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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’s easy to browse their library
    http://bookmooch.com/ Great points system but a lot of American members who aren’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

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    • Caspeia
    • By Caspeia 26th Jun 18, 3:32 AM
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    I need to join this challenge!
    I have a lot of unread books... so many that instead of reading some/getting rid of some when there was too much to keep in my cupboard, I got a custom built unit in my livingroom instead
    Even that is too full now and I had to buy a new TV stand that has cupboard space underneath. Ive spent hundreds of pounds just to store my books
    I would like to clear these so I could actually use them for storing the kids toys
    • lynseydee
    • By lynseydee 27th Jun 18, 9:27 PM
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    I need to join this challenge!
    I have a lot of unread books... so many that instead of reading some/getting rid of some when there was too much to keep in my cupboard, I got a custom built unit in my livingroom instead
    Even that is too full now and I had to buy a new TV stand that has cupboard space underneath. Ive spent hundreds of pounds just to store my books
    I would like to clear these so I could actually use them for storing the kids toys
    Originally posted by Caspeia
    Get yourself set up on Goodreads and set yourself a challenge for this year. I do this and it's quite motivating seeing you get closer to 100% of your goal
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    • Hopeless Case
    • By Hopeless Case 2nd Jul 18, 6:56 AM
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    Hello, can I join? I've got lots of books which I've bought over the years and not read

    I'm currently reading the Oxord Murders by Guillermo Martinez and loving it

    One of my favourite books. Picked up on a whim from my mobile library van before the TV series was even heard of. I'm so glad I did. I didn't go on to watch the TV series as I've learned from experience that a dramatization often bears no resemblance to the book it was based on.
    Originally posted by carbootcrazy
    Totally agree, I like reading the book after I've watched the programme, but I hardly ever enjoy it the other way round. I've not read Big Little Lies but I did love the series -I under stand the original was Australian so the move to California would have been a huge change for a start!

    We've just cancelled Sky (after years of badgering my OH that it's a waste of money ) so won't be able to watch the second series or I'll need to put my money where my mouth is and buy the DVD (I pointed out many, many times that buying the DVDs of the few series we watch would cost s lot less than the 83.50 per month we were spending )

    Sorry, I never used them myself. Always intended to and then when I eventually got round to it they'd closed down


    Is BookCrossing (I think that's the right name) still on the go? It's not a swap site though, just leaving books for others to find and enjoy.


    I used to sell books (and buy lots too) on GreenMetropolis but that too went out of business a while back.


    Good luck in finding somewhere
    Originally posted by carbootcrazy
    I had a big clear out last year and did quite well selling old books and DVDs on Music Magpie, Ziffit and another one beginning with Z which I can't remember right now - I found it pays to put the bar code of each item in all the pages as prices vary hugely, at first i did actually double the total I made by doing this but towards the end I often had to settle for lower prices just to make the minimum sale amount - I made about 200 overall though which went off a credit card
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    • Hopeless Case
    • By Hopeless Case 2nd Jul 18, 7:06 AM
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    I've not read back through the thread, so this might already have been discussed, but one thing which really helped me with the impulse buy was the Amazon wish list.

    I got into the habit of putting them there rather than buying them straight away, and I've now got a list of hundreds of books, most of which I have no idea why I even wanted them , but sadly I've got a few like that lurking in my bookcase too which I did actually buy on an impulse
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    • FaceHeelTurn
    • By FaceHeelTurn 9th Jul 18, 4:19 PM
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    I'd love to join this challenge! Like everyone else here, I'm a bit of a compulsive book/comic buyer despite having shelves full at home!

    I've not read back through the thread, so this might already have been discussed, but one thing which really helped me with the impulse buy was the Amazon wish list.

    I got into the habit of putting them there rather than buying them straight away, and I've now got a list of hundreds of books, most of which I have no idea why I even wanted them , but sadly I've got a few like that lurking in my bookcase too which I did actually buy on an impulse
    Originally posted by Hopeless Case
    That's a great idea, I must try it! It's funny how your tastes change over time regarding what genres you read.

    At the minute I'm reading 'The Odessa File' by Frederick Forsyth. It's a bit of a slog and not really my type of book but my partner's dad lent me it and I kinda feel obliged to read it
    • Hopeless Case
    • By Hopeless Case 9th Jul 18, 4:32 PM
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    I'd love to join this challenge! Like everyone else here, I'm a bit of a compulsive book/comic buyer despite having shelves full at home!



    That's a great idea, I must try it! It's funny how your tastes change over time regarding what genres you read.

    At the minute I'm reading 'The Odessa File' by Frederick Forsyth. It's a bit of a slog and not really my type of book but my partner's dad lent me it and I kinda feel obliged to read it
    Originally posted by FaceHeelTurn
    Someone lent me Kabul Beauty School and I feel the same, I don't really fancy it but feel I should read it as it was kindly meant!
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    • InaPickle
    • By InaPickle 9th Jul 18, 10:15 PM
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    I'm still plodding through the lastest Game of Thrones saga but I'm getting there....


