I’ve said it again and again that I will not buy new books until I’ve conquered this mountain of unread titles languishing on my shelves. Each year shows me cracking under my self imposed restrictions until I lose control and go on mad book buying binges, feeling the shame as I find myself drowning in more books that I fail to have the time to read. At this rate my living space will resemble Yomiko Readman’s place.
So I need to take well defined measures. I cannot really say drastic because totally cutting off my book spending WILL NOT HAPPEN for the moment so I need to find ways to work around it. However, I can try to curb it. Rather than stopping books altogether I will impose a set of specific limitations. I will have to work to buy that book I want to own.
Perhaps this will make me work on reading much needed tomes a bit more diligently because I do want the new Patricia Briggs books. And I will also be getting the final volumes in the Kane Chronicles and the Nicholas Flamel series this year. There are other books coming out, but those are the main ones that I am waiting to complete my collections.
- Ways to Scale Mt. TBR in the Year 2012
- Precious shall not purchase new books during the year that do not fall under the exceptions.
- The only books that may be purchased are those in a series that I am already in the process of collecting.
- New series installments may only be purchased after a span of ten books have been finished from my stacks. Ten read books will equal one new book.
- Library patronage will still be exercised during this period, but there will be a limit of one book checked out per month to allow for maximum owned collection perusal time. The only exception to this rule will be if a title with a long wait list becomes available. Naturally audiobooks will also be excluded for the obvious reason.
I think this might be a suitable method of still buying, but also showing some progress in my reading.