It’s Time For A Ban :( and a Woohoo!

toomanycarriedYes, yes…my name is Chris…and I’m a book-a-holic. “Hi Chris” you all respond…”welcome to our meeting”. It seems that I need to take extreme precautions. This is something I had thought of for awhile but things have become too apparent lately and I thought that Nymeth and Debi’s book buying bans were a sign…and I figured I could email them for support and bug them when I’m feeling weak ;) I need to stop buying books! Here are some reasons:

  • We’re getting ready to move. Our move in date is September 26th. I’m packing my books into boxes. Now I’m almost done, but still…I’m currently up to 19 boxes of books!!! And there will probably be about two more. So 21 boxes of books are more than enough! Now only half of those are TBR’s, but I’d say that 10 boxes of books should last me a good while! There’s really no need to be buying more.
  • I just moved into my office and spent a LOT of money on it, so I really need to focus on paying some of that off. Just thing, I usually buy at least 10 books a month so that’s like $200 right there that can be paid towards debt!! I need to remind myself of that :p
  • I have enough to read to last me a life time. According to my LibraryThing TBR tag, I have 332 TBR books :/
  • I’m running out of room to store books. I always think that I need the newest book “right now” but when I get it, it ends up sitting on my bookshelf for months (if not years) going unread…so I can’t need it that bad.

Now I’m starting off with a few exceptions. There are a few books that I’ve already pre-ordered, and those are exceptions to the ban. Here they are:

  • Her Fearful Symmetry by Audrey Niffenegger
  • The Magician’s Elephant by Kate DiCamillo
  • The Book on Fire by Keith Miller (so excited about this one!! He actually contacted me to let me know that this was out! You may remember my multiple raves about his book, The Book of Flying (which is back in print by the way!!!). It’s one of my favorite books that I’ve read and I had no idea that he’d just released another book in the same amazing universe. Seriously people…go get this book. There’s a character that’s half woman/half book!!!)

Aside from those, there are no excuses…erm, except for the one’s listed below. Here are my rules!

  • I can buy one new book for every 15 that I read (that’s reasonable for me because I’m a slow reader)
  • If Neil Gaiman or Orson Scott Card surprise me with a book, I’m allowed to temporarily borrow from the above rule if I haven’t hit my 15 yet ;)
  • I can still use Bookmooch and Paperback Swap, but I have to be more selective. No more just getting books because they’re available. I have to actually read them.
  • For every five graphic novels I read, I can buy one new one.
  • This is effective immediately and will run until January 1st. I’ll re-evaluate then and see how it’s going.
  • No more entering any giveaways.

So that’s not bad…basically, for every 20 books read, I can buy 2 which is a huge improvement from now! Right now, it’s the total opposite :p And I seriously plan on curtailing my Bookmooching/swapping. And I think I might give some of my Bookmooch points away to a charity as well. Anything I’m missing here guys?? Anything to keep me on track will help! As sick as it sounds, I’m actually kind of excited about this!!


I have to give made shout outs and props to Amy for putting this whole BBAW thing together! I can’t even imagine the time that she has put into it and it’s just taking over the blogosphere. I don’t even know who nominated me for Best Graphic Novel Review Blog, but whoever did, thank you because I made the shortlist!!!! Isn’t that crazy?? That’s truly an honor. I think it’s the coolest thing I’ve ever been nominated for. And once again I’m up against Nymeth :/ I don’t like being in the same category as friends!! LOL. But it’s good company to be in :) And I’ve discovered other great graphic novel blogs that I didn’t even know existed. Whoever you decide to vote for, please just vote! Voting is open now!

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09 2009

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  1. 1

    Heh, I need to put a book ban on myself. I work across the street from Powells. Urgh.

  2. 2

    I think most of us are at the book-banning stage. Too many good books coming out and books we haven’t read, ahhh! It’s overwhelming. I’ve been trying not to go book shopping but I haven’t written a book ban down or told many people… because I am a weak-willed person and would like to be able to cheat.

