If you read my book review posts, I’ve been hinting around about posting about #bookhoarders for a month now. My name is Emily, and I have a problem. I am a #bookhoarder.
I joined a book club with a couple of friends a little over a year ago and loved the experience & met some great book lovers. As a result, I started talking about what I read more with my friends, swapping recommendations, and getting more excited than usual over reading (which is saying something). Over time a pattern emerged that we all recognized – we buy books faster than we can read them. I mean, they PILE UP (physically or digitally).
My friends & I were experiencing a feeling of getting “behind” in our reading when, in reality, we were all reading way over 100 books a year. We started referring to our book purchasing habits like compulsions, which is what they started to feel like – and we knew it was time to take action!
We made a pact NOT TO PURCHASE ANY BOOKS IN 2018, and just read what we already owned. We allowed pre-orders, paid for in 2017, and if any of them were in book of the month club (pre paid contract) that would be allowed. We also wrote the exception, that we can buy books as gifts for others (not each other), because, what’s better than a book?
It was a weird, freeing feeling on January first, knowing I had everything I needed to read for the year. (All of us have more than double our annual averages in our unread piles.) I must report that by January 2nd, I was already regretting not purchasing a book in my wish list. I’m sure it will pass…I hope it passes. I guess I can read it in 2019.
We are taking comfort from each other as we go through book withdrawal in a facebook group (like AA, but for book buying addiction), called #bookhoarders. We’re talking about the joy of reading/rediscovering the books we own but haven’t gotten around to yet. And, in true hoarder fashion, our pet librarian is making a giant spreadsheet of what all of us are reading this year – in case we’re dying to shop next year. Hopefully it will help curb our habit, or make it more manageable, or make us more thoughtful/appreciative of our book purchases.
The preview photo (featured) is of my #top9 books of 2017. I highly recommend all of them!
A few of us in #bookhoarders are participating in reading challenges this year. I’m doing my first – the Modern Mrs. Darcy Challenge for 2018. My reading resolutions for 2018 are to read as many, if not more books next year than I did this year and to complete the MMD Challenge.
Here’s what I’ll be reading for the Modern Mrs. Darcy challenge:
Here’s an overview of my 2017 in books! I finished the year at 141, the exact same count as I read last year.