Special Post: Book Buying Ban

So I’m surfing websites and notice many bloggers are on this book buying ban kick. A Girl Reads Books hosts this event. A Girl Reads Books has this to say about the event:

So you ask what is a Book Buying Ban? Well when one gets a TBR as excessive as mine is, sometimes they need to sit down and just read the books they have without adding anymore to it. This lets them enjoy the beauty of the wonderful books in their bookshelves, rather than adding more and forgetting about the older books. (That’s why I’m doing this right, Carin?)

So for the month of September, I am not going to “buy or acquire” any books. AND because misery loves company I am inviting you all to join me.

If for whatever reason you think you should be on a Book Aquiring Ban or you want to be on one, then join me.

Okay onto the “guidelines”:
1. I am not setting the limits, you are! I know some people have pre-orders they want, or book club books, so you can set your own guidelines. Whether it be limiting yourself to one new book, or no new books, just let us all know in your sign up post.

So I was at the Book Faery‘s blog reading her post on her ban and how she was selling books. I hit the link and surf. I’ll be honest. Relieving her of some of her books was totally on my mind. Tori (AKA the Book Faery) has done quite well. I counted only eight (8) books left on her list. And I thought, that’s a good idea. I should do that. Except I’m hoarding my books. :-/

The thing with Tori’s book list, it triggered my need to buy books. I’ve put it off for a while. I’m still suffering from guilt after my book spending sprees last month. Yes, there were several. But now, the guilt is fading a bit. I want a fix!

I turned to my husband and contemplated. He stared straight ahead, fixated on the PS3. I’m a kept woman, you see. <clears throat> Okay, I’m a stay at home mom with no outside income. No time like the present. “I want to buy some books.”

He glanced my way then returned to the game. Not sure what that meant, but I was not deterred. I stared at him. And stared. And stared. Well, you get the picture.

Occasionally, he looked my way between pounding the controller and started like he was surprised I still watched him. Finally, he paused the game and gave me his attention. “What?”

“I want to buy some books.”

He chuckled and refocused on the game at hand. “You already have a bunch of books you haven’t read.”

True. I’d relegated to putting unread books in a large box and only graduate them to the bookshelf once I’d read them. My box has overflowed. Doesn’t stop me from wanting more though. I’m greedy like that. I pulled up my to-read list and counted the highlighted ones (the ones I really really want now!) “I want to buy five books.”

“So buy them.”

“I don’t have any money.” Remember, unemployed, starving writer here.

His fingers paused over the controller. “I just deposited money into your account. Did you spend it already?”


His fingers once again clicked steadily on the controller. “So buy the books.”

I like money in my account. I’d much rather spend money in his account. After all, if I spend mine, I’d have to beg him for more later. Yeah, illogical, but work with me here!

So, I had a few options:

  • Hound my husband until he gives me his money for books
  • Dip into my own funds (which he already gave me) to buy books
  • Join the Book Buying Ban

Okay, I can give this Book Buying Ban a try. September only, right?

My guidelines are simple:

  • No buying books in September. NONE! Not even the ones on my highlighted list which include:
    • “Mockingjay” by Suzanne Collins (yeah that one hurts)
    • “Dead in the Family” by Charlaine Harris
    • “The Darkest Lie” by Gena Showalter
    • “Dark Peril” by Christine Feehan
    • “Double Cross” by Carolyn Crane (another one which makes me want to back out of this)
  • Only enter giveaways I absolutely positively want to read the book right away. Not just “hmm…maybe if I start another unread box I’ll have room for it.” Giveaways I may enter are for:
    • The books listed above
    • Books I’ve read so many kickass reviews for they’re irresistible.

Since this is more a money thing for me, my incentive is to look for more efficient ways to acquire books. Like:

  • Trips to the library for books I don’t feel a need to own but want to read
  • Borrowing and swapping books

How about are? Are you jumping on the Book Buying Ban wagon?

Can I Earn Too Many Teen Points?

A few weeks ago I won a contest at To Read or Not to Read. Marcia allowed me to choose three books from a wicked list. Today my goodies arrived! Thank you Marcia!

