I toughed it out and didn’t buy any new books and magazines for six months (actually I think it was a little longer than that). It wasn’t that I’m against reading, I love it, but I had run out of shelf space entirely and had many shelves holding double rows of books. I’ve managed to read and donate about 35 books that I had owned, but that hasn’t made that much of a difference, but I have realized I must be choosier about what I buy, and that I need to have a place for whatever I buy. 4 years ago
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How I did it: I went cold turkey, just stopped buying books and magazines. I didn't have room for any more, and I had too many still-unread books on my shelves. (In another goal, I wanted to read 52 books this year; of the books I owned and read, I was able to donate 35 to the library, so freed up some shelf space that way.)
UPDATE 1.9.10 - I thought once the restriction against buying books and magazines was off, I'd go hog-wild. But so far this year I have bought one magazine which I've only half read, and the only book was a knitting pattern book, and craft instructional books had been exempted from my book-buying ban. I'm back to looking at books, but now I think, 'I've got so many at home still to read' and pass them by. This has been a major change for me, and I'm loving it!. Read how I did it… 4 years ago
Last weekend was torturous. I work as a volunteer at my library’s book sale and was counting the books people bought to give them the amount they owed. I had to see all those lucky people buying books when I couldn’t buy any. Then, when my shift was over, I saw on the sales table the latest book by an author I like (for only $1.50!). But I passed it by, telling myself I’d find it again in the future, or I could check it out of the library. I ended up not even leaving my home last Sunday, because I knew if I did I would somehow manage to make my way back to the booksale, where everything would then be half-price. I didn’t think I could resist that so I just stayed away entirely. 4 years ago
I’m always tempted by the books when I go to the dollar store. I can’t stop myself from looking, and during this moritorium period I have been sorely tempted by a few—and after all, they’re only a dollar…. But one of my other goals is to read a book a week, in order to help clear my already overflowing bookshelves, and I have noticed that the majority of the books I’ve bought at the dollar store in the past have been stinkers, which has helped keep me from breaking this goal. (A few of the dollar store books have been quite good, and I’ve even gotten some coffee-table type books there as well. So they’re not all bad.) 4 years ago
So far I have resisted the temptation to buy any books or magazines (other than the forementioned craft booklets). I think the only reason for that is my local library has programs called the paperback exchange and the magazine exchange. You can bring in and leave your unwanted paperbacks and magazines and others can take them, so I have picked up some new (to me) books and magazines that way. I have tortured myself sometimes by looking at books at garage and rummage sales and thrift shops but haven’t bought any – yet. Just a little more than four months to go to meet my goal, but I’ll be working at another tempting library booksale in October. At the last one I only allowed myself to buy some videos (at 25 cents each!) and a recorded book, which is not the same thing in my mind as a ‘real’ book, so I don’t count it against my goal. My former crate full of unread magazines is now 3/4 empty (those I read went to the exchange), and I’m hoping to see more empty space on my shelves as I continue to read books I own and then donate them for library sales (very few have been ‘keepers’). 4 years ago
I’m kind of bending the rules on this one. In the last week I have bought, not actual books, but instructional pamphlets for crafts. I figure it’s not quite the same thing, and today I donated 5 books to my library’s next book sale, so I am getting rid of some of my existing stock, which was in part the purpose of this goal, as I am out of shelf space almost entirely. 4 years ago
This has been hard to do. I used to buy magazines every time I went grocery shopping as my ‘reward’ because I HATE grocery shopping. But I have a crate full of magazines I still haven’t read. And I probably have books I bought 20 years ago still waiting to be read. I want to get rid of my backlog before I add to it, but books, and magazines, are sooooo tempting! Next week will be even harder. I volunteer at the library book sale so I will be faced with a room full of books at very low prices. I’ll try to be strong, but who knows. Before 43 things I had made this promise to myself many times and usually broken it within days. 4 years ago