Yeah! You read that right! Here I’ll tell you why I’ll stop buying books for 6 months or even more.
First of all, let me just clarify one thing: I LOVE MY BOOKS! 😀 I love reading, buying books, looking for books, reading reviews, reading about books, I love talking about books.
If anybody is willing to listen, I’ll ramble on and on about my favorite books.
I just love them! They’re a huge part of my life, as you already noticed. But, since I started reading, my pile of books has grown bigger and bigger and I’m sure it will not get any smaller anytime soon.
My to-read list is every day bigger and I buy even more books.
I was born with a reading list I will never finish.
– Maud Casey
This quote suits me like a glove, perfectly!!
If you’re a bookworm you understand my struggle of not buying books for a period of time. That’s almost impossible, right? It’s almost like not breathing. If you’re not a bookworm, you’ll say that’s an exaggeration, but it’s not.
For us bookworms, reading is part of ourselves.
We read like we breath.
I read in bed, I read when I go somewhere, when I watch TV and there’s a commercial, when I’m in a coffee shop, waiting in a line or in a library. 🙂
I could spend hours in a library, just reading and looking at books. I’m so super happy when I’m around books.
Now, that I clarified that I’m a total and without any hope bookworm, let me tell you why I decided not to buy any book for at least 6 months.
There is only one big reason.
- There are too many books in my house that I have to read and I really have to catch on that before I buy some new ones
This will not be easy for me because I’m really used to buying books, but it’s super necessary.
I have books that are on my to-read list for 4-5 years now and I still haven’t got a chance to read them. Since I decided to do this pause for a few months, I already read 7 books from my personal library. That’s a great thing for me. I’m not just buying books and read what I buy, but I dig into my library and I read older books too.
Here are the books I have to read from my library before I’ll buy new ones:
- The Martian – Andy Weir
- Alive: The Story of the Andes Survivors – Piers Paul Read
- Our Food – Naturally! – Kille Enna
- After You – Jojo Moyes
Walking from East to West – Ravi Zacharias
- All the Places to go – John Ortberg
- Good Wives – Louisa May Alcott
Message in a Bottle – Nicholas Sparks
- I am Malala – Malala Yousafzai
- The Girl you Left Behind – Jojo Moyes
- Facing the Giants – Eric Wilson
- White Oleander – Janet Fitch
Joni: An Unforgettable Story – Joni Eareckson Tada
- The Complete Poems – Walt Whitman
- El Otoño del Patriarca – Gabriel Garcia Marquez
- If Only He Knew – Gary Smalley
- Bringing Out the Best in Your Husband – Norman H. Wright
- The Family: A Christian Perspective on the Contemporary Home – Jack O. Balswick
- Why Men Don’t Listen and Women Can’t Read Maps – Allan Pease
- The Wings of the Dove – Henry James
- His Needs, Her Needs – Harley William F. Jr.
- Quand un Roi Perd la France – Maurice Druon
- Ida Regenye – Geza Gardonyi
- Bleak House – Charles Dickens
- Going All the Way – Graig Groeschel
- A Life of Integrity – Howard Hendricks
- The Idiot – Fyodor Dostoyevsky
Fables and Fairytales – Leo Tolstoy
- Intended for Pleasure-Ed Wheat
- The Summer Seaside Kitchen – Jenny Colgan
- Adio – Honore de Balzac
- The Light Between Oceans – M.L. Stedman
Someone I Loved – Anna Gavalda
- One Hundred Years of Solitude – Gabriel Garcia Marquez
- Agnes Grey – Anne Bronte
- Lady Chatterley’s Lover – D.H. Lawrence
- Mansfield Park – Jane Austen
Chocolat – Joanne Harris
- The Christian Mama’s Guide To Having a Baby – Erin MacPherson
- I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings – Maya Angelou
- The Problem of Pain – C.S. Lewis
- The Screwtape Letters – C.S. Lewis
- Gray Matter – David I. Levy
- Gone With the Wind – Margaret Mitchell (2 books)
- Animal Farm – George Orwell
- Uncle Tom’s Cabin – Harriet Beecher Stowe
- Think – John Piper
- The Seagull – Anton Chekhov
- The Cherry Orchard – Anton Chekhov
- Uncle Vanya – Anton Chekhov
- Acea Fata Frumoasa – Radu Tudoran
- Confieso Que He Vivido – Pablo Neruda
- Around the World In Eighty Days – Jules Verne
- The Handwriting on The Wall – David Jeremiah
- The DNA of Relationships – Dr. Gary Smalley
- Heart to Heart – Nancy L. Van Pelt
- Jerry of the Islands – Jack London
- Stargirl – Jerry Spinelli
- Pacala – Ion Creanga
Stolen Life – Jaycee Dugard Room – Emma Donoghue
- Povesti si Povestiri – Ion Creanga
If I Stay – Gayle Forman Amintiri din Casa Mortilor – Fyodor Dostoyevsky
- Demonii – Fyodor Dostoyevsky
Marta y Maria – Armando Palacio Valdes Intimate Issues – Linda Dillow Los Funerales de la Mama Grande – Gabriel Garcia Marquez Woman, Thou Art Loosed – T.D. Jakes The Princess Within – Serita Ann Jakes Every Woman’s Battle – Shannon Ethridge Gone Girl – Gillian Flynn
When I’ll finish reading every book, I’ll come back to this post and cross out the titles. You can see my progress with this challenge on my Goodreads account here: https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/53517227-silvia-magda
I really hope I can do this because it’s not an easy task for a bookworm like me and it’s a new thing. I’ve never done it before. But it’s so necessary.
I’ve never thought of the fact that I have a lot of unread books but now I realize that and it’s a shame. Those books deserve to be read and I want to give them that chance.
Would you like to join me in this challenge? Do you have books that you bought years ago and just lay there, and you haven’t had a chance to read them?
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