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    • InaPickle
    • By InaPickle 9th Feb 10, 9:52 AM
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    'No More Buying Books Until I've Read the Ones I've Already Bought' Thread
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    • 9th Feb 10, 9:52 AM
    'No More Buying Books Until I've Read the Ones I've Already Bought' Thread 9th Feb 10 at 9:52 AM
    If you are anything like me you have bought lots of books you liked the look of while they were on 3-for-2's or other special offers etc., but haven't quite got round to reading them yet, and the chances are that you are adding to your collection at a rate of knots. Putting our MSE-hats on, we know this is not very frugal, and also not very space-savvy as books take up quite a lot of room. As a result (and thanks to the idea of the lovely girls on the 'No buying toiletries in February challenge!' which works in a similar way to this one, only with toiletries), I've decided to make this thread in which I vow not to buy any more books until I have read all the ones I own.


    This will take quite some time as I have a big box of lovely, unread books next to my bed, and not a lot of time in which to read them. However, I can also read books which I have borrowed off libraries/other people, or, if I sell a book on a website like greenmetropolis.com, I can buy another one to read instead (prefereably for not more than I was paid for the book I just sold). Overall, the number of unread books I own should not increase from the start to the end of the challenge. (I'll do the maths tomorrow before work as there is not enough time today.)


    On the up side, we could include a little book review and say what we thought to our latest read.


    I will start: my name is Pickle and I own FAR too many unread books. I am currently 2/3 of the way through 'The Code of the Woosters' by P.G. Wodehouse (library lend), and it is very funny so far.


    Who is with me on this one?!

    EDIT: list of places to buy/sell/swap books (with help from Niccatw )

    Sites to sell your books on...
    http://www.greenmetropolis.com/index2.asp Very high standards...
    http://www.amazon.com/gp/seller/sell-your-stuff.html Always handy...
    http://www.ebay.co.uk
    Sites to swap your books on...
    http://www.readitswapit.co.uk/TheLibrary.aspx
    http://www.bookhopper.com/ You can chose which country suits you best. And it!!!8217;s easy to browse their library
    http://bookmooch.com/ Great points system but a lot of American members who aren!!!8217;t always willing to send to the UK
    http://www.paperbackswap.com/index.php
    http://www.titletrader.com/
    Bookcrossing...
    http://www.bookcrossing.com/ You give your book a number and then as it moves from one person to another, you can go online and leave a journal entry for the book, to see where it's gone

    If you haven!!!8217;t already, join the forum to reply!
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    Last edited by Former MSE Zorica; 21-06-2016 at 3:30 PM.
    Please call me 'Pickle'
    No More Buying Books: ???
    No More Buying DVDs: ???
    NMB Toiletries ??? and I've gone back for my Masters at the University of Use Ups!
    P
    roud to be dealing with her debts 1198~

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    • blindtoast
    • By blindtoast 16th May 17, 8:49 AM
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    Hi Louise, good luck with your no book buying challenge

    I finished Walking Ollie last week. An interesting true book about a man who rescues a dog who causes havoc and about their journey together.
    Last edited by blindtoast; 16-05-2017 at 9:04 AM.
    No more buying books Books in 2016 = 20.
    Target for 2017 = 13/20
    No more buying DVDs ? 2017 target 31/52
    2016 target 52/52! 57/63

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    • InaPickle
    • By InaPickle 28th May 17, 7:31 PM
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    Hi Guys!

    I read 'She Means Business' by Carrie Green.

    It's pretty good.

    I'm about 2/3 way through Game of Thrones by George R R Martin.

    So far, so good...I only have another 6 to go to get me up-to-speed!

    I hope you are all well. I feel as though I am reading all the time (internet) but rarely books nowadays!
    Please call me 'Pickle'
    No More Buying Books: ???
    No More Buying DVDs: ???
    NMB Toiletries ??? and I've gone back for my Masters at the University of Use Ups!
    P
    roud to be dealing with her debts 1198~

    • InaPickle
    • By InaPickle 28th May 17, 7:49 PM
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    Lovely that people post on this thread from time to time, I'd hate it to just die out.
    Originally posted by carbootcrazy
    Me too! I think I need to make reading books a priority again.

