Why I’ll Stop Buying Books for 6 Months

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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

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

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

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

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. The Martian – Andy Weir
  2. Alive: The Story of the Andes Survivors – Piers Paul Read
  3. Our Food – Naturally! – Kille Enna
  4. After You – Jojo Moyes
  5. Walking from East to West – Ravi Zacharias
  6. All the Places to go – John Ortberg
  7. Good Wives – Louisa May Alcott
  8. Message in a Bottle – Nicholas Sparks
  9. I am Malala – Malala Yousafzai
  10. The Girl you Left Behind – Jojo Moyes
  11. Facing the Giants – Eric Wilson
  12. White Oleander – Janet Fitch  (currently reading)
  13. Joni: An Unforgettable Story – Joni Eareckson Tada
  14. The Complete Poems – Walt Whitman
  15. El Otoño del Patriarca – Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  16. If Only He Knew – Gary Smalley   (currently reading)
  17. Bringing Out the Best in Your Husband – Norman H. Wright
  18. The Family: A Christian Perspective on the Contemporary Home – Jack O. Balswick
  19. Why Men Don’t Listen and Women Can’t Read Maps – Allan Pease
  20. The Wings of the Dove – Henry James
  21. His Needs, Her Needs – Harley William F. Jr.
  22. Quand un Roi Perd la France – Maurice Druon
  23. Ida Regenye – Geza Gardonyi
  24. Bleak House – Charles Dickens
  25. Aliento Para Cada Dia – Erna Alvarado  (currently reading)
  26. Going All the Way – Graig Groeschel
  27. A Life of Integrity – Howard Hendricks
  28. The Idiot – Fyodor Dostoyevsky
  29. Fables and Fairytales – Leo Tolstoy
  30. Intended for Pleasure-Ed Wheat
  31. The Summer Seaside Kitchen – Jenny Colgan
  32. Adio – Honore de Balzac
  33. The Light Between Oceans – M.L. Stedman
  34. Someone I Loved – Anna Gavalda
  35. One Hundred Years of Solitude – Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  36. Agnes Grey – Anne Bronte
  37. Lady Chatterley’s Lover – D.H. Lawrence    (I won’t finish it because I didn’t like it)
  38. Mansfield Park – Jane Austen
  39. Chocolat – Joanne Harris
  40. The Christian Mama’s Guide To Having a Baby – Erin MacPherson
  41. I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings – Maya Angelou
  42. The Problem of Pain – C.S. Lewis
  43. The Screwtape Letters – C.S. Lewis
  44. Gray Matter – David I. Levy
  45. Gone With the Wind – Margaret Mitchell (2 books)  (currently reading)
  46. Animal Farm – George Orwell 
  47. Uncle Tom’s Cabin – Harriet Beecher Stowe
  48. Think – John Piper
  49. The Seagull – Anton Chekhov
  50. The Cherry Orchard – Anton Chekhov
  51. Uncle Vanya – Anton Chekhov 
  52. Acea Fata Frumoasa – Radu Tudoran
  53. Confieso Que He Vivido – Pablo Neruda
  54. Around the World In Eighty Days – Jules Verne
  55. The Handwriting on The Wall –  David Jeremiah
  56. The DNA of Relationships – Dr. Gary Smalley
  57. Heart to Heart – Nancy L. Van Pelt
  58. Jerry of the Islands – Jack London
  59. Stargirl – Jerry Spinelli
  60. Pacala – Ion Creanga
  61. Stolen Life – Jaycee Dugard
  62. Room – Emma Donoghue
  63. Povesti si Povestiri – Ion Creanga
  64. If I Stay – Gayle Forman
  65. Amintiri din Casa Mortilor – Fyodor Dostoyevsky
  66. Demonii – Fyodor Dostoyevsky
  67. Marta y Maria – Armando Palacio Valdes
  68. Intimate Issues – Linda Dillow
  69. Los Funerales de la Mama Grande – Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  70. Woman, Thou Art Loosed – T.D. Jakes
  71. The Princess Within – Serita Ann Jakes
  72. Every Woman’s Battle – Shannon Ethridge
  73. 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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