    I've crumpled and bought a book: Rich Dad, Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki.


    I've been listening to it on YouTube but it just doesn't seem to go in the same way information does when I'm reading it.


    I was buying the audiobook version for someone as a present and I ended up ordering myself the book as well. It's one of the bibles of personal finance and was less than a fiver.


    Am I forgiven?!
    Please call me 'Pickle'
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    • Hopeless Case
    • By Hopeless Case 15th Jul 18, 9:35 AM
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    I'm still plodding through the lastest Game of Thrones saga but I'm getting there....


    I've crumpled and bought a book: Rich Dad, Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki.


    I've been listening to it on YouTube but it just doesn't seem to go in the same way information does when I'm reading it.


    I was buying the audiobook version for someone as a present and I ended up ordering myself the book as well. It's one of the bibles of personal finance and was less than a fiver.


    Am I forgiven?!
    Originally posted by InaPickle
    Definitely forgiven

    I'm still on the Oxford Murders, got to a slow bit and hardly read any for days (a discussion about maths which is away from the main plot, and which I'm struggling to follow ), might have to skim until I get back to the good bits
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    • InaPickle
    • By InaPickle 15th Jul 18, 5:26 PM
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    Definitely forgiven

    I'm still on the Oxford Murders, got to a slow bit and hardly read any for days (a discussion about maths which is away from the main plot, and which I'm struggling to follow ), might have to skim until I get back to the good bits
    Originally posted by Hopeless Case
    Thanks Hopeless Case!

    I'm still plowing through the penultimate Game of Thrones...I'm about 2/3s of the way there.

    And boo to the maths discussion - skim if you must!
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    • FaceHeelTurn
    • By FaceHeelTurn 18th Jul 18, 9:55 AM
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    Does anyone listen to audio books? I just started a free trial on Audible yesterday (as part of a Swagbucks offer) and although I find my concentration sometimes drifts off, I've found it really relaxing. I don't think it would be worth the 7.99 per month for me though, so I'll likely cancel it after the free trial.

    Swagbucks also seem to have an offer on Rakuten so I might try that one next month!
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    • Hopeless Case
    • By Hopeless Case 18th Jul 18, 10:01 AM
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    Thanks Hopeless Case!

    I'm still plowing through the penultimate Game of Thrones...I'm about 2/3s of the way there.

    And boo to the maths discussion - skim if you must!
    Originally posted by InaPickle
    I've finally skimmed it and thankfully I seem to be back onto the more interesting murder mystery

    Does anyone listen to audio books? I just started a free trial on Audible yesterday (as part of a Swagbucks offer) and although I find my concentration sometimes drifts off, I've found it really relaxing. I don't think it would be worth the 7.99 per month for me though, so I'll likely cancel it after the free trial.

    Swagbucks also seem to have an offer on Rakuten so I might try that one next month!
    Originally posted by FaceHeelTurn
    My OH pays the 7.99 a month, and he listens to them in the night if he can't sleep or is stressing about something, so it works for him, but I've never tried it myself
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    • Hopeless Case
    • By Hopeless Case 19th Jul 18, 7:56 AM
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    Did a sale of books and DVDs online yesterday and included The Oxford Murders, so I've officially given up on it

    Should be another 30 to pay off Barclaycard (altogether, not just for The Oxford Murders! )
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    • InaPickle
    • By InaPickle 23rd Jul 18, 12:51 AM
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    Does anyone listen to audio books? I just started a free trial on Audible yesterday (as part of a Swagbucks offer) and although I find my concentration sometimes drifts off, I've found it really relaxing. I don't think it would be worth the 7.99 per month for me though, so I'll likely cancel it after the free trial.
    Originally posted by FaceHeelTurn
    Welcome, FaceHeelTurn!

    I only listen to them occasionally. I still love the physical action of reading, but it's swings and roundabouts and some people love them (although I like the Harry Potter audiobooks)!

    Did a sale of books and DVDs online yesterday and included The Oxford Murders, so I've officially given up on it

    Should be another 30 to pay off Barclaycard (altogether, not just for The Oxford Murders! )
    Originally posted by Hopeless Case

    Who says crime doesn't pay?!
    Last edited by InaPickle; 23-07-2018 at 8:32 AM.
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    • Hopeless Case
    • By Hopeless Case 23rd Jul 18, 6:50 AM
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    Welcome, FaceHeelTurn!


    I only listen to them occasionally. I still love the phyiscal action of reading, but it's swings and roundabouts and some people love them (although I like the Harry Potter audiobooks)!




