Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Wherein I Do Not Buy Any Books

Yesterday I entered into a bookstore, trying to see if there were any books I wanted to buy. Suddenly, I became aware of what I was doing and immediately left the store.

Day 26 and I have yet to break my vow of not purchasing any new books.

I bought myself a coffee instead.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

2015: The Year In Which I Cannot Buy Any More Books

Last year I found myself re-reading a lot of books. But that didn't stop me from purchasing new books - oh no. I bought so many books that they make a tower taller than myself (although, to be fair, I am a very tiny person). (Also, I just stacked them up and they only come up to around my hips. Exaggerate much?)

And so the year 2015 is a year of reading books that I have already purchased. I am imposing a book-buying-ban on myself until I have at least attempted to read all of the books on the list below. I am being fair to myself: if a book is absolutely not my cup of tea than I won't try to finish it.

The books I must read before purchasing any more are the following:

  • The Ring of Curses: Merlin's School for Ordinary Children, by Margaret R Blake (I started this one at the end of 2014 and have been enjoying it so far. Christmas got in the way.)
  • The Name of the Wind, by Patrick Rothfuss (I have read this book before, but I bought it recently so now I have to read it.)
  • The Wise Man's Fear, by Patrick Rothfuss (I have also read this book, but I bought it over Christmas so have to read it again.)
  • The Slow Regard of Silent Things, by Patrick Rothfuss (This one I have not read and is the reason that I bought the previous two books to re-read.)
  • The House of Hades, by Rick Riordan (I got half-way through this book but never finished it for some reason.)
  • The Blood of Olympus, by Rick Riordan
  • Fevre Dream, by George R.R. Martin
  • Sourcery, by Terry Pratchett
  • The Dragon Queen, by Alice Borchardt
  • Alliance: The Convergence, by Tayla Kershaw (Life got in the way of this one. I started to read it and have been enjoying it so far.)
  • Harpy's Flight, by Megan Lindholm (Otherwise known as Robin Hobb)
  • The Prodigal Mage, by Karen Miller
  • Queen Kat, Carmel and St Jude Get a Life, by Maureen McCarthy
  • Somebody's Crying, by Maureen McCarthy
  • Children of the Lamp: The Akhenaten Adventure, by P.B.Kerr (This one's not my fault! My mother bought this book for me.)
  • Missing, Presumed Undead, by Jeremy Davies (I went to the book launch for this one, but never got around to reading it. The premise sounds awesome, though.)
  • The Beach Bum Millionaire, by Anthony Khoury (I was given this book at a business event and was able to meet the author. He spoke a lot of sense, so I have a real curiosity to read this book.)
  • Passage to Pontefract, by Jean Plaidy
  • Smoke in the Wind, by Peter Tremayne
  • Katharine, the Virgin Widow, by Jean Plaidy
  • Dragonquest, by Anne McCaffrey (I read the first book in the series, but never got around to the second. I really enjoyed the first so don't know why I never read book 2.)
  • Tuf Voyaging, by George R.R. Martin
  • The Armageddon Rag, by George R.R. Martin
  • I Wrote This for You
  • The Cuckoo's Calling, by Robert Galbraith (I bought this one out of curiosity, but I'm not a huge fan of mysteries so keep putting it off.)
  • Path of Revenge, by Russell Kirkpatrick
  • Battle Axe, by Sara Douglass
  • Pawn of Prophecy, by David Eddings
  • Queen of Sorcery, by David Eddings

Phew, that's quite a list. What is more, I am pretty sure I am missing some books out, but I can't seem to find them on my overloaded bookshelves. 

All I can think right now is: Where on earth am I going to find the time???