…I put myself on a book buying ban.
If you guys have been following me for awhile, you should know that I buy a lot of books. I’m sadly not exaggerating about this – just check out my Stacking the Shelves posts. Honestly, I’m so scared of how many books I’ve bought that I don’t dare check out my own Stacking the Shelves posts after I post them up and count how many books I’ve bought altogether in a year. (I definitely know I’ve bought more than 50 books this year, probably even more than 60 books. Or even 70 books. At this rate, I’m too scared to even count.)
To make matters worse, I don’t show some books in my Stacking the Shelves posts because I’m either 1) too lazy or 2) the books arrived later on the same day I wrote my Stacking the Shelves post or 3) the books are for a giveaway and I don’t want to ruin the surprise. Book signings are the worse for reason #3. Almost every time I attend a book signing, I buy at least two of the same book signed for the author – one for myself and one for a giveaway. Hell, once I even owned five signed copies of Unbreakable by Elizabeth Norris. -cringe-
That’s not even the worse part. The worst part is that my bookshelves can hold no more books even though it’s huge (I’m doing tons of twitter giveaways because of this) and my wallet wants to murder me for being so empty all the time, so I need a plan.
So here is what I’m doing: I’m going on a book buying ban, starting today. It’ll last until the end of next year.
Here’s the thing though: I’m realistic. I know I won’t last long without buying any books for an entire year, so I’m going to be logical. I’ll allow myself to buy only 25 books next year. Believe me, that will be a very hard thing to do, so I’ll be using this list to help me suceed.
I’ve already started my list because I like to be well prepared. And, well, January 2014 is close too.
Evertrue by Brodi Ashton [Amazon]
2. Split Second by Kasie West
A Mad, Wicked Folly by Sharon Biggs Waller [Amazon]
4. The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski
5. The Assassin’s Blade by Sarah Maas
6. Dreams of Gods & Monsters by Laini Taylor
7. What I Thought Was True by Huntley Fitzpatrick
8. Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins
9. Cress by Marissa Meyer
10. Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafi
Being Sloane Jacobs by Lauren Morrill [Strand]
Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi [Strand]
Diamonds and Deceit by Leila Rasheed [Strand Extra]
Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson [Barnes & Noble]
What Happens In Scotland by Jennifer McQuiston [Mass Market Paperback]
Summer Is For Lovers by Jennifer McQuiston [Mass Market Paperback]
The Sum of All Kisses by Julia Quinn [Mass Market Paperback Extra]
Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead [Amazon Box Set]
Frostbite by Richelle Mead [Amazon Box Set]
Shadow Kiss by Richelle Mead [Amazon Box Set]
Blood Promise by Richelle Mead [Amazon Box Set]
Spirit Bound by Richelle Mead [Amazon Box Set]
Last Sacrifice by Richelle Mead [Amazon Box Set Extra (since it’s 42% off)]
Fragile Spirits by Mary Lindsey [Amazon]
Uninvited by Sophie Jordan [Strand]
There is some exceptions for this 25 book rule though. For every two books I buy at Strand that goes on this list, I’ll reward myself with another book. (The reason for this rule is because hardcovers cost $9 in Strand and paperbacks are $5, aka very cheap).
Also, for every two mass market paperback book I’ll buy, I’ll reward myself with one more mass paperback book since again, they’re so cheap.
As you can see, I haven’t decided on all 25 books I’m going to buy yet. I’ll continue filling out my list as I read more books and as more and more books are revealed later on in the year.
Do you have a book buying problem like I do? Are you going to do anything about it? What are some books you’ll recommend I buy in 2014? And lastly, what if you’re in my position; what 25 books will you buy?