    Who says crime doesn't pay?!
    Originally posted by InaPickle
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    • blindtoast
    • By blindtoast 5th Dec 18, 9:56 AM
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    It's been a pretty bad year for reading for me. I had a target of 21 books and have only managed 7 so far
    I'm reading Uncommon Type by Tom Hanks and The Girl Who Saved Christmas by Matt Haig at the moment. I am finding it hard to concentrate for a long time so I'm enjoying reading short stories. So far both are really good, The Tom Hanks book is pretty varied but all the stories so far are quite positive which is nice.
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    • carbootcrazy
    • By carbootcrazy 5th Dec 18, 11:38 AM
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    It's been a pretty bad year for reading for me. I had a target of 21 books and have only managed 7 so far
    I'm reading Uncommon Type by Tom Hanks and The Girl Who Saved Christmas by Matt Haig at the moment. I am finding it hard to concentrate for a long time so I'm enjoying reading short stories. So far both are really good, The Tom Hanks book is pretty varied but all the stories so far are quite positive which is nice.
    Originally posted by blindtoast
    Lovely to see someone posting on the thread, it's been very quiet for ages.

    It's been a bad reading year for me too. I was ill for a few months earlier this year and thought the enforced slowing down and relaxing would be a great opportunity to read all day without feeling guilty. No such luck, my mind was all over the place and I just couldn't concentrate enough to drum up any enthusiasm for whatever book I started on. I doubt I'll have such a good reading opportunity ever again unless (heaven forbid) I'm ill again. Feeling 100% again now but have so many other things to catch up on I can only read after tea when I'm so tired I nod off in my recliner chair.


    I picked up The Tattooist of Auschwitz in a charity shop recently. I vowed not to buy any more books but I dropped off about 20 donated books there so although I paid 1 for this one I consider it more of a swap. That's my excuse anyway. It's a true story and I've heard good reports of it. Am hoping to start it tonight if sleep doesn't intervene
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    • InaPickle
    • By InaPickle 19th Jan 19, 11:26 PM
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    It's been a pretty bad year for reading for me. I had a target of 21 books and have only managed 7 so far
    Originally posted by blindtoast
    I find I read in ebbs and flows...I'll go mad for a bit, then it will calm down. Could you be similar?

    Lovely to see someone posting on the thread, it's been very quiet for ages.

    It's been a bad reading year for me too. I was ill for a few months earlier this year and thought the enforced slowing down and relaxing would be a great opportunity to read all day without feeling guilty. No such luck, my mind was all over the place and I just couldn't concentrate enough to drum up any enthusiasm for whatever book I started on. I doubt I'll have such a good reading opportunity ever again unless (heaven forbid) I'm ill again. Feeling 100% again now but have so many other things to catch up on I can only read after tea when I'm so tired I nod off in my recliner chair.

    I picked up The Tattooist of Auschwitz in a charity shop recently. I vowed not to buy any more books but I dropped off about 20 donated books there so although I paid 1 for this one I consider it more of a swap. That's my excuse anyway. It's a true story and I've heard good reports of it. Am hoping to start it tonight if sleep doesn't intervene
    Originally posted by carbootcrazy

    That sounds like a fascinating book, CBC. Any good?


    Also, I find that when I have official time to read like you just described, the desire dissipates. I'm not sure why that is, but it's definitely A Thing.



    I've *finally* finished all the Game of Thrones books and it took me a while, I'm not going to lie. They are good, but a serious time investment. Still, I got them read before the start of the last season, which was my aim, so well done me"!


    I think I've read more books since, but I've just read The Merky Story So Far (Stormzy), How to Live Plastic Free (Marine Society) and another library book I can't remember, as well at the latest Rebus book.


    Not a bad start to the year, overall...although my next wish it to read the infamous Marie Kondo book on tidying so that might be the rest of the year gone on decluttering!
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    • InaPickle
    • By InaPickle 19th Jan 19, 11:29 PM
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    Oh I also read Mr Quiet from the Mr Men series!
    Please call me 'Pickle'
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    • carbootcrazy
    • By carbootcrazy 20th Jan 19, 1:20 AM
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    Great to see someone posting on here again. It's been so quiet for weeks.




    That sounds like a fascinating book, CBC. Any good?

    I haven't even started it yet. Too many RL problems have given me little time. I've dipped in and out of several books but can't really get into any of them. I unearthed a book of short stories by Alice Munro recently and am giving that a go. A short story is the extent of my concentration span at the moment

    Also, I find that when I have official time to read like you just described, the desire dissipates. I'm not sure why that is, but it's definitely A Thing.


    Can definitely relate to that!


    Not a bad start to the year, overall...although my next wish it to read the infamous Marie Kondo book on tidying so that might be the rest of the year gone on decluttering!

    I hope you have more success with it than I did (both the reading and the decluttering). It was one of the few books that I wanted to physically hurl across the room. Something about it and Marie Kondo irritated me beyond reason
    Originally posted by InaPickle
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    • InaPickle
    • By InaPickle 20th Jan 19, 12:44 PM
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    Great to see someone posting on here again. It's been so quiet for weeks.
    Originally posted by carbootcrazy

    I was too busy reading!


    As for the Kondo book...maybe giving her book that I've borrowed from the library will be the start of the decluttering!
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