    Also, keeping my fingers crossed for you on the BBAW awards :)

  3. 3

    Ya know, Chris…

    I’ve been a member of the not buying books club since the end of January…

    It sucks but I’m making good progress and finding books sitting on my shelves that I just love.


  4. 4

    Ummm with that many tbr I think the ban is a good thing .. I have a self imposed stoppage too.. but mine is because of money. Some things I did also was to look seriously at the books I had read and keep asking myself.. is this a book I really really want to reread? If the answer finally came that no, I probably wouldn’t reread this.. then I would get rid of the book. I’d either give it to my grandson (if appropriate) or I mailed some books out to Carl once, and I’ve donated some to the complex here where I live. ANd I do this often because it is hard to give away books i’ve read but.. the truth is.. we should only keep the ones we really cherish and will reread some day.

    Libraries do not add to your (and mine) problems. They don’t cost anything and they only take up space TEMPORARILY.. at any time you can bring them back to the library so …giving them up is silly. I hope we all are success’s at this “ban business”.

    Why did I think you already read an arc of the Magicians Elephant? I know I put it on my wish list after I read a post you did about it!!

    oh my.. a thought just popped into my head..if we aren’t buying books how do we blame bloggers for our spending?? awwwwwwww bummer.. got to think of a new way because I don’t think you will remember who suggested each of those over 300 tbr books you have!
    *mumbling.. 300 tbr books!.. 300!.. i need to move in w/ Chris! LOL*

  5. 5

    Yeah….we’ll see how long the ban lasts!!! Being an addict is a scary thing! I should know. I’m right there with you. I quit buying books though, and have gone mad at the library!!

    Congrats on the shortlist!! I was a panalist for this category. The competiton is pretty steep, but I’m excited for you!! I’m sure you will do well!

  6. Eva #

    Welcome to the other side! :) This is my second year of being on a book ban, and it totally gets easier over time. My mentality has shifted from ‘gotta mooch that’ to ‘I hope the library has it!’

    In fact, now I’m even contemplating giving up books I own that I’ve already read, rather than worrying about the ‘foundations of my library.’ (this was before I saw Neil Gaiman’s library, which made me start writhing with book envy, lol)

    Congrats on being shortlisted!!! When I saw you and Ana were in the same category AGAIN I just let out a big sigh, lol.

  7. 7

    Congrats on making the shortlist! Well deserved.

  8. 8

    I need actual help rather than a book ban that will not survive my lack of willpower. I am thinking doctors, medication perhaps, to stop my buying urges. I definitely buy books for comfort. I used to comfort eat,but since losing weight I now comfort buy.

    I wish you all the luck in the world on your book ban. You are stronger than me.

  9. 9

    Congrats on the shortlist!

    And I think you’ve set up a very fair system for your buying ban. It’s bound to stick. :)

  10. 10

    My book acquiring ban post will be coming this Sunday…

    Okay, I realize I’m coming into this late and am just unaware of the circumstances, but may I ask why you worked so hard fixing up your office if you’re moving later this month? Or is the office in the new house or something? I’m sure there’s something I don’t know here. :)

    I hate being up against a friend on the shortlist, too. I got put up in the same list as Rebecca Reads, ah!

  11. 11

    Good luck with the ban! I’ve settled on something a little different for myself: if I read it at the library and love it enough, then I buy it. I might also buy something if I can’t get it at any of my libraries (which seems to largely be graphic novels, but that’s changing too.) My problem is space. I have waaaaay more books than shelf space, and I hate having to keep some of my favourites in boxes.

  12. 12

    I broke the silent book ban I had going by purchasing a book, but to be fair it was a book I had already read and wanted to reread for comfort and I also wanted to support the author who is working really hard on the next book in the series.

    How am I going to talk you into all the awesome books I want you to read! Sob!

