How to stop buying books

One of my resolutions this new year was to stop spending all my money on books. Well that’s a bit of an exaggeration, I do also spend it on mortgage, bills and my children, but I spent a LOT of my hard earned wages in book shops. Money is tight this year, so there is no time like the present to start reading the books I already own.

I was given a book voucher for christmas which I have bought a couple of books with so far (Heal Me by Julia Buckley and a second hand copy of Not Working by Lisa Owens, if you’re interested). I am saving the rest of the money for some long-awaited books that are being released later this year.

I am planning on paying off the small fortune I owe my local library since December’s overdue Agatha Christie debacle to order some of the books I am desperate to read. I also have a brilliant Oxfam Bookshop near where I work (some would say in dangerous proximity) which sells fairly recently released second hand books for around £1.50.


After spending inordinate amounts of time digging around under the bed and on the tops of our many bookshelves we have looking for those books I have bought and not read, I have made a dedicated To Be Read shelf.

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I bought a second hand bookshelf for £5, painted it and put it in the living room. It’s a dangerous thing to leave an empty bookshelf in my house for any amount of time as when you return it will be filled with books by another member of the household (my husband), but I’ve managed to secure the top shelf for myself, to hold my beloved Persephone’s and the books I intend to read. They are all now in one place, which makes them so much easier to find.

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