So what did I win?

These are book three (3) and four (4) of the House of Night series. I requested these two books with my daughter in mind. Though I own the first two books, I’ve not read them. However, my daughter is in the process of reading Marked, which she says is pretty great. She also is hoarding the second novel, Betrayed, which I won Bloody BookaHolic a while back. Now she has these to start as soon as she finishes.

Okay. I’ll be honest here. I’ve never read Jane Eyre, though I own the novel. I’ve only seen a version or two of the movie. I have read an alternative version of Jane Eyre called Jenna Starborn though. Anyway, I’m intrigued by classics and want to get into reading them. I just haven’t found the motivation yet. Though Jane Eyre’s Daughter isn’t a classic, I’m still hoping to enjoy it some time soon.

These titles are available at the Book Depository!

The Book Depository

As a side note: Check out Gena Showalter’s new book!

A new release by Gena Showalter

What’s in My Daughter’s Mailbox?

Well I’m a bit behind on what I’ve received in my mailbox lately. I’ve had several cool books come in this week and last. So here goes, working backwards!

This novel didn’t actually arrive at my doorstep. So a little story about this novel. I’d heard a lot of hype about Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater. Eventually, I decided to check it out myself and made the purchase. When it arrived, my daughter snagged it, read it, and loved it! I’m just now starting it. Well a couple of weeks ago, I won a copy of Linger in the Wolves of Mercy Falls giveaway presented by Arena (The Nerd’s Wife Blog)! Arena was kind enough to send it directly to my daughter. Today it arrived! Thank you, Arena! My daughter’s thrilled and set aside her current read to start Linger. Can hardly wait for my opportunity to read it. First I need to knock out Shiver.

Okay, next up is Need. The funny thing about this, I wasn’t expecting it when it arrived. I’d just received a email from the Book Depository notifying me one of my pre-ordered books was a few days prior. So I ripped opened my goodie bag and voila! It wasn’t my preordered book! It was Need!!!! The book I won in Urban Girl Reader‘s Extravaganza Giveaway. I received my choice of books and chose Need after winning a copy of Captivated (book number #2) in a prior giveaway. I don’t know about the rest of you, but I totally have to start series at the beginning.

Last but not least, the Burning Up anthology. I’m actually a fan of Nalini Singh and purchased this book with her in mind. HOWEVER!!! I’ve wanted to try works by Angela Knight and Meljean Brook for some time now. Guess this is my opportunity. 🙂 Unfortunately, with my books piling high, I’m not sure when I’ll get around to this anthology. Maybe when I run short on time one week and face not finishing a book for my weekly review. We’ll see.

These titles are available at the Book Depository!
The Book Depository


Wait a Minute! That’s Mine!

I was winner #5 in the Bloody Bookaholic’s Ridiculously Awesome giveaway. And I tell you it was RIDICULOUSLY AWESOME! I got my choice of three books from a selection way too long to list. And they arrived!

My youngest daughter is the reason I chose these books. She knows I’m a book addict. One day she said, “Mom, why don’t you try out some YA books?” I told her I’d give it a try and kind of never got around to it. 🙂 About a month later, Taschima emailed me saying I was a winner! One thing led to another, and voila! I have 3 new YA books.

Now between the time I won the contest and the arrival of these books, I tried out three! Yes that’s three! YA novels. The Iron King by Julie Katawa (review 7-26-2010), The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins (review 8-2-2010), and Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins (review 8-3-2010).  Well, the YA genre now has a new fan! I’m loving it. I ordered Marked by P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast in anticipation of my winnings. Yay me! Only thing, my oldest daughter’s made a claim on them. Guess I’ll have to wait my turn.

Thanks again Bloody Bookaholic!

These selections can also be found at The Book Depository and includes free shipping.

The Book Depository

If no one’s let you in on it yet, The Book Depository is having a birthday coupon thingie. 10% off your order. The offer is good until August 31, 2010. If you’re interested in receiving one either send me an email at reenajacobs@reenajacobs.com or leave a comment. I’d be happy to send you coupon love.