Friday, February 15, 2013

Do Book Buying bans work??

I'm sure book buying bans work for some people. I tried it myself for a month. It did work, but as soon as the month was up......

I'm soooooooooooooooooo weak when it comes to books. It doesn't help that I'm going to grad school to learn about book publishing. In my children's book publishing class we went to not one but two bookstores on Monday. On that little field trip, I just couldn't resist buying Boy Toy by Barry Lyga and The Archived by Victoria Schwab. I loved I Hunt Killers by Barry Lyga, so I'm eager to read some of his earlier works. The tagline for The Archived, "Imagine a place where the dead rest on shelves like books," sounded too good to resist.

I've seen so many good reviews and Youtube videos of Cinder by Marissa Meyer, I had to buy that and the sequel Scarlet.

Other books bought:

Anne Frank: The Book, The Life, The Afterlife by Francine Prose -- A hardcover book at the bargain price of $5.97, who can resist? Plus, I love reading about historical figures.
State of the Union by Douglas Kennedy -- Another bargain book, and I've read another book by him in the past.
The Reading Group by Elizabeth Noble -- A fiction book about a women's book club, I'm so there. I love reading books about people who love books.
Rush by Maya Banks -- This is the first in a trilogy. It's erotic fiction, and I'm open to it. I love Tiffany Reisz's books, so it's time I give another author a try.
Beyond Belief: My Secret Life Inside Scientology and My Harrowing Escape by Jenna Miscavige Hill -- Books exposing Scientology have been a bit of a hot topic lately.
One for the Books by Joe Queenan -- The author is a columnist and he is obsessed with books.
The Ladies' Paradise by Emile Zola -- I don't read enough Classics, so I thought this would be a good one to start with.
Out by Natsuo Kirino -- I've never read any Japanese fiction, this one would be my first.
Splintered by A.G. Howard -- A retelling of Alice in Wonderland !!
Me Before You by Jojo Moyes -- I've read so many good reviews, I had to have it.

In all honesty, I wonder when I will get around to reading these books. When I see a shiny new cover, it's so hard for me to not buy it. I own hundreds of books, some of them I bought years ago and have yet to read them. Is this a problem? Is this an addiction? Am I a book hoarder? All three questions probably apply to me. What's the point of buying something you're not going to read for weeks, months, or perhaps years? I see it as a building my collection. If you're not a book nerd, maybe you don't understand. I'm very attached to my collection, and don't see myself parting with a lot of my books. What about everyone else? Do you find it hard to stick to book buying bans?


  1. I'm constantly on a book buying ban, but usually I end up ignoring it. I'm doing pretty well this time, I don't think I've gotten a new book since November. And the only reason I've broken the ban is when I go to signings, where I will buy the book to support the indie store.

    I came to the realization that I just like buying books, so I need to reign that in a bit. Glad I'm not the only one.

  2. I know I need to restrain myself more. I'm thinking I'll allow myself to buy one book for every book I read from my own shelf. That might curb my spending because I haven't read one of my own books in 2 years. I've let the review copies take over. My New Year's resolution was to stop that and read at least 10 of my own books. It's only February, plenty of time to follow through. I hope!!