I had been tossing around this idea of just not buying new books until I cleared off some space on this bookcase. I mentioned this to my friend a couple weeks ago - while standing in the middle of a bookstore, my arms struggling to hold on to all the precious books I was about to buy - and she pretty much laughed at me, but from a good place. She recognizes what I want to do, but just not buying books for x amount of time just isn't going to cut it.
So I started looking around for challenges for 2016. I was bummed to hear that Adam at RoofBeamReader.com was not going to host his TBR challenge next year (and for the very best reason - he's working on his PhD dissertation!) and I just wasn't feeling the others I had found. Then I read Andi's post and it just clicked with me. I'm just going to set my own rules and do this thing - I'm going to #ReadMyOwnDamnBooks next year. Screw it - I'm starting December 1st and will go for 13 months.
My current bookcase has 117 books on it, but there are at least 10 books that I want to reread as well. I actually thought the book count was going to be higher! So that's good, I guess. Of course I didn't count the books on my e-reader. I have absolutely no idea how many books are on there... but I'll try to read those as well. It just makes sense, really.
Here are my rules:
- Read (or reread) My Own Damn Books.
- Borrow library books when I need to mix in some newer titles - and especially comics/graphic novels. Don't go overboard.
- I can only purchase half as many books as I have read since the last time I went shopping. (So if I don't go book shopping until February, but read 8 of my books - I can buy 4 books. But if I go shopping 2 weeks later and had only read 2 more books - I can only buy 1. No carry-overs).
I know that I will always have an overflowing bookcase, but I really want to focus on what is already there at this point. I also have my Classics Club deadline coming up in just over a year from now and a lot of those books are on my shelves already.
Wish me luck! Feel free to join in as well!