How To Survive a Book Buying Ban

This post was originally published on my book blog Lauren Reads YA in March 2014.

  1. Think of all the money you will save. Maybe challenge yourself to get your bank balance as high as you can during your buying ban.
  2. Promise yourself a reward. (Books? Maybe?)
  3. Avoid bookstores at all costs. In extreme cases, download an application (SelfControl for Mac, FocalFilter for Windows) and block all the sites where you buy your books.
  4. Avoid reading about new releases.
  5. Make sure you have enough books on your TBR so that you’ll feel guilty buying more. Put a giant pile of books you still need to read somewhere you look at every day, like your bedside table or next to your computer.
  6. Go to the library.
  7. Talk to a friend whenever you want to buy books and explain your problem. Ask them if they want to help you, even if it means literally dragging you out of the bookstore. (Yes, this has happened to me. I don’t want to talk about it.)
  8. Keep these thoughts in your mind: Do I actually need this book right now? Do I even have time to read this book before my ban ends? Would it really be so bad to get it a little bit later?
  9. Make a list of books on your TBR that you want to read, and if you’ve read them all (make it a realistic but not too short amount), you can end your ban early.
  10. Avoid Goodreads, BookTube, and book blogs. They’ll only make you feel sad for not being able to buy books.

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  • Reply
    November 10, 2017 at 12:07 PM

    Get a Netgalley account. No guarantees you’ll get a book you want and you have to write a review in exchange. But that feeling when you get an approval email with a book is priceless 🙂

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      November 11, 2017 at 6:26 PM

      I have an account, but I barely use it because I’ve since discovered I don’t really enjoy reading e-books. I had to find this out after making a NG account which is why my score on it is pathetically low. 😳

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