With about a hundred books on my book shelf and well over a hundred books on my Kindle I'm starting to feel swamped. Especially since about 40 of the books on my Kindle are NetGalley review books I need to get to. Oh yeah, and the Galley Grab books I've been dying to read that keep running out because I don't have time to get to them. I don't like staring longingly at certain books on my shelves wishing I could read them but then seeing all the other ones I need to get to, as well. So I've made a pretty tough decision.
I am going on a 6 month book buying ban.
I know what you are probably thinking. "6 months of not buying books?!" Sounds crazy right? And it might very well be, but it will be good for me...and my shelves...and my bank account.
However, I will still accept review books (including NetGalley and Galley Grab). And since there are a couple books (okay, more like a million) coming out that I want I have decided to give myself a 2 book a month allowance. As long as I am making progress with all my other books. That way I won't be cutting myself off entirely and I won't end up lying on the floor with shakes and in a cold sweat in some kind of book buying withdrawal.
My goal for the next 6 months is 60 books. 10 books a month seems pretty doable to me.
So even though I feel a bit crazy limiting my buying so much, it makes me feel better because I hate feeling behind, and every time I bring more books home and watch my pile grow it makes me feel very very behind.
And who knows, if this makes my current to be read pile go down fast I might end it sooner.
So what about you? Do you think a book buying ban is in order every now and again? Or do you not really care how many books you have to read?
If you were going to go on or have done a ban, what are/were your goals?