Hello friends and fellow book lovers! Usually, I’d include a tag post today but I think I’m all caught up on them. 🙂 Instead, I decided to talk about my 2019 book buying ban: why I’m doing it and the guidelines I’m setting for myself. If you read my 2019 goals, then you’ll see that I mentioned it but didn’t go into much detail.
Thus this post was born. Before I get started, I’d love to hear your thoughts on book buying bans, if you’re on one or how it’s going for you. Without further ado, let’s get into why I decided to go on a book buying ban.
Honestly, I never thought I’d be on a book buying ban. However, lately, I’ve been thinking more and more about it. Buying books is one of the few luxuries I allow myself so why would I limit myself? Simply put, I’m bringing in too many books that I don’t like and it’s starting to get annoying.
I end up getting stuck with books I either don’t like or ones I won’t reread. I admit that’s my problem as I used to take recommendations so seriously. While there are booktubers and bloggers I trust, I need to be more mindful. What they like doesn’t always align with my taste and vice versus. Spending that 20ish dollars on a book could be used to save up for something else.
Another reason is that I’m running out of space on my shelf. I don’t have a big shelf by any means, but it’s getting filled up. I also have all my unhaul books thrown in a corner of my room. It’s just becoming a little bit cramped and I’d rather just have books I love on my shelves instead of having them just to have them.
I want to try and utilize my library more. I have a library card through the free library of Philadelphia and it’s become a lifesaver. I might have to wait a little bit, but that wait makes it worth it. My library has both hoopla and Libby so there’s a lot of variety. I’ve also decided to give Scribd another chance. While they might not have everything available at once, it’s a good way to discover new books. Plus it’s pretty cheap in comparison to buying a new book every month.
Lastly, I plan on going vacation this year so I want to save up. I’d rather be able to pay something extra on vacation or do something special rather than buy a book. I know that might sound crazy to some, but that’s how I feel lol.
With my reasons out of the way, let’s talk about the guidelines for my book buying ban. I know everyone has different thoughts about this, but I’ve just really been thinking about these so I’m kind of going off what will work for me. At least, I hope it will! 😛
Guideline 1: Only buying books that are part of a series I own or are written by an author I love
This first one was kind of tricky to word, but hear me out. My first guideline to my ban is only to buy books that are either part of a series I already own or are written by an author I’ve previously read and loved. For example, I preordered Famous In A Small Town by Emma Mills because I love her books and her as an author.
I bought a few debuts in 2018 and it wasn’t worth it. I think I only liked one or two of them. I’d rather know I’m going to enjoy an author’s work or get it from the library. I used to rely so heavily on recommendations but I’m going to try and step back. It’s just not worth having to unhaul said books.
Guideline 2: If I buy a book, I either have to use a coupon or a gift card to pay for it
I’m not saying I won’t ever buy books but I’m sure I will. That being said, I’m going to try to cut costs as much as possible. When I’m going to buy a new book, I need to make sure that I either have a coupon so I’ll get a discount or use a gift card. I’m sick of paying full price for books when I’m sure I can find them for cheaper. It’s a waste of money that I work hard for.
Guideline 3: ONLY buying books if I have no books on my physical TBR
One issue I had in 2018 was buying books and then not reading them. Right now, I have a lot of books on my physical TBR that I’m saving for the Contemporary-A-Thon. However, there are a lot that I won’t read then. Simply put, I shouldn’t be buying books when I have books on my shelf that I haven’t read. I don’t even want to get to a point where I have shelves of unread books.
Guideline 4: I can’t buy any Kindle books until I read what’s already on there
I feel like those of us who have a Kindle get sucked in. There’s always Kindle books and just cheap books at our fingertips. It’s so easy to just throw 5 in a cart without realizing that you’ve spent 20 dollars on said books. That being said, I’m going to make sure all the books on my Kindle are read before I purchase any Kindle books.
Guideline 5: If my library has a book, then I’m not buying it
This one is easier said than done because as readers, we always want more. However, I’m going to try and be better. If my library or Scribd has a book, then why would I buy it? I’d rather be able to read it for free and or a small fee with Scribd. Even though I’m paying for Scribd, I’m still paying less than the cost of a hardcover book so I think it equals out.
Those are all the guidelines I’ve set for my book buying ban. I know it’s going to be tough at times, but I’m going to try and stick to it. The more I think about my vacation, the more excited I get. I’d rather be able to do more there than just add a few books to my shelves.
Are you doing a book buying ban or have you in the past? Any tips and tricks I should know?