Thursday, July 14, 2016

I read my books!

Good for me, right? But seriously. You all know I have a shopping problem, and that spills over to books. I love to own things. I use the library, I borrow books, I buy books secondhand, but I just love to own things. I go through phases where I want to read only kindle books or only real books, so all of this adds up to a shit ton (actual unit of measurement) of books sitting on the shelves at home and on my kindle. So I was super happy that Erin and Dani gave me an excuse to focus on those for the month of June.


The Vampire Academy Series - I started these in May, but finished in June, it counts.


Just One Day - I dragged a blanket and pillow outside and read on my deck. Classy like.


Exposure to a billionaire.


Rumour Has It - such a fun read with my birthday twin, Abe.


One True Loves - sometimes I eat sultana bran for dinner.


It Had to Be Him - don't be judging my dinner choices, you guys.


Beautiful Disaster


My Life Next Door


Suddenly Royal


Rites of Passage


A Hundred Summers


The Next Together


First Comes Love


Ready Player One - I started this one back in March - actually, I first attempted it back in July when Lisa did it for her book club. I'm glad I finally got to it though, it was an enjoyable story though I didn't 'get' a lot of it.


I also read The Lake House, I started it back in April but didn't finish it till July so I don't think it really counts.

I honestly didn't even make a dent in the books I own, I still have like 50 on my shelves and I don't want to count how many on my kindle.

I think a lot of the reason that I keep buying books stems from years ago when I didn't have something like goodreads to track what I wanted to read next. If I saw a book in a shop and didn't buy it, chances were that I would forget about it and though I wouldn't know what I was missing, wouldn't it be better to just buy the book and have it sitting there waiting for me? Then I definitely won't forget about it (until I forget it was on my shelf...).

I used to buy books I thought I 'should' read. Fancy, smart, big, long, classic type books. Books that smart people read. Thinking, hey, if I bought it, maybe I would read it and then I would be smart. It took me a long time to stop buying books (or clothes for that matter) for the person I thought I should be based on what other people were doing, reading or wearing. At least I have gotten past that, and I only buy books that I genuinely think I will read.

I also think it's because I buy books based on what I think I will like, or what mood I am in, and both of those things change all the time. Plus sometimes books are so cheap and how can you say no?

There is no possible way I will ever be able to read all the books in all the land, but I would rather that vs not having a book to read. What if a zombie apocalypse happens and I am the last person on earth? I would spend my days reading, and if there was no electricity, I'd be super thankful I had a few shelves full of books, just saying.

This challenge was super fun, and I am going to try and continue reading the books I own with a little mix of library and other means thrown in.

So, are you a book buyer or a borrower?

43 comments:

  1. HAHA I liked how you did this post! More fun to visually see where you were when you were reading it!

    I haven't stepped foot in a library in ages... Oops.

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  2. I love how you've formatted this post with all the photos! Mine is booooring!

    You did an excellent job at reading your books. I barely managed to read any.

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  3. The pictures in this post are all kinds of awesome! And, I love that you still call it Sultana Bran. I have actually changed my vocab, and call it Sultana Bran too...especially after someone explained to me it was a whole different type of grape. Then, in my mind, I wasn't calling Raisin Bran Sultana Bran, I was calling actually Sultana Bran Sultana Bran. I know you are about the only person who will understand what I'm trying to say.
    Anywho...back to books. I think you and I are pretty much the same. We admit we have/had a shopping problem. We both love books. Buying books in excess goes hand in hand with the shopping.
    Thanks for joining in the fun, and good luck with the raffle!

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  4. Oh man I love this post! Your books that you own went on so many adventures this month! My books would have all just been sitting in bed with me or on the bus. LOL. Yay vacation reading ;) I totally know what you mean about buying books pre-goodreads when you thought you'd forget about them. I really only buy books now if I know I will want to re-read them or if I think it'd be one I'd like to pass on OR if they are really inexpensive/free/an e-book that doesn't take up physical space. :) I really want to read Ready Player One sometime this year but I think I will be a lot like you and "not get it". I was born in the 80s, but I don't remember anything from my childhood until the 90s ish :)

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  5. I am basically a book hoarder too, we gotta stick together!!! Look at all those books you read though!!! I didn't take a single picture of mine. Oops.

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  6. i used to be a book buyer but then i got super cheap and started using the library. i will only buy books that i want to keep on my shelves.

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  7. You inspire me to start reading more!
    http://thecatandthecactus.blogspot.com

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  8. I love this post.

    My favorite books to buy are secondhand paperbacks that I can trade in for more secondhand paperbacks.

    I've gotten rid of a lot of books this year, and I try to manage what I'm bringing in vs what I'm putting out.

