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A New Year, a New Challenge: BOOK BUYING BAN!

Hi Everyone!

Yeah, that’s right. Somehow, I managed to go an entire year spending less than £100 on makeup for myself as a result of the lipstick ban due to a knock-on effect on the rest of my makeup.

I did notice, however, that I acquired a Very Tall reading pile that I haven’t touched since the summer. It’s getting ridiculous, and maybe my new defence mechanism for ridiculous things is to just… ban my purchases of them. I mean… I guess it makes sense to just NOT buy things when you are buying too much, right?

ANYWAY. The ban rules are as follows!

  1. Read all the books on the pile.
  2. Strictly no purchases of books and book items (no kindles or digital books, either…). Gifts okay although not encouraged…
  3. Document each and every book on the blog. Every single one.
  4. The exception being if I finish all the books on the pile, then, and ONLY then, can I buy a new book.
  5. The other exception is a recent copy of Lord of The Flies, found in a charity shop*.
  6. In anticipation of my placement year MAYBE being abroad, books in other languages will be allowed. I won’t be buying giant epic fantasies in Korean, of course! These will most likely be children’s books to practise.

It’s not too hard, I guess, seeing as I haven’t actually bought that many this year, but the small number of books adding to an already steadily-accumulating pile is just rather unhealthy. In the family, I am only the second most prolific hoarder after my mom and this is despite the lack of available space for all my stuff in my room. The parents also refuse to put up a shelf in my room for this reason, but our bookshelf is a bit small for all my books now forcing me to destash every few books or so.

With my current reading pile, I’ll need to read at least two books a month in order to get through it. It’ll be hard for books like The Night Manager, which is harder for me to read, and Muse of Nightmares, which is just darn long.

*I have also removed Lord of the Flies from my TBR temporarily despite not reading it, as it’s an old second-hand copy and my sister claims there is a dead spider in it, rendering it an Absolute No. I will obtain a newer copy if I do find one in a charity shop and that will also be an exception to the rules above.

I did share a TBR earlier last year and in all honesty, it hasn’t changed at all.

  1. The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith (J.K Rowling) – Cormoran Strike, #1
  2. Muse of Nightmares by Laini Taylor – Sequel to Strange the Dreamer
  3. Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman (started)
  4. We’ve All Been There – NaNoWriMo LA Anthology (Half-read)
  5. Sabriel by Garth Nix (started)
  6. The Secret History by Donna Tartt
  7. Ink by Alice Broadway
  8. State of Sorrow by Melinda Salisbury
  9. The Night Manager by John le Carre
  10. Battle Royale, Remastered by Koushun Takami (Started)
  11. The Bees by Laline Paull
  12. Morning Star by Pierce Brown
  13. The Hate U Give by Angeline Thomas
  14. I See You by Claire Mackintosh
  15. The Young Elites by Marie Lu
  16. The Rose Society by Marie Lu (Young Elites, #2)
  17. The Midnight Star by Marie Lu (Young Elites, #3)
  18. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
  19. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
  20. Codename Villanelle by Luke Jennings

So… I’ll be starting off with all those books that I want to get out of the way first. Not in any particular order:

  1. We’ve All Been There
  2. Jane Eyre
  3. Great Expectations
  4. The Night Manager – this might be destashed early, I’ve spent many attempts to just get into this book and finding it really hard.

The technical start date is the 22nd December 2018 – the day I picked up Codename Villanelle. (LOOK, guys, I finished BBC’s Killing Eve drama a month prior, adored it, and the book was £3 at the Works. Could not resist.) However, like last year this challenge will run through the entirety of 2019.

The thing is, I begin placement this September with the possibility of going abroad, which means that I may stretch out the ban until the end of the following year when I come back as I will be obtaining or reading very few books in that time.

Anyway, this should prove to be an interesting challenge. All of this is making me think about my hoarding and my consumption which I think will end up with positives in the long run.

Wish me luck!

Until Next Time,


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