Now that we’re coming to the end of 2020 (aren’t we all so glad to be waving goodbye to this year?), I wanted to do a quick recap on one of my 2020 resolutions: not buying any books for the year.
In January I wrote a post called “Why I’m No Longer Buying Books* (At Least For Now…)” in which I discussed my goal to not buy any books for at least the first few months of the year. If you haven’t read this post, please go and check it out but, in a nutshell, the reasons I wanted to stop buying books were: to save money, to save space, to support my local library, to read the books on my TBR that I already own, and to be more mindful and ethical about my purchases.
Unfortunately for the majority of 2020, my local library has been shut due to covid-19 but for the first few months of 2020, I was there every weekend and I can’t wait for the libraries to open up again so I can really act on that resolution in 2021!
If you couldn’t already tell from the title of this blog post, I achieved my goal and didn’t buy any books this year. I honestly did not think that I would be able to do this. I love buying books too much; adding to my collection, and purchasing pretty editions of my most favourite reads. I felt quite confident in the beginning of the year and, once I made it through the halfway point, I knew I could continue on to the end of the year.
The start of the year was made a lot easier by the fact that I had the library to rely on and I would visit every weekend either to take books out and return the ones I had read, or just to browse at what books they had in and what I was planning to take out next. However, the global pandemic meant that the libraries closed and I then chose to read the books that I had already owned. The library offered alternatives and really expanded their online library of books (ebooks and audio books) but I decided I wanted to make a dent on those huge piles of unread books in my bedroom.
2020 was also the year that I begun to receive copies of books from NetGalley which has also been really helped and has meant that I am able to read newly released books for free that I otherwise might have bought. If you don’t use NetGalley and you are a book blogger, I would massively recommend it as a good way to still keep up-to-date with the latest releases.
I also enjoyed borrowing books from my boyfriend and creating our own little library with him. It was a great way to be able to pick up books that I otherwise might have bought.
Overall, I was surprised at how well I did with not buying books and it has really proved to me that I do not need to buy as many books as I thought I did previously. With the libraries, online libraries, NetGalley, my TBR pile and my friends and families libraries there are so many other alternatives to buying books every month or every time I see a new book I want to read.
Moving into 2021, I will be trying to maintain these positive habits that I have learnt from this 2020 resolution, mainly to make good use of my library. Although in 2021 I am not going to say “I will not buy any books this year”, I will be keeping mindful about my purchases and trying to sustain an ethical, minimalist and considered approach to buying books.
Thanks for reading and for staying with me on this journey.
Love, Zoë xx