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  9. I love this post! Ever since I switched to my Kindle last year, I hardly ever buy books anymore, but I still enjoy reading hard copies every once in a while. Nothing beats the smell of a book!

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  10. This post is adorable. I love all your pictures! You got through a ton of books girl!

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  11. I just got rid of all those "Classic books" that look good on the shelf but I know I'll never read. What's the point. Life's too short & full of GOOD fun books :)

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  12. Oh awesome progress. I managed 4 that were from my home/netgalley. And I finished another one in July. I am making it a goal to round out my Erin 5.0 and Semi Charmed with all/mostly books I own. I own... so. many. books. And nearly all of them are ones that I have not read. Which is why I am going to crack down. And not let myself book shop for at least several months... if not through the end of the year... Maybe a project 10 pan for books. Read 10 before being allowed to buy a new one, and then not buying the new one. Hahha. So far it's going ok on the reading side, but not on the buying side. So from now on, cold. turkey. haha XO - Alexandra

    Simply Alexandra: My Favorite Things

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  13. I'm a buyer. And I'm a paper only kind of gal. I like the feel of it in my hands. But I barely read a book a month. Normally it's like a book every three. Oh how the mighty have fallen. Ha!

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  14. I'm notorious for looking for good deals for eBooks and regular books, and I buy them like there's no tomorrow either! I think that I read only books that I owned this past month, but I totally didn't stick to the no buying or borrowing books. There were some eBook deals that I couldn't pass up (I think that I'm with you on the whole shopaholic thing). At the end of the day books give us happiness, so we should own a ton of them, right?

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  15. I love your photos reading out and about. I can't remember the last I read a book other than at home.
    I rarely buy books. I will buy one that I've already read if I loved it and MUST own it, and sometimes I buy one that the library doesn't have that I really want to read. I currently have 2 books recently purchased that I haven't read but I have to get through a big stack of library holds first.

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  16. I love the pictures of you reading your books. And I'm sure you know my favorite ones - where the cats make an appearance! I would totally borrow (steal) this idea, except I normally read looking disheveled and gross. LOL!

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  17. I am definitely a book borrower. The only books I own are ones I read over and over again. But I understand where you're coming from! We have really limited bookshelf space so it has to be reserved for our most favorites. :)

    Also, if you've mentioned Suddenly Royal at some point in the past I must have missed it. That looks super cheesy and totally right up my alley. Adding it to my GoodReads now! ;)

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  18. I'm a borrower ... but I used to be a buyer, big time. Our house is loaded with books we bought but haven't read yet but don't want to get rid of until we do read them. We're in a purging stage though so I've been borrowing quite a bit. And when we do finally read a book we've had for years and are fairly certain it won't be read again, it goes into the Salvation Army stack.

    I need to do this -- it'll take a month (or two) but only read what's stacked up on my nightstand. I might actually see my alarm clock again! #oldschool

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  19. I love how you documented actually reading each of your books. So cute! I need to do that, but I'm fairly certain the view from my bed would become fairly monotonous. Haha.

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  20. Ok so I'm curious- how many physical books did you bring with you on vacation?? First Comes Love is on my TBR! I'm loving your format too- I'm usually just sitting on my couch or a train when I'm reading- not very interesting! And you got me intrigued so I counted- I have 47 books, but I've read 25 of them, so not too bad! I started 3 others too. And 39 e-books, 17 read, 3 started, 2 I completely lost all interest in. If nothing else, this challenge made me take stock in what I have. Reading my books is one of my 101 in 1001 goals, so I'll definitely be continuing this! Though I will say that the only book I bought was Alyssa's, and mostly I use Paperback Swap. Netgalley, and the library to get my fix!

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  21. It didn't even occur to me to participate in this because I don't buy books. I only buy them on Kindle or Audible if I intend on reading them rightnow.
    It's cute to see where you read the book!

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  22. I'm a book buyer and borrower. I like physical books, however, with my bookshelves kind of overflowing I've found myself borrowing more these days - and the plus side is, if it really sucks I can just take it back haha!

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  23. Defintely a book buyer even though I don't have the room at all for more books!! We just got a kindle for me though which is super exciting (even though I'm slightly hesitant about it) and should be a huge space saver!! - Svetlana @Life With a Side of Wine

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  24. Defintely a book buyer even though I don't have the room at all for more books!! We just got a kindle for me though which is super exciting (even though I'm slightly hesitant about it) and should be a huge space saver!! - Svetlana @Life With a Side of Wine

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  25. I'm a book buyer and love being able to have it on my ipad where ever I go although sometimes i miss having a physical book!! xo, Biana -BlovedBoston

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  26. Wow!! I'm so impressed with the amount you read!! I still have yet to read an Emily Griffin book. It's on the One Day Wishlist though!!

