I recently started a book budget (my spending on books got Shopaholic out of control), so I’ve made some ground rules on what books I do spend money on. I do buy ebooks from Amazon, mostly the ones on sale for $1.99. If I’m buying it in print for more than $15, I double check how long I’ve wanted it.
I noticed that some of the books I thought I wanted so badly that I bought them right away are now coming out in paperback, and that copy I bought? Still on my TBR bookcase. This isn’t saying anything about the books or their quality. Only that I am extremely fickle and get distracted by all the books. How can I fix this? It is ridiculously hard to keep up with all the books that are coming out, not to mention get too all the backlist books I missed along the way. I did pretty well recently clearing some of that backlist, so I thought maybe I should devote myself to reading these awesome front list books that I absolutely had to have. I declare it the Great 2016 Read My 2016 Hardbacks Before They Go to Paperback Challenge. Yes, usually it takes about a year for books to go to paperback, but you’ve seen my shelves (What?! you haven’t seen my shelves? You need to be following me on Instagram). There are a lot of books to get to. If I can clear this backlog then maybe it’ll be easier when new books come out. Are you laughing? Stop it. Of course I’m aware I’ll never be caught up, but a girl can dream, right?
Since I’ve taken up this challenge in the middle of May, I’ve read four (!) books that I owned in hardback. I’m working on Jane Steele by Lyndsey Faye currently.
- All the Birds in the Sky by Charlie Jane Anders
- The Children’s Home by Charles Lambert
- Girls & Sex: Navigating the Complicated New Landscape by Peggy Orenstein
- The Last Days of Magic by Mark Tompkins
- First Women: The Grace and Power of America’s Modern First Ladies by Kate Andersen Brower
- Before We Visit the Goddess by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
- Pistols and Petticoats: 175 Years of Lady Detectives in Fact and Fiction by Erika Janik
- The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi
- We Were Feminists Once: From Riot Grrl to Covergirl, the Buying and Selling of a Political Movement by Andi Zeisler
- The Crown’s Game by Evelyn Skye
- Roses and Rot by Kat Howard
- Sweet bitter by Stephanie Danler
- The Geek Feminist Revolution by Kameron Hurley
- The Fifth Avenue Artists Society by Joy Calloway
Are there any books you really need to get to this summer?