My 2016 Haul and Subsequent Book-Buying Ban

Today, I went to a bookstore not to by books, but to look at them. To hold them. Hug them. Whisper that I love them. And then I left empty-handed.

I’ve been on a self-proclaimed book-buying ban since around August. If you’re unfamiliar with the term, it’s different from a book ban. I can still read books. I will read lots of them. I’m just banned from buying them.

Until Christmas.

I decided to do this because I have a problem. I love books. But specifically, I love buying books. I love going to bookstores and coming out with new books. But very rarely do I get around to actually reading them.


Purchased with Barnes & Noble gift card for my graduation
All The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven
Afterworlds by Scott Westerfeld
Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut

Purchased from Barnes & Noble on impulse
Nimona by Noelle Stevenson
Dog Sogs by Mary Oliver
Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a Word That Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain (currently reading)


Purchased from Audible during $5 sale
American Gods by Neil Gaiman (dnf)

Purchased for free on Audible because American Gods was boring
The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater
Every Day by David Levithan
The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman
Dark Matter by Blake Crouch

Puchased during Audible’s buy 2 for 1 credit sale
A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab
Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut


Purchased on impulse because Harry Potter
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

Purchased downloadable file
Apartments by Sarah Marchant


Purchased from Barnes & Noble during manga sale
Attack on Titan, vols. 1-6 by Hajime Isayama (read vols. 1 & 2)

Purchased for Kindle for discounted price
Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock by Matthew Quick

Purchased for Kindle for free
Virginia Woolf Collection by Virgina Woolf
A Story of an Hour: Short Story by Kate Chopin
The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne


Purchased on impulse because of limited stock
My Life in Japan by Grace Buchele Mineta


Purchased with Amazon gift card for my birthday
Avatar: The Last Airbender – Smoke & Shadow by Gene Luen Yang

As you can see, I’ve bought a lot of books since May. More so than usual. And it was very wonderful.

But I haven’t read that many of them yet, and my dog Rex had to have surgery in September, and he’ll have to have a second one in November. The cost comes to about $6,000, so we’re trying to cut out extra spending.

Which means reading the dang books I already have.

So, tell me: Have you ever been on a book-buying ban? Have you ever walked into a bookstore just to hold them for awhile? Any survival tips? Where do you usually get your books? (I cannot do libraries–germs and inevitable stickiness freaks me out.)

currently listening to: Breathe Me by Sia

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