    I've just scanned through the last page of the thread to see my last post (a while ago ) and I've realised that I've half red both of the books but finished neither! I had to return one to the library, but there's no reason why I can't finish the other one fairly quickly. This means I need to finish 'Daring Greatly' and 'Game of Thrones' post-haste.

    I'm having a massive blitz on 'clutter' although I don't truly consider it to be 'clutter' and that's why I'm having such issues with getting rid of it. This includes mountains of books which I know I'll never read again and which really need to go. OH is away this week so I've taken advantage of no interruptions (or grumbles) to drag out every book I can find and try to list/sell online or box up to take to charity. Of course, me being me, I keep getting sidetracked and find myself reading the hours away.
    Originally posted by carbootcrazy
    I hear ya, sister!

    Finding this book has given me an added impetus to get on with my decluttering as I'm rewarding myself with a 30 minute read for every 3 hours 'work'.
    Originally posted by carbootcrazy
    Ooh, now that's quite a good idea! I may have to adopt a similar work/reward pattern.

    I've had no end of computer and internet connection issues this past few months. Instead of freeing up more time to read I found I was forever faffing about trying to get and stay online. I was in a bad mood much of the time (didn't realised how much my life depends on the internet) and I just couldn't get in the right frame of mind to get stuck into a book.
    Originally posted by carbootcrazy
    Honestly, I spend so much time on t'internet it's not even funny! I've had to commute to work instead of drive this past fortnight, which has given my time I wouldn't normally have for reading otherwise heaven only knows where I would have found the time!

    I've got Bridget Jones Baby lined up as my next read I think so that should be a quicker one and get me back on target!
    Originally posted by blindtoast
    I think I read this. It's the one where she notices the owl at the beginning and end of the book, right?
    Please call me 'Pickle'
    No More Buying Books: ???
    No More Buying DVDs: ???
    NMB Toiletries ??? and I've gone back for my Masters at the University of Use Ups!
    P
    roud to be dealing with her debts 1198~

    • blindtoast
    • By blindtoast 12th Jun 17, 9:28 AM
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    I've been plodding through books recently. Some better than others. At the moment I'm reading Gena/Finn which I'm enjoying. The whole book is messages - e-mail/letter/text/blog/IM etc. Makes it a pretty quick read.
    No more buying books Books in 2016 = 20.
    Target for 2017 = 13/20
    No more buying DVDs ? 2017 target 31/52
    2016 target 52/52! 57/63

    Sealed pot challenge member #1733
    • blindtoast
    • By blindtoast 14th Jun 17, 9:13 AM
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    blindtoast
    I finished Gena/Finn this morning. Unexpected ending but I enjoyed it and love the format its written in
    No more buying books Books in 2016 = 20.
    Target for 2017 = 13/20
    No more buying DVDs ? 2017 target 31/52
    2016 target 52/52! 57/63

    Sealed pot challenge member #1733
    • InaPickle
    • By InaPickle 29th Jun 17, 12:27 AM
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    InaPickle
    I've gone back to a few books I started but never finished so I hope to have a few books to list here shortly.
    Please call me 'Pickle'
    No More Buying Books: ???
    No More Buying DVDs: ???
    NMB Toiletries ??? and I've gone back for my Masters at the University of Use Ups!
    P
    roud to be dealing with her debts 1198~

    • blindtoast
    • By blindtoast 15th Aug 17, 2:03 PM
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    Still plodding rather than storming through books. A couple of graphic novels and a Dr Seuss collection have helped to up my read number but I'm still part way through 3 different books - trying to get them finished before I go on to anything else
    No more buying books Books in 2016 = 20.
    Target for 2017 = 13/20
    No more buying DVDs ? 2017 target 31/52
    2016 target 52/52! 57/63

    Sealed pot challenge member #1733
    • Viking_mfw
    • By Viking_mfw 15th Aug 17, 7:42 PM
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    Oh this is just the thread I need! So many unread books - and hundreds more my husband brought with him when he moved in 18 months ago. At the moment I'm rereading a lot of old !!!! Francis thrillers though - brain too dead to read anything new!
    • carbootcrazy
    • By carbootcrazy 16th Aug 17, 9:22 AM
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    Lovely to see the post being resuscitated, it would be such a pity to see it fizzle out. Sad to say, I've been very remiss posting for months and hope to remedy that from now on. Famous last words, eh?


