One simple rule
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*** I will no longer buy books that I don't intend to read "immediately". ***
This means not buying books I know I will put on the shelf to read later. Also "immediately" is relative as I will still finish what I'm reading and I can even have a very small "to be read immediately "pile. And new volumes in series I know I want to read don't really count for that rule.
In theory my tbr pile should slowly shrink to a more manageable size :D
I'll try applying the rule for dvds and video games too (that should save me some money)
Suggestions and comments welcome :)
You'll find a book you've been waiting for at a thrift store. Or it will go on sale. Or you will get a recommendation you cannot refuse. Or you will pre-order The Twelve because you've already been waiting a year for it.
Resistance is futile.
But if I may humbly say so, that is the brilliance of the Rule: I can buy more. I just have to read them right away!
I apparently have no option but to READ FASTER. I have read 129 books so far this year! (but I have acquired 172 in that time...)
I have to tell you, trying to follow this program has defeated me more than once. Maybe you will inspire me to try it again. Maybe . . . (lol stands for lots of luck as well as laughing out loud.)
>1 Codexus: "In theory my tbr pile should slowly shrink to a more manageable size :D" Oh, the lies we tell ourselves :)
Book Lie #1: By only acquiring books you intend to read, at the moment you want to read them, you will reduce the number of books waiting to be read.
I'll add the one I fall prey to most:
Book Lie #2: Purging unwanted books from your shelves will result in fewer books on the shelves.
Here are my yearly statistics as of Sept. 30:
Books read: 48
Books purchased: 31
For fun: 14
For school (in a broad sense): 17
Total books acquired: 43
Books discarded: 27
Maybe I'm still not making strict progress since I do still read library books, but at least I feel like things are under control now and my 800-book TBR pile is no longer growing at a totally unsustainable rate.
1) Look at the library first, unless it's a favourite author who you actively want to support.
2) If the hold list is too long and you really do want to read the book immediately, it's okay to buy it. Trying to go cold turkey with no book-buying exceptions is more likely to result in a sudden binge than making moderate exceptions when appropriate.
3) The easiest way to get a book off the shelf is to discard it.
I did the only thing I could. I stayed home. I nearly died.
That pretty much says it all.
When I'm in a book store and they ask if I want a bag or a cart, I always say no. Thank goodness there is a limit to how many books my arms can hold. That's my limiting factor.
If I can't carry any more... I can't buy anymore.
My wife suggested I go out to the book and paper show in Denver in July but I'm afraid I'll buy too many I already have. She just came home from Miami with at least 75 orchids. I guess she is feeling sorry for me. The TSA even opened her suitcase to see what the heck was in there!
By the way, you may blame Loranne for telling me about this group. Maybe someone will give me an idea how to cure this 'disease?!'.
On second thought, don't tell me. Collecting them is so much fun!!