Saturday, February 20, 2010

Challenge: 5-month No Buy

After looking at my income to book spending ratio, I've decided to set up a new kind of challenge for myself- I will refrain from buying books for five months.

I would have done six months but there is no way I'm going to the RWA Lit Signing and not buying stuff.

Knowing me, this challenge is probably going to be one of the hardest I do this year. I love buying books almost as much as I love reading them. I love the way they feel, the smell, the un-cracked spine. Retail therapy is a total drug. I buy when I'm stressed, when I'm happy, when I'm sad, when I'm bored.

Because of my spending problem, I now have a very large TBR pile(s), so I'll hardly be without books. I also am going to stop getting stacks and stacks of books from the library, as this does nothing to help decrease said TBR pile. On top of everything I just don't have the time this semester to read as much as I would like. My free time is quickly disappearing, especially since everyone over here is in a crunch because of the blizzard.

But (don't you just love that there's a but), I have decided on a set list of books being published in the next few months which are the exceptions:

March 16
What the Librarian Did by Karina Bliss
-I think Wendy reviewed this on her blog recently. The main reason I'm reading it is that my mom (who is a librarian) saw the cover and cracked up, so now I just have to know what happens.

April 27
Lover Mine by J.R. Ward
-Self-explanatory. John Matthew is one of my favorite characters so I'm really psyched for this book to come out. The one bad thing is that it's being released in hard back, which I'm not a big fan of. I'm really obsessive about having all my series in the same format.

May 25 (This is going to be a really good day...)
His at Night by Sherry Thomas
-I've been a huge fan of Sherry Thomas ever since Private Arrangements came out a few years back. She's the only author who is solidly on my auto-buy list.

Married by Morning by Lisa Kleypas
-I was just blogging about the Hathaway's a few days ago when the covers were released. After the ridiculous cliffhanger at the end of Tempt Me at Twilight, I'm really for this one.

Ten Things I Love About You by Julia Quinn
-I almost didn't include this book. I don't think JQ's recent novels have been as great as the Bridgertons, and this cover is awful. But I do still enjoy her works, so I'm putting it on my exceptions list.

June 29
Love in the Afternoon by Lisa Kleypas
-I'm glad this one is so soon after Married by Morning. Now I don't have to worry about any cliffhangers.

July 6
Lady Isabella's Scandalous Marriage by Jennifer Ashley
-I loved The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie. I'd list it as one of my favorite romances. So of course I'm glad the next in the series is coming out.


  1. LOL Cleaver, cleaver you to make your exceptions!!!

    Totally agree that May 25th is going to be awesome.


  2. oh gosh!! this would be so hard!! you picked some awesome releases for your exceptions though!! Jennifer Ashley, Lisa Kleypas, and Sherry Thomas are all faves of mine!!

  3. I just finished What The Librarian Did and I can tell you it's a good choice!! I loved it.
    And whenever I set myself these kind of challenges, it really shows my weaknesses and I end up crumpling like wet Kleenix *sigh*

  4. You must have incredible will power - I could never do this. Yes, I have enough books to keep me busy for an entire year but I can't stop buying them! lol I have slowed down in past months but not stopped completely. :)

  5. Every few months I make a "no book buying until I've read so many from the tbr pile" resolution. I always fail. *sigh*

    Good luck sticking to your challenge!

  6. Good luck with your challenge, D.L.! I totally lack willpower for this kind of challenge. I hope you make it!