Why I’ll Stop Buying Books for 6 Months

Yeah! You read that right! Here I’ll tell you why I’ll stop buying books for 6 months or even more.

Why I'll Stop Buying Books for 6 Months
Why I’ll Stop Buying Books for 6 Months |

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.

Why I'll Stop Buying Books for 6 Months
Why I’ll Stop Buying Books for 6 Months |

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.

Why I'll Stop Buying Books for 6 Months
Why I’ll Stop Buying Books for 6 Months |

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.

Why I'll Stop Buying Books for 6 Months
Why I’ll Stop Buying Books for 6 Months |

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:

  1. Alive: The Story of the Andes Survivors – Piers Paul Read
  2. Our Food – Naturally! – Kille Enna
  3. After You – Jojo Moyes
  4. Walking from East to West – Ravi Zacharias
  5. All the Places to go – John Ortberg
  6. Good Wives – Louisa May Alcott
  7. Message in a Bottle – Nicholas Sparks
  8. I am Malala – Malala Yousafzai
  9. The Girl you Left Behind – Jojo Moyes
  10. Facing the Giants – Eric Wilson
  11. White Oleander – Janet Fitch 
  12. Joni: An Unforgettable Story – Joni Eareckson Tada
  13. If Only He Knew – Gary Smalley  
  14. Bringing Out the Best in Your Husband – Norman H. Wright
  15. The Family: A Christian Perspective on the Contemporary Home – Jack O. Balswick
  16. His Needs, Her Needs – Harley William F. Jr.
  17. Ida Regenye – Geza Gardonyi
  18. Aliento Para Cada Dia – Erna Alvarado 
  19. Going All the Way – Graig Groeschel
  20. Fables and Fairytales – Leo Tolstoy
  21. Intended for Pleasure-Ed Wheat
  22. The Summer Seaside Kitchen – Jenny Colgan
  23. The Light Between Oceans – M.L. Stedman
  24. Someone I Loved – Anna Gavalda
  25. One Hundred Years of Solitude – Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  26. Agnes Grey – Anne Bronte
  27. Lady Chatterley’s Lover – D.H. Lawrence    (I won’t finish it because I didn’t like it)
  28. Chocolat – Joanne Harris
  29. The Christian Mama’s Guide To Having a Baby – Erin MacPherson
  30. I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings – Maya Angelou
  31. The Problem of Pain – C.S. Lewis
  32. The Screwtape Letters – C.S. Lewis
  33. Gray Matter – David I. Levy
  34. Gone With the Wind – Margaret Mitchell (2 books) 
  35. Animal Farm – George Orwell 
  36. Uncle Tom’s Cabin – Harriet Beecher Stowe
  37. Think – John Piper
  38. The Seagull – Anton Chekhov
  39. The Cherry Orchard – Anton Chekhov
  40. Uncle Vanya – Anton Chekhov 
  41. Acea Fata Frumoasa – Radu Tudoran
  42. Jerry of the Islands – Jack London
  43. Pacala – Ion Creanga
  44. Stolen Life – Jaycee Dugard
  45. Room – Emma Donoghue
  46. Povesti si Povestiri – Ion Creanga
  47. If I Stay – Gayle Forman
  48. Amintiri din Casa Mortilor – Fyodor Dostoyevsky
  49. Demonii – Fyodor Dostoyevsky
  50. Marta y Maria – Armando Palacio Valdes
  51. Intimate Issues – Linda Dillow
  52. Los Funerales de la Mama Grande – Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  53. Woman, Thou Art Loosed – T.D. Jakes
  54. The Princess Within – Serita Ann Jakes
  55. Every Woman’s Battle – Shannon Ethridge
  56. 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:

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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