    My attempts to finish off reading all the books actually in my possession have hit the buffers. I have a sort of valid excuse because the mobile library has changed it's route and schedule and now visits my village twice a month on a Tuesday afternoon instead of once a month on a Saturday morning when I was never here. Not sure if it's good or bad as now I have ready access to lots of lovely free books (including anything from the county's library catalogue that I can order for collection from the van).


    It means that the stash of unread books that I already own and which have languished unloved and unread for years (decades even in many cases) will probably remain that way for a good while yet.
    Make £10 A Day Challenge 2018. Jan ?:Feb: £267.40


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    • Merlin's Beard
    • By Merlin's Beard 9th Sep 17, 9:04 PM
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    Did not know this thread existed! I'm terrible for buying book that I still haven't read, have got a bit better with 'real' books but kindle daily deals are my downfall. Have been trying to read through my unread books in 2017 anyway - was aiming for one a month, am on my twelfth already, now to see how many I can get through before the end of the year.

    Just trying to finish up with less unread books by January than I had last January.
    • lynseydee
    • By lynseydee 9th Nov 17, 9:56 PM
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    Been doing really badly with my reading the last few months but hoping that will start to change shortly.

    The one thing I'm gutted about is that I used to put my read books I didn't want to keep on readitswapit but the site's gone down. I also had a load of books on my wishlist I wanted to read and now lost that as well. Might be just as well though seeing as I'm struggling to get through the books I already have Luckily most of them are on my kindle
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    • InaPickle
    • By InaPickle 19th Nov 17, 8:57 PM
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    Hi guys,

    So, I'm back to being drive to work instead of driving, which has had a happy effect on the number of books I am getting through as, when I'm not surfing the bus wifi (I try to stay away from it, but I get sucked in every so often), I'm reading a book instead. Happy times!

    I've realised that I haven't listed the books I have finished lately, so the following is a list of books I have read in entirety (not all of them while commuting, though):

    Lotus in the Fire by Jim Bedard (started ages ago, realised I hadn't finished it so sat down and finished it last night): spiritual but good, for those who like that kind of thing.
    Leading
    by Alex Ferguson (bought in a charity shop and read):interesting take on his Man Utd years from a more 'business' perspective of what makes a great leader of an enterprise.
    Game of Thrones: good but long.
    A Clash of Kings (GoT2): ditto.
    A Storm of Swords: Steel and Snow (GoT 3, P1): good but long, Also, only 'half' of one book when in reality they are two books and each of them is still much longer than average.
    A Storm of Swords: Blood and Gold (GoT 3, P2): which should be known as BOOK 4.

    I'm just starting A Feast for Crows (GoT 4, allegedly).

    All in all, to get as far as 'book 5' in the GoT series you have to read 7 books, which are between 500 -600 pages long for the parts one and two and 600 -700 pages for the others. It's a lot of reading!

    Also, I acquired Silverfin by Charlie Higson from a work book charity bookshelf. It's a young James Bond book. It's probably rubbish, but I'll let you know when I've read it.
    Please call me 'Pickle'
    No More Buying Books: ???
    No More Buying DVDs: ???
    NMB Toiletries ??? and I've gone back for my Masters at the University of Use Ups!
    P
    roud to be dealing with her debts 1198~

    • Bookaholic
    • By Bookaholic 28th Dec 17, 6:33 PM
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    Bookaholic
    This is just the kind of challenge I need! Iíve always loved a good book but donít have the time to read that Iíd like...so often buy a book and it sits on my shelf gathering dust. Iím a primary teacher so Iím a sucker for a beautiful picture book and will often pick up books from amazon based on recommendations Iíve seen online! I donít think I can go completely cold turkey! But Iím going to limit myself to one new book a month...and thatís only if Iíve read more than 2 that I already have! I wouldnít like to guess at how many I own that I havenít read! But letís give this challenge a shot! Iíll add in my signature how many Iíve read. Starting from today!
    • CurlyTop
    • By CurlyTop 30th Dec 17, 1:15 PM
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    I am so going to try and keep to this as much as I can in 2018. I currently have over 120 books on my kindle and about 12-15 real books to get through. More than enough for the next year I think.