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  27. I'm always so impressed with how much reading you do...but where are the star reviews for these?!?! How do I know which ones I should read?! Will that be coming later this month? LOL. Good job on making your way through your massive inventory!

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  28. I think that I'm more impressed by the fact that you got a picture of every book you read over the # of books you read (but I'm still impressed by that # too!). I've been put on a book ban until after the wedding... but I've got my new kindle stocked up with books for the honeymoon! :)

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  29. I love it so much! It's really impressive to me how much you are able to read! I feel like between work and blogging, I don't have as much time to do so. But I'm sure I could figure it out. I love the pics all strung together!

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    1. And PS, I use the library now after realizing how much I want to whittle down my book collection. I think it's utterly fabulous.

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  30. Totally not judging your Chic Fil A - now I'm totally craving it! I'm intrigued by Exposure to a Billionaire just because of the glass of champs on the cover! And yay for dragging a blanket outside for some outdoor reading. Happy Friday gurlie <3
    Green Fashionista

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  31. Haha!! - "What if a zombie apocalypse happens and I am the last person on earth? I would spend my days reading, and if there was no electricity, I'd be super thankful I had a few shelves full of books, just saying." Touche!! If it makes you feel better, I own around 150 unread books (physical), whomp, whomp. I'm getting better at choosing books from my own shelves, but I still utilize the library and I'm a sucker for second hand books. Plus, it's impossible to ONLY read your own books because new things are coming out, or a book club tells you to read something you don't already own, etc.

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  32. I buy so many books! But have been a slow reader this last year... to be honest, the last few books I read were boring, I haven't been picking good books. I love having tons of books in the library... but if I think I won't read them again I prefer to donate them...or even mail them to friends that might like them :)
    xoxo

    Ileana

    Novelstyle Blog

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  33. I read books this month with this challenge in mind but I didn't ever really do a follow up. I'm giggling that you own all these books.... but then again I'm a book buyer so I have a TON of books that would get me through a challenge like this! Haha!

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  34. I am the worst... I buy so many books from recommendations on blog link ups, I will never read them all! at least now I buy used on amazon instead of new, it doesn't matter how long the shipping takes since I have a million other books to read first!

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  35. Definitely a borrower. I hate how expensive books are, so unless I can get a cheapo e-copy I will borrow what I can get! Luckily my family have insane libraries so I'm basically sorted, and my mum in particular buys a lot of the kind of books that I like so I do quite well out of that. I'm very lucky! Also I read fairly slowly so....

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  36. I buy and borrow books all the time! I have a huge stack of unread books I need to tackle, but I just keep getting more... :)

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  37. I love that you took actual pictures of each of the books as you got to them. I briefly considered doing that, but got lazy and opted not to. Haha.

    You clearly did an amazing job getting through a lot of your books, but I know how it is ... You get through some, you buy more. It never ends.

    I used to buy books I thought I "should" read as well sometimes, or I'd receive them as gifts. It was fine because I'd always read them eventually (and I surprisingly loved a few of those classics!), but I haven't bought a book like that in a long time. I'll probably stick to checking out classics from the library in case I hate them (assuming I even have the desire to read them!). I can always buy a copy later if I think it's a book I'd want to revisit.

    I was actually planning to buy at least one book today (well, yesterday I guess since it's technically after midnight and now Monday), but I couldn't find anything I really wanted. I had a 50% off coupon for Half Price Books, but that place is so hit or miss for me. Sometimes I leave with 8 books, and sometimes I walk out with nothing. Today I got nothing, though Eric found a book he wanted so at least the coupon didn't go to waste! (And I got a new pair of workout pants, so at least it wasn't a total bust in terms of shopping. I obviously didn't get those at the bookstore, though. Haha.)

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  38. Good for you for reading your own books! I like reading the books that I have but I find it easier to just borrow library books so I my books ends up sitting unread. Overall I like the idea of buying books but most times I'm too cheap if I know I can borrow it from the library for free so I end up waiting weeks and week to read new releases lol.

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  39. I'm a buyer, for better or worse. I feel like I can't reasonably expect people to buy anything I write if I don't support other writers (plus, I just like supporting writers). But it does become a problem when what I buy outpaces what I'm able to read in a month...

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  40. I am completely guilty of buying books that I think I should read! I have a degree in English, so I feel like someone might call me out and revoke my degree if I admit that I actually really prefer Women's Fiction over all of the classic! I'm slowly coming to terms with buying books I actually want to read.

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  41. I always have a pile of books waiting to be read but that doesn't stop me from buying more. lol.

    I really loved First Comes Love by Emily Giffin & One True Loves by Taylor Jenkins-Reid.

    Amy @ http://befilledwithj0y.blogspot.com/

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