My bookshelves are overflowing with books that I haven’t read yet and let’s not even discuss my virtual shelves on my Kindle. To fix that, I am going to participate in the Show Your Shelves Some Love: A No Book Buying Challenge! #ShelfLove.
Abstain from spending money on books for one calendar year (or follow a monthly book budget).
Gift cards OK, audible account OK, but no buying extra credits (Rose!!!)
Encourage other challenge participants via comments, social media and emails.
Participate in the monthly posts. (The link up post will go live on the first of each month and be open for 30 days.)
Library books do not count for this challenge. This challenge is mainly for books you already own.
Netgalley books can count for this because you have the book, so read it!
No Book Buying Challenge Step 1: Select your goal
Yellow Belt —-> 1-10 books: shake hands with your shelves
Blue Belt —->11-20 books: pat your shelves on the back
Green Belt —->21-30 books: give your shelves a warm friendly hug
Purple Belt —->31-40 books: regular date night with your shelves
Brown Belt —-> 41-50 books: my shelves are now my bff
Black Belt —->51+ books: my shelves and I are going steady
My Spending Goal: Because we have our local Friends of the Library book sales twice a year, I am not going to kid myself into thinking that I will not buy any books. Instead, I am going to set a spending goal of $30 to spend on books purchased from the FOTL book sale only. I will either spend it all in April or October or divide it between the two sales.
Other than that, I will not purchase any other books this year. My shelves will be thankful for that.
My Reading Goal: I am going to be realistic for 2015 and aim for the Purple Belt. I usually read a lot of books. In 2012, I read over 300 books, over 200 in 2013, and over 100 in 2014. But I am starting school in 2015 so I am setting my goal lower this year.
To join the challenge check out Chapter Break's site.