  13. 13

    I think those are very reasonable goals – good luck with them!!!

    (And if you get a chance, friend me on Paperbackswap – I’m “readingaddict” on there.)

  14. 14

    Well done on your book-ban :) I have recently thrown out quite a lot of books (gave most of them away though, but tossed a few) and have empty spaces on my shelves. That is why I am now allowed to buy some books. And I do.

    Also congrats on being nominated for the BBAW. Well deserved.


  15. 15

    So, when’s the next Mailbox Monday post then? >:)

    Kidding! Kidding!

    Best of luck the with the ban Chris. (Just make sure when you move, you unpack your books last of all, or you’ll never get anything done, for stopping to ooooh when a forgotten gem appears!)

  16. 16

    That’s quite a TBR! And I thought mine was bad! At least you’ve allowed yourself a bit of breathing room in your ban, to sneak those must-haves in. I’ve kind of set myself a library-borrowing ban until I can whittle down my TBR, but my broke toe has actually been more effective these past weeks at keeping me in the house, and out of the library sales! (our area has lots in the fall)

    I always dread moving because my husband grumbles at all the boxes of books. good luck on your move!

  17. 17

    I thought you preordered the FABLES novel the other night?

    Good luck with your book ban! I cut back my book buying drastically last year and this year, so it can be done! I only buy necessary, have to have books… Some still don’t get read right away, but I am only human…

  18. 18

    Good luck with that. At least you have a strong support system. ;-)

    And congratulations!!

  19. 19

    I need to do a ban, but then what will I do for comfort if I can’t buy shiny new books? (or battered old ones for that matter ;)

    Congrats on the shortlist, though!

  20. 20

    LOL are coming to the wrong people for support! Iknow exactly what you mean There are books, I feel I absolutely MUST buy, and they they stay unread on my shelves forever (600++) I do donate or swap books after I readthem, so except for about 10 books –all of mine are unread.

    Good luck with your move.

  21. 21

    My book buying has slowed to just about nothing, these days, but I allow myself the occasional splurge because the husband told me when I completely banned myself from buying (which meant not going to book stores, because I am WEAK), I’d lost my joy. So, now I do occasional therapy shopping but it’s rare. Talk about enough books for the rest of your life . . . I have thousands. I’m working on getting rid of those I’ll never read, now.

    Swapping can be just as dangerous, definitely.

    LOVE your new office!

  22. 22

    Truth? Having you and Ana doing this too, makes it almost fun! Ana’s success has me totally inspired!

    Congrats on making the shortlist, Chris! :D

  23. 23

    I am right there with you mate! I just finished a 6 month book buying ban (with one week off when I was in seattle!) and it did me the world of good. Since my ban ended I’ve had one little buying spree but otherwise seem to have become more sensible when book shopping. I still have going on for 100 unread books on my shelves but am definitely getting through them. But I feel your pain. The library is always a good option, though not for newer titles as the waiting lists are huge! You sold me on the Book of Flying, which I bought almost immediately after reading your review but (horror!) it is still sitting on my shelf unread. I promise to read it before the end of the year! Good luck with the ban. :)

  24. chrisa511 #

    Thanks for the encouragement and the congrats everyone :D Just keep it coming when I’m looking like I’m having a weak moment ;)

  25. 25

    Good luck with the ban! I know how you feel–I just moved and I’m not kidding when I say that packing and unpacking all of my books was the most brutal part.

  26. 26

    Good luck with your ban! Like Eva said, it’s HARD at first, but it does get easier. I’ve been following my TBR Rules for nine months now, and it looks like I’m set to go three weeks in a row without any additions. :) The first few months are the toughest, but life is a lot easier once you get used to just reading the books you already own instead of buying up new stuff.

  27. 3m #

    Chris, I know the feeling! Last time I moved, I had 50+ book boxes. My husband and two teenage sons were not happy.

    Congrats on making the shortlist!


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