Why I’m No Longer Buying Books* (at least for now…)

Hi everyone,

If you’ve read my 2019 Wrap-Up post you’ll know that I’m trying to not buy books (at least for the first few months of the year). If I can go the whole year without buying a book, that would be a massive achievement, however I’m under no illusion that that’s probably not going to happen (primarily because I seem to have an addiction to buying books that remain on my shelf for many months, unread…).

So far, this whole not-buying-books pact is going well. Though it is only the 18th of the first month of 2020, I feel positive and confident that I can achieve this goal.

There are many reasons why I’m re-considering how much I spend on books – from economical reasons, to more socially-conscious reasons.

I thought I would write a blog post about my reasoning as it might be helpful for some of you.


#1 To save money

I’m too scared to calculate how much money I spent on books last year, because I know it won’t be pretty. I know that I spent a lot of money on books and realise that, this year, that needs to change. Least of all because I’m hoping to move out of my family home, as well as enjoy more holidays so any way to save money would be very useful. Besides food and drink, books probably come in a close second for what I spend the most money on (as well as transport to and from London, but let’s not talk about that.)

#2 To save space

It’s taken me a while to come to terms with this but I have finally accepted the fact that there just isn’t any more room for books in my bedroom, despite my best efforts of slotting books in weird places, re-organising my shelves, even buying more shelves, it just hasn’t worked and I’ve realised that either I need to get rid of some of my books (not happening) or I need to seriously cut down on the amount I buy.

#3 To stop supporting Amazon

I know there are many other places to buy books, but I always seem to gravitate towards Amazon. Partly because of their low prices, but also because of their cheap and quick delivery. I’m under no illusion that Amazon is the best place to be buying books, and that is why I have decided to cut down on my buying. If I do want to buy any books in the distant future, I will be buying them from independent bookshops or charity shops.

#4 To support my local library

I wrote a blog post on why libraries are so important and why we should all be doing our bit to save our local library. You can read that here. I thought it was about time that I started practising what I preach. Though I did visit my library quite a few times last year, I took out less books and focused more on buying new ones. If there is a new book that I fancy reading, I’ll definitely consider requesting it at my library instead of buying it.

#5 To read the books on my TBR

I have a lot of un-read books on my shelf and this year I really want to reduce my TBR list. I don’t know why, but I have a tendency to buy books, put them on my shelf, and then forget about them for the rest of the year. I really want this to change in 2020.

#6 To be more ethical and mindful about my purchases

As a general point, I want to cut down on the amount of “stuff” I have in my life. And books are probably the biggest group of “stuff” that I own. I’ll still ask for books for my birthday and for Christmas as well, but as I’ll be cutting down on books that I buy myself, the amount of books I receive a year will cut down significantly. I’m hoping a de-cluttered life will equal a de-cluttered mind!


Thanks for reading!

Love, Zoë xx

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