Rick Riordan, and make a sufficient dent in The Expanse books by James S. A. Corey.
3. My TBR is going to be getting so much smaller! Now, this would probably have to be the most exciting point on my entire list! My TBR is extremely long, TERRIFYINGLY LONG, so it’ll be nice to actually make a considerable dent in it over the next few months. However, I can only imagine that a new problem will arise: my reading wishlist growing to an uncontrollable size! Oh dear…
4. I might try re-reading one of my favourites! I have been planning to re-read the Divergent trilogy by Veronica Roth and The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare for such a long time now that it would be pretty awesome to finally do it.
5. I’m actually going to be saving some money! Pretty self-explanatory. My bank account is definitely going to thank me.
Writing this list actually makes me incredibly, incredibly happy. As bookish peeps, we tend to view book buying bans as horrible, dreaded things — but, in actuality, all we need to do is look at the bright side! Not only will I be saving some money, I am also really looking forward to finishing off some of my unfinished series/trilogies, starting some new ones, and perhaps do a little re-reading in the upcoming months.
Although, I am going away in May on holiday — and I know that I will be going to this awesome bookstore (guys, it is huge!). If I actually end up buying a book or two whilst I am there, it isn’t the end of the world. Life is too short to worry about things like that. But right now I am making the conscious decision to not buy any books in order to read the ones that I own and save some money for my holiday.
Have you ever gone on a book buying ban? How did you survive?