MY SIX MONTH BOOK BUYING BAN! (rip me)

So I decided to go on a book buying/borrowing ban, until either my birthday in August or until I’ve read all the unread books in my bookshelf.

I think this is a suitable time to shout HELP into the void.

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In some ways this was a random, impromptu decision, but in others it was well thought out and considered. I’ve known for ages that the ratio of unread books in my shelf was growing steady larger, and I knew that I would have to do something about it. THEN when I went out and bought 40+ books from a second hand sale, I knew that my TBR was really getting out of hand.

So here’s a short list of WHY I’M DOING THIS.

  1. the unread books in my shelf will squash me if I don’t.
  2. there are lots of books that I may never get round to reading unless I make myself, because libraries are distractions.
  3. I really want to read above mentioned books.
  4. my broke self can’t afford to keep up with my book-buying habit.
  5. please see number one.

My life right now is filled with regret every single time I glance at my shelf, upon which I have placed a pile of read library books in front of the unread books on my shelf.

So here’s what I’m banning myself from.

  1. libraries.
  2. bookshops.
  3. secondhand sales.
  4. borrowing from friends.

FOR……

  • six months, i.e. until my birthday because hopefully I’ll get new books.

OR….

  • until I’ve read all the unread books in my bookshelf.

Surely that won’t be that hard? Surely. *future me cries in the distance*

At the present time, I have three library books that I am planning on reading (I borrowed them before deciding on this whole ban thing) before officially starting my ban. They are the three books in the Raven Boys series, and when I saw all three of them on the library shelf next to each other in order my heart broke and I simply had to borrow them. I’ve only read the first one and can’t wait to try the rest!

SO that’s that! Six months of no buying or borrowing.

BUT WAIT.

I MAY OR MAY NOT HAVE MADE TWO EXCEPTIONS.

(woops)

My Exceptions, Or the Two Books I Plan On Buying Despite My Ban:

  • A Court of Wings and Ruin, by Sarah J Maas. It comes out May 2nd and I’m sorry but I’m not waiting until my birthday to read it.
  • Berin and Luthien, by JRR Tolkien. It comes out May 4th and I’ve been looking forward to it for a very very long time! The book was edited and put together by Tolkien’s son, and I’m extremely excited to read it. MORE TOLKIEN GIMME PLEASE.

BUT APART FROM THOSE TWO I am not planning on buying any more books!



img_0581Fingers crossed that I’ll make it through the six months! I think the hardest thing will be no library visits, as I love my library. But no. I will last. I will prevail.

Have you ever done a book ban?

From a determined bookdragon,

–Emmeline 🙂

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2017 READING RESOLUTIONS

Hooray for 2017, a new year, a new start, a new beginning! 2016 was a bit of a nightmare world-wise, and to be quite honest with ye, I don’t think that 2017 will be much better. However, regardless of whether or not the world will explode, I hope that in the New Year I’ll be able to read a lot more. Here are my FIVE Reading Resolutions for 2017.

  1. Read 100 books

    I feel like I will seriously regret this decision at some point, as I have already set myself up for an extremely busy year non-book-related-wise. But guess what? Impossible goals are my friends.

  2. Read one classic a month

    I was brought up on classics – I started reading Arthur Conan Doyle and LM Montgomery at ten, and have never looked back. Therefore, I don’t want to lose the wonderfulness of reading classics just because everyone else on Instagram is reading YA. No. I am aiming to read at least one classic a month and nothing is going to stop me.

  3. Try and stay on top of that TBR

    I am perhaps the only bookworm that doesn’t have a planet of books to read. That said, ever since I started bookstagram the list has been growing steadily … and I’m hoping to stay reasonably on top of it.

  4. Finish all the books in my bookshelf

    This has been something I’ve been meaning to do for AGES. Also, a quarter of the books in my shelf are classics, and so I would really like to get to them soon.

  5. Stay ahead on here and Instagram

    This one is last, but most certainly not least. I absolutely love updating this blog and my bookstagram account, and I really don’t want to let it go down to the dumps just because I am starting uni fulltime.

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I am honestly ridiculously excited for the New Year and what it will bring. I am starting Uni fulltime, working towards my writing degree, which I’m aiming to finish in two years.*

That said, I really don’t want to let my reading go. For the beginning six months of this year I had a HUGE reading slump, and only managed to read a few books for school, ones that I had to read. That stopped when I discovered Bookstagram, and these last few months have been wonderful for me.

So over the next year, I want to stay on top of myself. Reading is a wonderful way for me, an introverted teen, to relax and just stop. And I don’t want to relive those first six months again.

*I know I’m a crazy person. Just let me and my impossible goals be impossibly ridiculous 🙂

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What are your goals for the new year?

With that said, happy new year everyone! I pray and hope that you will have a blessed year full of reading and books and fandom merch and candles. Now go out and make your own story a great one!

With love,

Emmeline 🙂

In Which I Say Hello

Hello humans!

Welcome to my blog 🙂 I’m glad to see you here, thanks for taking the time to turn up! This whole blogging thing is quite new to me, though I’ve been reading various blogs since I learned what the internet was. If you’ve read my bio you’ll know that I’ve wanted to start it since I was eight, but I’m only getting around to it now. *slow clap*

Already I’ve learned how difficult blogs are. Lots of fun, but hard. I’ve decided to sketch up a list of things that I’m going to have to commit to to keep this blog going:

  • updating regularly
  • not letting my (many) fandoms take over
  • being mature (and still fun)
  • keeping a godly outlook
  • being open and honest
  • keeping my online identity the same as my personal identity

I’ve also been thinking quite a bit about what I want the blog to look like, and what sort of things I want to post about. Here’s a list of some goals for my blog:

  • neat and tidy
  • a place full of book reviews and writing tipsies
  • a platform from which I can later build my writing career (if I end up having one)
  • the book reviews are to be honest and my actual thoughts
  • not too much fangirling thank you Emmeline
  • overall, it needs to be comfortable – a homely and friendly enviroment

I have a lot of ambitions for this corner of the internet, and I’m hoping that it will one day be sort of close to what I want it to be – maybe – fingers crossed, I suppose.

Thanks for supporting me on this crazy journey 🙂 Until next time, humans!

–Emmeline 🙂