James’s TBR Triple Dog Dare came to an end yesterday and I’ve actually made it through the whole three months of sticking to reading only books already in my TBR pile or those I’d already reserved at the library. Exceptions were allowed and mine were books chosen for my local book group, two books I’d had on loan from the library in December and the one ARC I received in January.
In addition I decided that I was going to try not buying books too because I thought that it would be easier to read my own books without the temptation of any new books I might buy/borrow. This was a silly idea and although I lasted six weeks of not buying books I just had to give in in February, the urge to get new books and bargain offers was just too strong. But apart from reading the openings of some books I haven’t read them yet and I’m looking forward to reading them very soon.
It’s been an eye-opener for me to realise just how much I want to read books I don’t already own. It’s been like being on a diet, when the urge to eat food not allowed on the diet almost overwhelms me, and seeing books other bloggers are reading, books online or in bookshops is just so tempting. But on the plus side I have read 23 of my TBRs and thoroughly enjoyed most of them. I’ve also realised that some of my TBRs are books I bought to make up the 3 for 2 offers and may not be what I want to read at all – I need to do some ‘weeding’.