So as the end of the year approaches I have lost track of how many books I have purchased and yes it's that many. So Sunday I came up with the idea that besides books I needed for signings and Last Sacrifice by Richelle Mead I would not buy anymore books until 2011. I mean if I can't go 60+ days without buying books I think it might say something about me. If you are wondering how can I be a book reviewer and not buy new books, well just look at my bookshelf! I realized I had over 100 books that have not been read. So I reached out to my Twitter friends and told them about my brilliant plan and said who is with me! First crickets, then rumbling about how that sounds impossible, and then a few stepped forward and agreed to try it with me!
I was very excited about my plan!
It felt great to have a plan that meant saving some money which would could mean more book trips in 2011.
Hey and it can't be crazy if a few twitter friends were on board! Right?
Then I remembered I needed one book for the Melissa de la Cruz signing on November 4th and there are two bookstores right down the street from my job. So why not just drive by and check it out.
Store 1: So many books on clearance and books I have never seen in the clearance section! I was determined to only get the book I was looking for and they didn't have it. Then I remembered I was also going to see Rachel Caine! So it wouldn't hurt if I checked to see if there were any of her books and I was in luck! They had two!!! So I got them and since they are for signings that isn't breaking the rules. Right?
Store 2: I go again looking for my Melissa de la Cruz book in hardback and they don't have it! Even though I could have sworn I had seen it there before. I know I should have walked out but again I said hey maybe they have a Rachel Caine book I am missing. Just my luck I found two more books I needed and they had a 25% off coupon! So yes I got those too.
So my first attempt at not buying books lasted 29 hours.
Now I am going to see Rachel Caine so I know I am buying her latest book which is required to get in the signing line and then I'm also getting one other book. Well how often do authors come to visit? After Rachel Caine I'm only going to see Melissa de la Cruz, maybe Condoleezza Rice, and Alex Debogorski the Ice Road Trucker! After that all I need is Last Sacrifice and I am done! Everything else can wait until 2011...I hope!
So here is my pledge:
- Only books for signings
- Free books are ok
- Last Sacrifice by Richelle Mead
- Books as gifts or purchased for contest giveaways
So you are asking yourself what if I break the rules. Well I came up with a plan for that too! For every book that I buy not related to a signing or Last Sacrifice I have to give away two of my books from home to my local library. If you know me you know that I love my books and giving them away is extremely hard.
So bloggers and friends can you do it? Again I ask WHO IS WITH ME?!?