How Do You Keep From Buying Books?

February 21, 2015 Discussions 9

Strange question for a book blogger and reader in general, I know. But I have so many books on my TBR shelf! I’m not even counting my Kindle TBR’s anymore since I have over 700 of them. My physical TBR shelf has *goes to count* 68 books on it, with 7 of those on a different shelf because they don’t fit! It seems like for every 1-2 books I read and review from that shelf, I’ll then go out and buy 4-6 more to add to the shelf!

I’ve been telling myself this month that I am not allowed to buy any more books until I can at least see most of the books on my TBR shelf. It is currently stacked 3 rows deep, with books piled on top of the back row. Needless to say, in order to pick a book to read, I have to unpack the shelf until one catches my eye. Then I have to RE-pack the shelf.



TBR Bookshelf



But there are so many series you all are telling me about and reviewing that look so good! It’s hard not to pick up at least one or two of them. It also doesn’t help when friends and family bring me surprise books.

So… How do you handle your TBR piles? How do you keep yourself from adding more books to said TBR pile? DO you stop adding books to your TBR pile? And at what point do you tell yourself that you have a ridiculous amount of books to read and you need to stop adding to the pile?

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9 Responses to “How Do You Keep From Buying Books?”

  1. Lola

    I never get books from family and friends, beside that I don’t have a lot of money to spare which means I have to be realy picky and selective when deciding what to buy.

    I do add a lot of books to my to-read list on goodreads, but my limited budget means I don’t buy most of those. I usually only buy books by my favourite authors or books I really really want to read and then ofcourse I get some books for review, so I still have way too many books to read, but at least it’s still manageable.

    Okay I guess my advice isn’t really to get broke, but maybe set a book buying budget for each month can help you limit the amount of new books you buy or maybe a limit on how many books you can buy each month?
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    • SilvaraWilde

      The limit on the number of books per month would probably work out better for me. If I set a spending limit, I’ll just end up buying more used books instead of new ones… *laughs*

    • SilvaraWilde

      *laughs* Good point! My Dad is just as bad about buying books as I am though, and I don’t have a husband/boyfriend/anything, so that won’t work for me.

      I’ll probably have to stick to my “no more than x books a month” or “x number of books must be read and removed from my TBR shelf, before any more books come into the house” ideas.

  2. Heather

    I get all my books from the library. I don’t buy anything unless there is not any other way. I hate owning a lot of stuff and clutter plus I would be poor if I bought all the books I read. Maybe I’m just cheap!
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    • SilvaraWilde

      I used to go to the library all the time. My current one never seems to have the books I want though. And I like having my own copy of favorite books, instead of one that who knows how many people have read and spilled things I don’t want to know about on.

      This does mean though that my bookshelves look more like a library though. I have 9 floor-to-ceiling bookshelves right now, which are almost completely filled with books. I hate having to pack/unpack them, but not having them would make me sad. But I get my packrat tendencies from my Dad, I’d imagine if he didn’t keep everything he thought might be useful one day, I wouldn’t have so much stuff of my own! *laughs*

  3. Julie @ Chapter Break

    This exact issue has gotten so bad that we’re doing a no book buying challenge this year. We’re trying to focus on those poor books already on our shelves. IT IS SO HARD not to buy all the shiny. But with the new baby and just returning to work I don’t have that much time to read so that has motivated me to not add to my already crazy long list heh.
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    • SilvaraWilde

      Oh wow, I don’t think I could cut book buying out completely. You have a stronger will than I do! Good luck with your challenge!

      • Julie @ Chapter Break

        Well, we have rules we can follow. We can buy one book a month for example, or set a budget where we earn book dollars by working out, etc. Book club books are allowed of course since we’re all in the same book club heh. We have almost 50 participants and everyone set their own exceptions. It is pretty fun to see what people come up with and how serious they want to go with it.
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