Alright, this month I’m taking on the extremely difficult task of not buying any more books. I’ve gone through my shelves and counted about 75 books that I’ve bought and have not read. So I need to make a considerable dent in my TBR pile before I can justifiably allow myself to spend ridiculous amounts of money on more books. Don’t get me wrong – I love buying books, I love supporting authors, and I love sitting on my couch, staring at my bookshelves (which I personally find to be incredibly aesthetically pleasing) for long moments, admiring how gorgeous they all are. But I also think it’s a waste of money and a complete shame to have a thousand unread books. Therefore, we are not going to be purchasing anything new this month!
We’re about half way through and so far, so good. I’ve forced myself to stick to my no spend plan.
However! The battle has not be won, yet. This is has been super difficult because I’m a perpetual retail therapy girl and whenever I’m stressed, upset, or hurt I immediately begin to shop. But the number of unread books on my shelves has begun to make me a bit anxious, so I’m going to try to curb my desperate need to constantly spend money on books.
That being said, I’m going to make one concession this month. I currently own the Court of Thorns and Roses trilogy in paperback, which – due to the number of times I pick them up off my shelves and skim them, or just straight but reread my favourite parts – have become a smidge tattered looking. It also didn’t help that I fell asleep with one next to me in bed and Bear jumped up and knocked it on to the ground – denting the edge of the spine.
I’m crazy about pristine book conditions, though. That is why I shall allow myself to spend only what is necessary to repurchase the trilogy in hardcover this month. I figure, since I’m in love with the books anyway, it’s a practical purchase. That way I can have the hardcovers sitting beautifully on my bookshelves while I tote around the “well loved” paperbacks and not worry about their cover appearance as much.
(Edit: I wound up purchasing it. Every chain store in my area said they were sold out but I wandered into Indigo last week and, despite the fact that their online search yields zero copies, I found a boxed set on a random shelf. It was literally like the universe needed me to buy them, you know?)
So that’s my monthly resolution: No Spend June. I hope I can stick to it. I don’t think it’ll be too difficult, because while I love book shopping and retail book therapy, I’m also very stubborn and when I set my mind to something, I can usually stay on track.
Plus this has the added bonus of allowing me to save a ton of money in June which will, in turn, give me heaps of money to spend in July. Because that’s when summer really kicks off and I think it’ll be a nice little present to myself to go on a book buying spree!
How many books are on your total TBR? Does anyone else book shop to make themselves feel better? Let me know!
Update: Pre wrote this on the first … it is now the third and I’ve not only re-purchased the Court of Thorns and Roses trilogy in hardcover but also Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (20th Anniversary Edition) in all four houses. So … we are certainly not starting out strong. But since I’ve obviously read all of the books I purchased many times before, it’s technically okay because my TBR number never actually increased. LOOPHOLE! Bam. (Send help.)