    I have completed my reading challenge on Goodreads.com of 40 books read last year, which considering I only joined part way through the year, I'm quite pleased with. I just need to not be so distracted by the tablet of an evening and pick up a book. I use the kindle for travelling and daytime reading and then switch to a real book for bedtime to reduce the white light and help me to wind down.

    I'm going to set myself another challenge for next year, just not too sure how many to set myself as the target. I did 54 four years ago so will see.
    I got there - I'm debt free and intend to stay that way. If I haven't got the cash, it doesn't get bought. It's as simple as that.
    • IrishRose12
    • By IrishRose12 31st Dec 17, 3:05 PM
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    IrishRose12
    I'm determined to stick to this challenge for the whole this time. 2018 is definitely going to be the year I do more reading like I used to do and get rid of books that are lying around the house.

    I do love reading but just don't find the time do read as often as I'd like, but I'm going to make myself find at least 30 mins a day to read. I'm off work for another week so hopefully I can get at least through 2 books before I start back next week.

    I'm going to set myself a target of 20, but hope I pass that as some are shorter books that shouldn't take too long to get through if I put my mind to it
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    • ma-ri-ella
    • By ma-ri-ella 31st Dec 17, 6:40 PM
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    nice to see this thread is still here. was signed off for awhile so have made a nice dent in books read. i have just been given 3 months free trial to amazon kindle unlimited so i hope to make the most of that
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    • Bookaholic
    • By Bookaholic 31st Dec 17, 7:07 PM
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    Today I!!!8217;ve sat and cried my way through A Monster Calls as my final read of 2017. I!!!8217;m aiming to read 30 full length novels next year. But will also read several picture books and short stories at work to my class
    Money saved for Christmas 2018 £6/£500
    No more Buying Books challenge - read 2 books 2017-18
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    • carbootcrazy
    • By carbootcrazy 1st Jan 18, 11:14 AM
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    carbootcrazy
    Just popped in to confess that my reading has been non-existent for ages. I've not bought any new books but haven't read and passed on any of my existing stash either


    Real life has been dire this past few months with several bereavements. Then we had a total loss of electricity for a while. Not good with snow on the ground when we live in an all-electric household out in the sticks. The emergency electrician 'condemned' our wiring and rejigged the circuits etc to temporarily leave us with the bare minimum that is safe to use. We need a total rewire but have been managing with the minimum of lights for ages (no lamps as the sockets don't work). We have big high rooms and the small amount of light cast by the ceiling light is totally inadequate for reading by. My eyesight isn't the best anyway so I need the backup of bright reading lamps when I settle down with a book. I've tried candles but have found it a struggle. I pity our ancestors who had to do everything by candlelight. No wonder they had poor eyesight


    We have to clear several rooms and the loft so the electrician can take up the floorboards when he rewires. That will galvanise me into getting rid of masses of books (probably unread) as there is nowhere else to store them. I'll just be keeping a 'capsule' collection of cant-part-with books, At least the charity shops will do well out of my plight

    Have a wonderful 2018, everyone
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    • dawn1980
    • By dawn1980 3rd Jan 18, 1:29 PM
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    I'd love to join this.
    I had a goal of 49 last year on good reads and I managed 57.
    I have 12 christian/spiritual books to read
    18 physical books (mixed fiction and non-fiction.)
    57 Kindle books
    My challenge this year is 60. I read Kindle books much faster. (I have a diagnosed need for coloured filters and Kindle seems to work well.) Can't wait to see what you are all reading.
    I'm currently reading Zadie Smith's Swing time.
    • Cottage Economy
    • By Cottage Economy 11th Jan 18, 5:54 PM
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    Cottage Economy
    Adding my name to the roll-call. Spending too much time online and not enough reading.

    All my books have been accumulated from charity shops, car boot sales and Christmas presents. After a stocktake I have 104 physical books to read. I am too worried to count the ones on the kindle

    I've had problems choosing what to read so have grouped all the books together on the shelves and used a random number generator to select for me.

    Last week I read The Light Between Oceans by ML Stedman
    This week I am reading When The Children Came Home by Julie Summers.

    Happy New Year all!
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