Limiting My Book Spending

I never thought that I own too many books.  Until now.

I have never been a huge spender.  Really, the only thing I spend my money on are books and music.  So I’ve never really had to budget.  Now, though, I recently purchased a home and have to seriously think about my budget.  I’m going to stop spending as much in general, at least to start, to make sure I have enough money for my new expenses.

The first thing I’m going to limit will be my book buying.  I didn’t realize just how many books I had until I had to pack them all up to move!  I own so many great books already, that I don’t need to buy so many new books this year.  And I now have access to a really great library.  I’m hoping between the library and my NetGalley account, I’ll be able to resist the urge to buy new books this year.

I’m not going to ban myself from buying new books altogether, though.  I plan on keeping my Book of the Month Club subscription, and I’m still thinking about whether to keep my Parnassus First Editions Club subscription.  Maybe the knowledge of a new book or two a month will help prevent me from going out and and going on shopping sprees.

I plan on using another motivator to limit my book buying this year: the promise of a shopping spree next year. For every 100 pages I read from a book I didn’t purchase in the year 2018 (from a book I already own or a library book), I will set aside $1.  At the end of the year, I will take the money I’ve saved and spend it on books!  This will also be a great motivator to read a ton.  The more I read the more money I will have to spend!  I will be sure to update my progress and my page total on a fairly regular basis.

Is there anyone else trying to curb spending?  What motivators are you using?

January TBR

I’m usually not one for TBRs.  I am a huge mood reader.  But, I’m willing to give it a try, because there are a lot of books I really want to get through in the next couple of months.

Civil Disobedience by Henry David Thoreau.  For my Classics Goal.

Vulgar Favors by Maureen Orth.  I’d love to finish this before the new American Crime Story comes out this month all about the assassination of Versace.

My Favorite Thing Is Monsters by Emil Ferris.  I have started this interesting and different graphic novel already, and it shouldn’t take long to finish.

Exit West by Mohsin Hamid.  Getting to this because it made the Tournament of Books Short List.

Idaho by Emily Ruskovich.  See above.

And finally, I’m going to start Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace.  I have no dreams of finishing this month, but it’s a book I’d like to finish by the end of the year.

What are everyone else’s plans for the month?  Got any good reads in line?

Picking a Classic

With the new year, I’m going to start making a big effort to read from my Classics List.  I plan on adding a classic or two to my TBR stack every month, while still reading whatever new releases and backlist books speak to me at the time.

When I scanned my list, looking for the perfect read to kick off this project, I found myself stuck.  How do I choose?  What if the book I pick is a dud?  What if I hate the experience so much it discourages me from continuing with this project?

Finally, after stressing and indecisively weighing my options, I chose a book I’ve already read and know I like.  This is a safe choice.  I know I’ll enjoy it, and I know I’ll feel satisfied after reading it, thereby encouraging my continued pursuit in this reading journey.  I also chose a very short book.  I think a few quick reads to get some books under my belt will build some momentum, make me feel accomplished early, and encourage further reading.

So the first book from my classics list I chose was….

 

Civil Disobedience by Henry David Thoreau.

 

I took a class on Thoreau in undergrad and adore all of his writing.  It’s been a number of years since I’ve read any Thoreau, though, and would love to see how my thoughts have changed as I’ve grown.

It is a really short read, so I’ll be finished quickly and plan on reporting back soon on my thoughts.

Reading Challenges

The start of every new year brings new reading challenges.  I’ve never had too much luck with challenges.  I love looking up reading challenges to do and watching everyone else’s progress, but for some reason, I’ve just never been able to commit.  I’ve made list upon list of books to complete various challenges, but I’ve never actually tried to follow through with a single one.

This year, I am going to watch some of my favorite challenges and keep track of my progress, but I’m not going to actively attempt to finish any.  If I finish one, fantastic; if I don’t come close, I really don’t care.  I’m really just curious how diverse my reading normally is.

Maybe next year I will be inspired to complete a challenge.

So which challenges am I tracking this year?

PopSugar’s 2018 Reading Challenge

Book Riot’s Read Harder Challenge

Modern Mrs. Darcy’s Reading Challenge

What’s our stance on reading challenges?  Love them? Hate them? Obsessed?