Sunday Special: Book Buying Ban Update

At the beginning of this month, I looked at my bookshelf and realized I had a ridiculous amount of books that had yet to be read. Then, I made the mistake of perusing my Kindle library and found even more that I hadn’t even started – or thought about – reading. I told you all that I’d be on a self-imposed book buying ban for the whole month of January. I managed to survive the entire month, friends. Well, it depends on your definition of “survival”, I suppose.

It. was. miserable.


I could audition for the role of Fantine or Cosette and totally capture the feeling of being part of a crew of les misérables, for I was indeed a wretched one. Who knew so much joy came from purchasing bound paper filled with someone else’s fictional world? Well, I guess my filled bookshelves would respond, “Caitlyn does. She knows!”

I ended the month having read 4 books. This is a far cry from December, when I read 13 books. Somehow I found myself in a total reading slump, uninterested in just about everything. Why, GOD?!

I saved money, sure, but it had a strange effect on my reading fun. This experiment failed, considering its purpose was for me to read my unread purchases. I literally read zero of the books on my shelf. The 3 books I read were either books I owned and had read before or were checked out from the library. What a waste!

So now I know…I know to ignore myself when I come up with a silly idea. I have a feeling that February will be a major book buying month. I feel like an addict whose drugs have been hidden for a month…binge book buying is in my future! In fact, I have a few books already preordered that come out this month! These orders include Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys, Stars Above by Marissa Meyer, and Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard.

Have you ever gone on a self-imposed book buying ban? Were you successful? Let me know in the comments!

Happy reading! – Caitlyn


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